Wednesday, November 6, 2013

are you listening?

I saw this on the LA Dream Center’s facebook page today: One of the most common reasons why we don’t hear from God is perhaps the most simple: we’re not listening.

That truth hit me as it might hit you.  Often our lives get distracted by all that is going on around us, by the situations that seem to rob us of hope or faith, or maybe we simply stopped listening.  When we don’t hear from God, we are in a mess and problems.

What does hearing from God do for us?  Not listening or not being connected to God for the Christian is like running out of oxygen or not having blood flowing through our veins.  We cannot survive without blood and without oxygen.  The Christian cannot survive without God connected to our lives.

Another thought has to do with staying in one place.  It is very difficult, if not impossible, to maintain the same place all the time.  As is more typically we are either losing ground or gaining it.  By listening to God, by obeying what we hear from God we are literally gaining ground.

Facts tell us that most of us have had times where it seems we cannot hear God and other times when we chose not to listen.  Are you listening?

This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.

James 1:22  NLT
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

Psalm 85:8  NLT
I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways.

Take some time today to listen.  Clear the noise from around you and tune into God.  I am totally amazed at how I hear from God and how beautiful His words are as I listen.  That is when things begin to happen.  That is when my faith and my hope are fed and I begin to gain ground.

Listen today.  See how much God loves you and His awesome plan for you and the people around you!

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