Jun 22 2018

Listen Up

One thing I often have a tough time understanding is why so many followers of Jesus search for the answers to their biggest questions in so many places, instead of just talking to him. We search for answers to who we are by taking different personality tests. We look for the answer to how to solve our disputes by reading books by human experts. And we try to find solutions to our problems looking into ancient solutions and practices. There are lots of great places to find information and solutions. Using the methods we have on earth are not necessarily a bad approach, but there is a much better one. Although, as a side note, some of the currently popular personality tests are rooted in Buddhist and Hindu practices and should never be used by believers as they can easily give the enemy a right to oppress us.

What’s more important, what people say about you or what God says about you? Who has greater wisdom, man or God? Is it better to look for ancient solutions or to talk to the Ancient of Days? I get it, some people feel like God isn’t talking to them, or that they can’t hear him clearly. But then I remember that Jesus said his sheep would hear his voice, and anyone who takes the time to practice the simple art of listening to him will develop the ability to recognize when he is speaking and what he is saying. That may sound over simplified to you, but it really is that simple. We can hear the voice of God for ourselves. We can receive wisdom and advice directly from our Creator. Is there a better source? Absolutely not! So, let’s stop looking for cheap imitations, simply believe what Jesus said, and take time to listen.

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Jun 15 2018

Shhh, listen

The Lord began to speak to me today about the importance of spending more time just listening to him. It’s pretty easy for any of us to rattle off a stack of requests, or fill our prayer time with a lot of our own words without leaving room for God to provide us with his perspective on our requests, or anything else. But, if we would all just take the time to be quiet and listen to what he has to say, we would receive so much more from the time we set aside to spend with our King. What can be better than listening to what God has to say? I heard a man tell a story once about how Jesus came to visit him, and offered him the opportunity to ask Jesus some questions. But in that moment, the man realized that nothing he could ask or say was even close to as important as what Jesus had to say. So he opted to be quiet and listen. What would happen if we sat and listed for an hour, or longer? What would God speak to us if we put ourselves in a position to simply listen. I’m willing to bet that he would provide us with a lot of the answers we would have asked about, or give us the direction we need to fulfill the things we are pursuing. Matthew 6:8 tells us that our Father already knows what we have need of, so we don’t have a need to spend an inordinate amount of time on our requests. On the other hand, we know very little about God, and could learn so much more if we would just spend more time listening. Let’s all give it a try and see what happens.

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Jun 1 2018

Focus

The more I read about the stories of the early church in the book of Acts, and the more I read about some of the amazing encounters people have had with God in the past few hundred years, I get even more excited about the possibility of what God can do today. Even in the midst of the craziness happening in the world around us, I still have faith in the promise of God that his kingdom will rule over the kingdoms of the earth. But I also find that sometimes the work that we do “in ministry” can start to feel a little routine and we can easily lose some of the excitement of representing Jesus on the earth. In these moments, the best thing to do is to take a few days and refocus our attention on Jesus. He is the reason we do what we do. He paid for so much, and desires to see the fullness of his kingdom on the earth more than us. When we focus our eyes on him, the love, passion, and zeal for the people we minister to increases. It is so important to focus on Jesus every day, to get his heart for the people we will encounter throughout the day, so that we can minister from the heart of God. It’s not about us. It never has been and never will be. It’s about a radical pursuit of the heart of God for what he wants to accomplish on the earth, and a recognition that we have the greatest opportunity in the universe. We get to represent the King of kings, the One who created everything, to people in all walks of life. What could be more exciting and exhilarating than that?

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