October 21, 2016
""But neither he nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the Lord which He spoke through Jeremiah the prophet."" (Jeremiah 37:2)
The genesis for everything in our relationship with the Lord is listening. God is good and ""not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."" But before repentance is hearing. Before salvation is hearing. Before walking in the light is hearing. It all starts there.
Paul writes to young Timothy reminding him of the reason people don't listen.
Teach and preach these principles. If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing. (1 Timothy 6:2-4)
It is nothing less than our pride that stops our ears. We don't want to hear what God says because we think we know what is best for our lives. What utter arrogance! And yet it happens millions of times a day by almost everyone.
Jeremiah was bringing a word of judgment to the people because of their continued rebellion against God and they just didn't want to hear it. So, they killed the messenger. They put him in prison, vainly trying to stifle the word of God. True to the word Jeremiah was bringing, the enemy came in like a flood and did exactly as God had said. If we choose to not listen, we are on your own, which is always disastrous.
So, what adjustment do we need to make in our lives right now to get in a position to hear? If may be we need to step back and review what He has already said and begin there with repentance and fresh obedience. It surely will mean time in the Word and prayer, for the Word of God, Spirit of God, and people of God are His primary means of communication to us.
If ever there was a moment in our nation when we needed to hear what God is saying, it is now. We need it personally and we need it nationally.
Don't chance it. Don't go another hour committing the sin that leads to every other disastrous sin. Listen to Him. He is a merciful God whose will is good, acceptable, and perfect. But first, you must listen.
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November 24, 2020
All of us appreciate a good accounting system, even if we are not the ones administering it. You are grateful when you go to a store, that they will only charge you what is advertised. In business, you want to know how things will be recorded and have a clear understanding of what will be done, particularly when it’s your money that is involved.
God has an accounting system and Paul, when finally enlightened, realized that it was completely opposite of what he had operated under for years.
November 20, 2020
November 18, 2020
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
Do you realize what God has done for you in Christ? Notice the three uses of "bless" in the verse above. Paul blesses God because he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.