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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January 22, 2020
The omnipresence of God is a reality (that God is everywhere all the time). “Where can I go from Thy Spirit?” David said (Psalm 139). And, since the coming of Christ and Pentecost, which was the sending of His indwelling Spirit to all who believe, the true follower of Christ is assured that Christ will never leave them nor forsake them personally. Once the Spirit comes to reside in the believing heart, He is there permanently.
But, it is possible to have our head turned by the world, the flesh, and the devil. We can quench and grieve the Spirit who lives within us. We can ignore Him or resist His leadership. If we do so, we will lose the conscious awareness of His presence. We will begin to operate on our own, not walking by the Spirit, and the results are always disastrous. We get what our humanity brings. Like an unseen guest standing in the shadows, He is still present, but not prominent.
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