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Bible Meditation

[ecko_quote source="Proverbs 7:24"]Hearken unto Me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of My mouth.[/ecko_quote]

Devotional Thought

Banks and Financial institutions generally doesn’t teach their frontline staff to detect counterfeit notes by having them study fakes. They show these employees real dollars over and over and over until they have the pattern memorized. Then when a counterfeit is put in front of them, they recognize it instantly because it doesn’t fit the pattern their eyes are looking for.

Do you know the voice of the Lord? The only way you can be sure that it is His voice you are hearing is to hear it so often that a stranger’s voice is instantly recognizable. It is far wiser to spend time learning the One True Voice than it is trying to learn to detect a multitude of false voices.

Action Point

Spend at least 30 minutes today being silent before God and listening for His voice.
God bless you and have a blessed day in Jesus

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Scripture

[ecko_quote source="Isaiah 30:21"] And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left[/ecko_quote]

Devotion

One day my wife asked me to drop her at a particular school in South Auckland. Since this area was unfamiliar, I chose to use my map booklet rather than Google maps on my phone. Because there were newly added roads my map book was of no use to me in this instance. I was left with no choice but to use Google Map -App to proceed further. The Google Maps asked me two questions. The first was about my current location and the second was about my destination. As soon as I filled my current location and destination details it immediately showed me the travel time, kilometers and current traffic situation. The App kept speaking to me and gave me instructions I needed to reach my destination. This process taught me a spiritual significance and a lesson for my Christian journey towards our Lord.

 

As men and women of God, we must know our current location first, in other words, our current spiritual condition. Unless this position is confirmed, we will not go to our destination that is towards our Lord. Hence, we should first examine ourselves and ask the Lord to search our hearts. Unfortunately, people refuse to know their true position not knowing that it would become a hurdle to their journey. Revelation 3:17 states that “You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked”. My dear ones it is better for us to know our true current position and ask God for forgiveness when we still have time. Once we know our current position we can set our journey towards our Lord otherwise, we would be called “lost”.

 

Secondly, during the course our journey we needed to follow the instructions otherwise we would not have reached our destination. Many of us are reluctant to hear the whispering voice of the Holy Spirit and refuse to yield completely to the Lord. In the Old Testament Israelites on their journey to the promised land murmured in their tents and did not heed to the voice of the Lord (Psalm 106:25). As a result, their journey took 40 years instead of a month because of their disobedience. Sadly, all of the Israelites from twenty years old and above died in the wilderness except Joshua and Caleb.  Similarly, when we refuse to obey the voice of God we just prolong our journey and may even fall as Israelites.

 

Therefore, my dear ones obey the instructions as instant obedience is the only kind of obedience there is. Delayed obedience is disobedience. The only way we can obey is to obey” in the self-same day “as Abraham did. It’s better to do this way than not to do it at all. A postponed duty can never bring the full blessing that God intended as it would have brought if done at the earliest possible moment. Martin Luther says that” a true believer will crucify the question, ‘Why?’ He will obey without questioning.

What's next?

When we look at the lives of many great men and women of God in the Bible we can see that each one of them had to follow a long, arduous road. But it led to a wonderful place, to a wonderful conclusion, to nothing less than heaven itself. George Matheson says that even through sorrow, hardship, and fiery trials, the road is still leading home – and we need to keep walking by faith and not by feeling or sight. Always remember that Our Lord Jesus Christ is walking with you.

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Scripture

[ecko_quote source="1 Kings 19:11-13"]He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” [/ecko_quote]

Devotion

Pin drop silence- sounds like a familiar phrase? You probably heard your teacher say it or perhaps even your parents. I often tend to reflect on my childhood days. While I'm in the process of doing that, a particular thought always slips past my mind. It's the idea of having a life of no responsibilities. Most of us would happily trade our position if we were given an opportunity I'm sure.

But we're growing so we start to apply logic and reasoning to almost everything we undertake. We start to question why things work the way they do. So weirdly enough, I started to give thought to this particular phrase. I realised something interesting. A possible logic might exist behind that saying.

It's so silent that a pin drop could be heard with ease. But why would a "pin" drop amongst so many other things that could make a sound? Possibly because you are in such a serene state that the only things that could drop are small, tiny, and inconsiderable. God works when every other power stops working, every other channel comes to a half, and when every other door seems shut. His strength isn't needed until our strength is no longer present. We ought to seek him in this silence. When everything is at a standstill, it feels like God is so much closer to you.

It's between you and God. He desires of this intimacy with each one of us. He wants to tell us of the great and wonderful things He has in store for us. He wants to bless us and prosper us. But so often, it's always us talking about the things he needs to do for us. Give God a chance to speak to you.

What's next?

Seek God in the silence. Talk to Him in the early hours of the morning. Let God's presence be known to your soul. Let the anointing of God flow like it did on Aaron. You will achieve a state of being in a place where you stop talking, and God starts talking. You sit in silence and without uttering a single word, you know your heart was connected to God. You will feel joy overwhelming. It's an unreal experience, and it's hard to put it into words. But it's something we all should desire to experience.

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Bible Meditation

[ecko_quote source="Proverbs 7:24"]Hearken unto Me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of My mouth.[/ecko_quote]

Devotional Thought

Banks and Financial institutions generally doesn’t teach their frontline staff to detect counterfeit notes by having them study fakes. They show these employees real dollars over and over and over until they have the pattern memorized. Then when a counterfeit is put in front of them, they recognize it instantly because it doesn’t fit the pattern their eyes are looking for.

Do you know the voice of the Lord? The only way you can be sure that it is His voice you are hearing is to hear it so often that a stranger’s voice is instantly recognizable. It is far wiser to spend time learning the One True Voice than it is trying to learn to detect a multitude of false voices.

Action Point

Spend at least 30 minutes today being silent before God and listening for His voice.
God bless you and have a blessed day in Jesus

Image Source: 
[http://www.successpraxis.com/i-take-time-to-listen-to-others/]

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