Friday, February 8, 2013

When God Speaks

I put off writing an entry this week because I couldn't think of anything.  Bumbling around the kitchen Thursday morning, I asked God, "What would You write? If I were the reader, what would I need to know?"
Friday morning I sat down with my first cup of coffee and realized God had been speaking to me all week.  This is what He said:
- I am the only God.  The Sovereign Lord, your Helper. (Monday: Isaiah 50:4,7,10)
- Knowing Me is the ultimate knowledge and experience of life (Tuesday, Wednesday: Seeing with New Eyes by David Powlison, Ephesians 1 and The Truth Project, "Who is God?")
- When you are under attack, (and as my representative on earth, here and now, you are always under attack), My armor is available, perfect, sufficient, flawless (Wednesday: Ephesians 6:10-17).
- Serving Me results from gratitude for Jesus' atonement; as you learn of Me, your obedience will also be motivated by hatred of sin, a growing faith, and a knowledge of the newness of Christ in you (Wednesday, Thursday: The Complete Green Letters by Miles Stanford).
- Loving others the way I do means being sensitive and speaking words that match the emotional and situational state of others, not yourself (Friday: Proverbs 25:20; 27:14 , Developing Genuine Friendships).
- I am holy.  Do you really want to enter My "holy of holies?"  To stand in My presence, surrounded by My presence?  You will be an offering, stripped of every impurity.  Are you ready?  If you were at the temple, where would you be standing at this moment?  In the outer courts or the holy of holies or somewhere in between? (Thursday: listening to Kutless', "Take Me In" on the radio).
- Seeking to control others leads to hatred and strained relationships (Thursday: example of Leah and Rachel's ruined friendship and sisterhood through Getting to the Heart of Friendships by Amy Baker).
- Knowing and trusting Me completely will bring you comfort and Me worth-ship (Sunday: Pastor Tim Waldron, Revelation 4:11).
- To know Me is to live a life of thanksgiving and praise.  Creation praises Me regardless of wind, rain, cold, heat, distance or damage.  (Tuesday: Psalm 96, read with my wonderful gift of a husband.)
- When tragedy strikes, I am near.  Trust Me.  Set your mind on Me.  I will bring peace (Thursday: Isaiah 26:3, given in response to an unexpected death in a friend's family).
- I am calling you to change, to growth, to newness of life (Sunday: Colossians 2:7, youth Sunday school class).
- When you're unsure how to bless someone who has hurt you, "love never fails" (Thursday: 1 Corinthians 13:8).
God is speaking.  The question is, am I listening?  Am I stopping?  Am I available to His voice through His Word by His Spirit?

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