The Lord has many names, but if we think about it, if we changed Jesus Christ’s name to Truth it would most likely lose the meaning of truth or the definition of what we believe truth to mean. In today’s devotional, Henry Blackaby gives us an eye-opener on Truth the Person. Truth Is a Person And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, … Continue reading How is Truth a person?
The main thing people say is, “How Do I Know When God Speaks?”
The four ways that God speaks is through:
The Bible, Prayer, Circumstance, Church
Writing a Devotional Journal is key in my hearing from the Lord. I can pray, read my Bible, attend church, observe circumstances – all of which need to be done and we need to participate in, however it’s when I journal (to learn more about journaling with your devotions, click on the link about Journaling) I hear most clearly from the Lord. Through the Word of God I learn, and when I write the SOAP method of what I learn, along with prayer – confirmation of God’s teaching is from circumstances and the Word and fellowship through the church.
Personally I notice that if I lack direction, or I feel that I haven’t heard from the Lord – it’s usually because I’ve been robbing my time with the Lord to listen to Him during devotions and I haven’t made the time to stop and wait for guidance. When we do everything we can in “our power” – based on our education, our finances, our work, our families – sure we are being resourceful – but why do we wait until we can’t fathom anymore and we surrender to the Lord saying, “I give up, Lord help me!” Why did we not go to Him from the very beginning? Continue reading 2.4 God Speaks to His People
Walking with God. Quiet time with God. In the busy-ness of life we need to make time, because we can. We make time to get up, go to work, spend time with our friends/family, go to work, go to the gym, go on vacation – yet so many of us say, “there’s just not enough time in the day to have ‘quiet time’ with God. Continue reading Make Time for God
In the Psalm 81, The Lord God spoke about the people of Israel, doing their own thing, worshipping other gods, not following God’s commandments; they didn’t want to have anything to do with the only true and living God. Because of this rebellion and their refusal to repent of their evil ways, God allowed the people of Israel to suffer the consequences of their actions. God would not protect them from their enemies and blessed them; however, God allowed them to continue to NOT receive his best. Continue reading 2.2 Not by my will, nor strength, but in God’s strength
“No one will ask after spiritual matters unless God is at work in his life.” Blackaby, 2.0 — Is God working around you and you just don’t know? Did you ask God to use you to minister to others, yet you’re not sure if an opportunity arises, if that is really God? The scripture is plain as day in John 6:44 — “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” If that’s the case, then you should know, that God is already working in a person’s life when they come to you and ask about spiritual matters. When that person comes to you and ask about your faith, why you believe in God, why you go to church, what’s with “religion”. Know that this is an opportunity that God has created to use you in his Kingdom Work, to share the Good News with this person. Continue reading 2.0 When Someone Asks About Spiritual Matters
We need to make major adjustments to our life to join God in what he is doing. All too often we find ourselves very comfortable in our daily routine, even if that routine has nothing to do with God’s work. It’s a safe life to stay within the boundaries that we feel no one will reject us nor judge us. However, the Lord may have other plans and he may be calling you out of your comfort zone to get involved in his work. Will you obey? Continue reading 1.5 Accepting Gods Invitation
Throughout the Experiencing God teaching – the author reveals each part of the Seven Realities to help us understand how to truly “experience” our relationship with Christ. Blackaby refers often to the Seven Realities, so it’s important to know them and understand the meaning. When I studied this I was especially moved by number 4 – God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church. Because of Reality #4, I was able to know when and how God was speaking to me. Especially as I journal and read the bible, journaling helps me to look back at what I learn and in the present, journaling helps me to take a piece of a larger part of the scripture reading and apply it to my life. Continue reading The Seven Realities of Experiencing God
Through the example of Jesus, we should not expect others to serve us, in the sense that we are always receiving and never giving. There are some cultures in our society that expect others to take care of them, ask for hand-outs instead of working, if they are physically and mentally able to care for themselves and help then we should. And even then, we should still serve as we are able. A good example is my brother who was born with cerebral palsy. Paralyzed on his left side, challenged by a speech impediment, balance, and developmentally delayed; he has the spirit of a servant. He tries his best to help those who are both able and less able than he. If the simplest things like pushing someone in a wheelchair, even though his left hand doesn’t open completely, he will try to push the other person who has no use of their feet. I can and still learn much from my brother. Continue reading Greatness Comes from Serving Others
John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – “Looking for More in Your Experience of God:”
* Hear when God is speaking to you
* Clearly identify the activity of God in your life
* Believe Him to be and do everything He promises
* Adjust your beliefs, character, and behavior to Him and His ways
* See a direction that He is taking in your life and what He wants to do through your life
* Clearly know what you need to do in response to His activity in your life and
* Experience God doing through you what only God can do! Continue reading Gods Will and Your Life
Some Christians allow the world to fill their minds with ungodly thinking. Some people seem drawn to concentrate on the negative, choosing to be pessimistic about everything. Some remain satisfied with thinking of the mundane. Others fail to intentionally place Scripture in their thoughts, choosing instead to adopt human reasoning. Others, however, choose to expose their minds to the truths of God – to that which is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and good.
The things you allow your mind to dwell on will be revealed by the way you live. If you focus on negative things, you will inevitably be a negative person. If you allow unholy thoughts to fill your mind, ungodliness will become common in your life. If you fill your mind with thoughts of Christ, you will become Christ-like. What you fill your mind with is a matter of choice. Choose to concentrate on the magnificent truths of God, and they will create in you a noble character that brings glory to God.” Continue reading Thoughts: What You Fill Your Mind With