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Recognizing God’s Voice

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With all the noise in our everyday lives, it can be difficult to hear God’s voice.  As He speaks to us, it’s important that we recognize His voice. Turning to the Bible is an important first step in discernment.  Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” This means that even though something may feel right, that doesn’t mean it’s from God.  So how do we know? We ask ourselves, “Does it line up with the Bible?” If an idea, decision, direction, or emotion is from God, it will always, always, always line up with the scriptures.  Even Jesus referred to the scriptures – to the Pharisees, to Satan, and in his own teachings. If Jesus relied on God’s Word, then so should we!

It is also important to understand the difference between being suspicious if we are hearing from God and discerning His voice.  Discernment filters the truth from the lies. Suspicion filters out everything but what we want to hear. Discerning people have joy because they feed on the truth.  And we all want to live a joyous life, confident we are living in the truth. That means we should always be in God’s Word.

So I encourage you today and every day: Read your Bible.  Search the scriptures. Study them. Memorize them. Luke 21:33 says, “Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.”  Click here if you’d like to start a Bible Reading Plan today.

Remember, the Bible is non-negotiable. God’s voice will always line up with His word.

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Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

Preparing To Hear God

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There is a lot of noise our everyday lives. Noise from our phones, social media, busy schedules, family, friends, TV, commitments – the list goes on and on.  Cutting through the noise of life and tuning into God’s voice can be difficult, but it’s vitally important too.

Our connection to God determines our experience with God.  He wants to do a new thing in our lives all the time. But God is a gentleman. He will not nag. He will not shout. But He wants to hear from us and he wants us to hear from Him, too.

Luke 8:15 says, “And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.”  When our hearts are ready, God can drop a seed in. He can draw you closer to Him. He can do the good work in your life that you’ve been believing for. He can change your life.  God’s voice is clearest in a prepared heart. Are you prepared for Him?

Listen to the full message, “Preparing To Hear.”

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Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

Transformation

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2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.”  What an exciting promise for new Christians, but also for all Christians. A new beginning is full of promise and hope. And because we belong to Christ, we are promised a life-changing transformation and a fresh perspective on life.

A butterfly goes through the same kind of transformation. Like a caterpillar, whose perspective is small and whose only focus is to eat, we have all been through times in our lives when our perspective is small and our focus is simple.  But a caterpillar knows when it’s time to do the work, wrap itself in a cocoon, and wait. We, as people, must get to the point where we know it’s time to do the work, wrap ourselves in God’s word, and wait for our transformation. While in the cocoon, the caterpillar dies.  The butterfly is formed. The struggle to get out begins. The struggle makes the butterfly strong. When it emerges, it is equipped to fly and fulfill its purpose. When we give our lives to Christ, when we choose to take our next steps with God, when we lay down an addiction, or when we recommit our lives to following Jesus, just like the caterpillar, our old ways of living die away.  God reconstructs us to something new. The inevitable struggle is necessary so we can fly and so we can fulfill our purpose.

The good news today is that we can all be transformed.  There is no age limit and no standard that must be met beforehand. And we can be transformed multiple times in different areas of our lives.  Romans 12:2-3 says, “ Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”  Just as God transforms the caterpillar into a butterfly so that it may fulfill its purpose to pollinate and spread life in the garden, God transforms his children so that we may fulfill our purpose and spread life among his kingdom.  

So let’s remember Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”  God wants to transform every area of our lives. He has good plans for us. We have a purpose and a calling and it’s greater than anything we can imagine. What is your calling?  How will you let God transform you today?

Listen to the full message, “Transformation.”

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Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

Fight With God’s Word

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When the devil talks about God, he lies.  When the devil talks about you, he accuses.  How do we fight back? We fight with God’s word.  When we feel rejected, like we are not good enough, or we feel condemned, that is the enemy speaking to us, and the enemy is a liar!  God’s Word, the Bible, is full of truth. We are God’s children, His chosen ones, and He loves us more than anything. All the devil wants is for us not to believe that, so he attacks.  God’s children, you and me, are in a daily battle with the enemy because his only goal is to keep us far from God. The thing is, we may not even realize it. All we know is that we do not have peace or that we feel down on ourselves.  But God has already given us his greatest weapon against the enemy – His Word. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.  It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”

When the enemy attacks, we can turn to the Bible.  Speak the Word out loud. Let it seep into your heart.  Believe God’s promises and His truths. Take those negative thoughts captive, reject them, and believe the word of God.

When you feel defeated, 1 John 4:4 says, “But you belong to God, my dear children.  You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”  

When you feel afraid, John 14:27 says, “I am leaving you with a gift— peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

When you feel rejected, Psalm 27:10 says, “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.”  

When you feel broken, Romans 8:18 says, “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.”  

When you feel lost, Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord.  ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”

When you feel worried, 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”  

When you feel discouraged, Isaiah 41:10 says, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”  

Whatever lie the enemy is trying to make you believe, there are scriptures that tell the truth.  Read them out loud, carry them with you, memorize them. Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”  When we have hidden God’s Word in our hearts, the enemy cannot win.

Listen to the full message, “When the Enemy Attacks.”

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Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

Pursue Sowing

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What goes around comes around.  Pay it forward. You reap what you sow.  Chances are, you’ve heard these phrases before.  This theme is common throughout the Bible. A farmer cannot plant beans and expect to harvest corn.  In the same way, we cannot plant seeds of negativity and expect to harvest goodness. What is it that you want to harvest?  

Haggai 2:19a says, “Is the seed still in the barn?” If we keep something, that’s all we will ever have.  But if we give, with a positive attitude – a cheerful heart – it will be multiplied back to us. Our actions have an impact on our lives and on the lives of those around us.  It is important that we plant the seeds needed for the harvest we want to reap. If we want a harvest of blessing, we need to bless others. If we want a harvest of productivity, we musn’t be lazy.  If we want a harvest of financial freedom, we must be good stewards of God’s money.

In Luke 6:38, Jesus says, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full – pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”  The truth is, God loves to bless his children, and he also loves for his children to bless one another. And he has already provided the seeds! Our time, our gifts, our words, our financial resources – it is up to us to decide if we keep these seeds, or if we plant them, in good soil, so we may reap the harvest God wants for us.  Remember, it not only impacts our lives, but the lives of those around us. What impact will you make today?

Listen to the full message, “Endless Impact.”

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