Category Archives: Listen

Reckless Love

2 Sam. 22:20 “He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.”

Heb.12:6-11 (GW) “The Lord disciplines everyone he loves. He severely disciplines everyone he accepts as his child.” Endure your discipline. God corrects you as a father corrects his children. All children are disciplined by their fathers. Read the rest of this entry

Treasured

Matt.18:12-13 (VOICE) “…Should the shepherd leave the flock on the hills unguarded to search for the lost sheep? God’s shepherd goes to look for that one lost sheep and when he finds her, he is happier about her return than he is about the 99 who stayed put.”

You need a shepherd and you need a flock. Isa.53:6We’re ALL like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him.”(MSG, emphasis added). Read the rest of this entry

As I Hear

John 5:30 (KJV) “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”

Mark 10:51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!” (emphasis added). How do you think Jesus would have felt to hear this blind man using the lingo of the core? Read the rest of this entry

His Voice, His Word!

Ps.103:20-21 (NKJV) “Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.” (emphasis added).

The second reward of relentless calling is, we hear His voice. The beauty of hearing God’s voice is, His voice carries His Word. I know some of us are thinking, what else would His voice carry? I will explain. Read the rest of this entry

Hear His Voice

Mark 5:36 “But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.” (emphasis added).

This season, Jesus’ direct Words to us are Don’t Be Afraid, Just Have Faith. Please read Mark 5:21-43, it is our anchor scripture for the season. Hanging out with Jesus must have been frustrating for the disciples sometimes. Read the rest of this entry

The Assurance

Isa.46:3 (NKJV) “…Who have been upheld by Me from birth, Who have been carried from the womb: 4 Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.

I play a lot of sports and by God’s grace, I play them really well. However, one sport I have struggled to do is swimming and at some point, I wanted to give some focus to swimming. Read the rest of this entry

Act!!!

Rom.8:13 “For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live” [with emphasis]

 

To overcome temptation, the second thing you need to do is to take action. Act in the power of the Holy Spirit, not in your strength, not in your flesh.

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First Love – New Love!

Ps. 119:9 “How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word… 11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

 

By God’s grace, I will teach you two things that I do to overcome the power of temptation. These two things have their origins and roots in the Word of God.

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Do It Quickly

Eph.4:26-27 (GN) “If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin; and do not stay angry all day.  Don’t give the devil a chance.”

 

The fifth way to deal with difficult people is Resolve The Conflict Quickly. The question is, should a Christian ever get angry? Did Jesus ever get angry? Yes, Jesus did but that is not a license to be short fused. Inevitably, sometimes we get angry but God’s Word says, Eph.4:27 (Philips) “Never go to bed angry!” Read the rest of this entry

Pay Attention

Deut.11:22 “Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.”

 

In yesterday’s devotional, our closing thought was that for you to step up, you have to Listen Up! However, there are two things inherent in listening up. The first thing is for us to pay attention [be attentive] to His voice. Read the rest of this entry