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Friday, February 24, 2017

Don't Be Deceived!



            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Let’s listen… for JOY!

            This week we’ve talked a lot about learning to recognize God’s voice.  How can we be sure that it’s Him speaking?  Sometimes we’re not sure if it’s God or maybe just our own thoughts….and sometimes even that evil enemy.

            First of all, we must stay in The Word…and know when something doesn’t match up with scripture.  That’s why it’s so important to read the Bible daily, to be saturated with truth so that we recognize something that is UNTRUE   Satan is our enemy and he is pretty cunning.  He’ll try to deceive us at every turn. In John 8:44 he is called the “father of lies”.

            So how can we be sure it’s God speaking? One of the surest ways to recognize God’s voice is the effect His words have on us.  The results should produce increased faith, gratitude and joy!  God’s voice brings encouragement and peace.  He tells us to “be anxious for nothing” in Philippians 4:6.  He’s the God who calms our mind and soul.  A sure sign that we’ve heard from him is the peace we feel in the midst of the storm. 

            We, also, will know God is speaking because of our attitude.  He will place in our hearts a new understanding toward others, and we’ll begin to feel greater compassion and mercy.  We’ll find ourselves not only being a blessing to those around us, but receiving joyful blessings as well!

            May we listen for God’s voice and experience His encouragement, peace, understanding and joy! 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Joy-filled Prayer Life




            Have you had your Joy Juice today? If you’ve had your quiet time with God, I’m sure that you’ve had a serving of joy!

            Peter Lord in his book Hearing God writes: “Prayer is a two-way conversation with God the Father and one of us, his children. It is one of the primary sources of fellowshipping with our Lord, but we must open our hearts to what he has to say.  When we hear God in our times of meditation and prayer, there is much we learn about him and about ourselves.”

            Most of us like to know that people are listening when we speak.  The conversation is brief when it’s one-sided! The same is true with prayer! “Prayer is transformed when it moves from a monologue to a dialogue---when you listen to God speak after you have spoken or when you listen to him speak before you even utter a word.” (Peter Lord)

            Someone has jokingly said that God gave us two ears and one mouth so we could listen twice as much as we talk. For some of us, that’s sometimes hard to do!   But let’s remember that when we learn to listen to God, prayer is vitalized.  It is valuable in our lives, and it becomes exciting.

            Let’s evaluate our prayer life.  Is it dull and routine?  For many of us, it may even be nonexistent on some days.  What we should all hope for is an exciting experience when we go to God in prayer because we recognize the voice of the One Who loves us supremely.  When our prayer life is a personal exchange with our Father, then it will be overflowing with JOY!

            Drink from the fountain of Joy Juice that comes from an exciting prayer life and a personal relationship with Jesus.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Call, Ask, Listen for Joy



            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  It helps us to be more attentive to God’s voice. 

            Would you like to be able to hear God speak and tell you “great and wonderful things”? The awesome truth….that IS possible!  Jeremiah 33:3 says (in the NIV version): “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” 

The New Living Translation says it like this: “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” 

             God is very clear that if we will ASK HIM….He will answer! The important thing is….we must be listening in order to hear what He has to say.  A great place to begin our listening process is by picking up the Bible and letting His word speak to our hearts as we read, study and meditate on how to apply His truth.
 

            God loves to converse with us! In our prayers, we talk to Him…but we also must realize that an important part of prayer is listening. “BE STILL”, He lovingly whispers….”BE STILL so that I can speak truth and peace and love and joy into your heart & mind.”

Once we've prepared our hearts to listen through prayer, we're more likely to hear His voice.  
  • He speaks through His Word
  • He speaks through our thoughts
  • He speaks through conversations with others
  • He speaks through circumstances
Let’s be attentive to His voice. When we learn to really hear Him, we will experience that indescribable JOY in the Lord!

            Let's pray for one another to hear His voice today as we drink in the joy of the Lord!