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Thursday, February 11, 2016

God's Whispers of Joy

             Have you had your Joy Juice today?  If you’ve spent time with God in prayer, then you certainly have had a special serving of joy.

            Peter Lord writes in his book Hearing God, “Prayer is one of the primary sources of fellowshipping with our Lord, but we must open our hearts to what he has to say.”

           Do we always hear God speak?  Sadly, no. And mainly we don’t hear Him because we are not listening!  Dr. Marilyn Murphree explains: “When we are stressed out by the pressures of life, we often think irrationally, as Elijah did in 1 Kings 19. We may lose our focus and recognize that our spiritual life is in shambles.  We recite our litany of troubles over and over to our friends…. When God tries to speak to us, we are so focused on our own remedies that He can’t get through. We are still rehashing our numerous problems or looking for Him in all the wrong places.

“In First Kings, God taught Elijah that He was not speaking through the things Elijah was focused on—the rock shattering wind, the dreadful earthquake or the fire. But….when the still, small voice came, Elijah knew immediately that it was God. When we quiet our spirits long enough, we will be able to hear God speak to us. When He has our attention, He can tell us where to go and what to do next. God brought Elijah out of the cave and out of his depression. He can do the same for us today”…if we will only listen and obey. *

            Listen to God’s whispers as He guides you along the path of joy. 


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