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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Speak, Lord...I Will Joyfully Listen!

                Have you had your Joy Juice today?  God will guide us when we are saturated with His love and joy. 

                One of my favorite writers, Oswald Chambers, says this about hearing God’s leading in our lives. He wrote:

  “What hinders me from hearing is that I am taken up with other things. It is not that I will not hear God, but I am not devoted in the right place. I am devoted to things, to service, to convictions, and God may say what He likes, but I do not hear Him. The child attitude is always, ‘Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth.’” 

                There is such truth to that statement.  So often we call ourselves listening for God’s voice, yet we are running the rat-race of life…..possibly even doing good, wonderful things FOR Christ….but not being still enough to hear Him as He speaks to us.  Busyness, clutter and clamor often clogs our spiritual ears and we miss God’s voice amidst it all.

                We must make to be still before God so that we can be certain of the Holy Spirit’s guidance.  Priscilla Shirer says, “The Holy Spirit will never tell us to do anything that isn’t in God’s will. He speaks exactly what He hears from the Father.  He begins to influence our minds, will, emotions, and bodies to desire what is pleasing to God and will bring Him glory. Our responsibility is to cooperate by obeying His promptings and bathing ourselves in the Word and prayer.”

                 May we always have the child-attitude of Samuel, “Speak, Lord, for thy servant is listening.”  1 Samuel 3:10  

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