Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Hearing God's Voice clearly


"Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you!
O Israel, if you will listen to Me!
Psalm 81:8 NKJV

One of the most important lessons we can learn is how to listen to God. In our complex and hectic lives, nothing is more urgent, nothing more necessary, and nothing more rewarding than hearing what God has to say to us and obeying Him.

A true conversation, of course, involves both talking and listening. Most of us do better with the talking part.

Throughout the Bible, we read of prophets and other men and women of God who implored their people to hear the word of the Lord. Obviously, God earnestly wanted His people to hear His voice.

He still does.

So how do we hear God when He speaks to us today?

What steps can we take to make ourselves ready to hear what He has to say?

1. Read God’s Word:

By studying God’s Word, we begin to see His established order for our lives. We learn about His truth, mercy, love and forgiveness.

2. Seek Him in Prayer: 

Many times, bowing our heads is the best way to see God’s face and hear His voice. In opening ourselves up to Him in prayer, we can tell Him all that we are feeling and all that we are experiencing. Prayer is more than just a wish list for God - it’s a conversation in which we interact with Him.

3. Meditate on His Truth:

Dwelling on what God speaks to our hearts is a great way to let His truths take root in our souls. Not only will what we read and hear from him impact our lives, but by meditating on it, God has the building materials to lay an unshakable foundation in our hearts. The psalmist said to the Lord, “I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:99).

4. Be still before the Lord in Prayer:

Many people seem uncomfortable with silence, especially if they are alone. In silence, however, we are able to hear the “still small voice” (1 Kin. 19:12) - the voice of the Lord. Quietness is essential to listening. If we are too busy to sit in silence in God’s presence; if we are preoccupied with thoughts or concerns about the day; if we have filled our minds for hour upon hour with carnal interference and aimless chatter - then we are going to have difficulty listening for His still, small voice.

At some point during the day, be still before the Lord in prayer.

5. Listen to Him:

You hear with your ears, If you have normal hearing, you can’t help hearing sounds within a certain audio range. Listening, however goes further, involving the mind. Genuine listening is active, meaning that it puts the mind in gear and pays attention to everything said, looking intently for the meaning. That’s how God wants us to listen to Him - actively!

When during the day do you prefer to have your quiet time with the Lord?

Prayer Requests

Today's Prayer Requests

Teena | For the past 6 years my daughter & I have been in an on again, off again relationship. I truly thought we had mended all last year in August. I went back to see her and my mother in December. For one day all was well. Then the next few things just went south. All we spoke about, all we said we'd never discuss again were all brought up. To make a very long complicated story short she is once again mad at me. I never knew that she was until 2 weeks ago. She's been harboring this madness towards me since December.
I have an only granddaughter who she's kept from me off an on these years as well. I used to live there, but another long story, I moved out to AZ after all of this started. I knew if I stayed back I'd die from a heart attack or commit suicide because of the way she was treating me, and not allowing me to see our Amelia. For 2 years I kept care of her on our day of  each week.
We had a bond, and off and on when my daughter & I were "on" Amelia and I kept that bond. However, now she'll be 8 in August. And, I've not heard from her since December. I've sent a couple of gifts to her and never a call to thank me. Her Mom uses the excuse that Amelia is strong headed and can't be made to call. It's been really bothering me here this past week because I'm going back to see Mom in August for her birthday. And, Amelia shares that same date.
Today I missed a call from her. I called back, but no answer. I sent my daughter a text to ask what Amelia may like to have for her birthday present, and like usual have not heard back from her. Wow! That was a lot. But, believe me its a shortened down version of all we've gone through these past 6 years. My prayer is of course to get my daughter's love back. But, it will take a miracle from God. I thought he'd answered that prayer last year. I now pray that someday Amelia will come looking for me and want to have a relationship. Please pray for us all! Teena

W. Albert Burton  | Renew my strength in you O LORD, and give me courage, and the power to destroy the things of my pass that hunters my soul day, and night. my Haven Father I seek peace in your Haven.

Chandni | Father God, I am praying for the well being of my husband, my pet dogs, my grand parents, my father, my cousin brother, my paternal aunt and for me. Please bless for my married life. Me and my husband is struggling a lot to retain our marriage. Please shower happiness on us.I thank you for everything you have given to me. Bless me amd my husband with your grace. I love you for bringing me into this world.Amen.


J. N.|  Please make a pray for our health she's have a problem in her ovaries, and I have an anxiety problems Thanks God bless you

Jennifer Paul | please pray for to open a door to work in Canada as I'm an English language (ESOL) qualified teacher 25 years of experience. God's will may be done. Thanks.

Step w | I'm praying for family unification n strength in the Loreto pull me closer to him n to remove any blockage from immigration for my husband to come to America. Asking for the Lord to continue to give me strength n order my words and steps that he sees forth for me.

vijay aggarwal | Plz pray for money in abundance for a comfortable life
Anthony Amaefule | Please pray for healing,protection and financial breakthrough in my life and family.

Melissa Gonzalez | Please pray for my son Mikey, he is 23 and has bipolar. Please pray the Lord heals him of his.

Learning Wisdom

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 4

Proverbs 4 (KJV)

1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Scripture Meaning

Exhortation to the study of wisdom. (1-13) Cautions against bad company, Exhortation to faith and holiness. (14-27)

Verses 1-13: We must look upon our teachers as our fathers: though instruction carry in it reproof and correction, bid it welcome. Solomon's parents loved him, therefore taught him. Wise and godly men, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agree that true wisdom consists in obedience, and is united to happiness. Get wisdom, take pains for it. Get the rule over thy corruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of this world.

An interest in Christ's salvation is necessary. This wisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom and grace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched are those, who, with all their wealth and power, die without getting understanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God! Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking, and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid being straitened or stumbling.

Verses 14-27: The way of evil men may seem pleasant, and the nearest way to compass some end; but it is an evil way, and will end ill; if thou love thy God and thy soul, avoid it. It is not said, Keep at a due distance, but at a great distance; never think you can get far enough from it. The way of the righteous is light; Christ is their Way, and he is the Light.

The saints will not be perfect till they reach heaven, but there they shall shine as the sun in his strength. The way of sin is as darkness. The way of the wicked is dark, therefore dangerous; they fall into sin, but know not how to avoid it. They fall into trouble, but never seek to know wherefore God contends with them, nor what will be in the end of it. This is the way we are bid to shun. Attentive hearing the word of God, is a good sign of a work of grace begun in the heart, and a good means of carrying it on. There is in the word of God a proper remedy for all diseases of the soul. Keep thy heart with all diligence.

We must set a strict guard upon our souls; keep our hearts from doing hurt, and getting hurt. A good reason is given; because out of it are the issues of life. Above all, we should seek from the Lord Jesus that living water, the sanctifying Spirit, issuing forth unto everlasting life. Thus we shall be enabled to put away a froward mouth and perverse lips; our eyes will be turned from beholding vanity, looking straight forward, and walking by the rule of God's word, treading in the steps of our Lord and Master. Lord, forgive the past, and enable us to follow thee more closely for the time to come.

Scripture Application

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the Book of Proverbs with Chapter 4.

In our text today we see how Wisdom can be Learned through application after application. Learning from wise teachers and mentors as they teach the Word of God. In making application we see that we need to seek wisdom and wise teachers from the authorities the Lord places in our lives. How about you? Do you notice those who teach us the wisdom of the Bible? Let us learn from our text today to remember that wisdom is from the Lord and He uses the authorities He places in our lives to help us learn Wisdom

Jesus is all I need

Bible Verse of the Day: Psalm 16:5 (KJV)

5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

Marriage Mending

How Churches Can Rescue Marriages in Trouble

Divorces are sky-high in Tinseltown, and we can’t blame Liza Minnelli for all of them. Find out how we can avoid their marital failures.

Do Hollywood people know what marriage is all about?

Let’s count up the splits just in 2017. Scarlett Johansson and her husband Romain Dauriac broke up after just two years of marriage. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck held it together for ten years and three kids before deciding to untie the knot. David Schwimmer and Zoe Buckman hung on for seven years.

And while we’re at it, who can forget the ten-million-dollar wedding between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, whose marriage lasted just 72 days? Not kidding.

So what do Hollywood marriages teach us? The answer, according to NewsMax writer Juliette Fairley, is to get a good prenup.

I hope we can do better than that.  And in fact, I know someone who DOES provide much better advice for protecting marriages: Mike McManus, founder of Marriage Savers.

Mike and his wife, Harriet, spend much of their time traveling the country teaching churches what they can do to protect marriages-even before couples exchange vows.

The first thing an engaged couple ought to do, they say, is take part in a premarital diagnostic program called PREPARE.  The couple separately answers a lengthy questionnaire, and then meets six times with a mentor couple-one that’s been married for decades. The goal is to help the couple identify the strengths and weaknesses of their relationship and learn how to better communicate and resolve their differences.

Of those who complete PREPARE, some 20 percent abandon their wedding plans-which is actually good: better a broken engagement than a broken marriage. But an amazing 90-plus percent of those who do marry are still together twenty years later, says McManus.

Marriage Savers offers other programs, as well: RESTORE helps pull couples back from the brink of divorce. It’s taught by those whose own marriages nearly crashed and burned. For instance, as Mike notes, “A couple who recovered from adultery can tell a couple in crisis, ‘This is what we did to restore trust.’” Four out of five couples who took part in RESTORE were able to mend their marriages.

Then there’s RECONCILE for people whose spouse wants a divorce. The spouse who wants to save the marriage goes through the program with a friend of the same gender. About half of the spouses who undertake RECONCILE avoid divorce.

And for step-families-a group that suffers a shocking 70 percent divorce rate-Mike recommends a Stepfamily Support Group. Eighty percent of these couples stay together.

America’s divorce rate is the highest in the civilized world. And not all of them happen in Tinseltown, or among non-believers. It’s happening because too many of our neighbors have lost the biblical view of marriage: It’s designed to be a monogamous, lifelong commitment-physical, emotional, and spiritual-intended for the nurturing of any children they may be blessed with.

Instead, whether they fully realize it or not, couples absorb a view taught by our secular culture: that marriage is based on nothing more than mutual affection-an arrangement that may be broken when the excitement fades, difficulties appear, or when somebody else catches the eye.

When people view marriage this way, sadly, their weddings become little more than expensive parties.

Which is why I need to ask this question: What is YOUR church doing to support marriage? If you visit Mike McManus’s website, www.marriagesavers.org, you will learn how to involve your church-or an engaged couple you know-in programs that lead to strong, life-long marriages.

by: Eric Metaxas & Anne Morse

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