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Listen Closely

“However when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me for he will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”~ John 16:13

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Ever feel like you are just running in circles and never really achieving anything for the Kingdom of God. We all get caught up in the busyness of life and even church life at times without really knowing if what we are doing is making a difference. There is one thing we can be certain of. If we are listening, I mean really listening for God to speak to us through the Holy Spirit, we will hear Him guide us. It may come through the Word as we read, it may come through His gentle, wonderful still small voice or it may come from another brother or sister in Christ. Jesus promised us that the Holy Spirit would guide us and He has never taken a promise back yet.

If you are finding yourself spinning your spiritual wheels and not really sure you are moving in the direction God wants you to be, take the time you need to spend in the presence of God. Allow the Word to speak life and direction to you. When you pray don’t just ask but receive from God. Allow Him to speak to you.  Listen closely as you spend time with Him.

We can save ourselves so much time and heartache if we know what we are doing is the will of Him who called us. It may not always be easy to do but we know that if we are moving in obedience to what He is asking us to do, He will make a way to see it through!

 

Abiding and the Beatitudes

I have been slowly reading and digesting the Beatitudes. I love that they contain  so many wonderful nuggets of God’s wisdom. These nuggets were given to us from Jesus Himself and therefore we know they are to be treasured. When you read them, you can’t help but notice the contrast to “natural” behaviors or responses. It is impossible to live the beatitudes without abiding in Christ and that is how we are to live.   As it says in 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ”  As we  yield our areas of  weakness and character to Christ

and allow Him to move in and through us, we are able to be the people He has called us to be. When we move  in our own strength we fail miserably and soon get discouraged at just how unloving we can be!

The Beatitudes are a reminder that it is impossible to live a truly happy and satisfying life that is pleasing to God without yielding to the Holy Spirit and allowing God’s love to guide us in our walk. The meaning of “blessed” when used in the Beatitudes refers to “happy.”  Not just a surface happy but a deep soul happy.

Matthew 5:1-12 NIV 5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.   He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 
Blessed are the pure in heart,  for they will see God. 
Blessed are the peacemakers,  for they will be called children of God. 
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

It is impossible to be “happy” in the above situations if we are NOT abiding in Christ. They require a selflessness that the flesh just won’t succumb to . However, when we are walking closely with the “lover of our soul” we long to be as He is.

Lord give us a hunger to be more like you. To love as you love and walk in sweet communion with you so that we too may be truly happy! Amen

Sermon On The Mount

Sermon On The Mount