TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, October 19, 2017:
To give attention with the ear; to heed or obey.
Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said; men of Israel and you who fear God, listen to me. Acts 13:16.
This is My Son, whom I love. Listen to Him! Mark 9:7.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
One of the most important lessons we can learn is how to listen to God. Listening to God is essential to walking with God. Nothing is more important, more urgent, more necessary, and more rewarding than hearing what God has to say to us and then to obey Him. A real conversation involves both listening and talking. Unfortunately, most believers do a lot of talking to God through prayer but very little listening by reading God’s Word and meditating on it.
If we fail to learn how to listen to the Lord, we will make some very unwise and costly mistakes. The Bible assures us that God talks to us and we must listen. In Hebrews 1:1-2 the writer says, “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers by the prophets, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son.”
Our God is not silent, He is alive and active. He speaks to us individually and in a way that we can hear Him, and then receive His message, and obey Him. God speaks to you through the scriptures and through others that are in touch with God. You must first be willing to listen and allow the Holy Spirit to open up your heart and then the Holy Spirit will do His work to give you a deeper understanding of scripture.
God is very concerned about His relationship with you and leaves no stone unturned to cultivate it and to strengthen it. A young man who had recently accepted Jesus as His Savior was struggling with an issue that he had learned from his father. When friends got something that he liked, he wanted the same thing. He decided that he would pray about it so he prayed for over a week. Then a friend told him that God could not answer him unless he started to read the Bible. He opened the Bible to Exodus and the first verse he saw was one of the Ten Commandments, THOU SHALL NOT COVET. You see God did give him his answer loud and clear from His Word. But notice God also used a friend to lead the young man to the answer.
Learning to listen to God through the reading of His Word is the most important thing you can do because there is no other way to know God and enjoy the amazing wonderful abundant life that God offers you. Pay close attention to what God is saying to you and He will certainly tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).
Our memory verses for this week is found in John 14:1-2.
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Help me to learn to listen to Your voice for the instruction that I need daily to serve You. Help me to put my concerns and cares in Your hands and wait for Your answer to each one.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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