TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, February 26, 2018:
To pay attention with the ear; attend closely for the purpose of hearing; to heed or obey.
My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 2: 1, 2, 5.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Learning to listen to God is an essential part of following His will. We want to share with you today several ways that God will speak to us when we have turned our life over to Him.
First of all, the Lord will speak to us through the SCRIPTURE. The Bible is our guidebook to God’s thoughts and actions. It is our primary source where we can discover God’s character and how we can learn to trust Him. We need to read the Bible more than we do and pay attention to what God is saying to us. Our goal should be to listen for God’s instruction for us and then obey it.
God does not reveal Himself only in powerful and miraculous ways. Most often He reveals Himself in a gentle whisper as He did to Elijah in I Kings 19:12. Unless we take time and step back from the noise and activity of our busy life and take the time to spend alone with God and listen for His guidance we will not hear Him whisper to us.
Secondly, the Lord will speak to us through PRAYER. We need to treat prayer like we do when we are talking to our friends. The Lord desires a give and take in His relationship with us. Prayer is not done when we have completed our talking to God. We must quiet our mouth and thoughts so that our spiritual ears can listen.
Thirdly, in the Bible, the Lord often revealed His ways to men and women through their CIRCUMSTANCES. He still works that way today. Situations may be different but our Lord never changes. God still uses everyday life circumstances to reveal to us errors in thinking and to open and close doors of opportunity to prove His promises to be true.
Finally, God uses OTHERS like pastors, friends, family and mentors to speak truth to a person’s life. God does not hesitate to send us a message from the mouth of someone we know and trust.
God speaks to us in all four of these ways. We need to attune our spiritual ears, always remembering that all messages from God to us must agree with His Holy Word.
The big question for us today is: ARE WE LISTENING!
Our memory verse for this week is found in Romans 8:14.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
My prayer today is that You would teach me to be faithful to take time out of the hustle and bustle of life to spend time alone with You listening to what You are saying to me. Help me to take a new look at how I read Your Word, how I pray and how I respond to circumstances and friends who You are using to communicate to me.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, 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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