Thursday, August 13, 2015

God's Way!

But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard - things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. 
Galatians 5:22-23 The Message 

After several weeks exploring the concepts of discernment and examining its purpose, the next question becomes, "What are the methods of discernment?". Reading God's word and spending time in prayer are essential activities. In order to recognize God's voice, we must know who God is and be in a relationship with Him. God reveals himself to the world through the Holy Scriptures, and communication with God comes through prayer. As this intimate, trusting relationship with God grows, we also begin to recognize God speaking through people and circumstances and opportunities. To listen to God's voice means being attuned to all our surroundings, though the noise and in the solitude. God is omnipresent, everywhere, all the time, at the same time. He is waiting for you and me!

This Scripture in Galatians describes the outward character and behavior of living God's way! These benefits of living for Christ brings unmeasured joy and soul satisfaction. Just today I read Rev. Carolyn Moore's blog post, Not Just Another Book Club (or "How To Read the Bible"). Read this and let it soak into your heart and mind and soul. THIS is the beginning of truly developing a relationship with Christ. On my blog (see the "Resources" page), I list just a few Bible translations, Study Bibles and devotional tools. Online tools like BibleGateway and YouVersion are easy to find and use. A favorite App of mine is Olive Tree; some of the downloads are free and others cost. All these seemingly infinite resources are of little value if they go unused, just as a neglected relationship with God will not grow. Choose God's way! ~dho

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