Saturday, April 01, 2017

Hear What God Says

Deus caritas est! “…God is love.” 1 John 4:16
As we enter this season of reflection and renewal, let’s rediscover God calling to His children, revealing His goodness, and transforming each one with Perfect Love. "This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10) ~ Donna Oswalt

The alternate beats of the Christian heart are receptivity and response - receptivity from God and response in work from us. E. Stanley Jones, The Habit of Reading the Bible Daily as found in Devotional Classics, edited by Foster and Smith
Christ came to earth from the Father with the desire to offer Perfect Love for every person. God revealed Himself to us through the Word. We need to spend time reading the Scriptures. Let us ask ourselves, "How much time do I spend with God every day?" 

[Jesus said] ...I have not come on my own; but [the Father] sent me. Why is My language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. John 8:42-43

If we do not understand God's message, do not find God's plan revealed for our lives, it is because we are not seeking Him. The father of lies speaks and shouts, tempts and taunts, distracts and discourages us. If we belong to God, we will listen for Truth. Whose messages do you hear the loudest?

READ John 8:39-47

consider this!

- Reading the verses above, contrast Jesus, Son of God, with Satan, father of lies.

- If spending time in God's Word is the way we understand more about God, how will I commit to doing this?

- What is the 'language' of Jesus? Is it a foreign language to me?

Father of Light - I know that spending time with You is essential in growing an intimate relationship. the father of lies tries to capture my time, wrestles with my commitment, delights when I fail. He calls that time unnecessary Bible study, "homework", a waste of time. He convinces me that what the world calls IMPORTANT should be my priorities. Cleanse this heart; make it holy. Strengthen me; encourage me. I want to speak the same language as You. Amen. -dho

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