God doesn’t keep office hours!

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Jan 272018
 

Behind this is a simple but important truth:
We can come to God at any time-
– because He wants our fellowship.

God doesn’t keep office hours!

He welcomes us because He knows we need Him.
And He wants to help us.

No situation is beyond His concern-
– because He loves us and wants what is best for us.

Prayer is an opportunity-
– an opportunity for us to grow closer to God and seek His will for our lives.

Does this mean God wants us to lock ourselves in our rooms 24 hours a day-
– with our eyes closed and our lips constantly moving in prayer?

No!
That isn’t what He commands.

Instead-
He wants us to cultivate the habit of quietly praying in our souls about everything throughout the day.

Even when you are talking with someone, you can be praying for them in your spirit.

I commend you for wanting to start each day with prayer.

But ask God to help you turn to Him in prayer all day long also-
– not just praying about your needs or the needs of others,
– but also praising and thanking Him for all He has done for us in Jesus Christ.

(PA)

Do not let this happen to you!

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Jan 192018
 

“…they were unaware of it” (Luke 2:43).

Jesus was 12 years old.
Mary and Joseph travelled to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.

They were evidently very distracted by the excitement and business of the Feast.
In fact, Mary and Joseph began their return trip to Nazareth only to realize well into the trip that Jesus was not with them.

It would be three days before they would be reunited with their 12-year-old son.
It caused quite a scare in Mary and Joseph, and they reprimanded Jesus for “wandering” off.

As a parent, I find this story truly amazing.
How can parents of the Son of God not know their son is not in their presence?

Yet this story illustrates how each of us can become so busy that we continue to operate not realizing that Jesus is no longer with us.
Obviously, there was very little fellowship taking place between Jesus and His parents during the trip.

Are you experiencing daily, even moment-by-moment, fellowship with Jesus?

If not-
– you will wake up one day and realize Jesus is not with you in your endeavors.

It may, like Mary and Joseph, create a certain fear in you that you may have lost a very important relationship.

Doing business without Jesus’ presence-
– leaves us powerless and prone to live in fear.

Jesus said He would never leave or forsake His children.

However-
– we can walk away from His fellowship by refusing to be with Him.

Do not let this happen to you!

He longs to have daily fellowship with you because He loves you!

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Switching off Jesus?

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Jan 182018
 

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…” (Isaiah 9:2, 6).

The Sunday school children were making their annual presentation of the Christmas story.

Parents were proud.
Grandparents were sentimental as they reminisced about Christmases past.

All had gone well until.
There is always an “until” in a children’s Christmas presentation.
All had gone well until they reached that time to show the holiness of the newborn Saviour.

Mary and Joseph looked suitably significant.
The shepherds had hit their marks and were on their knees in a position of worship.

At the right moment-
– the student who controlled the lights was to throw all the switches but one
– that single switch controlled a small light bulb placed in the manger.

The light from that single source would be most impressive for the folks watching, at least, that’s what was supposed to happen.

Unfortunately-
– the boy who was to turn off all the lights but one got rattled.

He hit all the switches.
The congregation, thrown into pitch-blackness, sat in stunned silence.

That’s when one of the shepherds, a third-grader, said in a whisper that carried through the entire church:
“Hey! You switched off Jesus!”

For that boy, “switching off Jesus” was an accident!

In Jesus’ day there were many people who “switched off the light” Jesus wished to give them.
The inn keeper, Herod, scribes…

Today there are also those who willfully turn off the light the Saviour brings.
In their ignorance, they deliberately deny and disregard the Lord Jesus who has come so they might have joy and peace.

They keep the light turned off.
They cannot say, “You are my Saviour and my Lord.”

It is the Lord’s wish and will that you walk in the light of the Saviour.
If Jesus had been born one thousand times in Bethlehem, yet has never been born in your heart, then you will, on Judgment Day, still be lost.

That would be a terrible and unnecessary tragedy-unnecessary because Jesus came into this world to save you from such a sorry ending.

Jesus was born so that you might live in the light and not grope in the darkness of sin and Satan.
So you could be in the light, Jesus spent His entire life doing what you could not.

Switching off Jesus?
Or walking in His light?

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Can we hear from God?

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Jan 162018
 

How can we recognize the voice of God?
Can we hear from God?

This question has been asked by countless people throughout the ages.

Samuel heard the voice of God, but did not recognize it until he was instructed by Eli (1 Samuel 3:1-10).
Gideon had a physical revelation from God, and he still doubted what he had heard to the point of asking for a sign, not once, but three times (Judges 6:17-22, 36-40).

When we are listening for God’s voice-
– how can we know that He is the one speaking?

First of all-
Read!

We have something that Gideon and Samuel did not.
We have the complete Bible, the inspired Word of God, to read, study, and meditate on.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

When we have a question about a certain topic or decision in our lives, we should see what the Bible has to say about it.

God will never lead us or direct us contrary to what He has taught or promised in His Word (Titus 1:2).

Second-
Recognize!!

To hear God’s voice we must recognize it.

Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

Those who hear God’s voice are those who belong to Him—those who have been saved by His grace through faith in the Lord Jesus.

These are the sheep who hear and recognize His voice, because they know Him as their Shepherd and they know His voice.

If we are to recognize God’s voice-
– we must belong to Him.
And we must follow Him.

Third-
Relate!!!

We hear His voice when we spend time in-
– prayer,
– Bible study, and
– quiet contemplation of His Word.

The more time we spend intimately with God and His Word-
– the easier it is to recognize His voice and His leading in our lives.

Employees at a bank are trained to recognize counterfeits by studying genuine money so closely that it is easy to spot a fake.

We should be so familiar with God’s Word that when God does speak to us or lead us, it is clear that it is God.

God speaks to us so that we may understand truth.

While God can speak audibly to people-
He speaks primarily through His Word, and sometimes through the Holy Spirit to our consciences, through circumstances, and through other people.

By applying what we hear to the truth of Scripture-
– we can learn to recognize His voice!

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Hunger for God

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Jan 132018
 

Even some intelligent people get involved in cults for all kinds of reasons.

Some people are very lonely!

Cults often go out of their way to make them feel accepted.

But the real reason for their getting involved with cult groups is-

– because down inside they are spiritually empty!

And they hope that those groups might have the answer to his spiritual hunger.

Down inside we all hunger for God-

-even if we don’t realize it, or even deny it.

The reason is because God made us this way!

“He has also set eternity in the hearts of men” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

In other words-

God made us to be His friends and have a personal relationship with Him forever.

But when we turn our backs on Him-

– the empty place in our hearts remains unfilled,

– and nothing will satisfy it.

They might have experienced virtually everything life has to offer-

– pleasure, position, possession and so forth.

But their experience will be no different from the man in the Bible who ended up crying:

“When I surveyed all that my hands had done…everything was meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 2:11).

Pray for those who are in cultic bondages-

– that they may see their need of Christ and turn to Him.

(PA)