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Monday, December 20, 2010

The Joy of Hearing From God!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

If only we could grasp just how much God is in every detail of our lives. I am going to tell you something that is absolutely true and whether you believe it or not. One of the reasons God wants you to learn to meditate on His word daily is because He wants to speak to your heart. He has something He wants to say to you and it’s something you are going to need to hear.

Some people read the Bible out of obligation or duty. They don’t read it realizing that God personalizes His Word and desires it to speak to your heart. Do you realize that God wants to converse with you every day? Do you realize that He uses the scriptures to speak to you? Pray and ask God to help you see what He is saying to you through the scriptures. In time, you will begin to see that they do speak to you and to your day ahead.

The goal of reading scripture is not to see how much you can read. It’s to hear from God - His heart to yours! Romans 15:4 says, “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises.” Isaiah 50:4 says, “The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know what to say to all these weary ones. Morning by morning He awakens me and opens my understanding to His will.” If you paid attention to what that verse just said, then you noticed that He isn’t speaking to you just for your sake. He is speaking to you because there are others who need just what you heard from the Lord. It’s for you and for someone else. I can’t tell you how many times someone was sharing a need that related to the very thing I was meditating on from the Word of God and I was able to respond, “You know, I was just reading from the Word this morning. Let me share what He spoke to my heart with you.”

This morning I was reading in the book of Galatians when a verse stopped me cold. Not because I violated it or any negative reason. I just knew the Lord was trying to speak to me through this verse which said, “If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody.” Galatians 6:3 (NLT)

I stopped and thought about how important it is to help those the Lord is instructing you to help. Sometimes I struggle with that because I am surrounded by so many people with needs, but I have learned from another verse to: “…do what you can, not what you can’t.”

It was interesting, but not a coincidence, that the Lord was speaking to me about that verse today. I called a close friend today to ask him a question and discovered in the call that he was with his wife. She had just gotten out of the hospital after totaling her car in an accident. She was banged up, but all right. He was bringing her home. After I got off the phone, the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “Bring them a meal.” My first thought was, “There is a blizzard happening right now.” My second thought was, “She has definite tastes and probably won’t want what I would bring.” But the Lord reminded me of today’s manna: “If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody.” I called them right back and asked them if I could bring them a meal. They said yes and when I asked what I could bring, they said the very thing I would have brought them. I brought them over the meal and got to pray with them. They were blessed and so was I for obeying the Lord. I was also very glad the Lord spoke that specific word to me this morning or my excuses might have talked me out of doing this in a heavy snowfall.

Hearing from God and obeying Him is probably the most rewarding thing in life one can experience. God helping us and we helping others is usually what is behind His conversation with us. It’s the God life that Jesus made possible!

Psalm 119:103 "How sweet are your words to my taste; they are sweeter than honey."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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