Monday, March 2, 2009

In Other Words Tuesday

Today I am joining in with "In Other Words Tuesdays". Miriam Pauline's Monologue is hosting this week so you can link there to find other participating blogs.


The quote for this week is:

"God does not speak simply to be heard. He speaks to be obeyed. Obedience is the Alpha and Omega of discerning God's voice."

by Priscilla Schirer from Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks.

In order to obey we must first listen. That reminds me. I just so happened to write a blog post yesterday asking you to consider how well you listen. You can link here to read that one, if you like.

Do you listen to God?

In order to listen, you need to read what He says. And you can find it in His Word, the Bible.

Many people are intimidated to read the Bible. I've heard some use the excuse that they have no Bible training or that they let the preachers tell them what it says.

But if you truly are a Christian, you already have the Holy Spirit living within you. It's like being plugged into the power supply; a supernatural power. In your 'self' you may not be able to understand, but the Holy Spirit will help you and interpret for you.

We may each be at different levels of understanding in our spiritual growth. But even new believers need to start somewhere.

Read what the Bible says about listening and obeying God.

In John14:21 Jesus says,

"Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who
loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."

And Jesus continues in verse 23-24,

"If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching."

Isn't it interesting to read that love and obedience go together?

When you talk to your children, you want them to listen. But what if all they did was listen and never obeyed? You talk to them and teach them because you love them.

God speaks to us through His Word. As we read and listen, if we love Him we will obey. He has our best interests at heart. Just like you have your children's best interests at heart.

It's a love relationship. I know that I can trust Him because He loves me.

I have to admit that I don't always obey. But my heart's desire is to grow in my relationship with the Lord. And the more I come to know Him, the more I learn to trust Him so then I want to listen ...and obey.

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for paticipating in IOW this week! Great points to ponder. Have a blessed day!

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  2. "God has our best interest at heart." Why are we so afraid of believing that when it comes to listening to what He tells us we need to do. What He has to say definitely are not merely suggestions. Thanks for sharing today.

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  3. This was a wonderful post sweetie.

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  4. Good post, good reminders. In regards to listening I've heard that's why God gave us two ears and only one mouth. We need to listen more than we speak.
    I'm listening........
    Love you, h

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  5. Hi Debbie,
    my dad had a very bad day today and I just don't have the heart to blog. We think he had a tia or his glucose level is off, but today alert and oriented his face was drooping on one side and he was drooling profusely. He looked at me and said Lisa please help me and i can't get that out of my head and Debbie there is nothing I can do, I am helpless.

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  6. Well, this subject is the very heart beat of my blog (except for today, where I talk about my dirty house...from which I am currently taking a break). I love the subject of hearing God's voice. And I just picked up the book you quoted and plan to start it soon.

    Great post, as usual.

    Sandy

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  7. Lisa: I'm so sorry to hear this news. I will email you personally about this instead of posting anymore here. A big hug to you. I know how hard this can be.

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  8. I grew up in a very religious family. I went to a Catholic school where Nuns would let us memorize & read the Bible but it never really touched the deepest of my understanding until I was in my early 20's. I was even shocked to realize at how stereotype my faith & my understanding of God then. You're right, when you say "We may each be at different levels of understanding in our spiritual growth. But even new believers need to start somewhere." And it can't be found anywhere but within ourselves and all we have to do is cultivate it:) keep posting!

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  9. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic. I've been thinking about obedience lately so very timely for me.

    Have a blessed week!

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