Humility helps you hear God.
There are two things that are vital to our life in the kingdom: loving God (and each other) and hearing the voice of God personally.
If we don’t love God first, above all things, then our priorities are misaligned. And if we’re not loving each other, we’re not obeying God. We need love filtered glasses to view everything in life. And it has to be genuine.
If we’re not hearing the voice of God personally, it means that we don’t have a relationship with Him. Jesus said, My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. (John 10:27) You have to hear Him. That means that you have to know Him and He has to know you.
How do you hear Him? You listen with your heart. Still nothing? The key to everything in God is love. It’s the secret sauce that runs everything. Love makes you humble. Repent for being selfish, arrogant, angry, rude, fearful–everything that you know you need to repent of. Be humble before God and receive His love and forgiveness.
Suddenly the lines of communication open up and you begin to sense His presence and His voice. And the more you hear Him, the more love grows in all the ways you need it. Stay on top of it. Humility is a lifestyle. Don’t allow your communication with Him to get clogged with things you need to clear out.
Once you start hearing the voice of God personally, your life takes on new meaning and direction. Now you’re living in the kingdom with real purpose. So, what’s He saying today?
It’s a little scary how our traditions can slowly take on importance until we think we’re behaving Biblicaly when we’re not. For instance, you won’t find an example in the Bible of people being saved by saying a sinner’s prayer.
Yeah but, what about: …if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Rom 10:9) Good point. You have to start somewhere. You have to acknowledge that you need a savior.
But our entrance to heaven is not about words that we repeat, it’s about a relationship we have with Jesus. Jesus said: My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. (John 10:27) If you repeat a prayer, but never learn to hear the Shepherd’s voice, you’re not part of the flock. You only learn to know His voice by spending time with Him. That requires an intimate relationship with Him, one where you love Him more than anything else in your life.
To work out your own salvation (Phil 2:12) is to take stock of your relationship with Jesus. If you are lacking there, then fix it. Repent for ignoring Him. Spend time in the word and prayer. Ask Him to renew your mind so you think His thoughts. Turn to Him with all your issues, hopes, and dreams. He’s there for you. Are you there for Him?
Do you ever get so caught up meeting deadlines, picking up the kids, and managing life that you forget that Jesus is coming back for us? It’s easy to do, even when you’re busy doing ministry. Jesus said to pray “on earth as it is in heaven”, so when we focus on living today with the quality of life that God wants for us, it’s still easy to forget about our future.
Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. (I Thes 4:17) That’s amazing to think about. Life on earth will change in a heartbeat and we will be with Jesus, forever.
I tend to agree with Paul — I’d like to go! But I know I have work to do here for a while. But I can’t help thinking about how awesome it will be to be in that meeting in the air and what eternity will be like.
Our thoughts about our future should not be about escape. If we’re living on earth as it is in heaven, then we should be enjoying the blessing and presence of God here. But it’s not bad to dream about how wonderful it will be when we see Him. I makes me happy!
Jesus made it very easy for us to know who to love and serve: Everyone. Our approval is not required. People do not need to be perfect, pulled together, or washed to be loved. We are all broken, that’s why we need a Savior.
Judgement is not our job. Our job is to love people regardless of who they want to marry, what they eat, or the color of their skin. Yes, they are probably living outside the parameters that God set up, but love them anyway.
Change comes when people feel accepted for who they are. Once they feel valued, they will be open to hearing what you have to share. But don’t share with a pointed finger. Share with arms of love. Be a friend. Help where you can. Pray for them.
The kingdom of God is about people loving people, and not just other people in the kingdom. The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) was despised by the Jews, yet he was compassionate and generous. Imagine a kingdom where we all lived like that.
If you know you have issues with other people, give them to God. Confess your judgmental attitude to God and ask Him to fill you with His love. Be the heart of God to others and you will release blessing on yourself.
Does your knowledge of God mean that He will answer prayer for you? Probably not. Does your hope that He will answer prayer get you answered prayer? Probably not. So what does? Faith. Faith is not hoping that God will answer, it’s knowing that He will.
If you’re holding a pitcher of ice water on a hot day and your child comes to you with an empty glass, does he hope you’ll give him water, or does he know without a second thought that you’ll give him water?
God has everything you need, He just wants you to come to Him for it. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Phil 4:6) And when you do, relax in faith that your Dad has it worked out. He’s very clever and will not only do what you need, He’ll add a cherry on top.
Settle it in your heart right now that you know God will be what you need Him to be. Emmanuel is God with us. Imagine Him by your side listening and nodding as you talk to Him. He is with us and promises to take care of us. You block all His blessing when you doubt, but your decision to believe will open the door of heaven to you.
Be still and know that He is God.
What’s the first thing to do when stress threatens to take over your life? Be still, and know that I am God. (Ps 46:10) No matter how nuts you life is, stop and find a quiet place where you can close your eyes and meditate on God. It doesn’t have to be long, just enough to settle your spirit and remind you where your peace comes from.
When we remember that God is God, that He is the greatest power in the universe, and He’s on our side, you know it’s going to be okay. That time of quiet, where you reach out with your heart to touch His throne, will keep you safely under the shadow of His wings where He promises to protect and bless you.
When we think that we’re too busy to take time to be still, we’re already in trouble. That’s when we’re listening to the enemy who wants to keep us from trusting God. If we make it a point to have our time of communion with the Lord, He does miraculous things with time so we do what needs to be done.
Be still and know that He is God. He is everything you need right now. Stop and allow His peace to bless you today. You need it more than you know.
Your faith can move mountains.
When we live in the kingdom, we are family. We’re here for each other to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. But we have to balance our desire to ask others to pray for our needs with our own faith to believe God.
I know people who take every prayer request to prayer partners, prayer groups, pastors — anyone who will be patient enough to listen to them. Every need in their lives must be prayed for by other people. When I see this, I see that the person asking for all this prayer has no confidence in their own faith.
Did Jesus die on the cross for our sins? Did He rise again in victory over powers and principalities? Did He give us all authority to move mountains? The answers are either all yes or all no. If they are yes, then they are yes for everyone who has received salvation through the blood of Christ.
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16) What makes prayer effective? Faith. Trusting God to do what He promised He would do — answer our prayers and meet our needs. If it takes other people to do that for you, then you have not come into a relationship with Jesus. To know Him is to love Him and trust Him.
Please not assume that we should not ask for prayer from our prayer partners. That is not my point. I believe we should join together with others who know how to speak to the mountain and make it move, but we should know that we have the faith to do it within us.
God will listen to you as lovingly as He listens to anyone. Trust your faith and let God prove Himself to you. You may see sudden breakthrough that you’ve been waiting for.