Are You Listening!

1 Samuel 3.pngThe boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, Here I am. And he ran to Eli and said Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call, go back and lie down.” So he went back and lay down/ Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” My son, Eli said, I did not called; go back and lie down.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord. The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he called you, say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”                                          ( I Samuel 3:1-10)

Samuel said to the Lord, speak for your servant is listening. How often as Christians do we say these words to the Lord, Lord we are listening, and at times we are not truly listening at all, our minds are in too many other places. Perhaps the reason is that we have over commit ourselves in our lives. As adults when we begin to work, we go out with friends to have a good time because we feel with the hard work we have done we deserve some down time, some fun. On our journey in life we may get married and begin our own family and we still don’t seem to have the time to be still and listen for the voice of God. As our children start school with continue to be over worked, and over committed with all the extra school activities, as well as the many things we committed to do within our own church. And through our lives we as Christians forgot an important step we learn in the beginning of our Christian walk, which can be found in the book of Psalm 46:10 (one of my favorites) ‘BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM, GOD” We have forgotten what it means to be quiet long enough to hear the voice of God in our lives. How can we possibly know what God’s will is for our own lives if we don’t become quiet. As parents or not when we have something  important to say to someone we ask them to be quiet to listen, correct!. So why doesn’t God deserve the same thing from us, and that is to be still and quiet. In the book of Isaiah 11:6 a young child shall lead them, Samuel was a young boy when he first heard God calling him, speak Lord your servant is listening. We need to slow down in our lives and just listen, just as you would listen to the birds singing, children laughing, because when we do we can truly know what God, the creator of our universe just might be saying to us. Are you truly listening for the voice of God today?

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

God’s Love

Ephesians 2.jpgThrough the mountains be shaken and the hills removed, yet God’s unfailing Love for us will never be shaken nor God’s covenant of Peace be removed. Nothing on earth seems as enduring or immovable as huge, majestic mountains. When you stand on their heights–breathing that air, you can almost smell eternity. Yet God’s Love and Peace are even more enduring than the greatest mountain on earth! Think deeply about God’s unfailing love for you. No matter how needy you are or how many times you think you fail God, his supply of Love for you will never run low. Another meaning of unfailing is constant. God does not love us more on days when you perform well, nor does he loves us less when we seem to failed miserably. God’s Love is more persistent, invariable, and steadfast that you can comprehend. Open your heart to received this amazing gift in full measure. My covenant of Peace is a sovereign gift of peace, and it is utterly secure. God can no more withdraw this blessing from you than he could stop being who he is and that is the Great I Am! Moreover God himself is our Peace, so the more intimately you know him, the more you or I can experience his unfathomable Peace. Take time, take the time to draw near to him, seek God and God alone in the moments of your life. Come freely into his presence even when you are feeling bad about yourself. Remember who I am, the Lord who has compassion on you, you are my beloved child.

 

Through the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.                                                      ( Isaiah 54:10)

 

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath, the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.

( Isaiah 51:6)

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Insomnia

Psalm 4.jpgFor all of us at one time of another we seem to have trouble with sleeping thru the night, rather it is because of a dear one who is sick, being worried over bills, or the outcome of any situation, we just cannot sleep peacefully at night. For me when those times have come into my own life, I simply open the word of God and begin to read the following words in order to have a restful night.

In peace I will lie down and sleep for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8

Yes, my soul, find rest in God, my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation, he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God, he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him for God is our refuge.                      Psalm 62:6–8

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give your rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.       Matthew 11:28-30

He will cover you with feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge, his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.                          Psalm 91:1-4

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.                                         Psalm 42:5

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.         Hebrews 3:1

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, will surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:6-7

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them. He carried them on His aloft                        Deuteronomy 32:11

You are His Beloved. Although you experience many difficulties in your life, he shields you all day long. You cannot imagine what your life would be like if God was not protecting you continually. The adversity he does allow you to experience is ultimately for your good and His Glory. You can rest secure by trusting that God protective Presence is with you always, no matter what trials you may be enduring. You must be clear about one thing above all else: You are most assuredly the one that the Lord loves! In fact, He loves you so much that he carries  you through your toughest times. Beloved, you can rest between His shoulders like a lamb tenderly carried by its shepherd.

Sleep well God’s little children

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD

I Am The Good Shepherd.png As we continue the series by Lysa Terkeust we come to read the next thing Jesus tells his disciples and others. “I am the good shepherd” The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, I know my sheep and my sheep knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”                                                         ( John 10:14-18 NIV)

Lysa tells us as we dig deeper into the Greek word of good in John 10:14, we find that it is not simply the opposite of bad. This specific word kalos also holds the connotation of noble, honorable, worthy. It points us to a sense of awe that suggest Christ is not just good, but He is captivating and deserves praise. As we consider what the Good and Great Shepherd does, we can be encouraged in knowing that He is the perfect shepherd we are His sheep are drawn to follow. Not only is Jesus the Good Shepherd who gives and lays down His life for his people, but He is also the Gate for the people of God to access and enter into the presence of God. Jesus gives us access to the Father so that we can live in intimacy and relationship with Him. Perhaps you feel like you are wandering this world with no shepherd, no one to guide or invest in you. Please know that Jesus himself wants to be your Shepherd. And not just any shepherd—but the Good Shepherd.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

Are You Listening

1 Samuel.png Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, ” Here I am. And he ran to Eli and said, Here I am, you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call, go back and lie down,” So he went and lay down. Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, you called me.” My son, “Eli said, I did not call go back and lie down. Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord. The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, Here I am, you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, ” Go and lie down, and if he calls you ,say, “Speak, Lord for your servant is listening.” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel!” “Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Samuel was a child when he heard the Lord calling him. How often as Christians do we say these words to the Lord that we are listening, and are we truly listening to what he might be saying. Is that because we are over committed our own lives that we only half listen. As adults when we begin to work, we go out with friends to have a good time, because we feel we work hard we deserve to have some fun. Next we get married, and we still work and still enjoy having fun with friends and our spouse. Then we begin to have our family and we get so busy with the demands of life in general that we never truly are listening to the voice of God. How can we possible know what God’s will for our lives if we don’t stop to listen to what he is saying to us. More than ten years ago that is what I began to do to slow down, take the time to fast and seek God’s will for my own life. The first time I heard someone calling my name I look around my home and I realize that no one was home except for me. This happen twice, so then on a Sunday morning after our church’s service I ask our pastor can we talk. I began sharing what I heard, I thought he was going to tell me I was crazy, but he did not. ( I also told he I was too afraid to talk with God almighty, because I knew I was a sinner)  He ask me if I remember the story about Samuel and I did, so he told me the next time I heard that voice say Your servant is listening. Well guess what it happen again and that is what I said, your servant is listening. Thru my dreams I had seen what God was calling me to do.

I know when we all seek God and truly listening what he is saying and what he has called all of us to do in this world, we will begin to hear the voice of God. You see God has a job just for you that no one but you are able to do it, I don’t know what that is but God does. You just need to Seek and You will found your answer.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends