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Be Quiet…Hearing the Lord (FWTh)

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Let My Words Be Few Thursday…

Happy Thursday!  Here are my Few (hahahaha) Words…

 
Hearing God takes training…
          In our FAST and FURIOUS lifestyles we rarely take the time to slow down and just QUIET our minds, STILL our bodies…REST IN THE LORD.
 
…then we wonder why we are so stressed, why things don’t work.
 
Do you know God’s voice?
Have you listened for Him..have you WAITED on HIM?
 
Be still and know that I am God…Psalm 46:10
Lean not on your own understanding…Proverbs 3:5-6
 
The consequences of thinking are…worry, reasoning, and anxiety. We know that these can be things that are good or bad…but the world views them as “normal” everyday thing…
 
Not so if we take God at His word according to the scriptures above…
 
In the original Hebrew the word Worry is translated from the word Thought.
Worry means a divided mind, an interest in, a matter of consideration…a concern.
 
To decipher God’s Word properly we also need to know that the words soul and heart often refer to the mind.
 
Leb – Heart in the original Hebrew refers to a concept of the mind.
Psyche – Soul in the original Greek – also refers to the mind.
 
Concern becomes worry…and when we worry we cannot hear…deep worry drowns even our everyday thoughts, not to mention any chance for us to Hear God!
 
To learn to be STILL…to be QUIET…we must filter our thoughts through the Word of God…
To learn to HEAR GOD and properly DISCERN HIS VOICE we need to filter our thoughts through the PROMISES OF GOD.
 
FYI: there are 750 promises from God in the New Testament! …follow the link above!
FYI: the fullness of all of these promises can be found in the gift of Psalm 91; in their entirety.
God speaks to us through THOUGHTS. Our THOUGHTS… this is an issue because there are many voices throughout our lives…
TV…RADIO…INTERNET…PEOPLE…
                                                                          OURSELVES!
 
We must be able to discern God’s voice from all others…
God speaks to us at ALL TIMES.
Always…
GOD, the HOLY SPIRIT speaks to us from within us; where He resides.
He is our INTERCESSOR.
 
INTERCESSION IS A RESCUE MISSION…Romans 8:26
 
We must put OURSELVES ASIDE  to be able to hear God.
 
We must be QUIET…We must be STILL
WE MUST BE WILLING TO LEAN ON GOD’S THOUGHTS…not our own understanding of a thing…
this is where we often miss it and misinterpret whose voice we are hearing…
Often we ask for an answer and decide immediately on the easiest and quickest likely solution. Often this is us and our own reasonings and desires in a circumstance.
On the humorous, or ironic, if you will, side of the coin, God’s answers and solutions are rarely what we would reason or desire. So if it feels good and comes too quickly…consider WAITING ON GOD…
 

Habakkuk 2 in the Amplified bible – says it well..

 [OH, I know, I have been rash to talk out plainly this way to God!] I will [in my thinking] stand upon my post of observation and station myself on the tower or fortress, and will watch to see what He will say within me and what answer I will make [as His mouthpiece] to the perplexities of my complaint against Him. And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by.Habakkuk, seeing where he has missed it, changes how he listens for God…

This change is not an easy task for us…but with a quiet time of praise; maybe in the early morning, when it is easy to be Quiet, more natural a time to be Still…we can make time to listen for God…

…and in time we will be like those found in…

John 10:27-28 (Amp)

The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.

 

Please enjoy this video…a song that helps to quiet the mind in praise…

 Blessings Loves ♥

I pray you hear God’s Voice in your Quiet time today!

I’d like to thank, with all of my heart, our Elder/Pastor John Augustine for the inspiration for this post; from his sermon last night April 27, 2011. Love You Elder John.  ♥

 

Please go over to Holly’s Blog and check out her amazing contribution to this weeks Few Words Thursday! And Withoutado…hehe 

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

3 thoughts on “Be Quiet…Hearing the Lord (FWTh)

  1. This is my post based on Andrea’s brilliant post on “Hearing The Lord”.

    I thought I would do a wordplay or acrostic on some of the keywords she used in her “Fewer Words Thursday” article. I’m sorry it took so long to get this up. What I thought would be a fun thing to do in an hour or two turned out to be a fight with the computer over the columns. I finally got my computer geek husband to help me and I eventually won. Hope it’s worth the trouble.

    Dear Andrea,
    I don’t know why the actual post is not copying onto your comments but I have the whole thing on my site if you want to see it.

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  3. Day 5 of the 2011 Wordcount blogathon and I am still going strong. If not for the themes of today and tomorrow, I might be doing some searching to figure out what to blog about today.
    Anyway, today is Thursday and it is time for “Let My Words Be Few…Thursday”. I have joined a sweet woman named Andrea for this effort. Her blog address is https://hopeannfaith.wordpress.com. Over the past couple of weeks, I have forgotten to mention the rules and I apologize for that.
    So, if you would, join us and put your contribution to this fun feat in my comments box and I will include it. I have included the rules in Andrea’s words:
    “Getting a profound message to the reader in the least possible words…
    …I have not mastered this! So there is no wordcount limit, except to try and stay within the 500 words they say ablog post should be to hold the reader…Most times I miss the mark…so write my loves and join me…please!
    Just leave the URL link for your post and I will update the current Few Words Post to add your link for the readers to follow!
    It would be awesome, too, if you would go and read those who join us and show them some love on their blogs! If you don’t have a blog…leave your piece right in the comments and we will all check back for you!”
    In our Philemon class on Wednesday night, we did lesson 9-Paul’s Imprisonments. Did you know that the apostle Paul wrote books of the NT while in prison? Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and Philemon were all written by him during his various imprisonments. And we think we have problems.
    We do have our persecutions today, whether they be physical illness, injuries, the mean guy at work, the mean guy on the bus, our unfaithful spouse, etc. Today, we might lose our job over something we stand for as a Christian and we suffer. At least we know that we are doing what is right. As a friend in class last night said, “We have the integrity of knowing we did the right thing.”
    We do suffer today but in different ways. How did Paul deal with this? He kept his faith, so that by the end of his life, in II Timothy 4:7, he could say with confidence, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”
    I am sure it would have been easy for Paul to throw in the towel and live how he wanted but he continued his work in the gospel. He surprisingly maintained a good and humble attitude throughout his imprisonments. He could have become bitter or harsh toward people in general. Instead, he used them to preach, teach, write and receive visitors. I know in my life, I have fought off the urge to become bitter and if I was in prison, I may have refused visitors but if I did receive visitors, I would have been so harsh that they probably would have left on their own, never to return because of the way I treated them.
    This tends to make us feel like these apostles are “superhuman”, as another friend said last night but we can see that Paul is emotionally beaten down by the end of his life. II Timothy 4-in this chapter, we see a tired, beaten down man in contrast to Philemon, toward the beginning of his imprisonments. I never noticed this until last night!
    The apostle Paul and his many trials reminds me that we really do have it good, compared to the Christians back then. He also makes me feel like I am not alone this walk. I have some great men and women in my company, even if they are long dead.

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