Thursday, February 07, 2008
It doesn’t have to do with the shape our world is in, the state of our economy, or the political climate – national or international.
It doesn’t have to do with programs, preachers, or churches.
It does have everything to do with getting real.
Before we can even begin to understand God’s purpose for our life or the path He wants us to follow, we must first hear Him. I fear most of us are so lost in this technological age of new gadgets, instant messaging and the interconnected global community, that we rarely have time to breathe, let alone stop and smell the roses. And forget about spending time with the One who actually created those roses.
If you want to truly hear from God, you need to open that channel of communication. It can’t be done by fly-by-night prayers or by opening your Bible, selecting a random verse, and expecting instant messaging.
Yet, it isn’t a complicated thing – this knowing when God speaks. You don’t need a diploma, a degree, or a learned theologian to explain it. It’s so simple. And maybe that’s why most of us have been fooled into thinking otherwise. For more than 20 years, I was deceived into thinking I needed to learn how to get close to God.
The reality is that you get close to Him the same way you get close to your parents, your children, or someone you love.
Read the Bible. Every day. If nothing else, start at the beginning and read. Pray before you begin that God would speak to you through His word. Then pray again. Morning prayers help each of us to begin our day in our Creator’s presence. Evening prayers open up our spirit and allow God to work, even as we sleep.
Don’t let Satan deceive you as he’s deceived millions of other Christians sincerely searching and seeking a word from the Lord. There’s no special program to follow. We don’t need anyone to speak for us. The words are there in black and white and each of us has a voice to use in talking with our Father.
BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.
But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.
And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity]. Psalm 1:1-3, Amplified Bible