"Don't fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!" James 1:22 MSG
Thoughts for Today
According to dictionary.com, listen means "to give attention with the ear … to pay attention; heed; obey."
True listening requires obedience. Today's scripture makes it clear that when we hear God's word, when we listen to him speak to us, we must act on what we hear!
Sometimes God speaks to us to comfort and encourage us. Do we listen—or do we go right on worrying?
Sometimes we ask God's guidance in making a decision. Do we follow his guidance—even if we wanted to hear a different answer?
Sometimes God speaks to us about some behavior we need to change. Do we obey—or do we continue doing what we want to do?
Sometimes God prompts us to pray for someone or share a testimony. Are we quick to respond—or do we step back in fear?
If we want to listen for God's voice, let's be ready to act on what we hear.
Father, help me to be a better listener. Help me to take time to listen, to listen with an honest and clean heart, and to act on what you say to me. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
A Passionate Pursuit of God: Drawing Nearer to Him by Dr. Mike Chapman. This study teaches participant how to move into God's inner circle, how to listen for the voice of God, how to enjoy the freedom of worship, and how to embrace the mission of worship. This 45-minute format will accommodate groups with limited meeting times. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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