Tag: God speaks

God speaks all languages!

Scripture reading for June 6: Psalms 19-24

Psalm 19:1-4 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above His handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.  There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world.”

God speaks to all mankind through nature. In addition to nature, God also gave man His Law or Word.  (Psalm 19:7-11) The Law of the Lord is perfect and reveals God’s holiness and glory.  Those who will be instructed by it and warned by it will find revival of true life.  Light will enter their souls and wisdom for right living will bring joy to each heart.  It is truly more precious than pure gold and sweeter to the soul than honey.  It is able to discern hidden errors and keep man from willful sins that would cause him to be forever lost.  God truly has spoken our language and provides for our deepest needs.

Psalm 20 and 21 remind those who trust in the Lord that He will defend and protect them and that they will ultimately triumph over their enemies.  Life here on earth has warfare.  It often appears that the wicked and our enemies have power and equipment stronger than ours.  They trust in ‘chariots and horses’!  We, however, trust in the name of the Lord our God!  When we do, we enjoy victory!  (Psalm 20:7-8)  God is our strength and the source of all victory and blessing!  We can only praise Him Who will defeat our enemies! (Psalm 21:8-13) 

Psalm 23 tells of a Great Shepherd, the Lord, who will lead and protect his people.  This Shepherd will provide safety and green pastures to His people.  They will not need to fear, even when the ‘valley of death’ is ahead of them.  God our Shepherd is with us and leads us forward to a table of eternal blessing! 

Psalm 24 tells of God’s ownership and rulership over all the earth and universe.  He is the King of Glory!  This King wants all who come to Him to have clean hands and a pure heart! (Psalm 24:3-5)  When we go humbly to the Lord and ask for forgiveness, He shows us mercy.  He has provided the sacrifice for our sins in His Son, Jesus Christ!    The doors of heaven open for the King of Glory!  Will you open your heart’s door for this amazing King to come in?  (Revelation 3:20)

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Connect with God by reading the Bible in 2014!

Scripture reading for January 1, 2014:  Genesis 1-2

The journey begins for 2014!  Our theme this year at Good Shepherd Church is “Connect”!  It is my desire to provide daily insights from our reading so we can better “connect” with God.  This journey will take us from Genesis through Revelation by the end of 2014, the Lord willing!

Moses recorded the first five books of the Old Testament  about 1500 years before Christ.    According to Scripture, he was moved on by the Holy Spirit and wrote down the words given him by God. (2nd Peter 1:19-21)  Without this record, we could only speculate about where we came from and why we are here.

God made everything that exists simply by speaking!  As He spoke, out of nothing, creation appeared!  Psalm 33:6 states: “By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”  We serve a God who breathes out stars, constellations, and galaxies that stretch out for countless millions of light years in every direction from the earth!  His powerful Words connect Him with all creation as its source!

Even more amazing is man himself!  God made man in His own image and designed him for a relationship–a connection!  Man was to walk and talk with God and share ruler-ship of His creation.  God also created man as male and female for a ‘connection’ with each other!  His design has brought companionship and pleasure to man, who could not find what he needed with any of the animals!   We are special and unique!   Thank Him for your uniqueness and His purpose for your life.  Invite Him to walk with you today and this year!  It is the most exciting adventure you will ever experience!  In His Love, Pastor John

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Spiritual direction through a ‘Word’

Scripture reading for November 9th: Acts 13-15

Since God is omniscient, wouldn’t it be nice to have God just send someone to tell you what He wants you to know?  God uses people to give words of knowledge and prophesy.  Lets look at the principles for using these “words”.

“In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,  Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  “So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hand on them and sent them off.” Acts 13:1-3

In this account of the early church at worship and prayer, we find that the Holy Spirit used one of the prophets or teachers to give a word to Barnabas and Saul.  This was not a directive word, but a confirming word.  Note that the Holy Spirit had already called them to this work personally previous to this time.  This word came during a time of corporate worship and the church obediently responded.  They prayed and fasted and then laid on hands and sent them off on the ministry journey laid out for them by the Holy Spirit.  We find that God has prepared the “good works”.  (Ephesians 2:10)

A word of knowledge or prophesy must always be tested.  First, does it line up with what the Lord has been saying to us?  God doesn’t give second-hand mail!  Second, does it line up with the Word of God and purposes stated in Scripture?   Words must always agree with the written word of God or not conflict with the revealed will of God.  Next, is the Spirit in you in agreement with that word?  Do others with the Holy Spirit agree and bear witness with the word?

God does truly direct His children and sometimes uses others to confirm to us a word.  Mary and I experienced this when God spoke to us through two different people about having children in our old age!  One of the words was written down and our son reminded us of it years later.  It helped us confirm our direction and follow God’s leading!  May the Lord direct your life each day by His Holy Spirit!

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God speaks our language!

Scripture reading for June 8th: Psalms 19-24

God wrote two books:  nature and the Bible!  Psalm 19 tells of God speaking to all mankind through the glory of His creation!  (Psalm 19:1-4)  Creation cries out concerning the goodness of God to all people of every language and culture.  It is evident to those who will listen and learn that creation did not just ‘happen’.  It was created with order and precision that could only come from high intelligence and great wisdom and power.

In addition to nature, God also gave man His law or word.  (Psalm 19:7-11) The law of the Lord is perfect and right revealing God’s holiness and glory.  Those who will be instructed or warned by it will find revival of true life.  Light will enter their souls and wisdom for right living will bring joy to each heart.  It is able to discern hidden errors and keep man from willful sins that would cause him to be lost forever from the Lord.  God truly has spoken our language and understands what man needs most.

Psalm 20 and 21 remind those who trust in the Lord that He will protect them and that they will ultimately triumph over their enemies.  Life on earth is warfare.  Our enemies trust in ‘chariots and horses’!  God’s people  trust in the name of the Lord our God!  (Psalm 20:7-8)  God is our strength and the source of all victory and blessing!  We can only praise Him who will defeat our enemies! (Psalm 21:8-13)  We are confident and will stand firm in His unfailing love!

Psalm 23 tells of a great Shepherd who will lead and protect his people.  This Shepherd will provide safety and green pastures to His people.  They will not need to fear, even when the ‘valley of death’ is ahead of them.  God our Shepherd is with us and leads us forward to a table of eternal blessing!

Psalm 24 tells of God’s ownership and rulership over all the earth and universe.  He is the King of Glory!  This King wants all who come to Him to have clean hands and a pure heart! (Psalm 24:3-5)  When we go humbly to the Lord and ask for forgiveness, He shows us mercy.  He has provided the sacrifice for our sins in His Son, Jesus Christ!    The doors of heaven open for the King of Glory!  Will you open your heart’s door for this amazing King to come in?  (Revelation 3:20)

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Job’s audience with God!

Scripture reading for June 2nd: Job 38-39

Job had been longing for an audience with God so that he could state his case and find mercy.  His friends had accused him of harboring sin in his life and being under God’s punishment.  They had tried to define God’s ways and actions to him but Job had needed to hear from God Himself!  Job had maintained his integrity and faith but had lots of questions for God.  Finally, Job got the desire of his heart and it turned out differently than expected!

God appeared to Job out of a storm or whirlwind.  (Job 38:1)  God’s first question was: “Who is this that darkens My counsel with words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2)    I feel that this is a strong word of rebuke for all of Job’s friends, particularly the last speaker, Elihu.  (He claimed perfect knowledge in Job 36:4.)   But God was also there to correct Job’s understanding as well!

The next four chapters are filled with questions that only God could truly answer. There are about seventy questions concerning the world that God created and the animal kingdom.  God never answered Job’s questions about why he was suffering and He never told Job his purpose for allowing the suffering.  God only showed Job through these questions that He was in control and knew all things. He implied that we do not need to know everything while here on earth.  Just knowing God and His total authority over all creation should be enough to give us hope and peace.

When it comes down to it, God’s wisdom and understanding make us look small indeed!  To think that this God who created the vast heavens and unique earth would care about man is difficult to understand.  I am humbled and amazed that God would come to Job and personally talk to him!  It reminds me of Jesus Christ when he said: “Come to me all you who weary and burdened, and I will give you 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)  God is humble too!  He stoops low to speak to us and teach us about Himself.  We are blessed to learn and to hear His voice!

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