Friday, April 10

HEARING FROM GOD - Part 2 by Diann Thomas

HEARING FROM GOD - Part 2 by Diann Thomas, The Morning Tea

"Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening."  1 Samuel 3:9 (NIV)

Why is it important to recognize the Holy Spirit's leading in your life? Because:

(1)   Your eternal destiny is determined by it! If you are a Christian, no doubt you can remember that inner tug which first drew you to God, enabling you to acknowledge Christ as your Savior.  Well, even after you become a Christian, God still keeps tugging.

(2)   Your assurance depends on it!  When you are in an airport, notice the difference between passengers who hold confirmed ticked and those who are on stand-by.  One reads the newspaper, chats with their friends or sleeps, while the other hangs around the ticket counter, pacing anxiously.  What is the difference?  Confidence!  If you knew that in 15 minutes you would have to stand before God, what would your reaction be?  Would you pace nervously or say to yourself, 'I cannot wait?' Paul writes: 'The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children' (Romans 8:16 NIV). In other words, the Spirit whispers, 'Relax, you have trusted Christ, you are on the flight to heaven.'

(3)   Your growth as a Christian depends on it! Listen:'When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth . . .' (John 16:13 NIV).  As believers we are responsible to read God's entire Word.  But the Bible's a big book; we cannot swallow it all at once.  So, as we read it, God feeds us His truth, one bite-sized piece at a time.  The Holy Spirit has a wonderful way of emphasizing different truths at different stages of growth.  Aren't you glad?

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