November 19, 2018
It’s always more fun to come to the church office on a Monday after having such a great time in with His church on Sunday. I always say it’s easier to preach when the music is great and the people are truly listening and that was certainly the case yesterday. And if you missed our sweet time of fellowship and worship at our Thanksgiving meal last night then you missed a blessing. I believe someone summed it up best when they said they could sense the Holy Spirit working. I could feel it as well. But also be warned that when God is moving, Satan will try to come in and shut it down. He prefers that we just continue on, doing nothing for the Kingdom. I hope today God is already at work in your life and I pray that Satan will be bound and you will have great success for the LORD!!
How desperate are you to hear God’s voice? No, really. Sometimes as I think of where you might be I have to think of where I am and I have to stop right now and ask myself that question. How truly desperate am I to hear God’s voice? Desperate as in urgent or I like this word better, “Frantic.” In other words . . . how bad do you want it? It seems that we only get frantic about hearing God’s voice when we are in a situation where we feel hopeless or we feel like we have no control or no other way out. When we are deathly sick or we have a loved one who is going to die unless God intervenes we suddenly become frantic in our prayers. We become desperate. Did it ever occur to you that maybe God wants all our prayers to be a little more desperate? Maybe He allows things into our lives to remind us of our need for Him and how frantic our daily prayers should be. But maybe we don’t really want frantic prayers because that makes us unsettled and nervous and makes us realize that we aren’t really in control. We prefer to think we are in control of most of what happens in life and in reality that is a myth we have created for ourselves.
I am reminded of this myth of control over my life on some days when I am riding my motorcycle. I have been riding long enough now that I have become comfortable on my bike. And a certain level of confidence when riding is an important thing. I have even been riding my current bike almost 2 years now and I have begun to know how it handles and how it responds. I know how fast I can go into a curve or how hard I need to brake or how far I can lean over without going down. I feel fairly confident on most days . . . until I don’t. Every now and then something happens and I am reminded of how little control I have over the situation. Someone pulls out in front of me or decides they like my lane and need it more than I do or they simply don’t see me. In those moments the prayers quickly notch up and beyond the frantic scale. You know what I mean. You have experiences like that in your car or in your life. You start the day thinking “I got this” and God quickly reminds you that, no, He’s got this and you need to be frantically and desperately seeking Him throughout the day. When we do that then God changes everything.
Mark Batterson in his book “Whisper” (which I am going to continue to quote for awhile – and you may even see a sermon series on it in the near future) talks about his experience with getting desperate in prayer and how he experienced hearing God and he described it as more of a feeling than audible words. He described a calling that seemed to make no sense to the people in his life. He says, “Those who dance are thought mad by those who hear not the music. That old adage is certainly true of those who walk to the beat of God’s drum. When you take your cues from the Holy Spirit, you’ll do some things that will make people think you’re crazy. So be it. Obey the whisper and see what God does.” I really like that (hence why it’s in my blog today – ha). Obey the whisper. God may be calling you to do something that others might think is crazy. So be it. Obey the whisper. Can you hear the whisper? Are you listening for the whisper? How desperate are you today to hear the whisper?
Batterson goes on to say, “Nothing has the potential to change your life like the whisper of God. Nothing will determine your destiny more than your ability to hear His still small voice.
That’s how you discern the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
That’s how you see and seize divine appointments.
That’s how God-sized dreams are birthed.
That’s how miracles happen.”
I hope you will take time and really digest those words today. And as they begin to sink in I hope you will take time . . . throughout the day . . . to listen for that whisper. And then . . . Obey the whisper!
I hope you and your family will have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving this week! May it be a time of lots of food and fun and fellowship! Our prayers will be with you that it will be a special time with your family. May God use you in your family this week to be His light and may they see Jesus in You!!
I am ON MISSION Today! Are You?