For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: (Psa 95:7-8)
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Some parts of the Bible we like better – We like the “uplifting” words that lift our spirits. There are days when we had rather hear from God than anything we know. That’s why the 23rd Psalm is the world’s favorite chapter in the Bible. But God is more than the lifter of our spirits. We are here because it was God’s idea and we are for God’s purpose. He did create happiness and sadness and equip us to experience various moods.
But, God’s purpose for us is greater than our viewpoint. It’s easy to imagine that we are the center of the universe and God is our celestial valet. God is good at providing things for us. We read: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (Jas 1:17).
If we want to hear His voice, there is a first thing to remember. Saved people can say “we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.” And then God talks about hearing his voice. Adam and Even didn’t want to hear the voice of God after they disobeyed him.
Today, everybody doesn’t want to hear the voice of God. He knows that and says: “if ye will hear his voice.” God knows everybody doesn’t want to listen to Him, so He says, “if you do,” “just in case you want to listen to me.” For those people who want to hear the voice of God the first requirement is to avoid hardening our hearts. That’s the key! With God, attitude is everything.
In Exodus 17:6-7 the people of God got thirsty and instead of saying to God: “May we have some water, please?” they began to throw their weight around and said, “is the Lord among us or not.” They provoked God to anger against them by their sorry attitude.
To repeat: attitude is everything with God. It’s everything in the home, so why shouldn’t attitude be everything with God? In flying an airplane, the attitude controls the altitude. A bad attitude (bad angle against air flow) and you fly into the ground. A good attitude directs the plane upward above the clouds.
In these troubling days of uncertainty, we need to hear the voice of the Lord to comfort us and to guide us and at last to call us home. Let us not harden our hearts nor grieve the Holy Spirit who exercises the voice of God to us.
Read Through the Bible in a Year
JUNE 6, 2017 – TUESDAY
A.M. 2Chron 20-22 P.M. John 16:1-15
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Memory Verse This Month:
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. (Hos 4:6)
Song for Today:
To God Be the Glory (3:35) (Royal Albert Hall -London)
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Suggestions for Memorizing:
●Write the verse
on a 3x5 card to use several months.
●Say the verse
five times a day to yourself, reference before and after the verse.
●Write the verse
several times a day on a card or paper carried in your pocket for that purpose.
●Say the verse
to a friend or family member once a day
●Repeat the verse
daily for several weeks until it pours out without effort. It takes 60 days to really memorize a verse. It takes a lifetime to obey and practice it.
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