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I will exalt you my God, the King, I will praise your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise you and exalt your name forever and ever. Psalm 145:1-2

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"Yes Lord, I'm Listening"

Only you can answer that for yourself. Satan will always be present to help us formulate the questions for which we have no answers. They constitute diversion and it's really just smoke and mirrors. If he can undermine our trust in God just a little, he is satisfied with that for the time being. He will always come back with a more complicated question. All of us are susceptible to being diverted away from the dynamic faith God wants to give us, to the fear or dead complacency Satan carefully leads us into. We don't plan it that way and we're never comfortable in that place but stuff happens and a little at a time we can drift away from dynamic discipleship. This is the theme of the writer of Hebrews 2:1 "We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we've heard, so that we do not drift away." Drifting away from God is not an intentional goal. It happens a little at a time over months and years as we neglect to listen to God's words. One day you seem to sort of wake up and look around to find yourself in a strange place, a cold and dark place, like Adam and Eve found after they ignored God's words in the Garden of Eden. Hiding from God won't work. Get out into the light of Jesus and allow his love to bring you back to where your heart wants to be."
That excerpt from my first book came to my attention as I am preparing to deliver that workshop material for the first time since moving to Kentucky from Texas in 2006. The heading of that paragraph, Are God's Words To Be Trusted?, is an important consideration that I highlight during the Standing On Holy Ground workshop because Satan plays with our minds to challenge us to believe what isn't true. He tried it first with Eve in the Garden and it worked pretty well, so he continues that same tactic with all of us who struggle with the challenges of our roller coaster lives.
Recently the Rose and I watched a YouTube presentation of Francis Chan at the Passion Conference in Atlanta earlier this month. His thesis centered around the trustworthiness of God and I highly recommend that if you haven't seen it to check it out.
Yes Lord, I'm Listening is a lifelong commitment that requires some form of consistent discipline to actually spend time in our Father's presence. Drifting away is the only alternative and that always ends in a dark place. Its a choice each of us make. If you're in that dark place all you need do is turn toward the light and let God smile on you. HALLELUJAH!

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