The Voice of The Lord Part 4

 The Word of the Lord when spoken through our lips in prayer changes people, circumstances, even nations.  Psalms 29 says:

 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders; the Lord is upon the many (great) waters .  The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.  The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon … The voice of the Lord splits and flashes forth forked lightning.  The voice of theLord makes the wilderness tremble … The voice ofthe Lord make the hind bring forth their young, and His voice strips bare the forests, while in His temple Everyone is saying, Glory … The Lord will give (unyielding and impenetrable ) strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace. (Verses 3-5, 7-9, 11 Amp.)

Notice the last verse.  It says God will give us strength and peace.  How?  By His voice!

As I closed last week’s lesson, I was discussing how and when God speaks to us.  Let’s take another look at that statement.  He speaks to us in His time and in His way.  He speaks to us when we reverence Him enough to wait on Him.  He speaks to us in that quiet resting place.  And even then, He doesn’t speak like we want Him to.  He doesn’t write on the wall or speak through a burning bush or a bolt of lightening.  He speaks quietly, in the stillness of our heart; and most often, He gives

You can see that in the life of Peter. When he wanted to walk on the water, Jesus simply said to him, “Come” (Matthew 14:29).  Jesus didn’t say, “Okay, Peter, if you’re going to walk, you’ll have to get the five – tape  series on water walking.  You’ll have to read all these confession sheets and then you’ll be ready.

No, He said, “Come.”

And with that command, came the faith Peter needed to fulfill it.  With Jesus’ Word came the power to respond.

 Remember this, when God speaks to you, His word carrieswithin it the power and the anointing you need to act on that word.  But for you to receive that anointing, you must hear and respond to the voice of the Lord.

 So determine now that no matter how busy you may be, no matter how many good activities you have planned, you will not allow them to crowd out the quiet times you spend with the Lord.  Determine that, above all else, in the days and months to come, you will find that spiritual resting place and tune your heart to the voice of God’s Spirit.

 If you do, I assure you, you will hear Him, for He is crying out now as never before.  He is speaking to the hearts of His people and saying, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”

               

Your Pastor

 

Word For Today: The Path Of Integrity

 When wise leaders look for a person they can elevate to a leadership position, one of the primary attributes they look for is “Integrity.”  The Forum Corporation conducted a recent study.  Its purpose was to determine what accounted for the difference between the top producers and the average ones.  When the study was completed, it wasn’t skill, knowledge, or charisma that distinguished the best.  The only differentiating factor they found was honesty.  Customers buy from people they trust. And likewise, smart managers promote the person with “Integrity.”  If you want to be a star at the work place, Choose the Path of “Integrity.”