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 the Lord makes the wilderness tremble … The voice of the 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 lightning. He speaks quietly, in the stillness of our heart; and most often, He gives us a simple word – short and to the point.
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 carries within 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.”
A word for Today: "Atmosphere"
It’s not low wages that is making millions of Americans miserable on the job. It’s bad relationships! In recent survey, nearly half the respondents cited a “dog-eat-dog” atmosphere as the main reason they were unhappy on the job. It was just this atmosphere to which Galatians 5:15 is referring to. It says, “If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out, or you will destroy each other.” The good news is, you can break the cycle of backstabbing and competition in your workplace by making a decision to prefer others and treat them as you would like to be treated. God will honor that decision by bringing you increase and promotion. And your workplace will become a better place.