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What do you do when you have nothing?

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. - Genesis 1:2-3

God spoke.

Selah

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What do you do when your enemy attacks those you hold dear?

The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; - Genesis 3:14

God spoke.

Selah

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What do you do when the ones you love keep going back to danger and trouble?

He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. - Psalm 107:20

God spoke.

Selah

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What do you do when those you love are lost in darkness?

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. - Psalm 119:105

God spoke.

Selah

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What do you do when you face a world of shame, guilt and sin?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ... And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:1, 14

God spoke.

Selah

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Ben NelsonI'm so glad you stopped by.

Check out yesterday's post - "Speak"

See you again soon.

Ben

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Sunday, I preached a sermon on the Great Commission (which should be available on line soonish) and I took time to explain that the emphasis of this commission - this command - was not the GO but rather the MAKE DISCIPLES. I explained how the GO was more of an AS YOU GO - taking away all excuses for any of us who might like to opt out of GOing.

Having spent a bunch of years involved in leadership in Christian circles, I notice an interesting phenomenon in the church culture. Once we start GOing, it’s really hard to stop going, or change direction.

We get in our hearts this idea that it’s better to be going than to do nothing, so all motion is good motion.

If someone in the body has a vision for something - we tell them to run with it.

Not so much with Jesus.

It struck me when I looked at the time He sent the disciples out in Matthew 10 to preach and heal, the very first words of His commissioning were DO NOT GO. (Well - in the Original language it’s more like “into the way of the gentiles DO NOT GO") - check it out:

These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” - Matthew 10:5-6 NASB

Reminds me of this moment in Paul’s life:

They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; - Acts 16:6 NASB

Again - for a reason known to the Holy Lord, and not shared with us - Paul was forbidden to preach in Asia. WOW.

Oh how we need to be plugged in to the voice of God for today. [Tweet This]

Sure we can point back that the Great Commission and say Jesus said GO so all going is good. But Paul was tuned in and heard the Lord say NO.

Rather than planning our GOING on a map based on demographics or need analysis, Perhaps we ought to plan our GOING on the voice of the Lord to the hearts of men and women who have dedicated themselves to prayer and the Word.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon.

Ben

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I used to work with a man who, when asked a hard question he would reply:

“Only God knows and He’s not talking to me.”

Once in a while I would pop off the curt reply “He talks to me!”

I made light of it now and then, but it’s sad really that some folks never sense the voice of the Lord in their lives. To be perfectly honest, it’s sad how often I am content to go about my life without hearing from the Lord.

Perhaps you wonder how to hear the voice of the Lord.

Perhaps you have never heard Him.

Here is a lesson on how to hear from the Lord.

Step one:

Take your headphones out of your ears

Step two:

Open His Word

Step three:

Ask Him to speak

Step four:

Listen!

A prayer I often pray when I am not hearing well is found in Psalm 119:

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. - Psalms 119:18 ESV

Try it and let me know what you hear.

ben rin and noraThanks for stopping in.

See you again soon

Ben

 

 

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Psalm 29:3-9:

The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;
The God of glory thunders,
The LORD is over many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful,
The voice of the LORD is majestic.
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
Yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
And Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the LORD hews out flames of fire.
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”

I know this may be coloring outside the lines but when I read this my mind circles around to – Jesus is the Word of God – kind of like the voice of the LORD – right?

So try this on for size:

Jesus is upon the waters;
The God of glory thunders,
The LORD is over many waters.

(reminds me of Jesus walking on the water)

Jesus is powerful,
Jesus is majestic.
Jesus breaks the cedars;
Yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

(reminds me of Jesus cursing the fig tree)

He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
And Sirion like a young wild ox.

(reminds me of Jesus sitting on the back of an young – untamed – donkey and riding it into town)

Jesus hews out flames of fire.
Jesus shakes the wilderness;
The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
Jesus makes the deer to calve
And strips the forests bare;

And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”

OK – so I am a temple of the Living God – what can I do but say

GLORY

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Image Credit and info: In England, artist Francis Barraud (1856-1924) painted his brother's dog Nipper listening to the horn of an early phonograph during the winter of 1898. Victor Talking Machine Company began using the symbol in 1900, and Nipper joined the RCA family in 1929. - Wikimedia Commons

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