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Archive for June 3rd, 2022

MEDITATION:

Written by Os Hillman, a contemporary speaker, author, and consultant on the subject of faith at work.

The prophet Isaiah describes his relationship to God as a relationship that has two-way communication. Have you ever felt that your communication with God was only one way – you to Him only? Isaiah tells us, “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary…. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back” (Isaiah 50:4-5). The key to Isaiah’s relationship with God lies in four important principles: 1) He had an instructed tongue. Isaiah had given over rule of his life completely to God’s purposes. 2) He knew the word of the Lord, which allowed him to sustain and encourage others. 3) He took time to listen and, 4) He did not flee from the tough assignments. He didn’t shrink back. If we are to be able to listen to God, we must follow the same principles. Knowing and spending time studying God’s Word allows the Holy Spirit to bring to mind His instructions for what He wants for us. Recently, I became very busy in my work and other activities. It wasn’t long before I felt distance between God and me. I had to make a conscious decision to carve out more time alone to listen, study, and meditate on His Word. This is the lifeline for the follower of Jesus. When we begin to lose the relationship, we are susceptible to becoming rebellious, going our own way. Invest your life in this relationship so that you may continue to hear His voice and sustain the weary ones around you.

PRAYER:

Written by the apostle Paul (c4 BC – c64 AD) to the church in Collossae (Colossians 1:9-12).

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

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