For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
“And the Lord utters His voice before His army, for His host is very great, and [they are] strong and powerful who execute [God's] word…” (Joel 2:11, AMP)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
God teaches us to hear His voice little by little. It can be something as simple as being at the mall and not feeling good about a purchase you’re about to make. No big deal. You put it back. At the office, you feel an unrest around a certain person. You just back away. At home, you feel a prompting to spend time with your child. At night you hear a suggestion, “Turn off the TV. Go to bed. You need your rest.” You turn it off.
Pay attention to what you’re feeling. Those are all little ways that the Holy Spirit guides us. Don’t ignore the impressions, the promptings. God speaks to us in a still, small voice. He is not going to boom out lightening to get your attention. He is not going to flash it across your TV screen. When God speaks, it’s usually subtle.
Remember, if you’re going to hear a whisper, you’ve got to get close. You’ve got to be tuned in. You’re not going to hear Him by accident with the business of the day, the stress of the office, running here and there. You have to ask yourself, “What am I feeling? What am I sensing?” You have to take time to get quiet and listen to God.
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for teaching me to hear Your voice. I choose right now to be still and lean into You. I pray that You will make Your voice clear to my heart. Thank you for leading and guiding me as I listen to You.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
Originally posted on Chocolate Vent:
My girlfriend & I were on the phone for several hours this weekend commiserating over the fact that neither one of us were married yet. She felt like it was high time for God to send her a husband as she had accomplished everything else she wanted to in life. She has the degrees, the house, the car and the job to prove it. So where is her mate? Where was her knight in shining armor? Where was the man that she intends to spend the rest of her life with? Well, apparently he’s nowhere in sight.
The discussion turned to us trying to understand God’s will for our lives & why we as women desire so strongly to have husbands when men clearly aren’t thinking the same way we are. Men have all the time in the world to figure out this thing called “life” & there’s certainly no…
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