Take Time to Listen

Distracted

 

Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it.

In reading various stories about people who have gotten the jab, and then had a bad reaction, there is sometimes a quote that the person felt that the jab would change their life or the person had anxiety about taking it or the person had misgivings of some kind before taking it.  There was some inner message being sent to the person prior to getting the jab.

There was a time whe people spent more time reading their Bibles and praying.

God wants to help people.  The Holy Spirit will help people make right choices.  But it requires spending time with God and giving full attention to God.

Have you ever talked to someone who was busy doing something…whether looking at a cell phone, or watching TV, or any number of other activities and you could tell that person was not listening?  You probably said something like, “Stop, look at me, listen to what I am saying.”  You wanted full attention.

Our lives are full of electronics, entertainment, music, movies, videos and so many other things.  It really is not a wonder that it is difficult to hear God if we don’t stop, have a certain time of the day where we give him full attention, and concentrate on hearing from God.  This is not to limit seeking God to a certain time of the day, but if you have a serious decision, you definitely should shut yourself away with God.

But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.In praying, don’t use vain repetitions as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.Therefore don’t be like them, for your Father knows what things you need before you ask him.Pray like this:

“‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.
10 Let your Kingdom come.
Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 Forgive us our debts,
as we also forgive our debtors.
13 Bring us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.’

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15 But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

Going back to what was discussed earlier, these people who had “misgivings” about taking the shot, I believe it was God trying to warn them.  But they didn’t know.  That’s happened to all of us in one way or another.  God does try to warn people about things to do or not to do, but if the warning is not heard or not heeded, bad things can happen.

“Don’t touch the hot stove.”  If someone touches it, he or she isburned.  It doesn’t matter if that person didn’t hear the warning, or heard it and ignored it, the results are the same.

God is a God of peace.

Colossians 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful.

 

If there is not peace about a decision, find out why not.  Don’t override warnings from the Lord.

Along with this topic, God will give peace regarding decisions that line up with His Word.  In other words, decisions need to line up with the Word of God.  God will not lead you to break commandments in the Word of God.

There will not be peace about breaking one of the Ten Commandments.

For example, there should not be peace about burning down businesses in a riot.  That is not in line with the Bible.

That would seem to be self-evident, but in a world that calls evil good and good evil, that calls a riot a “peaceful protest”, it is necessary to say that actions need to be justified by the Word of God.

Isaiah 5:20  Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
who put darkness for light,
and light for darkness;
who put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
and prudent in their own sight!
22 Woe to those who are mighty to drink wine,
and champions at mixing strong drink;
23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
but deny justice for the innocent!

 

Here is an example, a real life example that happened to me.  I had to go to a business.  I had a strong sense to not go at the time I was planning to go, so I did not.  Later on I found out there was an accident on the road at the time and place I would have been on that road if I had ignored the warning and gone when I was told not to.  Learn to be sensitive.

Again, it takes spending time with God.  Everything takes practice.

Of course, to begin to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, it is necessary to be born again.  Everything starts there.  Learn more about being born again here or read the scripture in the right hand side bar to learn more.

 


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