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“Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” (Hebrews 4:7)

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Hello. How are you? How are you doing? I hope all is well as you are taking care of all things in your lives. It is (7) weeks to Christmas and (3) weeks or so to Thanksgiving. Time seems to be moving more quickly since we are approaching the end of the year. It seems like the hustling and bustling of everything starts getting louder and louder and so distracting that one cannot listen to their own thoughts-let alone the voice of God when He is speaking to you.

Why is it is that we say we want to hear from God, but we don’t listen? Why do we make it so complicated to listen to God when He calls out to us? We really don’t have to go far. It’s not like we have to climb a mountain, sit in cloth and enter into a deep meditation in order to get close to God. God is all around us and makes Himself very attainable for us for us to communicate with Him if we choose. Truly, the problem is that we do not make time to listen to Him. Why? Because we are mostly busy about doing things for self-some good, some bad at times (none of us are perfect). We become more self-centered than God centered. We get caught up in our family, friends, jobs, school, grocery shopping, doctor appointments, TV, etc… We try to be everything to everyone and it just creates more clamor inside our head! That’s why we don’t hear God when He call us by our name .(He obviously knows our name). We are too busy doing “stuff” and any form of interruption of our plans makes us angry. So, what do we do? We tune Him out like any other distraction-sometimes completely.

Whether we can admit this or not, we want God on our terms because that’s how we live our lives-everything is on our terms not somebody else’s. Believe it or not, God is a gentleman. He does not force Himself or His will into our lives. We have free will and we will live with the rewards…and the consequences because WE make the decisions and; therefore, cannot blame anyone else for our choices. God is a God a love. But, He is also Just rather than fair. When He sees how crazy and stressed out we can be He may call out to us. Sometimes, He may call us Friend, Lovely, or, His Bride. Unfortunately, as in any relationship, we have the choice to accept or reject love-even God’s love. That’s we He says “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart.” God’s mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:23) Every new day can bring change and possibilities-if we do not harden our hearts and keep God out of it.

God is a Holy God and He is our Creator (Elohim). We were made in His image-not the other way around. Can you imagine how it must heart the heart of God when we choose not to have any communication with Him? Can you imagine children (who are the image of their parents) refuse to have any form of fellowship or relationship with them? I can’t imagine the pain or the heart break! Sadly, I am also guilty of behaving like this with God. There’s been many a day (to my shame) when I have chosen not to listen to God because of my mood or my bad choices. The sad part is there were times I chose to live with the guilt of my behavior until I go to God and ask for forgiveness and to start over (repent). He sees everything and knows everything and He says that when we ask His forgiveness, it is thrown into the see of forgetfulness and that is as far as the East is from the West. “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12)

The best and most direct way to hear God’s voice is through His Word-which is the Bible. Every topic can be found in there-anywhere and everywhere beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation. “For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.” (Isaiah 64:4) Reading the Scriptures reveals the character of who God really is. It is how He directly communicates with those who are His and for those who are looking for Him. By reading God’s Word, it helps us make the correct choices for our lives. You need to realize that God is so infinite to our way of understanding. It’s like taking the ocean and pouring it in to a glass. His direction can sometimes be the exact opposite of how we “feel” we should go. That is where our faith comes into play also. God knows us better than we know ourselves; and like any good parent He may say no in one area so that we may grow or move in another. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:19-20)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, I invite you to listen and hear God’s voice when He reaches out to you. Don’t harden your hearts and turn away from Him-rather open yourself up to Him and be willing to hear what He has to say to you personally. He love us enough to Bless us as well as chastise us. Please do not miss any opportunity or direction God may have for you. You may be pleasantly surprised at the depth of His love for you. “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)

In His Love,

Melody

 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

images-2Hello! How are you? How is the beginning of your September going? In spite of all the “hustle and bustle”, everyone who has kids should be back to school and getting back to business as usual. I know a few people who “milk”every second of their summertime, but their kids don’t necessarily acclimate to a routine right away. This could be very stressful for everyone involved-parents, kids, teachers, bus drivers, etc… Who would have thought there would be stress while trying to achieve rest? Unrest does not only effect the body, but, it also effects the soul.

For those who are truly seeking God, the first requirement is to come to God, come to Jesus. People always think they have to get “cleaned up” first or make themselves right before coming to God, but nothing can be further from God’s truth! God says “come”. He didn’t say “Come when you are no longer a sinner”; or, when you think you are good enough for Him…He says to “come now” because YOU ARE a sinner. “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; here is no one who does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12) God does not discriminate as to who can obtain salvation and eternal life. His love and mercy is extended to anyone and everyone. And, to ensure that there is a bridge between Himself and mankind, He sent His Son to die on a cross to shed His blood for whomsoever would receive God through His Son, Jesus.“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whomsoever would believe on Him would not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (Joh 3:16-17) “On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)

God accepts us as we are. He does not ask us to change before coming into His presence. Truthfully, it is after we come that He begins to change us and gradually (yet continually) conform us to the image of His Son, Jesus. But, that transformation begins after we repent (turn from) our sins. First, we come; then we repent; and then begins our transformation into the image of God’s Son, Jesus. God sees and cares the burdens and struggles we carry. He sees our anxiety and restlessness-it actually hurts Him to see us live like that. The problem with living like this must create a tremendous amount of pressure and tension.  That’s why He wants to give us rest. He wants to carry our burdens, but that could only happen when we release them and give them to Him. “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.“(1Peter 5:7) When we give Him our burdens, we are surrendering our lives over to Him; we are putting our trust in God and acknowledging that HE KNOWS better how to love us, care for us, and how to teach us how to go through our struggles so we can apply His ways into our lives.

I also want to add that being weary and burdened is not a one time thing. Can you relate to that? I know many times when I “feel” strong or rested, I take my struggles back and carry them again until they wear me down, All the while God is saying “No! No! No! Come to me when you are weary and burdened and I will give your rest.” He doesn’t want me to be so weary that I am being pulled down and looking down and not looking up and keeping my eyes on Him. The enemy of our soul will do whatever he can so that we will not focus on God, trust God or love God.  The reality is this-God is a loving Father who sees everything we do and everything we go through. “She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” (Genesis 16:13)

Please know that most people are walking around carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. We are living in stressful times as a society, as a nation; and God is being pushed out of the way more and more because of an Anti-Christ spirit that is very real and very prevalent on this planet. That’s the bad news I’m sorry to say, but it is the truth. The good news is “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (1 Joh 4:1-4)  “If God is for us, who can stand against us?” (Romans 3:3)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, I want to encourage you that there is God who loves you, cares for you, and will carry your burdens for you if you just come to Him willingly as He extends Himself with open arms to you and an invitation to be yoked into His salvation for all eternity. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)

In His Love,

Melody