Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. Mark 4:24
One frosty winter morning as I was getting settled in with a hot cup of coffee, a crimson red cardinal lighted on a tree outside the window of my study. The stark contrast of his undauntingly scarlet feathers against the backdrop of a lifeless frozen world was the perfect segue into my daily conversation with God. You see, that’s what His words are to me. That’s how much they stand out in my world. They are beauty and life in a world of dormant promises that I long to see arise. They captivate, motivate, and sustain me. And that’s what I commenced to telling Him that day.
I came across today’s scripture about 10 years ago. It was back when I first fell in love with God and couldn’t get enough of His word. When I first read it, it didn’t quite click. I couldn’t completely comprehend so I stayed awhile. In the midst of my mulling, God opened my eyes. He said, “Melonie, take good care of what you hear from Me. The more you believe it’s Me speaking, the more I’ll speak to you.” So that was the day. That was the day that changed my life. I started emphatically believing that I could hear God. Hearing Him now is breathing to me. It’s second nature. I don’t wrestle with “God is that you?” I know. I know because I’ve spent years talking with Him and sitting in His presence. I don’t have to “press into to His Presence”, His Presence is always with me.
His words are more precious to me than anything in the world. And because of that, I guard them with my life. I fight to keep them alive in me. When the lies of the enemy come and tell me I am not good enough, smart enough, loveable enough, and a complete failure, I remind myself of what God has said in our times together. You see, I have written God’s words upon my heart and within the pages of my journal to remind myself of who I am, whose I am and where I am headed. These intimate moments with God, have made me who I am. I know that I am all that He says. That’s why I hang on every word He says to me.
I don’t know if you’ve realized this or not, but the life of a Christian is not an easy one. And anyone who says that it is easy, is a lie. (Yes, I meant to say “a lie.”) In all actuality, it may even be more difficult than before we were saved. When our names were written down in the Book of Life with the crimson blood of Christ, we immediately got a bull’s-eye nailed to our backs. The enemy can’t pluck us out of the hand of God, but he will do everything in his power to render us ineffective. And by ineffective I mean living a life of no significance and without power. That’s why it’s so important to write down all God says to you, so that you can replace the lies with the truth. This is how we fight to stay on top.
So guard His words with your life. Give them a huge measure of faith, and you’ll get a huge measure of Him speaking back in return!
YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING:
Now here’s the best part! Spend the next 20 to 30 minutes talking to God. I’ve included an audio track to help get your conversation started. Play the track and continue in prayer after it’s finished. Remember to write down today’s scripture and anything you feel God is speaking in your journal.
Over the next week, study the following passages and continue to have your daily Koffee with the King. Continue to ask Him questions to get to know Him better. It may feel strange at first, but we don’t think twice about asking our friends these questions. We should want to know everything there is to know about Him!
Day 2: Read and meditate on Mark 4:1-9
Day 3: Read and mediate on Mark 4:13-20
Day 4: Read and mediate on Luke 8:4-15
Day 5: Read and mediate on Luke 8:18