HEARING GOD-Judging the Word

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Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.        

– 2 Timothy 3:16-17

bigstock-Bible-New-Testament-St-John-8436925I have always been drawn to the book of John.  I love the picture it portrays of Christ as a man.  If I close my eyes, I can almost see the image of His face painted for us through the Holy Spirit inspired pen of John.  Each stroke revealing another facet of Christ’s flawless love image.  If you want to know what He sounds like study the canvas of His written word.

I don’t know who came up with the idea of putting Christ’s words in red, but they are a genius!  You want a jump start into knowing what God sounds like? Read the words in red!  And read them in several versions.  You’ll get a picture of His heart.  It will help you determine if what you are hearing is from God.  The more you read and understand His written word the more able you are to rightly judge what you hear.  1 John 4:1 says to test all spirits to see if they are from God.  God will NEVER contradict what He’s already spoken in scripture.  He will NEVER speak or act outside His nature.   Now it may be outside of the realm of your understanding of Him, so don’t be surprised when He broadens your horizon of your view of Him.

One morning several years ago, during my Koffee with the King, I was assaulted with a barrage of unworthy thoughts.  I had a religious momentary lapse of “I need to be reading more of His word” during these intimate morning coffees with Him.  Just as I reached for the tattered and worn man-made-leather-bound solace, the main staple of my diet, God spoke.  Jesus said, “why do you reach for the scriptures?  They speak of Me, and I am here with you.”  Please understand something…I still read and study scripture, daily; but in these moments set aside to have Koffee with the King, my focus is on Him… His Presence.   John 5:39-40 says “you search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”

Set aside times throughout the week to read and study scripture.  But also set aside time in the mornings to have intimate conversations with Him.  Don’t be so consumed by studying the word of God that you miss the presence of God.  The written word speaks the general will of God for our lives, the spoken word tells us His bigstock-Winter-Landscape-Seen-Through--52286809-georgespecific will.   They are both of equal importance.   I’m not saying that you shouldn’t read scripture while you’re having coffee with Him, but simply to stay focused and fully engaged in His Presence when you’re with Him.  If He leads you to read scripture, by all means, do so.  But let Him lead you.  Don’t fall prey to a religious mindset of “thou shalts and thou shalt nots”.  Be Spirit lead.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law (Galatians 5:18).  Remember, this is a relationship we are building.  And oh what a beautiful relationship this is!

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YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING: 

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.

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FURTHER STUDY:  

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.

Day 2:   Read and meditate on 1 John 4:1

Day 3:  Read and mediate on John 5:39-40

Day 4:  Read and mediate on Galatians 5:18

Day 5:  Read and mediate on  Romans 8:14

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