1 Thessalonians 2:13 How Do You Receive God’s Word?

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13

Every day people all over the world hear many different things. They hear things physically and by seeing or reading different sources.

Depending upon the source, a person will choose as to how much he accepts what he is hearing as truth or of importance. Some things are ignored, while great attention is given to other bits of information.

Paul thanked God for the people had heard and accepted God’s word as God’s word, not just some made-up human invention.

Hearing the word of God is easy to do in America and some other countries around the world. There is freedom to have a Bible or to talk about God’s word. But there is much more than just reading the Bible or hearing it mentioned.

There are many different secular universities that accept God’s word as a great piece of literature, but nothing more than that. Many people, including many in the church, have taken on that same viewpoint, that it is just a good piece of literature and not God’s word.

Every week people hear God’s word in churches, but never apply it to their lives. It is ignored as just some more needless information.

The person who truly believes in God will accept the Bible as God’s actual word. When he hears or reads the Bible, he will accept it as coming directly from God and will obey it immediately. It is not just some good stories to be read, but a life changing book that is alive and powerful.

As a follower of Jesus, you must be willing to read and hear God’s word to you each and every day. When you take time to read God’s word you must be willing to ask yourself how you are supposed to obey it. To obey the Bible is to obey God, it is His written word.

Do not allow yourself to ignore reading the Bible or doing what it says. Take it as the authority, that was given by God, upon how you live your life.

The more you obey God’s word, the closer to God you will come and the more like Jesus you will be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word in your heart; that you will apply God’s word to your life; that you will not be ashamed of God’s word to you; and that you will be a witness of the power of God’s word in your life.

Acts 3:23 Listen Or Be Cut Off

Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people. Acts 3:23

Every day a person will hear thousands of different voices each saying something a little different. Some of these are very blunt in what they are saying, such as in an advertisement trying to sell someone a car. Others are not as clear, such as quietly promoting gossip in a television show each week.

These voices can be live, visual, audio or even written. Each one is trying to get others to listen and follow along.

Peter tells the people about how Jesus was sent as a prophet to warn people and guide them to salvation. He points out that anyone who does not listen to Jesus will be cut off.

Every person has to make choices daily as to who he will listen to or refuse to listen to. If one listens to every voice he hears, he will be left in complete confusion and chaos. One will say to do something, while the other will say to do the exact opposite.

Only one voice remains perfectly consistent all the time, never changing. Not only does this voice remain consistent, but it also knows what is truly the best in the short term and the long term of eternal life. That voice is the voice of Jesus.

It is only Jesus who points people towards salvation and how to live for God. His words brings life to a person, not death. The majority of words of man, only brings about death.

Those who choose to listen to Jesus, following and obeying His words, will have eternal life. Those who refuse to listen to Jesus will be cut off from the abundant and eternal life.

Jesus came and spoke words that are for you to this day. His words were not just for the disciples and the people nearly two thousand years ago.

God is right there with you to guide you in how to really live for Him and to know the salvation and abundant life that He has for you. Each day you will hear hundreds of voices and you will have a choice as to which you will listen to and obey.

Allow yourself to tune in and listen to the voice of Jesus in your life. Hear what He has to say and obey His words. Do not allow yourself to be cut off and cast out.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear the voice of Jesus in your life; that you will know the truth as to how to live for God; that you will obey God’s voice in all that He says; and that you will not be cut off from God’s family.

John 10:5 Whose Voice Do You Recognize And Follow?

But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice. John 10:5

All over the world there are billions of people with a voice. Each one has something to say. Some will have many volumes to say, while others will have very little to say.

People will here all these voices and what is being said. However, with all the voices talking at once, many get confused as to who they should listen to. The voices are often in conflict with each other, so people try to listen to only those they know.

Jesus pointed out that sheep will run away from anyone that they do not recognize the voice of.

Believers are God’s sheep in this world. At some point in their lives, each one has heard God’s voice and learned to recognize and follow it.

However, because they are still in this world, many have become friends with this world. Now they recognize the voices of this world and have begun to follow those voices, rather than follow only God’s voice.

In doing this, sin has been allowed to creep into their lives and become acceptable. Rather than fleeing the false lies of this fallen world, they have embraced them as truth.

One who is truly following God and seeking after Him will recognize His voice and follow it only. They will refuse to allow themselves to become familiar with the voices of this world, the voices of strangers intent on bringing about death and destroying one’s witness.

The only way a believer can know God’s voice is to spend time reading and studying the bible and spending time talking and listening to God, rather than becoming friend’s with this world.

As a believer, both God and this world has something to tell you. One will bring life, while the other will only bring about death. Keep your focus of listening upon God so closely that you will always recognize His voice, even in the middle of a loud crowd of voices.

Do not allow yourself to become familiar with the voices of this world and be led astray, away from God. Live your life for God and for God alone.

Flee all sin and voices that will lead you into sin. Run to God’s voice, so that you will have life, abundant life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s voice; that God will give you strength to flee lying voices; and that you will follow God above all else in your life.

Luke 4:43 Get The Message Out More

But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” Luke 4:43

During a major storm, such as a hurricane, there is often a message that has to be delivered to the people. Often that message is one of telling the people to get out or evacuate the area for their protection.

In order to get the message out, they will use every means possible. Radio, television, internet and phone calls will be used to proclaim the message. Often they will send in police officers to go to homes and neighborhoods to pass the message on. This is done because of its great importance.

Jesus said He had to go to other towns to preach the good news. It was His full purpose to pass on the good news.

The proclamation that Jesus had is still important to this day. There are still billions of people who have not heard the emergency warning. The warning message is that they are dying in sin and headed for eternal judgement and death.

No one has to live like this, but most do not know it. People have not heard that they can have eternal life. This is where the church and believers come in.

Every believer has to pick up the mission that Jesus had started. Each believer is to proclaim the good news to every one that they can reach. They need to go out to the new areas around them to let people know who have never heard the message.

People need to hear the message of life, but if no one is willing to go, they will not be able to hear it. Jesus started and ended His life on this earth with this mission.

At some point someone had brought you the message of the good news of the kingdom of God. You were given the opportunity to accept or reject it. Now that you have chosen to accept it, you need to pass it on to others.

Seek God to find new areas to pass that message on. Ask God to show you new people to talk with that need to hear about what God has for them.

Do not allow any one to live without a chance to hear about Jesus and what He has for them. Get the message out.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will proclaim the message of Jesus; that God will open doors for you to be His witness; and that God will build His kingdom through you around the world.