THANKFUL TO KNOW GOD'S VOICE!!!
John 10:27 (NIV) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
I heard a message preached at the beginning of November from our Youth Pastor on praying and listening to God. It was really good! I enjoyed hearing about our daily prayer life and I loved the message being put out about not just asking God for things in prayer but having quite time with Jesus and listening to His voice. After his sermon I realized the same thing that had been taught from the pulpit had personally happened to me just the week before!
I had liked my daughters devotion on giving a free will offering found in the book of Ezra. I had never heard of it before and it was a very interesting subject to study. The information stated that it was an offering that in some ways resembled the thank-offering or known as the peace offering. It was completely voluntary, prompted by an occasion of celebration or spiritual significance. This hit home in my heart!
My morning seemed no different than any other. I started out by reading the Word, I praised The Lord, I went into my prayer time and ended the early morning by driving to work and praying in the Spirit. I would say over all; I have been listening to the voice of God for 30 plus years now. I felt The Lord speaking to me that particular morning to give a free will offering to my church. I did not hesitate and I don't mind sharing with you the fact that even though it was a small offering, it left only $2.37 in my checking account!!! YIKES!!! It was a voluntary love gift to Jesus but I ended up having to exercise my faith! Of course... immediately the not so good thoughts started occurring to me and the devil whispered in my ear that it would be IMPOSSIBLE to make it to payday!!!! I did not turn to the left, I did not turn to the right; I ONLY looked up, was obedient and thankfully listened!!! I was VERY POSITIVE it was not just a thought in my head but the voice of The Lord God Almighty!
I think listening to the voice of God is more important than ever in these last days. The only way to know our Lord's voice is to spend time with The Father. We spend so much time with our loved ones. We know their personalities and can hear their voices clearly. It is no different with God!
Thanksgiving is excitingly less than a week away! It is my absolute favorite holiday!!! It is a wonderful time for me each year to reflect on what I am truly thankful for. I love the saying...
TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED!
With medical bills flying in from my injury; I was so very thankful to God that I received an anonymous love gift of EXACTLY 100 fold of the free will offering I gave from my heart :) It couldn't have come at a better time!
Blessings in life are sometimes insignificant to others but HUGH to the ones that are being blessed!!! God knew I was in great need and blessed me beyond measure;
ALL because He loves me, provides for me and...............................
I KNOW HIS VOICE!!!
Blessings to you always ~
Pamela Britt Malone
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