John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
Motives, ambitions and preconceived ideas, can make it difficult for us to recognize God’s voice. All these things can make us hear what we want to hear and not necessarily what God is telling us. It is important to remember, that the voice we hear inside, must always agree with God’s Word.
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1 Corinthians 6:17 “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.”
Just think about it, we understand “one in flesh” so let “one in spirit” sink in. We know our bodies are the temple (dwelling place) of the Holy Spirit. That is why it’s important to keep ourselves pure and clean, because God is Holy! “We were bought at a price, therefore GLORIFY GOD in your body & spirit, which is God’s.” Read 1 Cor 6:12-20
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”
Silence enables us to experience the kind of intimacy with God we so desperately long for. But it requires a deliberate choice to become quiet. Inside each of us there is a place of silence, and only we know when we are in that place of rest. I challenge you to become still before God, to enter that place of rest.
1 Corinthians 3:18-19 “Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness.”
Let no one glory in man! Listen to the counsel of man but always remember that God’s Word stands. Do not put your faith & trust in man. What is wise to the world is foolishness to God. Fear God & obey Him.
James 3:5-8 “See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue.”
James says that no man can tame the tongue. That is actually good news, because it is not you who will tame your own tongue but it is the fire of God, the anointing of the Holy Spirit that will help you to change the way you speak and to start using your tongue to proclaim life and power. Get the fire of God in your life and it will transform every area of your life.
James 1:2-4 "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
When we are facing challenges and problems, it is difficult to have joy; but James tells us that this is the key to overcoming those obstacles that are in your life. As a matter of fact the Bible says that the joy of the lord is your strength. So without joy you will be without strength and you will not be able to face and overcome the trials. You can only have joy when you have Faith, knowing that God will not leave you in the lurch and that He will always help you to get through whatever you are facing.
James 1:16,17 "Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
Do not believe the lie of the devil. God is a good God and He does not want to harm you. He may allow certain things to come into your life that are uncomfortable and challenging but He will always give you the strength to overcome every problem. You need to be firm in the knowledge that God cares for you and that every good thing in your life is a gift from Him.
Proverbs 7:7-10 "I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding, 8 Passing along the street near her corner; And he took the path to her house 9 In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night. 10 And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart."
Young people especially are challenged today to remain pure and not get swept away by the lusts of the flesh. The enemy has a clear strategy to draw men and women into fulfilling the desires of the flesh instead of learning the value of putting their flesh on the altar daily and allowing the character of God to form in their lives.
Proverbs 6:32,33 "Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul. 33 Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away."
When men are grounded in the Word of God, and are filled with the Fire of God they will not allow sexual immorality to come near their lives. They will realize that it is a tool by the devil to destroy them and their families and ultimately to distract them from accomplishing the purposes of God in their lives. There is no way to hide this sin. It may seem as if no one knows but eventually it will come out and ruin everyone involved.
Proverbs 6:24-29 "To keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress. 25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids. 26 For by means of a harlot A man is reduced to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life. 27 Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared? 29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;"
It has become the plague of the 21st century and the strategy by the devil to destroy the family. Marriage and the family is ridiculed and scorned on by the world and Children of God need to make a stand against the wave of sexual perversion that has us sweeping the world. The kingdom of God needs men with backbone and moral integrity that will take their place as priests in the home and not be drawn away by the lust of the flesh.