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God is Listening

God is listening

Let the new song arise!

Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one. So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power.” (1 Sam 16:12-13)

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As the young teenage boy looked out on the flock of sheep he was tending, his heart was filled with pain. Once again, they had rejected him. The great Prophet Samuel was coming to their home, and he was the only family member not to be invited.

“Why do they hate me so much?” he whispered to himself. “Am I really that different? It’s not my fault that I had a different mother from the rest of them.” Pain and lonely seasons were nothing new to this young man, but he was about to enter a new season.

New songs lead to new seasons, God is listening.

After drying his tears, he picked up his instrument and began to worship. It was music like no one had heard before; it was different because it touched both the heart of God and man. As David played, the familiar presence of God began to wash over his being. Words he had never heard before began to flow out of his mouth and he lost himself in the love of God… where there was nothing rejecting him. His melodies of worship were interrupted by the searching cries of one of the household servants.

“David!” the servant yelled, “Come quickly! The prophet is asking for you! He has told your father he will not leave until he meets you.”

“Why does he want me?” David asked breathlessly.

As he ran toward home, the servant who was now watching his sheep yelled one last thing: “None of your brothers have been chosen.”

Its a story like no other, as a shepherd boy takes his first steps toward a throne… from a deserted place to a king’s palace. He would be nurtured along by an anointing; this touch of power from God, would birth courage, favor and honor.

Because God is listening!

So the next time you are considering the path which leads back into the deserted place, remind yourself that its the sound of praise that brings the chosen child to the prophetic call…

Where God is listening.

Labor Pains

“My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you.” (Gal 4:19)

The Apostle Paul likened his relationship with the Galatians to that of a mother having a baby. He went into labor, so to speak; at the time of their deliverance from bondage, their first steps into the Kingdom and their discipleship process. Now he was in the labor room again, in reference to their Christian growth. He wanted these Galatian converts to grow in grace and he was so concerned for them that he went into “labor” for them.

Labor Room Ministry:

This is an amazing concept to ponder. Intercession is a labor room ministry and we must see prayer and descipleship as effective tools for pushing the young Christian through their tight places. Becoming concerned about the newly saved Christian is part of the Great Commission in the respect that we are called to teach them to observe and obey all that Christ commanded (Mt 28:18-20). Notice the context of the discipleship process is relational. Jesus says, “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Going into labor on behalf of those you say you love is significant to their sense of growth and spiritual development. If you hear yourself saying “I don’t want to intrude” or find yourself feeling critical of their actions… then you are ignoring the labor room ministry that God has for you. Get over yourself! Hear the heart of the Apostle Paul and find your position in the labor room.

Spiritual Nurturing:

I would suggest we beef up our accountability and become people who pray and speak into the lives of others. We need spiritual nurturing, fathers and mothers in the Body of Christ today, just like the days of the early Church. We have teachers and pastors who inspire and teach principles, but we need people who carry us to the very Throne of Grace (Heb 4:16).

Modeling Maturity:

Babies need milk and infants need lots of love and attention. Where else are we going to find character modeled in front of us. Those who have walked at length with Christ are the nurturers that offer a wealth of spiritual depth and testimony. When we began to walk with Christ we were in need of milk, but now we should be nurturing and getting deeper revelations to stir up love and good works among the immature. It is my belief that every Christian has several young believers within reach that they could nurture.

This Generation:

There is a generation coming forth that is looking for the fathers and mothers to encourage, equip and exhort them with Kingdom wisdom. They are looking for the House of God to be a Family of Saints, without jealousy, envy or suspicion. We as the mature in Christ, must find ourselves doing more than teaching doctrine and singing campfire songs. We must gain an ear for the labor room and re-establish some platforms for discipleship that help this generation experience the heart of the Father, the ministry of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.

New Every Morning

“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”  (Lamentations 3:21-23)

It may be difficult, but we must try to comprehend mercy. Why? Because God’s mercy is the platform for seeing our potential. The dictionary defines mercy as- ”a disposition to be kind and forgiving; to show undeserved compassion and kindness”. This is the approach God takes towards us… He is good, kind and forgiving! He does not give us what we deserve.

Everyday - a New Day:

One of the most wonderful gifts of mercy is a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning… everyday. To know that all of the sins and mistakes of yesterday are behind you and today is untouched by anything, but your imagination.

Every morning God offers us the opportunity to awaken our hearts to His faithfulness, rather than our frailties. None of us can go back to yesterday and change actions or words spoken. We can’t undo or retract things that have been done. Yet, we have the opportunity to start today with a renewed heart and with new decisions. That is the powerful reality of mercy! When we confess our sins and weaknesses God is faithful to forgive us (1 Jn. 1:9), wiping clean the offenses against us.

A Fresh Supply:

Determination falls short and desire alone is not enough, but we have been given a fresh supply of God’s renewable recources. In ourselves, changes are often impossible, but as God’s mercies fill our imagination so does His freedom fill our first steps. Each day God will give us a fresh supply… mercy can be applied to whatever need we may encounter. His guidance and correction will help us learn from yesterday’s mistakes and his strength will give us the ability to change and be different (1 Cor. 2:16). How wonderful to know that when I wake up I will not have exhausted the Lord’s mercies on yesterday’s battles, struggles or needs. He will have a new supply waiting for me today. 

“Great is Thy Faithfulness - Great is Thy Faithfulness. Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand has provided. Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me.”

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