Topic: God uses many means to communicate His will.
Samuel was one of the mightiest prophets in the Old Testament, but even he had to learn how to hear God’s voice. In Samuel’s case, he heard God speak to him through his physical ears. God used this same form of direct revelation to communicate His will to Abraham (see Genesis 12:1), Moses (see Exodus 3:4), Job (see Job 38), and others.
But God also uses other ways to get His message to people and make sure it is received.The Bible is clear that God does speak to His people today. The author of Hebrews opens his letter this way: “God, who at various times and in various
ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son” (1:1–2). God is not silent but alive and active.
He speaks to you individually and in a way that you can hear Him, receive His message, and obey Him.
Don’t doubt He is fully capable of communicating to you right where you are—in the midst of your circumstances—in a personal way.
True godly aggression begins in the inner man. Be bold and aggressive, approaching each day with confidence, expecting
to be successful in whatever you do that day.
If we have a quiet, confident inner attitude, we will never have any problem
doing what we need to do. Confidence is not a feeling that we must work up and then go out into the world and move fast,
talk loud, and often be obnoxious. It is a quiet and beautiful thing that begins in the heart and stands firm in its conviction
that we are not alone and we are able. The attitude of the confident person is filled with cans, not can’ts. It is firm, steadfast, and strong in the Lord.
Approach every area of life with confidence. If you are facing a major change at this time in your life, don’t be afraid of it. You can be confident that it will be a new season of blessing. If you are in the midst of some trial or difficulty, even
in that you can be confident that God has a plan and that He will never allow more to happen to you than you can bear. He
will provide a way out, and you will gain valuable experience that will aid you in the future.
Topic:The extent to which you identifywith Christ will determine what you hear God say to you.
The extent to which you identify with Christ will determine, in part, what you hear God say to you.
If you are truly seeking to become more like Him, and striving to make Him the Lord of your life, you are going to hear God’s counsel. But if you are merely content with the fact you are saved, you probably
won’t hear God’s voice. And that is a great danger for believers, for if you fail to hear from God, it will lead you to make some unwise and costly mistakes.
Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of theLORD was rare in those days; therewas no widespread revelation (1
Topic: Nothing is more urgent,necessary, or rewarding than listening to God.
One of the most important lessons you can learn is how to listen to God. In your complex and hectic life, nothing is more urgent, more necessary, or more
rewarding than hearing what God has to say to you in the moment and responding to it with an obedient spirit.
As in any relationship, both talking and
listening must take place for growth to occur.
Unfortunately, listening to God is a skill that
doesn’t come naturally for most people. Everyday distractions might account for some of the difficulties. But often your ability to listen will be determined in part by the attitude you carry into your conversations with Him. Your mind-set can be affected by your prior relationship with God, your understanding about God, and your feelings toward Him. The result is that you might be predisposed to hearing certain things from Him and not hearing other things.
Topic: Anxiety can be a sign your focus isn’t where it should be.
Do you long for deep and abiding peace? Does your soul need rest from the worries that surround you?
Your anxiety can be a telltale sign that your focus isn’t where it should be. Instead of rejoicing in the strength, wisdom, and love of God, you may have allowed your attention to be consumed by the details
of your circumstances. You may be so busy trying to figure out how to fix your situation that you’ve forgotten the only effective solution is to submit
yourself to God. As Jesus said, “I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
It is time to start thinking differently about your situation. As Paul instructs in Romans 12:2, it is time to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
You do this by continually filling your mind with the things of God—by beginning each day connecting with Him through prayer and reading His Word. Your time with God will give you the direction, strength,
and focus you need and will fill you with the peace for which your heart yearns.
How will you live out Life Principle 12 this
week? Begin by taking some time to examine your heart. Are you at peace? If not, what is causing your unrest or worry?
What areas of your life have you not fully turned over to God? What promises does
God provide to you in His Word that He will care for you? As you seek the Lord in prayer, ask Him to shine a light on anything that is preventing you from forming a greater oneness with Him.
Topic: The safest place for you to run when trials come is into the arms of Jesus
The safest place for you to run when trials come your way is into the everlasting arms of Jesus. He is the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) who secured your
eternal future through His death on the cross. So if a conflict, sorrow, or crisis is filling you with anxiety, allow God’s peace to invade your heart. Tell Him all
you are feeling. He understands and knows that life can be difficult—but He has a solution. Your peace resides in your Savior, who loves you unconditionally.
He has promised to keep you safe
and deliver you into the Father’s arms.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6–8).
David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and went and said to Jonathan, “What have I done?
What is my iniquity, and what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?” (1 Samuel 20:1).
David lived in a world that was anything but certain and secure. At one point, he found himself on the run from King Saul (who wanted to end David’s life) so he could never take the throne.
Yet during this tense time, David found the strength to write, “In the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until
these calamities have passed by. I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me.
He shall send from heaven and save me” (Psalm 57:1–3).
How could David write such confident words as he was hiding in a cave from a man who wanted to end his life? The answer is found in the way David
led his life up to this point. He was a man who sought God’s presence in everything he did, whether he was confronting a lion, a bear, or a giant named Goliath.
David had learned to give every situation to God, and he had unshakable peace that God would protect him and fulfill His promises.
Topic: Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.
What would you give to experience the
unshakable peace of God? Are you willing to give control of your future to Him and follow His plan?
Are you willing to trust He will take care of you and meet your needs? Will you trust Him in quietness, knowing He will never forget you? Will you believe in
your heart that His peace and presence are sure and immovable?
Moses went and spoke these
words to all Israel. And he said to
them: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in. Also the LORD has said to me, ‘You
shall not cross over this Jordan.’
The LORD your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess
them. Joshua himself crosses over before you, just as the LORD has said. And the LORD will do to them as He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites and
their land, when He destroyed them. The LORD will give them over to you, that you may do to them according to every
commandment which I have commanded you. Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD
your God, He is the one who goes with you. He will not leave younor forsake you” (Deuteronomy31:1–6).
Topic: You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on
You (Isaiah 26:3).
The key to overcoming anxiety is found in the presence of God. When you choose to keep your mind focused on God and trust in Him completely, He fills you with His “perfect peace” (Isaiah 26:3).
When you accept His timetable and limitations in a given situation, He will begin to remove the anxieties you experience. As the hymn states, when you “turn your eyes upon Jesus” and “look full in His wonderful face,” you will find His mercy and grace, forgiveness and hope, peace and everlasting security.
Topic : Recognize that anxiety is the opposite of peace.
Life is filled with uncertainties. Every day, you see news reports on the latest natural disaster in the nation or crisis in your community. In such an unsure world, what can you do to confront the feelings of anxiety that naturally come over you? The
first step is to recognize anxiety for what it is: the opposite of peace. Anxiety is the fan that flames the fires of doubt and confusion. When you cave in to thoughts of anxiety, you lose your spiritual focus and