Humbly Serve God

 

Everyone wants to be smart and successful but that can be empty and meaningless if we don’t truly know God.  Let’s be honest; a humble minimum wage worker who knows God is far better off than the billionaire wandering aimlessly through life.  If we know God, there isn’t any accomplishment that will elevate our stature above that of any other human being.  “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  (James 4:6)  We are all the same in the eyes of God.  Even if we have all the knowledge of the world, we are nothing without the love that God provides.

Seek the Approval of God

It’s important for us to strike a balance between our thirst for worldly success and our desire to move closer to God.  The more worldly success we have, the more we tend to seek the praise of those around us rather than the approval of God.  It’s easy to get caught up in educational goals, and vocational goals, and materialistic goals, but we are moving in the wrong direction if those goals are not also centered on our relationship with God. “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord and not for people, knowing that it is from the Lord that you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”  (Colossians 3:23-24)  True satisfaction in life is the product of a sincere effort to accomplish the will of God.  We need to use our worldly success wisely in the pursuit of service to God by serving others.

Remain Humble

The first thing we need to do whenever we achieve any measure of success, is praise God for entrusting us with another layer of responsibility.  Secondly, we need to at the same time realize how inadequate we still are in comparison to the awesome power of God. “He leads the humble in justice, and He teaches the humble His way.”  (Psalm 25:9)  We need to look away from our worldly reflection and instead see ourselves as God sees us.  There is nothing more important than remaining humble in all circumstances.  We should always consider others more important than ourselves.

By the Grace of God

Even when we see others moving in the wrong direction, we need to refrain from feeling superior because of our relationship with God; instead, we should remember how easy it is to fall victim to the dark worldly deception that seeks to destroy us.  We are all weak, and should consider ourselves as weak as the next person. “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”  (James 4:10)  Only by the grace of God are we able to overcome the enemy and find salvation in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

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Finding God’s Contentment

Finding God’s Contentment

 

There was a man who became completely obsessed with earning a million dollars in one year.  Every minute of every day was consumed by a constant quest to acquire more money.  There was never a moment of rest for this man; he was caught in the grip of his own vanity, determined to prove his extraordinary financial talent.  Every other aspect of his life became a trifling annoyance as he focused like a laser beam on earning his monthly goal, on his way to a million dollars.

Worldly Distractions

Rather than trusting God to guide him through his life, this man had become controlled by his great need to prove his importance.  When others tried to point him toward a relationship with Jesus, he was always too busy to even consider the possibility.  Any time away from his quest to grow his bank account sent him into a deep depression.  And anyone who blocked his progress for even a moment became his enemy.

Missed Expectations

This mans’ relentless desire to earn a million dollars dominated his life day after day until he finally achieved his goal; however, his victory was not what he expected.  Instead of satisfied contentment, he struggled with regret for all the relationships that had been sacrificed along the way.  At the end of his journey he realized he had allowed himself to be controlled by his greed.  What he thought would be a shining moment was nothing more than a number on a bank statement.

Find Peace in Jesus

We can’t find true contentment by allowing ourselves to become a slave to our worldly desires.  There is no peace in the life of a slave.  There is no peace in the life of someone who is constantly striving for more.  Those who are consumed with themselves and focused on materialistic goals will never find rest.  Those who are humble in spirit and focused on achieving the will of God in their life, will rest in great peace.  When we walk through life with Jesus – following the light of truth – true peace is our constant companion.

“These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

 

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Never Stop Praying

 

Never Stop Praying

 

God created us so that we might have fellowship with Him.  God’s desire is that we place our trust in him.  God wants us to know that all we have to do is call on Him and He will fill our minds with His wisdom, fill our hearts with His love, and open the door to a whole new direction filled with hope and joy.

“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’”  Jeremiah 33:2-3

Praying for Others

As followers of Jesus, we have great power in our ability to impact the lives of those around us with our prayers.  Nothing warms the heart of God more than our honest concern for others.  When we reach out to God with prayers for our family and friends, He attends to those needs first and foremost.  Believers are directly connected to the power of God.

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”  James 5:16

Pray Often

Our prayers can take on many forms.  We can pray alone on our knees, holding hands in a small group, or in the seat of our car traveling to work.  Where, when, and precisely how we pray is not as important as the frequency of our prayers.  Prayer should be a never-ending dialogue with God.  We should be praying in every situation.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

Keep in Touch with God

Prayer is a personal conversation with God.  We can have that conversation out loud with a group of family and friends, or we can have that conversation privately in a moment of silent reflection.  Our prayers don’t always have to be filled with words; God knows what we are thinking.  Prayers that are filled with feelings or even tears work just as well.

Three Prayer Tips

The book of Colossians offers a few good tips that may help you make your prayers more productive.  A good way to start your prayer is with a request to God for a healthy dose of his boundless wisdom.

“Continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.”  Colossians 1:9

Follow your request for wisdom with a request for clear direction in your effort to live your life in search of the will of God.

“Live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”  Colossians 1:10

And finish your prayer with sincere, heartfelt thanks for the awesome gift of eternal life in the presence of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

“Give joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”  Colossians 1:12

Move Closer to God

God wants to be the most important part of your life.  God wants to show you extraordinary things that you can only realize in His presence.  We optimize our connection to God with prayer.  Prayer is the fuel that keeps our spiritual life growing and moving closer to God each and every day.  Never stop praying.  Constantly pursue a deeper relationship with God.  Nothing will have a greater impact on your life.

 

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Connect with God in 5 Minutes

Connect with God in 5 Minutes

The world we live in makes it easy to get disconnected from God.  We can be overwhelmed with work or school, we can be preoccupied with financial matters, we can be distracted by an injury or illness, or we can simply be caught up in the day-to-day struggle of getting things done.  Whatever the case, there’s an easy way to get reconnected with God and find the spiritual guidance needed to get back on track or to receive a healthy dose of Godly encouragement.  All we need to do is focus on the extraordinary wisdom found in the Bible.  We can do this in a few minutes with the help of a well-crafted daily devotional – like the videos found at Pointing the Way.

Daily Devotionals

Daily devotionals have been around for hundreds of years.  Typically, they consist of a few Bible verses linked together in a cohesive spiritual message.  If you carry that message from God with you throughout your day, you will be connecting with God every time those Biblical thoughts come to mind.  The Bible is the Word of God and the Word of God can do miraculous things!  The closer you get to the Word of God, the greater your connection to God.  The daily devotional makes it possible to make that connection in a few minutes rather than through hours of Bible study.  The videos found at Pointing the Way are only a few minutes long, however, they represent many hours of study.  These video daily devotionals were made specifically to help you connect with God.

The Word of God

The Word of God is an extraordinary tool provided by God that never goes out of style and never loses its awesome power to overwhelm us with penetrating spiritual enlightenment.  “For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, even penetrating as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  (Hebrews 4:12)  Not everyone has the time to dig deep into the pages of the Bible.  Of course, there is great value in making that effort; however, there is also great value in using the devotional videos found at Pointing the Way to take you on a deeper study of the Bible in carefully compiled 5 minute segments.  These video messages from the Word of God will help you stay focused on your relationship with God and guide you toward the light of truth.

Listen for the Voice of the Holy Spirit

Don’t fall into the trap of believing the Bible is too old to be of any value in these modern times.  The Word of God never grows old.  The wisdom found in the pages of the Bible never fades, and will always provide enormous value to everyone who seeks its counsel.  “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”  (Isaiah 40:8)  The Bible is a never-ending treasure chest of Godly instruction.  The Bible is our absolute best connection to God.  Take a few minutes right now to scan the list of videos available at Pointing the Way.  Listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit directing you to the video that is most clearly speaking to your heart.  After watching your chosen video, carry that message with you as you go forward throughout your day.  Allow God the opportunity to connect with you in a new and more precise way. I pray your time spent watching these videos will help guide you to a deeper and more personal connection to God.  May you be richly blessed as you pursue God with all your heart.

 

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Seek the Will of God

Seek the Will of God

 

The world we live in wants us to believe we never have enough.  The enemy has designed our life on earth as a constant quest for the unattainable.  The more we have, the more we want.  It’s a never-ending search for something that doesn’t exist in this world.  The contentment we seek can only be found in God.  “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”  (1 Timothy 6:7-8)  When we find our contentment in our relationship with God, there is no longing for an endless supply of more.  Only God can provide the peace of mind we are ultimately searching for.  “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  (Psalm 37:4)  Worldly possessions tend to fade over time, but our connection with God is eternal.

God is Always with You

There is nothing in this world that holds its value the way our relationship with God does.  Everything eventually degrades into an outdated, overused, or no longer reliable relic of the past.  However, our God is always there to walk with us through all the ups and downs of life.  Our God is the one constant that we can always rely on.  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  (Hebrews 13:8)  Praise God for sending His Son to point the way into the light of truth.  Praise God for providing us with an eternal existence in His presence.  Nothing in this world compares to this astonishing gift from God.

Every moment of worldly dissatisfaction is nothing more than a desire to be closer to God.  Every missed opportunity that leads to unfulfilled expectations is nullified when we rest in the loving arms of God.  When we feel unwanted or alone, we only need to turn to God and realize He is always with us.  “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  (1 Corinthians 1:9)  There is nothing in this world that we can truly count on.  God is our only constant source of sustained comfort and contentment.  When we let go of our worldly desires and focus our lives on moving closer to God, everything changes.  “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”  (Colossians 3:1)

The True Meaning of Contentment

We grow our relationship with God through prayer, Bible study, worship, and fellowship with other believers.  Ultimately, we grow our relationship with God by following in the footsteps of Jesus.  Serving God by serving others is the fulfillment of our connection to God and will supply us with a deep sense of satisfaction, comfort, and joy.   There is no accumulation of wealth that can compare to the benefits obtained through our service to God.  “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,  “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  (Hebrews 13:5)  Our walk with God will keep us humble, filled with gratitude, dedicated to a fulfilling purpose, and eternally grateful.  When we seek the will of God rather than the empty promises of this world, we discover the true meaning of contentment.

 

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Path to God’s Blessing

Path to God’s Blessing 

 

Salvation is the process of giving your heart to Jesus.  When a believer puts their faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus as payment for their misdeeds; death no longer has the victory.  Eternal life in the kingdom of God is your guaranteed reward.  Praise the grace of God for this wonderful gift.  Our salvation is made real when we stop following the endless dead-ends of this world and turn toward the light of truth found in Jesus.  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”  (1 John 1:6)  The first step toward God’s blessing is to reflect the light of Jesus.

Walk with Jesus

Our ultimate goal as followers of Jesus is to become like Him in every way.  This is not something we will ever fully attain in this life; however, it should be our constant desire.  We continue on the path toward God’s blessing when we fill our hearts with a deep love for God and a constant desire to share that love with those around us.  “The one who says that he remains in Him ought, himself also, walk just as He walked.”  (1 John 2:6)  Everything we learn from the Bible comes alive when we share God’s love with the world.

Eternal Rewards

All the Bible study in the world is a waste of time if we don’t reach out to others with love in our hearts.  What good is attending church every Sunday if we don’t have a true servant’s spirit?  The rewards of this world are worthless trash compared to the awesome blessings gained through devotion to the teachings of Jesus.  “For you are all sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”  (Galatians 3:26)  The path toward God’s blessing is in the opposite direction of material wealth.

Recognition and status are empty and meaningless.  Everything this world claims to be valuable is empty and meaningless.  Most of this world’s recommendations come with hidden fees that will only make your life more difficult.  The path toward God’s blessing begins when we separate ourselves from this world and place our faith in the world to come.  “Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth.”  (Colossians 3:2)  Earthly joy is only temporary.  God’s joy is eternal.

Follow Your Heart

Simply put, the path to God’s blessing moves away from this world and closer to the light of Jesus.  Making someone happy is far more rewarding than earning a fat paycheck.  Providing someone with the help they need is worth a great deal more than any material gain.  Serving God by serving others provides eternal wealth that outperforms all the compound interest your bank can deliver.  There is nothing intrinsically wrong with worldly possessions; the problem arises when these things mean more to you than God’s blessing.  Let your heart be your guide.  Follow the nudging of the Holy Spirit.  When you care about others more than you care about yourself – God’s blessing will follow.

 

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Let Your Struggle be God’s Victory

 

Let Your Struggle be God’s Victory

 

The world we live in is filled with personal glory – people who boast about their accomplishments and ignore the God who is the true Creator of it all.  Our goal as followers of Jesus Christ is to separate ourselves from this world by acknowledging God’s hand in all that we do.  God is not impressed by our worldly accomplishments.  We don’t become children of God based on our worldly success.  We become children of God because of what Christ has done for us on the cross.  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”  (Ephesians 2:8-9) Any worldly pride we have is a stumbling block to our relationship with God.  As a result, this world tries to push us away from God through various trials and struggles.

Growing in Spiritual Maturity

When we stand firm in our faith, and keep our eyes on God, He will use worldly struggles as a tool to help us grow to be more like Jesus.  “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”  (Romans 8:29)  Our worldly struggles become God’s victory when we stop complaining and start searching for the lessons God wants us to learn from the experience.  Every time we walk through a difficult life event with God on our side, we grow in spiritual maturity and move closer to Him.  We gain a deeper understanding of our relationship with God and a more complete comprehension of what it means to be a child of God.

Use Your Struggle to Help Others

When we look back on the difficult times that we were able to endure with God’s help, we are able to use that experience to help others going through similar circumstances.  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)   This is another example of how our struggles can become God’s victory.  God uses our struggle to help us help others.  When we walk with God through various trials, we develop compassion and understanding for what others are going through.  Praise God for knowing exactly what we need and how to ultimately achieve the best results.

God is in Complete Control

We have an enemy in this world that wants us to suffer and turn our back on God.   As children of God, the enemy has no power over us – God uses all of the enemy’s attacks as strength building exercises.  Just as the pain of lifting weights builds muscle, the pain of worldly struggles is used by God to give us a clear perspective of His mercy and to build up our dependence on Him.  We also learn a great deal about ourselves when we face difficult times.  And most importantly, our compassion and understanding for the suffering of others grows to a point that we can be of service to their needs in times of trouble.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6)  God is in complete control.  No matter what challenge this world places in our path, God will turn that struggle into a victory.

 

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Wait for God

Wait for God

 

There’s no question that God wants us to act on our own behalf and step out in faith to accomplish whatever task He has placed in our path.  However, God also wants us to exercise careful discernment in every situation.  Instant gratification is the enemy’s distraction.  God wants us to realize that some things take time to mature.  Often waiting for God to present us with the right moment to act is our best course of action.  “Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame.”  (Isaiah 49:23)  Waiting is not a popular option among most people, but waiting for God is always a wise decision.

“For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, who acts in behalf of one who waits for Him.”   Isaiah 64:4

Seek God’s Advice

Of course we can’t simply wait with our feet up on the desk while taking a nap.  When we wait for God, we need to do so while at the same time diligently seeking his advice.  “The Lord is good to those who await Him, to the person who seeks Him.”  (Lamentations 3:25)  God hears our prayers and takes note of every time we open our Bible or reach out for Biblical knowledge from a trusted Bible teacher.  We can be absolutely certain God will attend to our needs at the appropriate time if we sincerely seek His help.

Do Not Respond with Anger

We all have experienced the negative consequence of acting too soon.  Everyone has a story to tell about the time waiting would have rendered a more favorable result.   This is often the case when we are rudely assaulted by some form of inconsiderate behavior.  Responding in anger frequently leads to negative outcomes.  “Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and He will save you.”  (Proverbs 20:22)  Waiting for God to point the way is the right thing to do.  God will not let evil have its way.  We can be certain that God will correct all the wrongs and make them right in His perfect timing.

Growing in the Lord

God’s Creation is a perfect example of the value of waiting.  We wait for flowers to grow, we wait for fruit to ripen, we wait for our children to be born, and in all cases the outcome is glorious.  When we wait, in prayer, we move closer to God, we have the opportunity to see God working, we develop spiritual strength, and we demonstrate our trust in God.

“He gives strength to the weary, and to the one who lacks might He increases power.  Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”  Isaiah 40:29-31

God Will Make it Right

When all your efforts seem to be going nowhere, it may be a time to wait for God.  When opportunity seems to have vanished, it may be a time to wait for God.  Listen for God’s instruction as you wait.  Watch for signs from God that will point you in a new direction while you wait.  Use your waiting time to grow stronger in your faith.  God will ultimately make sure everything works according to His purpose.  When the time is right, God will reward you for your patience.  Always be praying, constantly consider the teachings found in the Bible, and demonstrate your sincere faith by waiting for God.

 

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The Book

 

 

The Book

 

If you’ve read any part of this book more than once, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  Every word is so precisely crafted every sentence is so deeply penetrating, there is no way to read any part without making a personal connection to your life.  And each time you read any portion of this book you discover something new about yourself because this book is adaptive; this book is able to meet you wherever you are in your life at this moment in time. The same sentence you read last week will have a new meaning based on your current life circumstance this week.  And when you go beyond simply reading this book, and carry the message with you throughout your day, you will discover new revelations designed specifically for you as you encounter the world in a new light – the light of truth.

What You Will Discover

If your life is filled with joy, this book will encourage you to share that joy with others.  If your life is filled with struggle, this book will direct you toward a solution to your problems.  This book is not a step-by-step guide.  This book is the key that unlocks your own intuitive powers.  This book will empower you to discover your own path forward.  This book will generate within you the wisdom required to get whatever you need in your life.  This book will open your heart to new ways to share your life with others.  This book is like an electrical outlet that will connect you to an unlimited source of power.  When you stay plugged into this book, there isn’t anything you can’t accomplish.

Your Personal Message from God

How can a book that’s thousands of years old be relevant today?  Because this is not an ordinary book; this is the Word of God.  The Creator of the universe compiled this book specifically for you.  That’s right the Bible is your personal message from God.  When you read from the Bible, or listen to someone share words found in the Bible, you are communicating with God.  In an extraordinary and miraculous way, God will use the words in the Bible to speak to your exact personal situation wherever you are in your life at that precise moment in time.   That message from God is a tool that you can carry with you as you go about your daily routine.  When you tap into these personal messages from God, you will find yourself constantly discovering new ways to move in more fulfilling directions.  You will experience love in a new way and you will love others in a new and more complete way.

“For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, even penetrating as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12

You Will Be Blessed

Feed yourself something from the Bible each and every day.  As you digest God’s Word, look for ways to share that wisdom and love with others.  When you respond to God’s personal instructions, you will uncover an extraordinary treasure.  One blessing leads to another.  You reap what you sow.  Plant the seeds of love and reap an unimaginable harvest.  Let the Word of God be your guide and your unlimited supply of fresh seeds.  Always take the Word of God with you in your heart as you travel through this life on your way to eternal glory with Jesus.  Don’t let a day go by without reaching into the Word of God for guidance from your Creator.  You will be greatly blessed by your constant connection to the power of God.

 

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God’s Communication

God’s Communication

 

God wants to hear from us in prayer.  God wants us to share every aspect of our lives with Him.  Then God wants us to listen.  We should be listening for God’s response after every prayer.  In fact, listening is probably the most important part of prayer.  Our loving heavenly Father wants to direct our steps and keep us moving in the right direction.  We can’t do that if we are not listening for his instruction.  As believers, we are children of God and like all parents we are his most prized possession.

 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”  John 1:12-13

The Holy Spirit

Of course, we are not going to hear God’s voice calling to us from above, and we’re not going to get a text message or email from God, but He is going to communicate with us in a very direct way.  God is able to speak to each and every individual believer all at the same time.  He does this through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and through the pages of the Bible.  Most importantly, God speaks to us through the teachings of Jesus.

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”  Hebrews 1:1-2

The Teachings of Jesus

As a believer, God has communicated, through Jesus, the profound understanding of our salvation and the gift of eternal life.  And it is Jesus that continues to communicate with us through His teaching found in the pages of the Bible.  When we study the teachings of Jesus, guided by the Holy Spirit, God will, without question, communicate directly to each of us.  But we can’t just read – we have to listen.  We have to place the teachings of Jesus in our minds by reading the Bible and then carry that instruction with us all day long – listening for God’s communication.

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  Jeremiah 33:3

We need God’s guidance.  Without Jesus we are wandering in the dark.  God sent Jesus to point the way to light and truth.  It is the duty of every believer to study the teachings of Jesus and then listen for God’s guidance as we meditate on that teaching every minute of every day.  We are children of God and therefore should be dedicated to following our loving Father’s instruction.

Connecting with God

Nothing is more important than listening to what God has to say to us.  If we discount this understanding as rare or even unattainable, we are missing out on a deeper connection to God.  Keep in mind, God is waiting on you to start the conversation.  Share your thoughts with God, then open your Bible and read the teachings of Jesus – as you read – listen.  God is waiting to communicate with you.  Our goal is to become as much like Jesus as we possibly can. Listening for God, while reading His Word, is without question, the best way to make that connection.  Pay close attention and He will tell you great and unsearchable things.

 

All scripture references are linked to Bible Gateway so that you can read each verse in context.  Bible Gateway allows you to change the verse to your favorite translation and compare it side-by-side with multiple translations.  In addition, you can select to hear an audio version of any verse by clicking on the speaker icon.  Keep the Bible Gateway App on your phone so that you can visit the Word of God at any time during your day.

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