“I have listened attentively,
    but they do not say what is right.
None of them repent of their wickedness,
    saying, “What have I done?”
Each pursues their own course
    like a horse charging into battle.
Even the stork in the sky
    knows her appointed seasons,
and the dove, the swift and the thrush
    observe the time of their migration.
But my people do not know
    the requirements of the Lord.”

Jeremiah 8:6-7

 

Everything God created is part of a unified whole. What is your position in this harmony of creation?

 

As the greatest product of the Holy Spirit, you are created to be one in unity with God, to be wired to the Creator of Heaven and earth, to listen to His voice and follow His ways.

 

Nothing God makes is a whole in itself; everything God created requires a connection. And the way we are connected is beyond what a sentence can explain. There is seedtime and there is harvest, time to plant and time to reap, and each time needs the other. Confusion, chaos and conflict arises when we do not obey the natural seasons of our lives. Nature respects God, wildlife respects God and the laws of nature, but do we respect God? Do we reverence Him?

 

Take a look within yourself today – God is not deaf – He is listening attentively, but so often we do not say what is right. We speak doubt instead of faith, we complain instead of worshipping, we speak division and hatred instead of forgiveness and love. We proclaim judgement on others rather than repenting of our own sin.

 

You say you want God to hear you, but it is the voice of humility that God hears most clearly. And what He is looking for is a contrite heart, genuine repentance and obedience to His commands.

That is what the Lord requires – to love Him above all. For when you love God above all, you are serving a purpose larger than yourself, and then you will discover your position in creation.  

THE SACRIFICE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

“There is no time to do what is right. We must set our heart to obey the Word of God, all the time. God’s kind of lifestyle calls us to do what is right in the sight of God at all times, even though it is contrary to what we naturally want to do. Choosing to do what is right is a great test to the flesh.

What is the sacrifice of righteousness? Choosing to do God’s will rather than our own. When our flesh says hate, God says love. It takes sacrificial love to love your enemy and to pray for them. These are the weapons of righteousness. This is the sacrifice that Jesus looks at and rewards. Even though that might not be a grand, or outward sacrifice, it is what Jesus values.”

LIFE ANEW

“When we talk of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are talking of the rare opportunity He has given to all believers to experience a new beginning – a situation in which every dead area of our lives receives life anew.

We are dead to our past and alive to our future. Sin’s power over us is broken and we now put on Christ’s new life: we live in Him, move in Him and have our being in Him. Herein lies the significance of resurrection.”

THE LORD HAS CHASED YOUR ENEMY

“How many of us like the people within the dying city, struck by famine, give in to fear, desperation and refuse to venture outside when God has chased our enemy away? Fear can cripple and torment us, and rob us of life’s opportunities. How many minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and even years have been wasted due to fear.”