Welcome again to this week's word for the week. There is something urgent I need to say this week but it's not simply for this week. This is something you need to not only give some thought but it's also something you need to do everything you can to include in the rest of your life. It's called taking time to listen to God. Let's cut through the chase this week and get straight to the heart of the matter.
There are many people who say God said this or God said that. If you ask people if they prayed they will tell you yes. If you ask them did the hear the voice of God speak they will tell you yes. If you ask them what did God say you will find out that "He said" just what they were looking to hear. The reality is that it doesn't always work like that. To be honest it usually doesn't work that way. You look to hear one thing and God will speak another. It certainly doesn't always feel good at the moment but it works for our good long term.
One of the greatest assets God gave us was the ability to communicate with Him. It's priceless to be able to hear His voice. It is dangerous to say God said something that He did not say. There is no harm in not hearing what you want and hoped to hear. The danger is when you don't listen and do what you want to do. The enemy doesn't have to fight us as much as we claim. He simply needs to get us to think it's not that serious and to minimize the seriousness of God. Yes, it's really that simple if you think about it.
You can't move forward in your life without hearing from God. You can't hear from God when your life is constantly chaotic. You have to learn how to listen. You have to learn the value of being in a quiet place so that you can hear the still small voice of God. This is not the season or time in your life to be fooling yourself about what you heard. You need to be sure. The next season is upon us. The next move of God is before us. Are you really hearing what you should? Are you accepting what you should?
When people don't hear from God they simply do what they think is right and then say that God said that. Give this some thought and take a look at the last verse in the book of Judges. It's not in front of me so this is not a quote but it's pretty close. It basically says that in those days there was no king or open vision and every man did that which was right in his on sight. They simply made up what they thought was good as they went along. That's not good at all. There is nothing to rejoice about that. It means they followed their own leading and not the leading of God. Where are you headed if you haven't heard where God wants to take you?
When you don't hear from God you don't have any direction in your life. You can't claim any promises you haven't heard. You can't say your breakthrough is on the way unless you've heard God say it. You don't know when to stand still or when to move when you can't hear from God. What is blocking you from hearing? Are you close to God? Are you surrendered to Him? Have you given up the flesh in order to have more of the spirit? You will see a multitude of people fake it in life but please know that in the end none of them actually make it. They simply look the part here but they never make it there. God is not mocked. We reap what we sow.
This is a real call for the people of God to really get before the Lord and seriously pray that God will give them an ear for His voice. You have not idea what you're missing out on until you do hear from God. It's easy to attend church, talk God, fellowship with the believers, and still be lost and clueless. It's easy to pretend but there's only one way through those gates. God is looking for those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. Anything less than that and it doesn't get you in. Don't miss out on the greatest miracle ever which is the joy of the Lord! Get it together while you can. Put away the foolishness, cry out to God, repent, and turn no more from the presence of God. This is your season if you dare to get close enough to God to see it.
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon