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Step 1 to Hearing God’s Voice – Expect and Believe (Re-post–Sorry, this 3/11 post was lost)

Do you believe in Santa Claus? As parents, we sometimes go to great lengths to preserve our children’s belief in the legendary figure known as Santa Claus.

All through the year, we attempt to deter bad behavior with the reminder that Santa knows who’s naughty and nice. Weeks before December 25th, we pile the kids in the car and drive to the mall, where we stand in long lines, so little Bobby and Jessie can sit on the jolly old elf’s lap and whisper their Christmas wish lists into his attentive ear. We might even purchase the expensive picture with Santa to solidify the memory for them. Even Fido gets his picture with Santa and receives a rawhide bone in his stocking.

To intensify their expectation and belief, on Christmas Eve we set out a plate of cookies and glass of milk for Santa. Of course, we make sure those cookies have bites out of them and the milk is half gone before the children come running down the stairs on Christmas morn.

Are we as diligent at promoting God, the true Father Christmas? To quote the old Christmas song, “He knows when you are sleeping; He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.”

God gave us the gift of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, born at Christmas, so He could pay the penalty for our sin. He died on the cross, but He didn’t stay in the grave. God raised Jesus from the dead. He’s alive! When we confess Jesus as our Savior and Lord, God sends the gift of His Holy Spirit to live in our hearts. What a priceless gift He is!

The Holy Spirit is the voice of God in us! We can hear the words of God and know His will, because He dwells in our hearts. He speaks to us and reminds us of what God and Jesus said. He recalls Scripture to our minds and teaches us the wisdom of God. He counsels us and comforts us, among many other roles He plays.

When you know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you can “Expect and Believe” you will hear His voice within you – Step 1. It’s up to you to “Make the Time” to listen – Step 2.

“He who belongs to God hears what He says.” (John 8:47)

Shout to the Lord All the Earth

In several of my recent blogs, you have seen that the Lord has been waking me up with a song in my heart. The first time I realized this was happening followed a time when I exercised my obedience to an assignment that the Lord gave me back in April this year. The task required that I step way outside my comfort zone. God required my faith and trust for this work He had called me to do.

I did step out in faith and trusted God to guide me through this challenge to carry out his plans. Of course, He faithfully walked me through each step of the journey. Awaking me with the lyrics of unique worship songs every morning became one of the ways God rewarded me for my obedience. The topics of these songs became the subjects of my morning quiet times with the Lord. It has been a blessing and encouragement to me that continues to remunerate me even now when I pay attention.

The lesson God continues to remind me of is this: In order for the Holy Spirit to make things known to me through Scripture and the lyrics of great worship songs, I need to make it my practice to spend time reading his Word and listening to Christian music. Reading the Bible and feeding our minds at all times, in all ways, with the goodness of God is key to experiencing the voice of God in our thoughts on a regular basis.

The song verse that woke me this morning was, “Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing.” By Darlene Zschech. What a wonderful reminder of the power and majesty of King Jesus. Rather than listening to God’s voice this morning, I will use the joyful words of my lips to praise God for his greatness. Let’s make it our daily practice to be in the Word of God filling our thoughts with the goodness of God!


 

Shout To The Lord – Darlene Zschech Lyrics

My Jesus, my Savior

Lord, there is none like You

All of my days, I want to praise

The wonders of Your mighty love

My comfort, my shelter

Tower of refuge and strength

Let every breath, all that I am

Never cease to worship You

Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing

Power and majesty, praise to the King

Mountains bow down and the seas will roar

At the sound of Your name

I sing for joy at the work of Your hands

Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand

Nothing compares to the promise I have in

You My Jesus, my Savior Lord, there is none like You

All of my days, I want to praise

The wonders of Your mighty love

My comfort, my shelter Tower of refuge and strength

Let every breath, all that I am

Never cease to worship You

Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing

Power and majesty, praise to the King

Mountains bow down and the seas will roar

At the sound of Your name I sing for joy at the work of Your hands

Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand

Nothing compares to the promise I have

Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing

Power and majesty, praise to the King

Mountains bow down and the seas will roar

At the sound of Your name

I sing for joy at the work of Your hands

Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand

Nothing compares to the promise I have in You

Nothing compares to the promise I have in You

Nothing compares to the promise I have in You

Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/various-artists-worship/shout-to-the-lord-darlene-zschech-lyrics/#E92XJFfxIl4hb0Vf.99