Are you Listening-- In His Word- 4/20/15

Are you listening? In His Word- 4:20:15

God speaks to us in His Word as often as we read it, but do you hear what He is saying? 

When I find myself ‘stressing out’ over something trivial I generally do not think to look in the scriptures to find that perfect peace; because my mind is not stayed on Him I do not find it.
When there is a big issue in life I cling to the Word and try to find the answers to my needs. Why is it we do not look to God to tackle the little issues in our lives before they become huge mountains?

Oh, that you had listened to my commands!

    Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river
    and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea. Isaiah 48:18
And in another place Isaiah said,“The heir to David’s throne will come,
    and he will rule over the Gentiles. They will place their hope on him.”
 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:12-13

If we ‘listen’ to His Word daily we will hear His voice daily and know what to do in the little things as we walk through the day. If we are not meditating on His Word, or keeping it hid in our hearts we will not have peace nor will we be truly freed from sin.
I am talking about the little things that get us; ‘little lies’ ‘little binges’ or ‘a little laziness’ that pulls us down to the level where we are not listening to the things we know we should do.

The Word tells us that a little mold will render useless the whole loaf; a ‘little sin’ will wear us down, pull us away and render u useless to the Lord’s work.
If we complain all the time it will wear us down. If we ‘decide’ to rebel against authority or thing our way is better than God’s plan; it will pull us away. His words tell us the things we need to do!
We need to have faith! To get that we need to trust God, to get that we need to believe, to believe we have to hear.

We know that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God So in order to gain all of these things we must first read the Word of God! 

But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed our message?”  So faith comes from hearing,  that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.  But I ask, have the people of Israel actually heard the message?
Yes, they have: “The message has gone throughout the earth, and the words to all the world.” Romans 10:16-19
So peace comes from hearing the Word, and hearing the Word comes from reading it and having faith comes from reading it and knowing the truth… and the truth will set us free! Wow! It’s a nice little circle of hope isn’t it?
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Philippians 4:13
We know that we get hope, peace, wisdom, and faith when we trust God and read His Word and in doing all of this we can learn that we can do all things! I can hear this! Do you hear it?  Do you hear the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart today? You can do it! You can have peace in the midst of the trials you are going through today and you can drive on through the storm and make it to the sunshine on the other end; for God is with you! If God is with you no thing can stand against you! Not even a storm!
Today I started out with an anxious heart, even though I know the Bible tells me to be anxious for nothing; until I fed myself by reading the scriptures about peace, hope, faith and being able to stand because Christ is with me I did not have peace. I do now!  I know that if I keep my mind stayed on Him I will find that perfect peace as well!
I choose to listen to the Word today and keep my mind on Him, not circumstances!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today giving me peace of mind and heart. Help us all to focus on Your Word, hear your voice, and know that You are with us whatever we do. In Jesus’ name amen.