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How’s Your Response Time?
How often does God have to speak to you before you respond? David said, ‘It is good
for me that I have been affl icted; that I might learn Thy statutes’ (Psalm 119:71).
Does that mean God wasn’t speaking to David before he got into trouble? No, it just
means that: a) David wasn’t listening b) he didn’t like what he was hearing. Either
way, he’d have been better off if he’d listened and obeyed. The question isn’t, ‘Is
Father, help me to
God speaking?’ The question is, ‘Are you listening?’
respond to You in
Jonah didn’t like what God told him, so he ran away, and look where it got him.
the right time. Help
Are you doing that? When God told Moses to go to Pharaoh, Moses told God to fi nd
me to focus on Your
somebody else for the job. (Exodus 3:11). Ever do that? Ever say to God, ‘What
voice, to the place
where I can say ‘Yes’
about my past failures? Or my inexperience? Or my lack of fi nances? Or my lack
to You the moment
of education?’ If you try to fi gure everything out fi rst, or wait until you have all the
You speak. I come
answers before you begin, you’ll never start! It’s in the doing that you experience the
to You in surrender
knowing! Lord; help me not
Jesus said, ‘…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life’ to promote myself,
(John 6:63). It’s what God says to you personally that becomes direction, power and
help me promote
the ability to do the job. When God called to Ananias, he immediately replied, ‘Here
You. Push me, Lord,
I am, Lord!’ (Acts 9:10 NAS). That’s it: just get up and go! That’s what God wants
to open up my life to
from you today; a rapid response!
You completely that
You might be the
Champion of me for
Total Surrender
the good of others,
in Jesus’ Name.
MATTHEW 16:24 (TM).
Total surrender comes at a price most of us don’t want to pay, for it means
a) forsaking our own agenda b) relinquishing our desire to control either the
method or the outcome c) giving up our need for approval.
Jesus said, ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his
cross’ (Matthew 16:24 NIV). Crosses were made to die on and the thing we must
crucify daily is our ego. E G O is Edging God Out! A great preacher once had a
conversation with God that went like this: God said, ‘I’ve seen your ministry; how
would you like to see mine?’ ‘What do I have to do?’ said the preacher. ‘Give me
back My church,’ said God. ‘But Lord, it is Your church,’ he said. ‘No,’ replied God,
‘You decide when the service starts and when it ends. Worst of all, you control
everything in between. You even call it “my church.”’
Immediately the preacher fell to his knees and prayed, ‘Lord, from this day on, it’s
not my church, but Yours. Not my ministry, but Yours. Show me what You can do
because my best falls miserably short of the mark.’ The stupidity of independence
is as old as Adam; the desire to be signifi cant on our own terms. We must all come
to the place where we realise that we can’t take one breath, think one thought or
accomplish one thing worth doing, without God!
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