Using the Phone
This week's message is Using the Phone. Choose your connection speed to listen: dialup - broadband - transcript
How can we hear from God? How can we receive guidance for our life, wisdom for our difficult situations, and revelation for the things we just don't understand? Pick up the phone, put it to your ear, dial the number, and wait for an answer.
Today we liken talking with God to using the phone, and see, if in an unusual way, how we can talk with God every single day.
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"Who You Gonna Call?"
First you have to pick up the phone and put it to your ear.
How often do we go about our busy day without taking the time to get still in the presence of the Lord? We know we need guidance and direction, we know we need to hear from God, and yet we don't even take the time to pick up the phone.
Many of us pick up the phone and, hearing the dial tone, hum along and think that we have successfully connected with the Divine. But people in all religions hear a dial tone when they pick up the phone.
Many say it doesn't matter which number you dial, as long as you use the phone. Just picking up the phone, listening for the dial tone, and dialing any number you choose is the important thing, and whoever answers will be wise and trustworthy enough to hold your life and your future in their hands. Of course that's insanity, and if you want to connect with God, any old number just won't do. If you want to connect with the one true and living God, you must dial HIS number.
If you're not going to wait for God to answer the phone, why bother picking up the phone in the first place? Your whole purpose for picking up the phone is to have that desperately-needed time of intimate communion with God.
He might answer before the first ring. Or you may not hear his direction in a matter for months or years. But it's important to realize that God operates on HIS time table, not ours.
So wait upon him in his presence in full surrender, humbling yourself before him, laying all else aside, laying everything in your life and heart before him on the spiritual altar, holding nothing back.
And wait upon the Lord until he answers you from heaven. When he does, you will know that you know that you know that you have had a real and life-changing encounter with the True and Living God.
"But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)
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