Sharing Sunday Service 06/09/13

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Sharing Sunday Service  is a series where I share the Word of God in a relaxed atmosphere, open to questions.  We have a wonderful pastor that inspires my thought processes, and leaves me eager and encouraged to further my knowledge as a child of Christ.  King James Bible is recommended, but if you don’t have one, don’t fret.  Use what you have and follow along.

I am so behind in sharing Sunday service, and I apologize.  Slowly, but surely, I am working on getting caught up on all the Sunday services.  They will be back-dated, so you will have to search through them if you are interested.

Hearing God speak

I do have to say that this Sunday’s service really hit home with me, personally.  Since my father’s passing in March, God has been working diligently in all areas of my life, but when it comes to the topics written about on this site, that is when I hear Him loud and clear!  This is exactly what Sunday’s service was about!  Hearing Christ speak!

Hearing God speak

If you want to hear Christ speak, you must first focus on the person speaking.  This is the first requirement for hearing God speak.

John 10:3-5John 10:3-5
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3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.  

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  3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him.  He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.  5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”

In John 10:14John 10:14
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14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  

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, Jesus says that he knows His own, and they know Him.  This speaks of a personal relationship with God!  Billy Graham once said “Most of us know about God, but that is quite different from knowing God”.  If you want to hear Christ’s voice, you must focus on the Person of Christ.  James 4:8James 4:8
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8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  

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tells us that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us!

Hearing God speak

The second requirement for hearing God speak is to be found in a place where you can hear Him speak.   Psalm 119:67Psalm 119:67
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67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.  

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 I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word.  You listen closely.  Be in a place that allows you to hear Him speak:

Before His Word

His house

Sunday School

Prayer meeting

During prayer

During preaching

Find a place that allows you to focus on God without distraction or compromise.  Then listen.

Hearing God speak

The third requirement for hearing God speak is preparing yourself to hear His voice.  What exactly does this mean?  It means we must study His Word and ask Him to speak to us.

James 1:5James 1:5
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5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  

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 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you.  He will not rebuke you for asking.

Prayer is an important tool in conversing with God.  Most people pray about things with bias.  We put our own slant on it.  We also tend to pray out of emotions, and according to our desires or will.  We don’t listen to the voice of God.  Instead, we tend to ‘tell’ God what we want.  We must take a hard look at what we are praying about:

is it contrary to Scripture?

does it glorify God?

will it help win souls to Christ?

does it fit with God’s direction for my life?

will it help edify believers?

Once we have prepared ourselves to hear God speak, then we must do what is most difficult for most…be still,

Hearing God Speak

and listen for His voice!

Adrian Rogers says “Receive the Word of God with a reflective spirit:  is there a promise to claim?  is there a promise to learn?  is there a blessing to enjoy?  is there a sin to avoid?  is there a new thought to carry with me?”

Is God speaking to you?  Are you listening for His voice?  Are you focusing on God or does your day-to-day life have you busy every minute of the day?  Do you place yourself in a place that is conducive to hearing God speak?

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

2 thoughts on “Sharing Sunday Service 06/09/13

  1. Joetta

    Mary,
    Thank you. We were not there on Sunday so this was a blessing to me, your sharing God’s message. I’ll visit this quite often. Love ya.

    1. mhudakcollins Post author

      Joetta, you are so very welcome! I did miss you both on Sunday:) I always have good intentions to share each Sunday service that following week, but God sometimes has other plans for me. I appreciate you being here!

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