Thursday, March 9, 2017

I hear "VOICES"!

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. . . .(Romans 12:3-9)
Words of advice from a wise sage, Pastor Charles Stanley this morning . . . "Are you letting the Lord use His character-shaping tools in your life? Our culture has no shortage of worldly voices and pressures that fill minds and influence behavior. Only when we intentionally schedule time for God, His Word, and His people can Christ do His transforming work in our lives." God places us in certain places and places people in certain positions in our lives for us to be groomed and shaped through His Word and examples. If we refuse to allow God to use these people and situations to shape us, we are being stiff-necked and stubborn, telling God , if you would, that we do not need His sharpening. While we may listen to the voices of Oprah, Dr. Phil, or some other Hollywood mogul, it is God we need to hear from. With so many voices, are we able to discern God's? During this season of Lent, please take time to hear from God!

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