Hear My Words, Do Them (3 January 2021)

Morning Encounter:

READ

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

Matthew 7: 24-25.  English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK]

REFLECT

Training in doing what Jesus did is God's great invitation to us. The Bible is the primary resource for this formation into Christlikeness. We don't just need to hear the Bible speak, we need to hear God speak, through the Bible. Developing a musical ear for the 'word of the Lord' is something that can be developed. It comes with training and with experience. 

RESPOND

How can we learn to be wise? By taking time out to be with Him right now, or over a weekend or for an afternoon. By reading a passage of Scripture slowly and prayerfully several times. By trying to see your work situation as God sees it. And much more. 

Midday Meditation:

People have come to be wise through the power of reason, the Bible, and the church. But a fourth way is often overlooked - experience. The best way to learn about God is by testing out the other three in everyday life. It's been called the ultimate wager on the existence of God. 

Evening Reflection:

This week has been about training for an abundant life. Through failure, soul friends, watching Jesus, and our own experience, we can become more like him. It's the safest, most fruitful, and most exhilarating life we can possibly know. With Jesus as our coach. 

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