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Hebrews 4:16, Psalm 46:10
Message Truth: The Christian life is a supernatural walk with a living, loving, communicating, dynamic God. The challenge for us is to know how to hear His voice and respond to what He says.
(Read Heb. 4:16 NIV)
(Read Ps. 46:10 NIV)
1. (Illustration) A very successful business executive from the north decided that it was time for a career change. His life was filled with deadlines, details, fax machines, cell phones, tele-conferencing, and constant travel. The pace of life was wearing him out so he decided to walk away from the corporate rat race and take up ice fishing.
He secured all the needed equipment and made his way onto the ice. He began to pick away and saw through the ice when he heard a voice from above; "there are no fish here". He was astonished but was not detoured from the task at hand.
As he continued to pick and saw the voice called out again, "there are no fish here". Not to be easily discouraged he continued his quest. However he really begins to pick up the pace as he was hacking away at the ice. For the third time the voice called out, "there are no fish here". This time he quickly responded to the voice by asking, "is that you God"? No, the voice replied, I am the manager of this hockey rink and we have a game in one hour!
2. Where does the still small voice of God fit into our hectic lives? When do we allow him to lead, quiet, correct, and affirm us? If this never happens, how can we lead authentic Christian lives? (B. Hybels, Too Busy)
3. The archenemy of spiritual authenticity is busyness, closely associated with worldliness - getting caught up with society's agenda, objectives, and activities to the neglect of walking with God.
(Luke 8:14 NASB) "And the seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and plea ...
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