The Inside Column 12/05

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Today we are focusing on hearing from God.

Jesus said,  “My sheep know my voice” and “My sheep listen to my voice”( John 10:4 and 10:27).

The psalms tell us that we have to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). In today’s world of activity and busy-ness, being still is not easy, that is why for centuries Christians have set aside a quiet time each day to be still and know, to listen and hear.

Our quiet times include reading the bible, prayer for others and for our own needs, but most  mportantly waiting on God. I know when I had young children the only time I managed to be still and listen was during their afternoon naps, then Kindy and eventually school. As the family grew up I switched to a morning quiet time, but some find last thing at night works best for their daily routine.

Apart from setting aside daily time drawing close to God, which can vary in length and  quality, it is also good to plan other shared times. For those not working there is                St Barnabas’ “Stillpoint”, one hour on the first Tuesday of every month and Quiet days led by Spiritual Growth Ministries (an ecumenical group) on the last Friday of every month; for others an annual retreat works best. Whatever your life circumstances we can’t get to know God’s voice unless we make the time to listen. During the sermon today I will share 7 ways I’ve experienced that we can hear God speaking, but there may be more! After all, God’s love for us and interest in us is infinite!

God is always speaking but sometimes our ears are blocked by the distractions of this world. Wherever we find ourselves on our spiritual journey, on our walk with God, I would encourage each one of us to make time to listen; the effects can be life changing.

 

May God bless you richly today and always.

 

 

Yvonne

 

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