Motivational Moment

“…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”  ~James 5:16, NIV

“Now someone may argue, ‘“Some people have faith; others have good deeds.”’ But I say, ‘“How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”‘  ~James 2:18, NLT

The purpose of prayer and faith is more than just talking to God.  Prayer becomes effective and powerful when God answers with a plan of action.

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3 Things God Likes

The following post is an excerpt from my new book: The S.P.E.A.R. Paradigm: Encountering God

 

According to Wishpond, there are over 4.5 billion likes generated on Facebook each day.  That’s billion with a “B” folks.  The advent of social media has drastically changed the tapestry of how we interact with each other; specifically how we gather and share information about our preferences and interests.  Needless to say, the dating game has been influenced significantly over the years as a result of this cultural shift.  As a divorcee, I curl up in the fetal position and cry myself to sleep whenever I think about entering the dating “pond” again.

I remember a time, long ago in antiquity, when one of the requirements for meeting people was to go out and actually—well…be around people.  Today, “likes” are the new currency of social acceptance.  Oh, the things we do for “likes.”  This paradigm shift made me think…hmmm, what if God had a “like” button to signal to us his approval (or disapproval) of all our daily actions and words?  I wonder how many “likes” we would have from him throughout the course of a single day.

Well, it just so happens that the Bible gives us clues as to what God actually likes.  Here are a few of my favs:

God Likes to be Close to Us 

James 4:8, (NLT) says, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.”  No explanation needed here.  He likes to be intimately involved in our lives.  God is a very personal God.  He just loves us like that.

 

God Likes to Give to Us

God loves sending gifts our way.  Without a doubt the greatest gift ever given was the gift of his son, Jesus Christ.  John 3:16 lets us know that God so loved the world that he was compelled to give.  That’s what true love does.

God Likes to be Discovered by Us

God likes to play hide and seek with us.  He loves when we chase him, because he loves to be found.  He loves it so much, he left us breadcrumbs in his word showing us how to find him.  Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV) states, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and PRAY to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart'” (emphasis added).

Now is the time to give God what he really likes…YOU!

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Learning to Hear the Voice of God: Intimacy

Intimacy with God in prayer is the foundation of hearing and knowing his voice.  Knowing God’s voice doesn’t just happen.  It requires a commitment to communion.  Much like our relationships with the people that we love, we must foster a relationship with God through constant communication (prayer).  Prayer is the birth place of intimacy with the Father, and it is here that we meet to commune with him and learn his voice.

When we spend time with the people that we love, whether our spouses, children, or parents, knowing the sound of their voices is a natural outgrowth of intimate interaction.  The more time we spend with them, we begin to pick up on the finer nuances of their voices.  We know when they are happy, or upset.  We learn the difference between sarcasm and true emotional distress just by spending intimate time with them.

To learn more about hearing the voice of God and the three components of intimacy (S.E.E.–Secrecy, Emotion, Enlightenment), visit my YouTube channel Brian Evans Unleashed.


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