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Biblical Listening: Trust and Obey

Read | James 1:19

Yesterday we looked at the various ways people approach God’s Word. If you assessed how you listen to His instructions and determined there’s room for improvement, be encouraged—that realization is the first step toward becoming more sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Now, commit to . . .

• Listen carefully. By an act of your will, choose to listen purposefully when you read the Bible or hear it preached. Decide to “pray without ceasing” as you go through your day (1 Thess. 5:17).

• Resist all outside clutter. One of Satan’s strategies is to get our minds so occupied with peripheral concerns that we compromise our reliance upon Christ. So much of what we deem important plummets down the priority scale when held against the light of truth.

• Evaluate your life against what you’re hearing in Scripture. This means taking the initiative to hold up your life against the standard of God’s truth—and agreeing to making any necessary changes.

• Apply the truths that the Holy Spirit impresses upon your heart. This is a decision you make—one that indicates just how serious you are about walking with Jesus Christ. God will honor your stepping out in faith, and you’ll see that He can be fully trusted.

Listening to what the Word of God says is important, but life transformation won’t happen unless you personally apply its teachings. Strive to obey Scripture and the Lord’s leading every time. When you do, He takes responsibility for the results, and you will find Him trustworthy.

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  • January 22, 2013 07:12 PM


    so blessed with all the daily devotional teachings... I happen to share it to my friends and included it in our Sunday program at church...

  • January 20, 2013 10:48 AM


    god bless those who read these scriptures.....
  • January 20, 2013 09:30 AM


    I alway enjoy and watching Pastor charlies Stanley both on tv and reading his daily notes. Even though i attend Moody church in Chicago under the careful eyes of Pastor Erwin Lutzer who alsol come on the radio and online computer I enjoy both Pastors Erwing Lutzer and Pastor Charlie Stanley a great deal.
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  • January 19, 2013 10:13 AM


    Today the Lord was leading me in this direction of devotional time, not just reading His word but to read, listen, mediate and apply it to my life. Please pray that I will continue in His will for my life. Thank you for the Word of God and your prayers.
  • January 19, 2013 06:35 AM


    In Jesus' Name...Amen+
  • January 19, 2013 06:10 AM


    It sounds good but it needs to be more clear in each line. I think that's at least one my problems clutter of the mind. An lack of understanding of God's word.
  • January 19, 2013 05:39 AM


    Dr. Stanley,

    Your messages are truly inspired by God the Father. They come to me at the right time and are always relevant to my situation or in my regular walk with Jesus.

    God Bless you!

    Wayne Woodward
    Colorado Springs, CO.

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