God Speaks

 

Click on the picture to hear this beautiful song.

One question that often comes up in the small group I teach is, “How do you know God is speaking to you?”  There is no pat answer to that. Henry Blackaby, in Experiencing God, says He speaks to us through His word, in prayer, in worship, through other Christians, and in circumstances.

In my Bible Reading time today, I was made very aware of His nearness. I am really struggling with some tough decisions that I’ve been praying about for weeks and have begged Him to come alongside and help me through. I know He is standing beside me and basically ‘has my back’ through this.

ALL praise to You my One and Only, Almighty God!!!

Here’s what He said to me today, through His Word:

...preserve my life from dread of the enemy. Psalm 64:1

     Let the righteous one rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in Him! Psalm 64:10

     When iniquities prevail against me, YOU atone for our transgressions. Psalm 65:3

     Blessed is the one You choose and bring near, to dwell in Your courts! Psalm 65:4a

Do you see what He did in these two Psalms?  He said, I have heard your prayer, Marie, about the enemy you are facing right now, I will preserve you. All you have to do is take refuge in Me. I have already forgiven your sins and made atonement for them. I have chosen you.

Thank YOU for breathing Your Word into my heart today. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

6 Steps To Memorizing Scripture

Over the years it has become very important to me to memorize scripture.  The value of doing this is without measure.   There is more to memorizing scripture than just the words.  It is really necessary to  know what it means and to find ways to apply it to your life.  Years ago I determined to find a way to both memorize and give it meaning.  Using a journal specifically set apart for this method this is what I do:

Write it down…not just read it but write it down.

Think about it…what words stand out, why did I choose this verse, does it have a connection to my life circumstances, will it have an impact on my future?

Determine what God is trying to tell me.

How can I apply this to my life, my family, my career…

Pray about it.  Give it back to God while conversing with Him.

Pay attention to life circumstances.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve memorized a verse then been made aware of it in the day to day ‘stuff’ of life.

Here are 7 scriptures that I have found to be very beneficial.

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We are told, very clearly, in Psalm 119:11 why we need to memorize His Word (or hide it in our hearts, if you will).  It’s so we have a constant supply of God-given inspiration and information to keep us from sinning.thy-word-have-i-hid-in-my-heart

I do hope you are memorizing His Word.  Let me know what you’ve planted in your heart in the comments.  Perhaps you’ve memorized something that I need to add to my ‘arsenal’.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie