Six Bible Verses To Hear God Through Jesus’ Teachings

in the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven. (1)

Well friend, I have to say I have really enjoyed writing this series about hearing from God.  It has helped me personally do dig deeper into His Word, pray differently, and to pay more attention to my surroundings and circumstances to hear God’s voice in my daily life.  But this isn’t just a one month thing, I have to make this a life style, which isn’t that what God intended for us? Romans 10:17 reminds us, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”  Continued faith, continued presence in His word.

I have Six verses today to share with you that give us a glimpse of the person God is through his Son Jesus.  We can hear God through the teachings of Jesus, which is one of my favorite ways to hear God’s voice.

When I need the strength of God or to hear His Will for me I can turn to John 5:30:

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

When I feel like God is far away I can read John 18:20 and know that God is near and keeps nothing secret.

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

When I need to hear from God because I am worrying I flip in my Bible to Matthew 6:25-27 and hear His voice say :

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

Feeling hurt, I can hear God guiding me to Matthew 5:43-44:

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

God’s authority can be heard in Matthew 28: 18-20

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

 

As I mentioned sweet friend, this is only a few verses of Jesus’ teaching where we can hear God speaking to us.  Dive into The Word daily any time of day or night to hear from God.  The Bible is the living word, it is hope, peace, and guidance for your soul.

Finally, here is a little take away for you, a prayer to hear God’s voice.

A Prayer Asking To Hear God’s Voice:

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Click on the pink link to down load your free copy of this prayer: A Prayer to Hear God’sVoice

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Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

 

God’s Word Brought To You Today By The Holy Spirit

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As I sit here this morning thinking about 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and writing this devotional I am looking out my front window at new fallen snow.  Fluffy, fresh, pure white snow, lightly covering the roof tops and yards.  Tree branches are glistening with the soft white powder.  I start thinking about God’s breath and imagine it being fresh and pure like the new snow.  God’s fresh, pure life being breathed into each line of scripture.

God communicated to individuals the specific truth of scripture through his breath of life, the Holy Spirit.  The Hebrew word for Spirit is rauch which means “air in motion”.  This is the same word in Hebrew for breath and life.  Super cool, right. The Greek word for “God Breathed” is theopneustos, theo meaning God pneo meaning breath.” (Click the link to go the The Blue Letter Bible to hear the pronunciation of theopneustos.  I thought this would be a fun little addition to this week’s blog and to share one of my favorite on-line study tools! Blue letter Bible pronunciation)close-up-dandelion-dandelion-seeds-39669

My Woman’s Study Bible says, “The Holy Spirit Superintended” , or oversaw the process in the writing of scripture so there were no errors in the original writings.

2 Peter 1:20-21 tells us, “ Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  

Peter is addressing the false teachers who argued the reliability of the Christian message.  They believed that the apostles were making up the stories they were about Jesus.  Peter contended that the Old Testament was recorded by men who were moved, or carried by the Holy Spirit.

And if we go to the very beginning, Genesis 1:2 the Spirit of God was there, “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

Peter was right!

God chose these precious Prophets of Old and Apostles of New, ok well some of them not so precious but I think that was to get some very special points across to us,  anyway he chose them to breathe His Holy spirit into them to carry His life to us.

I have to believe that all of this connection of scripture from Old to New Testament, and my friend this is just a simple example, the Bible is a seamless story from beginning to end,  that when I need to hear from God for a word of encouragement, discipline, training, or teaching I can turn to scripture and without a doubt know I can rely on His word.  It so much more pure and fresh than new fallen snow outside my window, it is LIFE!

Heavenly Father, Thank you today for sending your Holy Spirit to this world to live in your believers.  Lead us Father to your word when we are confused, need a little discipline and guidance or just need a word of encouragement because we know it is true and trustworthy.  In your Son Jesus’ name, Amen.

Hearing God Through Prayer 10 Bible Verses To Pray

_call to me, and i will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know._ jeremiah 33_3

I don’t know about you friend, but one of my favorite times of the day is right when I roll out of bed.  Yes, first thing in the morning. I am totally a morning person, love it!!! Let me fill you in on a little secret why, I get to wake up another day.  Now your guess is as good as mine as to the outcomes of each day, but God let me wake up another day and for that I am ever so blessed!

Over the years to celebrate, and I love a celebration, this blessing of a new day I take the first hour of it with Jesus.  As I continue to grow in my faith that time has looked different over the years and for sure, my prayers have definitely changed.  Early on I would pray quite selfishly.  My prayers often sounded like, ” God, why don’t teachers make enough money, I pray God for a better job, will you please bring me one that makes more money”  Or this is a good one, “Heavenly father, everyone around me drives a much nicer car than I do, so when you bring me that better job with more money, can I also have a bigger, better car?”

Let me tell you friend, from my own experience, the title of this blog is “Hearing God Through Prayer”, but watch out for what you ask for in prayer, because He is listening.  I got that better job, it caused me to travel and be away from my family days at a time. No more two weeks off at Christmas or summers off with my son.  Oh and did I get the car!  Yes indeed I did.  A brand new X Type Jaguar, (which didn’t get hit just once, first time by a deer on the highway and a second time by a man having a medical emergency.)  Be careful what you pray for friend!  God is listening, and the grass isn’t always greener on the other side either.  grass

There are numerous methods out there on how to pray and in a minute I am going to share a super easy one with you and some verses you can actually pray. So that’s really two methods of prayer right there. Usually when I follow a method of prayer it takes the selfishness out, most of the time because I can always slip a little selfish in because I am still on this journey growing to be more like Christ every day.

Let’s talk a minute about hearing from God when we pray.  I personally have never heard His voice audibly in my life or have I come across a cloud or burning bush that have spoken to me.  Super cool, I would love to experience all three, however I know when I pray God answers when I am still, when I wait for His timing, and when I am paying attention to my circumstances and surroundings.  He answers.

Psalm 91:15 reassures us of this, “He will call upon Me (says the Lord), and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.”  _he will call upon me, and i will answer him; i will be with him in trouble; i will rescue him and honor him._ psalm 91_15

So here is one method I have used to help my prayers stay focused as I can be a squirrel in traffic when I start praying.  It’s called the ACTS method.  Doing a little research I found this method goes back to the 1880’s!  (ACTS Method of Prayer’s first use).  I have included bible verses to pray for each type of prayer.

A: Adoration: Pray to God with Adoration, Give him praise and honor. Pray Psalm 145:14, 17-20, Psalm 84, and Psalm 27:4

C: Confession: Confess your sins to God.  Be open and honest with him.  Pray Psalm 32:5-7, Psalm 69:5

T: Thanksgiving: Tell God what you are thankful for in your life and in the lives of others. Pray Psalm 9:1, Psalm 86:12, Psalm 30:1, 11-12

S: Supplication: Pray for the needs of others and then yourself. Pray Psalm 143, Matthew 6:11.

Be still, be patient friend, I have to tell myself this daily.  God will answers our prayers according to His Will not our’s and in His perfect time.

Just keep praying!

I hope this series has been as much of a blessing to you as it has been to me as I have studied God’s word to share these devotionals with you.  I will finish it up next week with hearing God through the teachings of Jesus.

I will be taking a little break for the month of February to make a few changes here at Living Joy Today.  I will still be posting a short devotional once a week. And then just as March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, I will be writing a series about Jesus as The Lion and The Lamb.

Today I will be giving away a copy of Lysa Terkeurst’s latest book, “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way, Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered.”

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Just leave a comment with a bible verse about Jesus as the lion and the lamb to be entered to win.  And I will use your verse in my upcoming blogs!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

 

Three Ways to Discern God’s Voice?

 

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New Year, new adventure at Living Joy Today.  I love writing devotions and I am going to continue to write them, however I have wanted to change things up here for some time now and this is the week for new beginnings.  Click on the video devotion!  I would love your feedback, please leave a comment in the comment section after the video!

 

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

Three Steps to Take Towards God

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Have you ever been in one of those seasons when you so desperately wanted, needed to hear from God? You have prayed persistently and nothing, no word, no feeling of His presence. Heck you have even gone to church every Sunday, took dinner to a sick friend, visited your great-uncle in the nursing home, and fed the homeless’  Of course He should be answering your calls today, right now…Right?

John 8:47 tells us, ” Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

I have to be quite honest, I struggled with this verse for some time.  At the age of 8 when I was in second grade I chose Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I felt like I belonged to Him then, and I did, and so do you when you accept Him has your Lord and Savior.  We do belong.

So why is it then, that we have these seasons of feeling like God is not present or He is not hearing us in our desperate times when we belong to him?  Like I said earlier, we have done all of these good works this month.  Why aren’t we getting our prayers answered?

Let’s dig a little deeper shall we.  Anyone can do a good deed from time to time.  I know quite of few people who do amazing service work in their communities that are not followers of Christ.  Putting good works a side for a minute, because they are important but they aren’t the end all be all, let’s look at what else we are up to in our daily lives.

In John 8:47, Jesus was speaking to the Jews who were not following Gods commandments.  I love how Barnes’ Notes on the Bible explains this,

           “Listens to, or attends to the doctrines or commandments of God, as a child who loves his parent will regard and obey his commandments. This is an evidence of true piety. A willingness to receive all that God teaches us and to obey all his commandments, is an undoubted proof that we are his friends”

There are many verses in scripture that tell us we need to follow God’s commands to belong to Him.  John 14:21 reiterates this by saying,” Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”  and 1 John 2:3: By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments.

The Ten Commandments are in Exodus 20:1-17 (click the link below it will take you to Bible Gateway to read this Scripture.)  Take a minute, click, read, and come back, I’ll wait.

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What else are we doing in our daily lives?  Anything on this list ring a bell?  And I mean Thou has done (you name the commandment). I have to be quite honest that when I have gone through seasons when I haven’t felt the presence or heard from God, I can for sure say I have been able to check of a few off the list I have not followed to the “T”, Like Jane Ann has gossiped at work, or Jane Ann has reacted poorly when she should have paused, and Jane Ann had not granted a friend forgiveness when God has granted it to her over and over and over again.

But the good news is we have such a loving God who wants to grant us forgiveness and grace.  When we recognize that we haven’t been obeying God’s commands, we can come before Him and ask for His mercy and forgiveness.

1 John 1:9 Confirms this: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

We are human and we aren’t going to do anything perfectly like Jesus. However, I do have three steps we can take to help us along our journey to becoming more Christ-like, and help us stay close to Him.  Because my friend, it’s not God who goes anywhere when we don’t hear him, it’s us!

We need to pray for God’s wisdom, strength, and discernment to obey so we can belong.

Pray to obey to belong.

When we mess up, and we will, we need to ask for God’s forgiveness and grace.

Ask to bask in His grace.

Stay in His word daily.  God’s word is living truth we can rely and depend on everyday.

Read to heed His commands.

Join me this month for a series on hearing from God through prayer, His Word, and others.

What topics do you enjoy reading and gaining new insight? I’d love to know, leave a comment.

5 Bible Verses Professing Jesus is The Light of the World

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Yes, friend, it was a silent night and it was an oh so Holy night.  I wish you a very Merry Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  As we light the Christ Candle today on this special day, the eve of Jesus birth.

Let’s take a quick look at how Luke told the story in Luke 2:11-12, Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

The Savior, the Light of the World, came so humbly to save us from our sins, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

I will leave you today with five Bible Verses to Celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus The Light of the World.

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  1. John 9:5:  “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”
  2. Luke 2:32: “A light of revelation  to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
  3. John 1:4:  “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.”
  4. 2 Corinthians 4:6:  “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
  5. Psalm 27:1: “The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?”

Merry Christmas!  I wish you hope, joy, love, and light this Christmas.

Hope to see you back here at Living Joy Today.com in January!  I am looking forward to sharing God’s Word with you in the New Year.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

Jane Ann

How Do You Spell Love this Advent Season…Jesus

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The Fourth week of Advent we light the candle of Love. For as John 3:16 so lovingly proclaims, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

I love what 1 John 4:7 says about love, “let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”  Friend, our world more than ever needs love.  Let us light this Love candle for our world today, spreading the love of God to everyone.  Because, “ Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11.

For this Fourth Week of Advent I have eight Bible verses of Love for your hearts.

  1. Corinthians 13:13:  “”And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
  2. Ephesians 4:2-3:  “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
  3. Colossians 3:14:  “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
  4. 1 John 4:19:  “We love because He first loved us.”
  5. John 15:9-10:  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”
  6. John 15:12-13:  “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
  7. Psalm 86:15:  “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
  8. Romans 5:8:  “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

And during the busyness of this Christmas season friend, let’s remember 1 Corinthians 13:4-8  with our families, friends, co-workers, and retailers:

Collage 2018-10-21 19_07_41Lord, Thank you for loving us and sending your only Son to save us from our sins.  May we be stewards of your love this seasons and always.  In Christs name, Amen.

I hope you have enjoyed this little Advent series.  We will light the Christ Candle tomorrow on Christmas Eve.  I can’t wait, I hope you will come back to celebrate the birth  our Lord and Savior, Jesus.