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God’s purpose in your work

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What can you do to see your work through God’s eyes today?

All too often, Christians have the misconception that the only work that matters to God is the work of pastors, missionaries and non-profits. The danger is that we judge other work as being insignificant, which can have a negative impact on our attitude and motivation. The fact is, all work matters to God. God wants us to partner with Him in whatever work we do to serve others and accomplish His purposes.

Joseph understood this, even in his greatest trials. Joseph didn’t develop a bad attitude, even when his circumstances went from bad to worse. He didn’t just get by because the work he had to do was clearly not his ultimate calling. Joseph knew who he was really working for – God. As a result, Genesis 39 tells us that “the Lord was with Joseph” four times (Gen 39:2, 3, 21, 23). When Potiphar’s wife kept approaching Joseph, he said “my master has no concern about anything in his house. […] How can I … sin against God?” Joseph recognised that his success came from God and he needed to honour God without fail. 

Honouring God

Although Joseph chose to do what was right, he was wrongfully accused, fired from his job, and thrown in prison. Even in the midst of unfair circumstances, Joseph never stopped honoring God and serving those around him. Once again, God gave him favor with the prison warden. 

We need to guard against developing a negative attitude toward our work when things go wrong. Jesus told us, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). We need to continually abide in Christ in all circumstances, and the work we do will bear much fruit (John 15:5). 

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

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Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Colossians 3:23‭-‬24

Father God, thank you for the work you have given me. Thank you for granting me success. Help me to abide in You at all times so that I can serve others with excellence in all circumstances, even when things aren’t going my way. Help me to stay focused on Jesus. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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In The Throne Room – Listening Prayer

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It is the heart that listens!

It is so important to cultivate listening prayer.  We are quick to give God our “list” of requests, asking him for break through and miracles. That’s wonderful! He wants us to come to him and ask. But who will stop to listen to the Lord’s heart as he speaks to us clearly in our throne room prayer?

I always like to worship as a means to hear God’s voice. The words of a song often become the very voice of the Father to our heart. It was that way for the early church. As they worshipped, God spoke to them (Acts 13:2). As you begin to cultivate a life of worshipping him, it will all begin to make sense. It’s not just about singing words. It’s so much more than that. It’s that place of allowing yourself to be vulnerable to the emotions of his heart as he touches yours. It’s allowing the words and the melodies to bring you before him and into his presence. Start worshipping at home, and as you do, you’ll experience a softening of your heart to him, and he’ll begin to speak to you! I can’t tell you how many times the Lord has ministered to me as I’ve poured myself out before him in worship. It’s out of this place of deepest intimacy that God will speak. 

Open your ears!

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I believe it is possible to hear God’s voice and whisper every day. The key is having our ears opened by God. To have our ears opened by God is to be devoted to doing what he tells us.

The ability to hear what God is speaking comes directly through the supernatural revelation given to us by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9–10). You must learn to trust that what he’s done for others he will do for you! It’s faith that opens our ears and keeps us alert to hear his voice (John 10:3). Believe that God will speak, wait to hear him, and be ready to act.

Imagine how your life can be changed by hearing his voice and following him. Jesus did not say that his sheep can hear his voice, he said they do hear his voice and recognize that it is him. What a comfort.

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The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
    to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;
    I have not been rebellious,
    I have not turned away
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Prayer in its purest form is a love relationship with Abba Father. It’s an enjoyable relationship, not a religious activity. It’s the privilege of soaring to the very throne room of God to touch his face. Our souls are starved for this sense of awe—to speak and to hear from the living God who loves us and is waiting to share his heart with us.

Intimacy does not exist when our relationship is built on one-way speeches. As I pray to God, I’m fully aware that both of us will speak and both of us will listen. As you practice two-way prayer, listening carefully and humbly, you’ll hear him speak. And this prophetic interchange is not just limited to verbal communication. You can also expect to encounter him in other ways. 

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Regardless of how you hear him, this divine encounter will always do two things: it will change you, and it will give you ammunition for spiritual warfare. As you enter into prayer, the Father will not only speak to you, but he will also pray through you. You’ll become one who hears from God in the secret place during your personal alone time with him.

Sometimes people ask me, “How do I know when it’s God speaking and when it’s the enemy? I don’t want to be misled. I only want to listen to the Holy Spirit.” Here are some simple guidelines for knowing God’s voice and discerning when it’s not him, but the voice of the enemy:

• Jesus is a gentle Shepherd, and his voice drips with mercy. Jesus does not condemn your personal worth; but satan is a condemning and accusing intimidator.

• The Lord’s voice is often quiet and deeply internal; satan’s is intrusive and vulgar.

• The Holy Spirit calls and draws us; satan threatens, demands, and drives.

• The Lord’s voice lines up with Scripture; the enemy speaks lies.

• The Lord’s voice will bring a fresh “now” word that will change you and touch you; satan will lock you in the past.

• The Lord’s voice is rooted in hope; satan brings negativity or despair that leaves you feeling hopeless.

• God’s voice inspires us to love; satan inspires us to criticize others.

• Peace comes from God; satan brings anxiety.

• The voice of the Spirit will always glorify Jesus; satan glorifies self.

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The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
John 10:2‭-‬5

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