9 AUGUST 2020 ACTING AFTER GOD SPEAKS "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches" Revelation 2:29 "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock" Matthew 7:24 God wants active Christians. When we hear His voice, we need to act. Our actions do not save us. It is the blood of Christ which does that, but what did God expect from those seven churches in Asia after He gave each one His message? He expected action. The people at the church in Ephesus had lost their first love. They needed to repent. Each church had either a letter of encouragement or a letter of reproof. The consequence of not putting action to what they heard in those letters was that the candlestick would be removed from them, and they would not be God's people anymore. God had spoken clearly, and now what would they do? Were they completely surrendered to God? Time would tell. Today, God speaks to us in many ways. We hear many messages from ordained men. We have special meetings in which members share an essay, talk, or sing about what God has inspired them with. The list of the different ways God speaks to us could go on and on, and we believe He has told each one of His messengers what they should say. God does not give us messages that do not apply to us, so we need to listen carefully to what the Spirit tells us in each one of His messages. So God speaks to us often, and the question is this: am I putting action to what He tells me? When I hear a message on being fully surrendered, do I put action behind the message God gave me? Do I go from the place where I heard the message and live a more surrendered life? We must not allow the many messages we hear, whether they come to us in a song, a sermon, or an essay, etc., to become something we listen to just because it is part of our culture. Each one of those messages is from God. He is speaking. If we do not act on what God tells us, we are telling God that we do not need His messages and that we can live our Christian lives on our own. Many times God has spoken to me about the dangers of excessive wealth, technology, selfishness, pride, covetousness, worldliness, self-righteousness, and much more. Do I make the necessary changes? We need to joyfully accept the cost of being a Christian. Let us never think that the way is too narrow and the cross too great. When our wills are completely surrendered to God, we will find joy in the journey, and Heaven will be worth it all. Will we hear and do His sayings, or will we allow the candlestick to be removed from us? Brother Micah Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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