Gratitude defined is a feeling of appreciation or thanks. It's interesting that gratitude is defined as a feeling. Our feelings provide a compass for our actions (good or bad!) and are triggered by our thoughts. So we can choose to think grateful thoughts, which will create grateful feelings and perhaps even lead to actions of gratitude towards ourselves, God and others!
The Lord promises to speak to us when we call upon Him! Prayer: Lord, thank you that you desire to speak to me and for our relationship to be two-sided in our communication. I pray that you would continue to help me to grow in this area and as I do, become more and more sensitive to your leading and guidance in my life. Amen.
One practical way to begin to connect with the Lord is through prayer journaling. This simply begins with you dating the top of the page, choosing a question that you would like to ask the Lord in prayer, writing down the question as you ask it in prayer and then beginning to write down what you receive from the Lord.
As we continue to discuss Hearing the Voice of God, you may wonder how you are supposed to know if you have heard from the Lord. There are a couple of key ways that can help you to know more clearly whether or not you have heard or received something from Him.
One of the most amazing benefits of being a child of God is that we have the ability to actually hear and discern His voice. If you are a Christian, it is your birthright gift! In John 10:27, Jesus says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” So Jesus had an expectation that we would listen to His voice. However, many of us never get quiet enough to hear Him! It’s important that we regularly quiet ourselves and fix our hearts on Him (Hebrew 12:2).
When an opportunity to serve in an accountability role comes up in your life, it is important to assess whether or not you are in a good place mentally and spiritually before you position yourself to help other people. It doesn’t mean you have to be perfect or have no problems, but it’s imperative that you carry a level of health and wholeness before you can step into that role and expect it to be a success!
It is important to understand what your God-given identity is once you have surrendered your life to Christ. Your identity is now in Him! 2 Corinthians 5: 17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.”
Each day we have a choice. We can choose to walk towards the goal and the prize, set before us by Christ Jesus, or we can choose to dwell on the past, sit in our pain, and allow the hurts of our life to overtake us. Here at Mercy Multiplied we are choosing freedom.
No one is too messed up for God. Jesus cares. He cares about you, your story, your hurts and your pains, the things you love and your biggest dreams. He loves you and wants an amazing life for you.
Joy is more than a fleeting emotion. It is something rooted in God’s character and view of us. Only by seeking His face in times of struggle are we able to walk in joy, rather than our emotions. We are excited to have this vulnerable and transparent encouragement from one of our California home staff members.
The Voice of Truth is always there, speaking to us if we will listen. I don’t know what voice you are listening to right now. I don’t know what voice you have been agreeing with and believing. Maybe like me, it gets confusing and hard to know. Maybe like me, everyday is a battle to turn your ear towards God's Voice.