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July 9, 2019, 10:00 AM

July 10, 2019


"We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience." Colossians 1:9-11
 
How often do we really understand the big picture of how things work together? Have you ever wondered how many different things must take place in order for us to accomplish just one task for God? Consider the number of people you know today compared with your childhood. All the people we know have the potential to be a tool God uses when calling us to complete a task. God takes all our acquaintances, our knowledge, our prayers, our faith and even our failures and combines them together to manage our lives. Can you imagine us trying to put all that together every day?
 
Now, consider carefully the Bible verse above. What does it say to you? We all spend a great deal of time looking for shortcuts and time-savers. We even do that when desiring to be used by God. Yet, while we sometimes hurry through even the most important events, God takes the time and patience to put everything together exactly right. Well-meaning people have developed numerous strategies and have written many books to make us feel better about rushing through our time with God. After all, we are all so busy and have little quality time to spend with Him. Do you sometimes find yourself rushing through Bible study because you have so many other things to do? We develop endurance and patience as we spend time with God. When we waiver in our time with God, it shows as we become more vulnerable to the enemy's temptations.
 
How often do we hear someone speaking to us, but we do not understand them because we're trying to follow several conversations at once? The same is true in Bible reading and study. Do we concentrate enough to hear God's voice as we read and study His Word? It's when we hear God's voice and act upon it that we see things that only God can do. Then, our faith is strengthened, we can serve Him in a greater way, and have an impact on more people. This week, as you read and study God's Word, concentrate fully on Him as you listen for His voice. Follow the directives He gives and see your faith increase daily. Remember, He is putting all things together and is in total control of your circumstances.
                                                         
                                                                                                                                                            We love you,
                                                                                                                                                            Brad and Virginia

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