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Servant Leader,

Lesson 18: Tuning in.

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 19-11.

Are you tuned into God? How are you allowing this season of prayer and fasting to transform your character more fully and walk more passionately with the Lord Jesus Christ? What area is the Holy Spirit revealing that needs surrendered to His Lordship?

In his book, The Awakening Experience, Pastor Stoval Weems shares some insight, “When it comes to personal devotional times, fasting and prayer, it is easy to slip into a legalistic mentality. We can begin to think that God is more pleased with us because of our self-denial and discipline, when in fact there’s no amount of self-denial that could lift us up enough to satisfy the standards of a holy God. Only Jesus could satisfy those standards.

In a focused time of prayer and fasting, we sense or experience the pleasure, power and presence of God to a greater degree. It’s because we have taken the time and effort to draw near to Him. We are more spiritually sensitive, so we feel God more. We can hear His voice more clearly because we’ve shut out some of the day-to-day noise in our lives. God’s power and presence are continually available to us in this way. Thanks to the blood of Jesus, God is always pleased with us. He constantly wants to speak to us. If we aren’t enjoying the full benefits of the relationship, it’s because we aren’t tuned in to Him.” (The Awakening Experience, p24-25)

It’s easy to get tired of tuning in, like having to restart again and again a poor internet connection. Could it be that we have simply gotten to far from the source of the signal? Especially when we find ourselves feeling less than connected to His power and less than loving in His passion, what we need to do is to draw even closer, press in to His Spirit and Word even deeper. We have this promise, “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8.

Keep tuning in to God’s signal. He is tuning in to you!

Focussing,

tom

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