Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
July 19 Scripture Selection: Psalm 85-86
Food for Thought: Ps. 85:8
Does God still speak to His people? Of course He does. He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). The question is, are we listening? His Spirit united with ours is in constant communication, but sometimes the sounds of the world and the flesh are louder and draw our attention to them, instead. Those other sounds can drown out the the Lord’s still, small voice (I Kings 19:12), unless we choose to disregard them and pay close attention.
We know by the Word that the Lord has designed our relationship with Him in such a way that we would have fellowship with Him, and fellowship implies communication. I Corinthians 1:9 tells us, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” And since Jesus, the Father, and the Spirit are One, we have fellowship and communion with them all. (See Phil. 2:1; II Corinthians 13:14.)
Since the beginning, companionship has been important to the Lord. He called Abraham a friend and righteous because Abraham believed what the Lord was saying to him (James 2:23). And in Exodus 33:11, we see that “the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” Jesus called His followers friends. John 15:15 explains that He considered them friends and not just servants because He made known to them all the things that He heard from the Father. And so it is today. He still considers us in the same position and makes known to us the things He hears from the Father.
As His friend, we get the “inside scoop.” He’ll let us know the big things and those that may same trivial. That’s the benefit of having a walking-talking relationship with Him as not only His friend, but also sons and daughters of God. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God (Rom. 8:14).” In Revelation 3:20, Jesus makes the invitation to have fellowship with anyone and everyone: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Take full advantage of this opportunity and listen to what He has to say today.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):