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Friday, November 9, 2018

Seeking God in His Word

November 9

(Luke 8:19-21 NIV) “Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. {20} Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you." {21} He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice.””

(Luke 11:23-28 NIV) "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters. {24} "When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' {25} When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. {26} Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first." {27} As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you." {28} He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."

All believers can know the will of God, but it is our responsibility to seek after it. God’s word speaks loudly and clearly, but we must search it as we would search for silver or gold. We cannot habitually ignore Scripture and honestly say we love God, because loving involves a relationship with two-way communication. Love and listening go together. They are a package deal. Are you listening for God in His word? Are you doing what He says? Walking in faith brings with it a love for Jesus and for His word. We can say we believe God, but if we do not seek His will and then do what He says, we will end up with a dysfunctional relationship -- and the dysfunction is on our end of the equation. We can easily end up loving ourselves more than we love God. Hear God’s word. Do God’s word. Live in it. Live it out. Know Him. Obey Him. Love Him. That’s the will of God. Now you know God’s will. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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