Monday, 27 September 2010

Taking time to hear from God

Dear Friends,

We live in an information crammed world today. We are bombarded with electronic messages every day. In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus talked about going into it a secret place to meet our Father in prayer. When he spoke to the churches in the book of Revelations he repeated an important word for the church today: "he who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches"(REV 2:11).

It is important to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church today. We have many other voices seeking our attention and crowding out that still quite voice of God. I have a habit of going for regular walks in the bushland near to our home. This is my personal opportunity to tune in to the voice of God and to reflect specifically on his word for us. In these times, I pray for a fresh move of the Holy Spirit in our lives. What is the Holy Spirit is saying to you today?

We want to be aligned to his word as we follow Christ's agenda. As we give leadership and serve people in Asia, we have six guiding questions:

1. How can we magnify Christ?
2. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to the church about God's agenda?
3. How can we help multiply disciples of Christ?
4. How can we make a difference among the poor and oppressed in Asia?
5. What does God wants us to do to invest in the lives of others?
6. How can we best use the resources that he has given to us for his agenda?

We recently participated in a church camp with the theme of listening to God. We reflected on the truth that God has so much more to give. When we approach God we do not find a reluctant benefactor but a liberal, gracious and loving Father who is passionate about pouring his Holy Spirit into our lives so we can participate in His purpose. We pray that you will joyfully embrace what the Spirit is saying to his church today. You will discover his word as you take time to listen and to seek his face. Do not allow the demands of life to squeeze out your priority of being centred in the life of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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