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Monday, December 4, 2017

Led: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Romans 8:14

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”

There is no shortage of opinion and advice open to us in today’s culture. Especially with social media. Perfect strangers have no hesitation voicing their thoughts and we have no idea what is true or false.

Then we add in all the voices of those we know personally and trust, but among them may come a wide variety of advice as well.

Next we examine our own desires and try to weed out which are healthy aims and which are dangerous to us personally. Plus we each have a strong inner resistance to being told what to do based on personal history. Especially if we have experienced neglectful or rigid authority with parents or family or churches.

Being led can sound passive or manipulative. We become distracted and confused and wary. The protective instinct is a healthy first reaction. Except when our experiences keep us separated from understanding or recognizing God’s unique care for each of us.

Oswald Chambers says, “The Holy Spirit can anoint our spiritual eyes with salve.”

Our Lord hears our hearts. He knows our fears. He alone can fully assess our strengths and weaknesses. He will never leave us or forsake us. To Him each one of us is His precious child.

So beyond our comprehension and experience even in the very best of relationships.

Yet, when we begin to listen in stillness the confusion and distractions and fears become clearer and smaller. We can begin to push back the false and see priorities and choices and desires from a grace-filled love. And become led in hope.

Thank you, Lord, for Your healing leadership that opens our days into new perspectives.  Thank you for giving us the gift to trust Your protection to led us.

Psalm of Worship: Proverbs 8:13

“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.”

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