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Monday, January 14, 2013

Quiet Time: Coming With The Right Attitudes

In summary of John 7:17 it says, “If anyone wants to do God’s will, he will know whether my teaching is from God or whether I merely speak on my own authority.”

Bottom Line:
If you really want to obey God, you will know if what I teach comes from God or from me.

What this means to me:
If I desire to to God’s will, I will recognize and know whether the teaching is from God or just stuff Jesus thought up.  The teaching can be tested.  In God's eyes, why I do something is far more important than what I do.  I can do the right thing but with the wrong attitude.  When I come to God in my quiet times, I should always reflect the following attitudes:  Expectancy - I should come before God with anticipation and eagerness. Expecting to have a good time of fellowship with him and receive a blessing from the time together.  Reverence - I shouldn't rush into God's presence, but instead prepare my heart by being still before him and letting the quietness clear away any thoughts of the world or things around me.  Alertness - I need to be wide-awake and remember that I’m meeting with the Creator, the Maker of heaven and earth, the Redeemer of men; I need to be fully rested and alert (I need to make sure I get to bed at a reasonable time so that I can be in good shape to meet God in the morning.   Willingness to obey - I needn't come to my quiet time to choose what I will do or won’t do, but instead come with the purpose of doing anything and everything that God wants or tells me to do (coming to meet the Lord having already chosen to do his will no matter what.)