THEME: VOICE OF GOD
So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness.
-The Israelites were tested in the wilderness for forty years but expressed rebellion to God through disobedience and God swore that they will not enter rest (Ps 95:7-11). Their hearts were evil and unbelieving despite the signs that God showed them. God commands us to love Him with all our hearts, souls and minds and our neighbours as ourselves. We are told to govern our hearts with all diligence and from it comes the issues of life (Pro 4:23). From the heart and not externally do evil thoughts and words originate, and when they become mature then sin comes forth. We are also called to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things will be added unto us. It is through seeking first the secondary needs that sometimes our hearts desire align us to idolatry and we miss the rest of God. Like the Israelites, occasionally we display a kind of insensitivity to the voice of God and complain. The Holy Spirit guides our conscience that we may always believe in Christ Jesus and do according to His word (Rom 9:1).
You are holy Lord; the fountain of all holiness look at us with kindness and bestow upon us Your mercy. For the many times we have hardened our hearts in rebellion to Your voice; have mercy on us Lord. For that numerous times we have complained and not offered our thanksgiving to You Jesus, forgive us. For the many times we have gone astray either knowingly or unknowingly Father; cleanse us by Your precious blood. Help us Jesus to pursue first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness and You will satisfy our hearts. Create in us clean hearts Lord and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Bestow upon us Your love that we may always love You and our neighbours as ourselves. Guide us Holy Spirit to believe in Your purpose for our lives because You always have the best interests for our lives. May Your peace that surpasses all understanding dwell in our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Amen
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