Tuning In To Listen
At the worship service on Wednesday night the pastor was talking about a grain of wheat having to die before it produces a harvest. He was preaching about the New Year and how Jesus brought us to victory. He proclaimed that this was going to be a year of victory where dead things in our lives ceased to infect our soil and how we would produce a harvest for the Kingdom of Jesus. He quoted from John 12:27 which states, “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ But for this purpose I came to this hour.” Jesus knew why He’d come to the place where He was.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus was born in Bethlehem? Sure, there were prophesies that God gave about where He was to be born. That’s not the question. Why did God choose Bethlehem? The key is in Luke 2:8-20 where the angel of the Lord came and spoke to the shepherds. Bethlehem is about thirty miles from Jerusalem. Where do you think they got all the sheep for the Temple sacrifices? That’s right, according to historians, Bethlehem was known to raise the sheep for all the sacrifices that were going on at the Temple.
Ponder that for a moment. The Lamb of God chose to be born in the town where all of the sheep were raised for the sacrifices. Yes, He chose. He knew. In Philippians 2:3-11 we’re told that Jesus set aside His rights as God so that He could become our substitute. Yet, He knew. In 1 Corinthians 2:16 it says that we have the mind of Christ. Could this mean that we can know our purpose also? Could it be that God is whispering the purposes and plans He has for you right now?
Are we listening?
This year let’s tune in to the frequency that God is speaking on. Let’s change the channel to the one where God is speaking. Whatever the cost, let’s get His DVD for our lives and put aside anything that may be interrupting God’s plan for our lives.
Are you listening? It’s a still and quiet whisper. You will know it when you hear it. This is going to be a year of victory.