Thought of the day:

“Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” Reference I Kings 19:11-12 NKJV

Elijah had been complaining to The Lord that he was the only one speaking for Him. He had just gotten done proving that God was The One True God and had the false prophets killed. He was running from Jezebel, who had said she was going to do the same.

When we see him here, God wanted to talk to him to encourage him. It’s interesting that we see these major things happen, but, God was not making Himself known in these events. Instead, we see that Elijah heard a still small voice. Why did he hear it amongst the chaos? Because, he was waiting and listening for The Lord.

Something for us to chew on today, are we waiting and listening for The Lord amongst the chaos? Sometimes in life’s troubles, all we hear is the chaos in front of us. We tend to sink into our troubles and we don’t hear His Voice. These are the times that we need to listen and wait patiently for Him to speak. We may not realize He’s speaking to us already, but, we’re allowing life to drown Him out.

When’s the last time you waited to hear Him? When’s the last time you cleared everything from your life to truly spend time with Him? Not just a quick 5 minutes or so, but really just spent time with Him? How much more of an impact would we make if we spent the time, like those in the past, just focused on Him despite the chaos?

Today, take time to listen. Let it be a dedicated time with no phones, radios, gadgets or anything that will distract you. Just you, Him, and your Bible and see what you hear from Him.

If we are to please God, we need to allow The Holy Spirit to set us apart. We need to pursue a sinless life. We are to seek Righteousness. How do we do it? Through prayer, study, fellowship, being willing to be corrected/accountability, discipleship, and service.  
It starts with Our Relationship with Jesus. If you don’t have a Relationship with Him or you need to rekindle that Relationship, do it now. Call out to Him and seek his Love and Forgiveness. It really is as hard or easy as you make it. We should look to Him daily to seek a relationship with Him. I want to encourage you to seek Him today, if you haven’t already.
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Mark is a US Army Veteran and has called Albuquerque home since 1997. He earned degrees at Albuquerque Bible College, and Faith Evangelical Seminary before attending the Shepherd’s School at Cross Christian Fellowship. He has felt a calling to start a church along Route 66, in Albuquerque to reach others for Christ. Mark has had struggles with addictions, drugs, alcohol and other things, in the past. He has recovered from them, with Christ and has a desire to help others with them as well. He has a desire to setup a recovery home in Albuquerque, or nearby, to help others in the recovery process as well as help them gain some job skills and learn to have personal interactions with others. Mark grew up in traditional churches. He did not find the true meaning of having a Relationship with Jesus. At the age of 31, after hearing a Pastor talk about this Relationship, he rededicated his life to Jesus and started on a path for ministry. You can check out Recovery In Action Ministries FaceBook Page for more info on Recovery issues. Mark has been married to his wife Rebecca since 2005. Together they have four boys between them. They minister together to help others grow in their relationships with their spouses, children and family. In his free time, Mark likes to ride motorcycles, shooting and building things.

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