"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."
- John 10:27, NLT
How do we know God’s voice? This is a question we all ask in our walk with God. Sometimes we search high and low for the answer, but we have the answer within reach. We know God’s voice through reading His Word, the Bible.
The Greek word for adoption is huiothesia (G5206), and it literally means “son-placing”. It is borrowed from a Roman custom, in which a public ceremony is held during a child’s teenage years. It is in this ceremony in which the child, who possesses nothing and has no rights of their own, is officially declared a member of the family. Suddenly, the child is given the mantle of son (or daughter) and is bestowed with every privilege and responsibility of being a member of that family. The relationship between parent and child doesn’t change, but the position does. Now the child bears the identity of a son, an heir to his parents legacy.
Like many others, this first day of 2021 is the start of a new devotion for me. This year, in preparation for a summer outreach trip to Israel to cement our first year at Christ for the Nations Institute, I am doing a Hebrew and Greek Word Study devotional by Dr. J.D. Watson. The word for January 1st in the Hebrew study is “New Song”.
As the world waits for the results of the United States election to be counted and finalized, we wonder what to do. As a Christian, my response in the waiting is to keep praying. During a morning prayer meeting, God gave me a prophetic poem that I want to share here to encourage us all as we wait during this historic time.
In The Waiting
In the waiting We are praying, In the waiting We are trusting.
The victory is Yours, The war is won. We claim Your victory, For this battle is DONE.
We know You are here, We know You are moving. The battle rages in the spirit realm, We hold Your Army up praying.
Like Daniel, We keep praying. Like Daniel, We keep trusting. Like Daniel, We know victory is Yours.
Darkness holds on, Darkness holds us back. Let us press on in the Light, Let us press on into You.
We keep praying In the waiting, We keep trusting In the waiting.
In the waiting, You are our victory. In the waiting, YOU ARE VICTORY.
Keep encourage, be blessed, and enjoy the view from wherever your mountain resides.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down all these instructions, for they represent the terms of the covenant I am making with you and with Israel.”
Moses remained there on the mountain with the Lord forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water. And the Lord wrote the terms of the covenant – the Ten Commandments – on the stone tablets.”
Moses sat with the Lord on the top of Mount Sinai for forty days and forty nights. He was on a writing retreat with God!
God was writing out the Ten Commandments on the stone tablets while Moses wrote out all of the instructions God had given him for building the Tabernacle. I can imagine the pressure. It had to be perfect! And God was right there with him while he wrote!