Not Hearing the Words from God

The wilderness journey takes many turns as you search to find answers. It is very easy to get confused, bewildered, not knowing which path to take. The longer your search, the emptier you get. With each passing day, the memory of once receiving “daily bread” from the Lord grows dimmer. It grows harder to remember what it was like to be nurtured and spiritually fed. Even though you can preach sermons to help the members of your church, you are hungry. The bread-shaped stones in the wilderness begin to look like the real thing. Manna is not covering the ground; it is only stones. The words of the tempter start to speak to your mind, If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become “bread.”

     You are not “the” Son of God, but you are certainly a son or daughter of God. The same principle is at work here as it was with Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus answered Satan, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” A child of God not hearing the words proceeding out of the mouth of God is in a dry place! This is the reality of being in the wilderness. The words of God are more important than satisfying hunger, yet many settle for less than the best. Each stone in the wilderness represents the “less,” and God desires to help us get to the “best.”

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About Bill Phares/Stir the Fire

DR. WILLIAM H. “BILL” PHARES is a revivalist and author used by God to minister to “hurting” pastors and to bring renewal to thirsty congregations. He is an ordained United Methodist minister and president of Stir the Fire Ministry in Helena, Alabama. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. He has pastored for twenty-seven years and has been an evangelist for thirteen years.
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