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[i]My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.[/i] John 10:27 (NLT)
Ok, I’ll admit it. Just between you and me, sometimes when I read my Bible my brain is in another place and I can’t focus on what I am reading. I can read through a whole chapter only to realize I didn’t pay attention and consequently didn’t understand what I read. I’m not sure who I think I’m kidding. Truly, I’m not connecting with God when I do this, I’m too preoccupied with my own stuff and reading without comprehension isn’t going help me hear God. Maybe it’s just me, but do you sometimes find yourself in a similar predicament? Well let me tell you, we aren’t going to develop a deeper relationship with our Heavenly Father under these circumstances.
If we can’t understand His word or we get distracted by the pressures of our lives, how are we going to hear Him speaking to us? First, of course, God has to be our number one priority. Only you can decide if that’s the spot He holds in your life.
But then what? How do we hear Him in our fast-paced, media-driven society, that’s constantly vying for our attention? I think the answer lies in a promise He made to us and in how He created us.
He said, [i]“If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you.”[/i] Exodus 15:26 (NLT)
God fashioned us all with five senses. I’m sure his intention was that we would use these senses to help us successfully navigate life, especially as it concerns our relationship with Him. Most of us have become accustomed to using our senses to deal with the barrage of information the world uses to get our attention. Sadly, this information usually isn’t aimed at helping us grow in our relationship with God.
Richard Mull wanted to change that. He wanted to write a book to help people know how to hear from God. As he started researching the Bible for his book, something astounding happened. God led Richard to the idea of using colors as an approach that will help many of us read the Bible in a new and exciting way. Richard has taken the entire Bible and color-coded or highlighted it to help readers discern when God is speaking. He is appropriately calling it The God Speaks Study Bible. This revolutionary study Bible will reveal:
[color=#8040BF]When God is speaking[/color]
[color=#0040FF]When Angels are speaking on God’s behalf[/color]
[color=#008040]When a passage is talking about God speaking[/color]
[color=#804000]When Man is speaking on God’s behalf[/color]
[color=#FF0000]When Jesus is speaking[/color]
[color=#BFBF00]When Miracles and Acts of God happen[/color]
[i]Author’s note: The descriptions above came from the God Speaks website.[/i]
Stories in the Bible are written with rich imagery that describes the scenes that are unfolding as we read. Some Bibles even have a few charts to help make sense of difficult passages. I love it when I find a map or the words of Christ in red because it helps me comprehend what I am reading on a deeper level. The God Speaks Study Bible takes studying the Word of God to a whole new level that will help many better hear and understand what God is saying to each and every one of us. Please join us in this exciting new adventure.
Is [url=http://godspeaksbible.com/]God speaking[/url] today? The answer is yes but which voice is His. [url=http://godspeaksbible.com/]Hearing God's voice[/url] has never been easier than with the new God Speaks [url=http://godspeaksbible.com/]Bible[/url]. It is not a new translation. It is an enhancement of the most popular current translations.
Want to help promote the reading of God's Word and encourage people to learn how to hear God's voice? Imagine a color coded study Bible and multi-media application highlighting when God speaks to you. Operation Light Force (OLF) is a ministry devoted to equipping people to do what Jesus did, setting captives free, healing and preaching. Richard Mull is the President and Founder of OLF and the General Editor of the God Speaks Bible and many other books and was featured on TV and media. Help us spread the word.
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