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The Importance of Actioning What God Says to You

In the City of Chicago
OPENNESS BY LAKE SHORE

God is an amazing resource for your life. He's HR. He's CEO. He's Google. He's ChatGPT. He's every AI service you can think of. He’s our Father who art in Heaven. When we have a concern or issue—whether about work, what we need to tell our spouse, how to discipline our kids, or even how to talk to our parents as we get older—He is the one we need to consult. When we seek His guidance, we must sit still for a moment and listen for His response. His response may not come right away when we want it, but if we sit still long enough, that insight will be there.


I am not just talking about, "Hey God, I need you to get me a car," and then waiting for Him to deliver that car. No, I am talking about taking some time to understand what your need is and then actioning out what God says in accordance with His word.


Even as I write this, it’s taken me some time to process what needs to be said—what I want to write versus what God has put into my heart to write. There’s a difference. It’s like driving or walking up to the "T" at the end of the main road and trying to figure out which direction to go despite having Google Maps or any other assistance. At the end of the day, the map can guide you based on a satellite feed, but is that guidance as effective as what God can give you? To find out, we must be patient enough to hear what God is saying and then ask Him to help us action out His plan.


There’s even another level to this. Once you receive His knowledge, you must retain it (ask God to help with your memory), and before you execute the knowledge given, chime back in with Him to ensure you understand the purpose of His guidance. That’s when you start acting by faith and not by sight.


No matter the magnitude of a situation, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all things will be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33). There are things you can do on your own, but there is an even richer value in your quest when you action out what God says to you.


In this journey, we must remain humble and open to His will. It’s not always easy, and it often requires us to put aside our own desires and plans. But when we trust in His wisdom and timing, we find a path that is not only fulfilling but also aligns with our true purpose. Let us always strive to listen, understand, and faithfully act on God’s words.

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