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Get in the splash zone

10 April 2018
‘The wise listen to others.’

You could probably spend a day at your favourite theme park without getting soaked by some passing flume ride. But ever noticed that they have a designated splash zone for people who want to? Positioning yourself to receive makes all the difference. For example, as you read this, if you position yourself to receive by saying to the Lord, ‘I’ll take action on what You show me,’ you’ll benefit much more than if you read just to get motivated or inspired. To resist or to receive ­– a choice we have to make every day. Nothing dies quicker than a new idea in a closed mind. One of the reasons Jesus reacted so strongly to the Pharisees was because they refused to receive what He had to say. A wrongly positioned mind is like a microscope that magnifies tiny, pointless things but can’t receive great things. Every situation, if you view it in the right way, is an opportunity. But opportunities can only drop into your lap if you put yourself where opportunities drop. Get in the splash zone. Or, even better, find the water cannon and stand in the way. Too often our minds are locked on one track. We’re looking for red so we overlook blue; we’re thinking ‘tomorrow’ and God is saying ‘now.’ We’re looking everywhere, and the answer is right under our nose. When a person is positioned correctly, they’re ready to receive all God has for them. The Bible often uses the word ‘simple’. The original term means ‘thick, dull, and sluggish’. It means those who are insensitive and unreceptive to the thoughts of others. God will speak, but unless we listen, we won’t hear what He has to say.

 

What now?

Start here: as you read the Bible now, tell God ‘I’ll take action on what You show me.’

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