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Today, if only you would hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…” (Psalm‬ ‭95‬:‭7-8‬ NIV)

Rev. Samuel Agnew was one of several pastors that served the South as a chaplain during the Civil War. He shared in a journal entry from March 27, 1864, of a spiritual drought he felt was taking place among the soldiers:

“There is a lamentable torpor among the [soldiers] in reference to their souls. They hear and attend the sanctuary but seem unaffected by the preacher’s word…More members were absent than ordinarily, and some who were present did not commune. There is a spiritual drought in that community. May God bless my labors…”

Is it possible to love God and come to Church, yet still miss God? Absolutely! A spiritual drought can occur when we simply ignore God. In Psalm 95, the psalmist instructs the people to worship God, but to be careful not to harden your heart afterwards. It doesn’t matter how much “outflow” we are producing for God; if there’s no “inflow” of His presence, we lose!

Take time this week to allow God’s presence to “rain” on your soul. His voice ends all spiritual droughts in your life! Worship cannot happen until inspiration commences! You are loved today! 

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Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.'” (Mark 9:7 NLT)

In the late 1800s, a few wealthy businessmen purchased a dam and lake that had been built in the early 1800s as a reservoir on the Conemaugh River near Johnstown, PA, and created the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club. A freak rainstorm swamped the area, causing the old dam to begin failing. A telegraph was sent to warn local towns of the breach, but the telegrapher never took the messages to the authorities. At 3:10pm on May 31, 1889, over 20 million gallons of water was unleashed, needlessly killing over 2,000 towns people that could have evacuated.

In the Bible, as Peter was talking during Jesus’ miraculous transformation, God interrupted with advice of His own: “Listen to my son!” Greater than seeing miracles or hearing great preachers, the best thing we could do on a daily basis is to keep listening to Jesus. His words are beyond wise or timeless, they are life-transforming!

Many died because they couldn’t hear a wise warning that should’ve come. Learn to listen to Jesus’ words. Deafened ears will make for regrettable choices! You are loved today!

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