Contemplation

Inspiration is available to all who listen to their hearts.

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Acts 13:2-3

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, completing their fasting and prayer, they laid hands on them and sent them off.

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This very early group of Christians made it a practice to get together to worship God and to fast.

They were likely practicing a form of self-emptying which was modeled to them by Jesus.

Saul, later known as St. Paul, went on to write that Jesus “emptied himself” and “humbled himself” in order to do the will of God (Philippians 2:7-8).

This self-emptying was a practice of letting go of their egos’ desires in order that God’s desires might be made known to them.

This is how they were able to “hear” the Spirit give them instructions – such as sending off Barnabas and Saul on a mission.

Today’s scripture says the mission was what the two were “called” to do.

The Spirit is still calling us.

But to hear, we will need to be open to hearing.

We will need to set aside time for “self-emptying” and letting go.

Centering Prayer is one such practice of meditation.

It can be done alone or in a group.

(Contemplative Outreach is one organization that can help you.)

Prayer groups can sometimes help discern the movement of the Spirit.

The Spirit is still flowing through the fabric of creation, continuing to inspire all who will listen to take part in this Creative Flow.

It’s happening right now!

As Jesus said, “Behold, the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:21).

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Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns” A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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