Quarantine With God - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series - Arnie Cole


Bible Verse: Luke 6:12

“One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.”

Reflect and Respond:

Maybe your day is quiet -- too quiet. Can you use this time to focus in on prayer and God's Word? Or maybe your day is hectic. How might you carve out even a few minutes of down time to meet with your Savior?


Father, help me to use the time You've given me today to focus and pray just like my Savior did. Please clear my thoughts and tune my heart to connect with You. Amen.

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With devotionals on my phone, it's easy to jump to my games or social media. I try to do my time with God in a different room so at least other distractions are minimal.
Wow. What a great question. How do you know that God hears you? Well, the simple answer is God hears it all because He knows it all. God is omniscient and omnipresent. Nothing escapes His ears or His eyes. But a better answer is God not only hears us, as His spiritual children, but His ears are also inclined towards us. Consider these passages: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” ~John 1:12 "Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Hebrews 4:14-16 But then why does it feel like God doesn't hear? Well, here are some reasons Scripture points out: “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” ~ James 4:6 "Then they will cry to the LORD, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil.” ~ Micah 3:4 "These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” ~ Isaiah 66:2 So it could be pride getting in the way. It could be unconfessed sin. It could be wrong motives. I'd ask you to search your heart and see if any of these could be the issue. Regarding hearing God's voice. God has chosen to speak through His Word -- the Bible. That is the primary source of His voice. God does provide illumination, discernment, and peace through the Spirit living in us. God also provides insight and guidance through godly counsel. So I encourage you to do what you're doing: reaching out to us. Then turn to God's Word for His voice. He is there. He cares. He is there for you.
Sometime I really wonder if God hears me how can I know when He is speaking to me I really need to know. I pray God show me this answer.
I want to feel Jesus close to me. And the only way I can do that is through reaching up to him. When it is quiet my thoughts wander. Help me not to listen to the voices that try to discourage me, help me I want to listen to you God.
Tank you so true When God fields me with understanding in true's there is nowhere else I would rather be than in prayer with him
Lord Jesus help me to be like You who found the time to pray all night. Teach me to pray just a little more and I'll be satisfied.
Good Word Madison. I like that phrase "time in the wilderness." That's valuable time that God uses to prepare us for the next great thing on His agenda.
What I perceived as darkness is truly Light. This isolation has drawn me closer to Our Heavenly Father and Jesus. I have come to rely on his Holy Spirit as never before. Thank You Father.Thank You Jesus . Sarah
I am thankful that God is just as close to me in any time there is a need in my life Godv is there.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Sometimes I feel lonely and turn to God whether in prayer, reading scripture or simply acknowledging His presence in my life. I'm amazed how those lonely feelings disappear and how much time goes by in the blink of an eye!
Amen! I keep the word with me all the time! I love ❤️ study the word! Praise God 🙏 our loving creator and savior! God bless everyone! Amen!
Thank you This! This quarantine time has enabled me to focus more on God and to study His Word more.
Amen🙏 ! Thanks Madison for sharing today's encouragement. Lord, thank You for the opportunity/time to spend with You each day. Please help me to connect more closely with You, search my heart and cleanse me, and guide my steps. Amen.
Amen...I really love the video and such great encouraging words.