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Learning to Hear from God

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I’m waiting for that phone call from God.

Moses, the man God called to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, spoke to God face to face. Saul, who wrote much of the New Testament, met Jesus on the road to Damascus and heard Him speak audibly. How often do we wish God would communicate so directly with us? We want clear directions.

We do have detailed guidance from Him is His word, the Bible. To truly understand God and His will it’s crucial to know and comprehend Scripture. God never leads us contradictory to His word and His revelation to us is complete.

The first step to hear from God is to know the Bible well. He most often speaks to us through its message.

We don’t see God’s face but we can still talk to Him directly. We can pray anytime, anywhere, and tell Him whatever is on our hearts bringing any request to Him. He tells us to pray about everything and to ask Him for anything. (Philippians 4:6-7) That doesn’t mean He’ll always answer as we want but He’ll do what’s best.

With faith, we study and obey His word seeking Him in prayer, and He directs our steps.

What about those who say, “God told me to do such and such,” God told them how much to give, where to serve, or whom they needed to reach out to? He does speak to our hearts when we are open to Him. But how do we know when it’s Him?

The Holy Spirit moves and speaks to us as He wills. But we need to be listening with open hearts and believe it is Him by faith.

As I was singing praise to God in church one Sunday, the thought came, “I want you to come early on Sunday mornings to pray for the church.” I dismissed it because I enjoyed attending church with my husband and son. I didn’t want to get up earlier and come alone. But I heard the message again the next week and the week after that. I felt God telling me to invite others to join me each Sunday morning to pray. By the third time, I started bargaining, “What if no one else comes?” God answered, “I want you to pray even if you’re the only one.”

These were thoughts. I’ve never heard the audible voice of God. How did I know it was Him speaking? First, it was in line with His word. Second, it was persistent. I would never come up with that plan on my own. And finally, I knew it was God because He gave me the grace to follow through.

I think we make hearing from God more difficult than it needs to be. He’s always speaking to us through the Bible, nature, other believers, and in our thoughts. The problem is we’re often distracted, not listening, or avoiding His message out of fear.

We can come to Him in faith, trusting Him to speak, and knowing He is good.

Scripture tells us, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 ESV

In other words, when we seek Him, through prayer, meditation, and Scripture reading, we can trust He’ll reveal Himself and His will to us.

How has God spoken to you recently?

Are you willing to hear what He has to say?

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Peace vs. Anxiety

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S – “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?…And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Matthew 6:25, 27

O – Anxious – “a part as opposed to the whole” – “properly, drawn in opposite directions; divided into parts” figuratively “to go to pieces” pulled apart in different directions (https://biblehub.com/greek/3309.htm)

Luke 7:50 – Jesus told the woman to “go in peace”. “peace” – “to join, tie together into a whole. ie- when all essential parts are joined together – peace (God’s gift of wholeness) (https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm)

Anxiety is the opposite of peace. When we are anxious, we “go to pieces”, we are divided in mind and heart. When we are at peace, we are whole. All our pieces are joined together.

Anxiety never solved a problem, added days to a life, or accomplished anything good. Anxiety hinders our walk.

A/P – Father, please bring all my pieces together and help me to walk in peace. Help me to let go of all anxiety.

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He Cares!

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S – “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

O – Humble yourself – bring low, submit, do not resist, as opposed to lifting yourself up or demanding your way or resisting His will. Submit willingly to Him and His will for you. Humble yourself under His mighty hand (knowing He has all power and that He will bless you) and
cast – throw, let go of all at once, your anxieties (fears, worries) throw it on Him – get rid of them. Throw them like a hot potato into His capable hands. BECAUSE He cares for you. He loves you. He cares about every worry. He can take care of you.

A – He cares for me. He CARES for me! The Almighty, All-Powerful, Creator, God of the universe cares for ME. Words cannot express what that means. That is everything. I want to throw all my worries onto Him. He is able to take care of me.

P – Thank you Dear Father for loving me. Thank you that you care. I love you so much!

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Use Your Shield

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August 10, 2018 · 9:17 pm

Who Does God Notice With Pleasure?

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S“…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

O – Humans may think in terms of impressing God with their great sacrifices or righteous lives but He looks for the one who is humble and contrite (literally means lame in the feet; dejected) and who trembles at His word (who is reverent and acknowledges the holiness of God). Who am I to stand before a holy God? Contrite in spirit – lame in spirit as lame in the feet. Being lame brings humility. To be humble before God is to acknowledge that He is great and I am not; He is holy and all-powerful; I am at His mercy. Yes, in Christ and because of Christ we come boldly to the throne but still in humility. Still acknowledging that apart from His holiness, we deserve death.

A – Do I tremble at His word? Do I realize the amazing gift it is that our Holy, Perfect God would allow me to read His Word? Because of Jesus, I who am a sinner, I who am unclean can come to my Father wrapped in the Holiness and Purity of Jesus Christ. That is the best news ever! Praise His holy name.

P – Father, please cleanse my heart of any arrogance and pride. I stand before you covered by the grace of the Lord Jesus but apart from Him I am a sinner, impure, unclean, unworthy. Please help me walk with a humble and contrite spirit. Help me to always tremble at your word.

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Free Means Free

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S – “But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification.” Romans 5:15-16

O – Four times in these two verses Paul says “Free gift”. Free means free. Free means “not costing anything or charging anything”. If a gift is free then we are not obligated to pay anything. We just accept the gift. We reach out and take it. I have to believe there is a gift. I have to receive it but the gift is mine to keep. If I had to do something to earn the gift, then it would not be free.

A – The free gift brings justification. It’s a gift that the human brain has trouble comprehending. That our perfect, holy Creator would offer us the free gift of salvation and that it would come because His Son, Jesus Christ was willing to life a perfect life for us and then die in our place to pay for our sins. To pay for my sin. He conquered death and rose again. He paid the price for our sin. Now He offers salvation as a free gift to all who believe in Him. It sounds too good to be true but it is true! That is who God is. That’s how much He loves us.

P – Thank you Father for the free gift of salvation. Thank you Jesus for being willing to die for us.

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Judgment Will Come

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S – “On that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.” Romans 2:16

O – There is coming a day when all the secrets of our hearts will be judged by God. On that day there will be no pretending, no masking, no hiding…the sins of our hearts will be revealed and we will be exposed. On that day, I will be covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. On that day, He will judge and only those who have trusted in His death for us will escape judgement.

From John Piper:
“Note this very carefully in verse 16: it is the gospel that speaks of judgment here. This means that you can’t feel the glorious seriousness of the gospel of Jesus Christ unless you know that it is a gospel about future judgment. The gospel is glorious not to the extent that it solves our problems with depression and cancer, but to the extent that it removes the wrath of Almighty God against us at the last judgment, and brings us to everlasting joy. “

“Being justified by God, being given a positive sentence at the last judgment is greater than all our mental well-being and all our physical health in this whole life on earth. “ John Piper

https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/there-is-no-partiality-with-god-part-2

A – Praise God! My sins are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. Praise His holy name! On that day when I face judgement, He will say “Paid in full.”

P – Dear Jesus, thank you, I love you. Please glorify your name in and through my life. Thank you that I am yours forever.

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