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Can You Hear It?

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Hear what?

The voice of god.

 

This topic comes up so frequently in conversation.

 

I’m no expert,

but I have made some observations and asked some questions.

I’ve gotten some great answers,

and been quite bewildered by the answers of others.

 

Here’s what I think.

I believe God is always speaking.

Always.

I am just not always listening.

Sometimes I think I am listening,

only to find later how much I missed.

OR

I do not understand the manner in which He is speaking.

These two observations made me want to find a better way of hearing.

It’s been a long, long study,

but I’m learning more and more every day.

 

Questions…

How does God speak?

How do we know we are not just making it up?

What about all those coincidences?

If I connect the dots, will they lead back to Him?

What that one scripture that I simply cannot get out of my mind?

Can I HEAR His voice with my ears?

What about those “gut” feelings?

 

I am positive that you can add more questions to this list.

As many people as there are,

there are AT LEAST that many questions.

 

As stated earlier, I believe God is ALWAYS speaking.

Consider this thought -

What if -

  Babies were born with the ability to hear and communicate with God,

and they lost that ability through neglect or lack of knowledge or just plain unbelief?

Perhaps the big people around them didn’t know this language,

or they chose not to believe it if they did know.

Could be?

 

If we spend time each day getting to know God and His Word,

then our minds will become renewed.

Slowly, over time,

our thoughts will become more like His.

We will learn through His Word about His character.

We will learn through His Word His expectations.

We will learn through His Word that He LONGS to communicate with us.

We will learn through His Word the “sound” of His voice.

My sheep hear my voice and they know me.

The voice of another they will not follow.

John 10:26 -28

(That’s another couple of posts all by itself!)

When we spend the time,

We can be fairly certain that we are not making it up.

He is Faithful to watch over his Word to do it

Jeremiah 1:12

Do your thoughts align with God’s Word?

Do your thoughts align with the promises He has already written for you in His Word?

If so,

you can be pretty sure He’s been speaking to you.

Somehow.

 

In the late 80’s there was a program called “Perfect Strangers”.

In it, the character Balki was always saying “What a co-in-o-dink!”

He meant coincidence of course.

Well, I do not believe in them.

I choose to believe that it is God’s way of connecting the dots for our lives.

Look back on some things in your life.

Things that in no way go together,

but in the end,

the dots connect to the next big thing that God had for you.

 

He’s talking to you.

Are you listening?

 

Is there a verse that you have read that just will not let you go?

One of my biggest ones; Psalm 139 of course.

but especially verses 13-16-

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you  when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me  were written in your book before one of them came to be.

 

Oh yeah!

I’m NOT a mistake!

 

God’s voice,

God speaking to me,

will always make me know that I have worth and value.

 

I HAVE heard the audible voice of God.

This is not so common,

but I believe that God uses whatever it will take to get us to listen.

In the circumstance I was in,

I am so glad He spoke,

no,

He yelled!

People tell me that God wouldn’t yell.

 In my case He yelled “SHUT UP!”

(He would never say that!)

Well He did.

It WAS the only way I would listen.

It made all the difference in the outcome.

 

My husband has heard His voice audibly as well.

If he hadn’t listened,

we could have been burying our daughter due to a strangers foolish mistake.

 

I’ve had experiences where my insides just didn’t settle well in a given circumstance.

Some of those unsettled times I have not paid attention,

and later paid the price for “not listening”.

By the same token,

Some I have taken to heart,

listened,

and in the end seen exactly the pit fall Holy Spirit was trying to keep me from.

God was speaking to me.

In my gut.

 

I choose to believe that He uses all these ways and more

to communicate to a world that He so longs to interact with.

To SPEAK to us.

To build relationship with us.

To love and to bless us.

 

I have a little story I’s like to share with you on this subject

I have permission to do so.

My friend and I were talking a while back about this very topic.

We were talking about the fact that we want to teach our children and grand-children

how to hear God in whatever way He chooses to speak.

Recently she was sitting on her front porch,

She was enjoying the sights and sounds and smells of the beautiful fall here in the mid-west.

She spends her quiet time there.

Encountering God and listening for His voice.

On one day,

her not quite pre-school age daughter came to join her.

She was very quiet,

and after a bit her mom was going to speak to her,

and she put her little finger to her lips and shushed her mom.

A bit shocked,

mom asked why?

To which the little replied,

“I think I hear God talking.”

So of course mom asked,

“So what do you think He’s saying?”

To which the little answered.

“Chirp, chirp.”

 

A heartwarming story to be sure.

A surprising answer from a babe.

Purity.

 Sweetness.

A complete lack of guile.

A heart ready to HEAR what God has to say.

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Fearfully and wonderfully made

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The Invitation

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I’ve been given an invitation.

It’s a special invitation.

It’s an invitation that fills my heart with joy.

It is an invitation to a secret place.

No.

 It is an invitation to a sacred place.

This invitation is from a dear friend.

She has invited me to join her in her secret place.

She has invited me to her sacred place.

The place where she meets with ……………..

God.

Alone.

The place where she encounters God.

 

What an honor and a blessing.

Her invitation is a reminder to me.

A reminder that my Dear Savior longs for me to come to that secret place with Him.

Reminds me that He is waiting in that sacred place.

Reminds me that He wants to have an encounter with me,

as much as I need an encounter with Him.

 

You Dear Reader,

If you don’t not have such a place,

A secret, sacred place of encounter with God,

I strongly urge you to get one.

Find one.

Make one.

 

Make a place where you can rest with your Savior.

A place where you can abide with Him.

A place where you can go daily.

Be it early before your day begins,

or late and at the end of your day.

It may even be when your children are napping.

 

No matter.

Just do it.

 

When you encounter Father God there,

even your problems will seem to have an air of grace in them.

 

Remember the line in “Field of Dreams”?

“If you build it, they will come.”

 

Well if you make this place for Him,

He will come.

 

My own secret place is not fancy.

This chair belonged to my Mother.

It is older than I.

It sits next to the window in my office.

It only has three legs with an empty can from some dark chocolate

rolled wafer sticks serving as its fourth .

 

When I place myself in that seat,

even for a few moments.

He comes.

We encounter each other,

and joy fills my heart.

 

If you make  it,

He will come.

I promise.

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Fearfully and wonderfully made

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Love Letters

 

“I will read your letters over and over and over and over again.”

Justin Rizzo –  Worship With the Word –

http://www.ihop.org/prayerroom/archives/
(Wednesday February 5, 8:00 am, 19:01 -24:50)

International House of Prayer – Kansas City

These words were enough to make my inquiring mind want to know.

I had a need to know what God’s word says about “letters”.

I recall first, that the Bible is literally a letter to mankind.

It is a letter recalling the times of man from the beginning.

It is a letter journaling the days and times of God’s people, their enemies and the ways, during thick and thin, that God took care of their needs.

It is a letter describing how to live a better life by living wisely.

In total, it is a love letter of insight and provision to the children of a loving father.

Some of its “paragraphs” may be simple to understand while others are difficult and cryptic.

It is in the deciphering that we become engaged in the unfolding relationship with our “Abba” daddy.

It is in that relationship that we learn exactly WHO He is and exactly who WE are in Him.

2 Corinthians 3:2 (NIV1984)  You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.

If we spend time pouring over His letters, we become like His words, like Him.

2 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV1984) He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Keeping time with His letters transforms us, and we become able to speak the life of His words to others.

2 Corinthians 10:10  (NIV1984)  For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing.”

We do not speak His words so that people can be impressed with us, but that they may be impressed with Him.

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 (MSG)  If anyone refuses to obey our clear command written in this letter, don’t let him get by with it.  Point out such a person and refuse to subsidize his freeloading.  Maybe then he’ll think twice.  But don’t treat him as an enemy.  Sit him down and talk about the problem as someone who cares.

People who do not know Him or read His letters are not our enemies.

Romans 2:4 (ESV) Or do you presume on the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to to lead you to repentance?

Our time with His letters gives us the kindness, forbearance and patience required to gently lead them to God.

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Don’t know Him yet?

You can have that Significant Encounter by clicking on the “Rescue” tab at the top of this page.

Not enjoying His letters and His company yet?

The internet is full of free letters (Bibles) for you to begin your relationship with your Father in Heaven.

Won’t you try one?

What do you have to lose but your loneliness?

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Suggestions On Getting the Most Out Of …………………………

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I went to a new Bible study group today.

Really didn’t think I wanted to go.

But I was invited by someone who thought I should join in.

(Thank you, by the way)

 

It was replete with all of the introductory stuff.

You know.

Who are you?

Why did you come?

What do you hope to learn?

 

It was all good.

I don’t mind answering questions.

I certainly don’t mind hearing other people’s answers.

I never expected that God would get much expansion (http://wp.me/p1Deai-i9) through a list of

“Suggestions to get the most out of this study”.

Expanded I was.

 

Here’s the list;

  • Be prayerful   (Pray)
  • Be biblical   (Reference scriptures)
  • Be confidential   (Shhhh)
  • Be respectful   (Of others views and don’t interrupt)
  • Be discrete   (Don’t tell ALL the details, keep some to yourself. Don’t tell someone else’s story)
  • Be kind   (Don’t be rude)
  • Be mindful   (Be on time.  Be prepared)

There are seven items here.

Two I’m really good at.

Three I’m ok with.

One I work on daily.

One I’m terrible at.

I won’t say which is which,

I’ll keep that detail to myself.

 

Now I am well aware that this list is for this Bible study class,

but I believe that the principles carry over into just about any area of life we choose to apply it to.

 I’ve noted, as I’m quite sure that you have, the lack of these things in the daily world we live in, when I think about it at all.

 

Be prayerful?

Prayer to a lot of us in the general populace is an uncomfortable concept.

Many feel like they are speaking to the air, or just wishful thinking that someone is really out there to listen to them.

A strange, stuffy, legalistic notion that there is a strange, stuffy, legalistic God out there listening for us to speak to Him.

Psalm 6:9  The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.

James 5:13 [The Prayer of Faith ] Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.

 

Be biblical? 

Quote a stuffy old book of rules written by men?

Who cares what that old book says anyway?

Proverbs 4:4 he taught me and said, “Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.

 

Be confidential?

Why?  When everything we know, whether we want to or not, is broadcast on social media 24/7.

Some things should just be private.

 Jeremiah 37:17 Then King Zedekiah sent for him and had him brought to the palace, where he asked him privately, “Is there any word from the LORD?” “Yes,” Jeremiah replied, “you will be handed over to the king of Babylon.”

Luke 9:18 [Peter’s Confession of Christ] Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

 

Be respectful?

We get everyone’s opinion it seems, whether we want to know it or not.

We talk and talk and let no one else get a word in edge wyes.    We don’t even take a breath.

1 Thessalonians 5:12 [Final Instructions ] Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.

1 Peter 2:17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

 

Be discreet?

The dirtier, the better. 

Inquiring minds want to know.

    Details of private lives are broadcast during primetime.  Our Grandmothers would have fainted dead away if

they heard some of these scandalous things.       

    There seems to be no more “Behind closed doors”.

 Proverbs 12:13 An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble.

Proverbs 20:19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.

 

Be kind?

Have you been to shopping lately?

Have you seen how people treat their children?  Their spouses?  Their parents?

Ephesians 4:32   Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

 

Be mindful?

Employees unprepared, come in late, leave early.

They grumble because they are passed over for a raise.

In our churches, we do the same thing.

Then we grumble because the outcome isn’t to our liking, our lives are no different for our efforts.

2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,

a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

 

My personal prayer is that I will begin to honor God more in not just some of these ways, but all of them.

I also pray that you will consider these principles with me.

We can’t do anything about the entire world,

but we can do something about ourselves and our immediate surroundings.

Expand with me!

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Buzz Words and Real People

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All around the internet I’ve heard people asking one question;

“What is your word for the year?”

I tried to ignore the tug of that question, but it simply would not go away.

My original answer was another “Buzz word”.

It was the word “Relationship”.

But God’s point was that He wanted to expand my heart.

I know what touches my heart, and I am certain it touches His as well.

Truth is, I can escape that expansion here on the net if I choose to.   

If I choose not to be around pain, I don’t have to be.

But that’s not real is it?  Real people really hurt.

You’re a real person, with real pain, with real problems, real questions.

So what is the word? 

What is the one word that I could spend a year on?

The word is “EXPANSION”.

The English Thesaurus that lives on my Word program says these words are synonyms of expansion;

growth, development, increase, extension, spreading out, opening out.

 

When I read God’s word, my understanding of Him is expanded.

When I study on the internet, my world is expanded.

When I spend time doing the things that God has gifted me to do, my talent is expanded.

When I go out of my way to talk to those I do not know, my understanding of human nature is expanded.

When I share my story, your heart is expanded.

When I hear your story, my heart is expanded.

Through our stories, we are knit together in a unique way,

which only God our creator knows how to do.

Through our stories,

we are expanded together in the knowledge of God’s purpose for our lives.

Every problem, with its provision, gives an expanded view of what God thinks of us.

So I’m asking you to join me.

Don’t be afraid any more.

Don’t just read.

Activate your expansion.

Leave a comment.

Share your story, in part or in full.

Let your Significant Encounter begin here.  http://wp.me/P1Deai-s

 

Did you know that there is a Significant Encounter Page on Facebook?

You can even message me there if you’d like to keep it more private.

Blessings on your expansion.

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Psalm 139 (NIV)

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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I’m Just Sayin’…………….

What will the New Year bring?

Well that all depends.

 

Depends largely on what you’re saying about yourself.

What your internal dialogue sounds like.

 

Don’t believe me?

Here’s what scripture has to say about it;

James 3:6 (NASB)  6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.

Proverbs 16:24 (NIV) Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

 

You see?

We need to know that the words on our tongues are fueled by what is in our mind.

We can set our lives on fire. Or we can have healing in our bones.

God is quite clear concerning our thoughts.

For example, in 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NASB) It states that 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

In plain speech, this simply means that we only believe what God our Heavenly father says about us and no one else. 

 

We should only be thinking His thoughts about ourselves.

Isaiah 55:8 (NIV) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

He thinks you’re special.

He thinks you’re amazing.

He thinks you are one of a kind.

Isn’t it time to agree with Him?

The following verses will give you a head start to finding out exactly what

His thoughts are concerning you, and what you should be saying about yourself.

Psalm 139   (NIV)

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.  7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.  23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Just The Right Time

       You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless,

                     Christ died for the ungodly.  Romans 5:6

 

That was me.

Ungodly.

From the date of my birth.

I did not know it then.

 

That is you.

Ungodly.

From the date of your birth.

You did not even know it.

 

We are powerless against everything that surrounds us.

And at just the right time God shows us.

That He had us in mind from the beginning.

That He loved us enough to send His only Son.

That we might be delivered from the not knowing.

 

The emptiness, the hopelessness.

         The worthlessness, the insignificance.

                The powerlessness of not knowing.

  

Erased by the love of God.

                                        And the blood of His Son.

 

Replaced by the fullness of joy and hope.

                Replaced by the worth and significance of the Son.

Replaced by the power of knowing that the Son of God lives on the inside of us.

Replaced by the cleansing that is only available by the blood of the lamb, Jesus.

 

I was … empty, hopeless,

           Worthless, insignificant,

                          Powerless, clueless.

 

I once was lost but now I’m found.

Blind but now I see.

 

Can you say the same for yourself?

Have you had a Significant Encounter with God?

Have you had an internal transaction with Him?

 

You are SO important to Him.

He chose you.

Won’t you choose Him back?

 

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Psalm 139   (NIV)

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.  7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.  23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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