Thursday, May 24, 2012

Your Name in The History Books

The announcements abound of people who are nationally known or internationally recognized.  There are those who are famous or infamous and are recorded in the history books.  They are known for being who they are or for what they have done.  But what about you?  It may be that you are one of the vast majority of people who have lived who were not written about by the international press corps.  You may not be one who is followed by the paparazzi.  And you may be rejoicing that it isn’t you.  But it may also be that you, along with many other followers of Christ have a sense way down deep inside where things like this are cemented, you have a sense of destiny. A sense of a God ordained purpose.  It is a realization that you, in spite of the looks of things, are meant to be right here, right now.  

You are.  You are no accident in a chaotic cosmos.  God has a hand in your being you and where you are in the timeline and on the globe.  You are given gifts to unwrap and parameters to work in and a bundle of opportunities to decide on.  And, by the way, you are not alone.  You are a person of interest to the living God.  Your name is recorded in the history books of time for all eternity.  When you come to embrace God and you turn from all the other gods of this world to Jesus you are immediately and forever changed.  It is historic.  It is cheered not nationally or internationally, but beyond cosmically as the angels in heaven shout cheers of joy for you.  Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Your name is recorded in THE history book.  

There is a deceiver who is the enemy of God and the accuser of God’s people.  Beelzebub is not pleased with God’s attention on you so he does everything he can to mess things up.  He might persuade you of your "greatness" and so you have little room for God.  Or he may bring to your attention how "small" you are and how "little" you have accomplished and if you agree with the enemy he will drag you down.  .  Have you ever had a flood of thoughts that seem dark and as attached to you as a tick steadily sucking the life right out of you?  If you have you may have identified the source.  The enemy likes to steal your joy, to destroy your closeness to God, to kill your desire to live for Him.  He knows the value of your life.  He knows you are, in fact, an historic person.   And the devil hates it.  He is filled with pride and he is proud of keeping you from God and what God has for you.  Watch out for him.  Don’t listen to him.  

There are some during their earth time who will accumulate more earthly attention and earthly records.  God can and does use them as He does all His people.  Does that mean they are of more value to Him?  You know better don’t you.  The thought that people with higher office or more fame on earth or successful in some manner of business or politics or athletics are automatically more favored by God is not a thought flowing from the realms of heaven.  God is not operating on the same basis as those of human ilk.  His ways are higher than our ways.  He is dealing with you and me and all of us as we are in every situation male and female, rich or poor, famous or unknown.  

What of living a life for God that is meaningful?  There is a longing to honor Him with a life well-lived, a meaningful life.  Have you wondered about that?  Good, it is a good thing to consider.  Do you know this verse spoken by Jesus?  

Whoever knows and obeys my commandments is the person who loves me. Those who love me will have my Father’s love, and I, too, will love them and show myself to them. John 14:21 GWT

This verse gives us clues to a meaningful life.  Notice that there is an ongoing relational aspect to it.  The person who knows and obeys Jesus loves Him.  Relationship is meaningful.  This relationship is with the greatest human who ever or ever will live who was exalted to the right hand of God the Father and who is King of kings and Lord of lords.  The person loving Jesus will receive God the Father’s love as well.  People often long for meaning in the sense that someone whom they respect will see them, know them and be pleased with them.  Jesus says, “Those who love Me will have My Father’s love, and I, too, will love them.”  This goes far beyond a handshake and pat on the back.  This is deep relationship.   When someone notes that they are personal friends with a king or president or some other famous person people consider that meaningful.  But somehow in the scheme of things having a close relationship with the God of the Highest Heavens is relegated to little importance except for ceremonial purposes.  I imagine the enemy of souls has something to do with that kind of thinking.  

Let’s go on with the clues to a meaningful life.  At the time Jesus spoke these words no books of the New Testament were printed.  There were no lists of Jesus’ commandments for people to obey.  He had spoken.  I am sure there were note takers, but that is not the point.  People wanted to know what Jesus would have them to do and they wanted to and did do it.  That revealed the love for Him that was in their hearts.  A meaningful life?  Doing what the Lord has for you to do.  How that is evaluated by the world establishment is of little importance on the eternal scale.  It comes down to being faithful to the one whose love for you took Him to the cross and beyond.  You may be thinking, “This doesn’t help me much.  I still don’t understand how I am to live my meaningful life?”  Patience.  You have something that is vital and you don’t want to overlook it.  Begin with letting go of the world’s standards for what a meaningful life is.  That ingrained twisted value system has barbs all over it and it gets hold deep on our insides and is hard to dislodge.  It has to go.  God’s values have to reign supreme.  See things from God’s perspective.  

Doing what the Lord has for you to do.  How is that done?  For most of us we assume (not necessarily something communicated by God).  We assume that if we do good (good being defined by our own minds) that we have arrived at doing what the Lord would have us do.  I can justify sin, but also projects, missions, ministry and all sorts of things.  I know that I can justify my good actions.  I can find reasons and excuses for my attitudes and behavior which I justify as being good, but by examination of the Holy Spirit and Holy Scriptures falls far short of good.  In order to do what the Lord has for me to do I have to find out what He has to say about it.  If He can't communicate it I can't be expected to do it, can I?  If He does communicate it then I am like the one in John 14:21 who has His commandments and now it is up to me to follow through with it.  And when I do keep His commandments  the relationship of love flows.  Life between the eternal and temporal flows.  The meaning of my life takes on new dimensions.  

A meaningful life?  It is a life rightly related to God and His creation.  It is a life empowered by the Holy Spirit's energy.  It is a life so connected to Jesus that His instructions are heard and followed. 
Something else comes with a meaningful life.  Assurance that your life is meaningful.  Take a look at the life of Jesus.  He walked in the assurance of His life being meaningful.  Peter was sure.  Paul was positive.   Delusional assurance is sadly typical,  but genuine godly assurance is the way to go.  There is peace from God in this assurance.  There is an easy yoke in this assurance.  There is the fruit of the Spirit in this assurance.  There is a vision for living fully for God in this assurance.  And there is the assurance of hearing "well done" by the One who really counts when it comes to the matter of life. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Suffering for Good

You are familiar with the word “perfect.”  It goes with statements about clothing such as, “that is a perfect fit.”  Or about food, “that is a perfect steak.”  The word perfect lets us know something is flawless.  If something is perfect it fits the requirements.  For a car part it is important to get the right one for the car for it to fit the requirements.  So now that you have a perfect idea of the word let’s look at the value of suffering in shaping us for a perfect fit. 

Recently at Grace Bible Church we looked at Hebrews chapter 5 and these words were found:

7While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. 8Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. 9In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest

Jesus, God’s Son, instead of receiving preferential treatment and the comforts of His birth-right He suffered.  The intended goal was for Jesus to be shaped and fit perfectly for what He had to do.  One of those areas of responsibility was to be the ongoing High Priest.  Suffering was part of it.  Jesus learned by His experience of pain what living in obedience to God was like on earth. 

Have you ever asked God to stop the suffering?  Yeah, me too.  It really hasn’t mattered to me what kind of suffering.  Physical pain…Lord, please make it stop!  Relational pain…Lord, please, I am suffering.  Make it stop.  Emotional pain…Lord!  Financial pain…Please, Lord, make it stop!  Spiritual pain…Lord, I need You to make it stop!  I have been fairly consistent in my requests.  Make it stop.  But then I come across something like this in Hebrews referring to the Lord Jesus and I wonder if I was approaching my suffering properly.  Maybe the suffering was bringing me closer to God.  What if God was shaping me in character and conduct by using suffering as a chisel and hammer and knocking off the ugly stuff that was keeping me from being perfectly fit for His purposes? 

If I do what God wants it will be painful.  Obedience carries with it suffering.  Suffering like Jesus endured which prepared Him for what God the Father had planned is good.  And that is so different from the way I as a human being look at suffering.  Suffering equals bad.  Pain is awful.  God’s ways are not our ways.  If you try to gain the whole world you will lose your soul.  Give up your life and you get real life.  Suffering in obedience to God brings surprises for us only God can explain. 

What about daily ongoing pain?  Is that kind of suffering worth anything?  Yes, indeed.  If we are listening to God speak to us out of our pain we will gain a great deal.  If we are instead of being submissive to God, we are submissive to the pain we lose a great deal in our suffering. 

Let’s suppose that I want to relieve my suffering because it hurts me in some way but the result of that relief leads me away from God and His best for me ought I to seek the relief?  Many would answer, “Yes, by all means, get your relief.”  Jesus, however, suffered that God might accomplish all that He desired so that greater good could come.  To keep the suffering and allow God to do His work is the best. 

Pride is something that afflicts every human being, and it is hated by God.  Suffering has a way of addressing pride.  But we humans often prefer pride over going God’s way and being shaped by suffering. 
Are you ready for some areas that come along?

  • Finances are tight and maybe debt is pressing, but there is an awareness of need and dependence on God which can lead to humility rather than pride.  Getting finances in order is a good thing and can make one less stressed and in a position to give more if a person can avoid the ego trap. 
  • Physical image with weight or teeth or whatever the issue seems to be.  Suffering with things not being all you would want.  Get it fixed and watch out pride.  Or for some the desire is to be desirable and they are ready to turn from God’s instructions on relationships and begin to practice immorality. 
  • Having the appreciation of others is nice.  It can become an area of ego rather quickly.  Discover ability at sports or at business or at music and suddenly the attention and applause is addictive.  Pride moves in and God…well, He can come along if He wants.    
  • Parents go to a lot of expense and encourage their children to get an education so they can get a good job so they can be successful.  If they accomplish it, then what?  Have the eternal values been increased?  Is there a desire for more of God?  Is there more self-satisfaction, self-promotion, self-interests, self becomes the new divinity.  The thing that we think would be all good has set up a situation that leads directly from God into the pit of pride which God hates.  

You get the idea.  As much as we despise suffering it may be the very thing that teaches us and shapes us under the mighty hand of God to become the very amazing, noble and enlightened people He has designed us to be. 

Disclaimer: Saying that the idea of suffering has a positive place in the Christian’s life is not to say we shouldn’t relieve suffering where we can.  Jesus applied suffering to Himself.  He faced suffering with courage.  But Jesus also healed the broken.  He raised the dead.  And He said it was a good thing to care for those who were suffering.  The Good Samaritan, Jesus teaches us, did a good thing helping an injured man. 

However, I need to get over my pity parties and self-promotional ideas and realize the value of God’s work in my life which from time to time includes suffering. 

  • Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. 1 Corinthians 4:10
  • For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.  Philippians 1:29
  • And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering. 2 Thessalonians 1:5
  • So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.  1 Peter 4:19

God knows me and knows the very things to add to my life which will make me more fit for His purposes.  It is His work in me that will get me ready, that will tear my grip off the world and reveal the treachery in my own heart.  He knows exactly what you need as well.  Prepare yourself for being perfected!  Happy suffering!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Bible Challenge-Hebrews 6

Many challenges face us.  Light for instance is it a wave or a particle?  Through the years different folks have seen light differently.  Our current consensus?  Light is both wave and particle. 

The Bible challenge in Hebrews 6 has set many people to research the Scriptures and others into despair.  I read recently of a man called to pastor who decided which denomination to join based on the denomination’s interpretation of Hebrews 6. 

The issue is one of salvation.  Is a believer’s salvation safe for all eternity or is it fragile and subject to being lost?  Hebrews 6 interpreters arrive at different answers. 

One human problem in finding answers in the Bible is like finding answers in other areas of life.  We see what we expect to see.  You know the tendency.  A young man and woman find each other.  They have a fondness for one another.  The character flaws (supposing there are some) which are obvious to others not in the same emotional state as the young couple are blindly lost on the young couple.  They see the person they want to see.  If a person has a perspective on what the Bible ought to say then it is difficult not to see that perspective on the pages of the Scripture. 

This human tendency to see what we expect to see will impact those who approach Hebrews 6 just as it does other areas of the Bible.  That tendency, by the way, does not mean the meaning of the text is always misinterpreted, but it is good to realize how what we see can be colored. 

Here is our passage.  Feel free to read it in the wider context of Hebrews, but for our quick look this will do.
4For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, 5who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come—6and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.  Hebrews 6:4-6 NLT

Take a look at the passage.  What do you see?  What does it mean?  What consequences does that interpretation bring?  You may want to do some further study on this.  Here is a video from a Bible teacher explaining one possible approach. 

Can believers forfeit their salvation?  Q & A with John MacArthur

After you have looked over the passage see what you come up with.  Write it down for future reference.  Do you agree or disagree with the various interpretations and applications you have seen?

The Sunday message at Grace Bible Church will include this passage from Hebrews 6.  Get ready.  

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Thoughts on Christian Ranting

A Christian ranting at the ways of the world is like someone being upset that a ship’s propeller stirs up the water.  It does what it does. 

It isn’t the rants of Christians that makes a difference, but the God of the Christian.  The world doesn’t need to see what we can do, but what God can do through us.  It is God and His ways that make a difference.  God is inviting those in the world far from Him to come.  Come without payment.  Come and have sins like scarlet made as white as snow.  God’s people revealing Him in the fruit of the Spirit with love and joy and patience and in their proclamations of His way in truth show a bright light.  It may be rejected but wherever it is lived all those nearby benefit from it.  And when they speak it is with the substance of the life of God lived in the real world.  It is not the rants of finger pointing moralists shouting from their lofty heights that really change people of the world.  No, it is the call of the one who called Himself humble and gentle at heart, the one who forgave the cruelest of His day from the cross He was nailed to, the one who says “Come, follow Me.”  If anyone is in Christ they are a new creation.  Those not in Christ are as they were, and no amount of ranting will change that.  The corruption that extended throughout the Roman world was not stopped by politicians, but people empowered by the Holy Spirit spoke God’s news of life-change possibilities in Jesus and people were changed.  One by one, family by family, group by group people were drawn to Jesus and His way of living and the life they once lived was changed into a greater one. 

The late Charles Colson who had seen power at the level of the White House realized there was greater power in Christ than in politics.  He described Christian leaders who came with their rants to meet the President and wilted as they came into the Oval Office.  We are to be righteous and to approve righteousness which may require raising our voices and taking action, but that differs from ranting which seems empowered by rage.  James approaches a better way of handling this in ourselves:  You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. James 1:19, 20 NLT   I submit that God’s people would rather produce the righteousness God desires.  Some may say, “But what if I am right and what I say is true?”  Then speak the truth in love.  The Apostle Paul I am sure wanted to rant on occasion, but chose another way.  He gives us a clue in 1 Corinthians 13:1-4:

1If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.  4Love is patient and kind.

The world is indeed broken and injustices abound, let us live in such a way that the reality of God bursts forth from us.  Reaching out rather than ranting at the wrecked world seems to be a place to start.  Offering spiritually powerful solutions to a world in need of something better than what they have seems good.  (I hope this wasn’t too much of a rant.)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Listening to God

Out of the many amazing, wondrous, and incredible things of life God rises above all.  To know Him. 

The Creator of stars near and far has come close.  He calls people to come near to Him.  God, the Almighty and Wise God, reaches out in love to love.  Like the candy called divinity is sweet the Divine is sweeter still. 

To know Him is to come to Him as He is, to learn of Him, to embrace Him.  God is God as He was, as He is and as He always will be undiminished, unlimited, unrestricted.  Humans often invent God to their own liking, but to know Him requires loving the God who is without human invention.  In kindness God reveals Himself.  He may be discovered and people may learn of Him who He is, what He is like, and what He has to say.  Often with hearts full, minds racing and hands filled with the things of life people find it hard to get hold of God.  But in coming to Him as He is rather than how I as a man have made Him I find that everything else falls away, pales by comparison, and the more I learn of Him the more relaxed I am in letting things go.  I want to embrace Him.  To trust Him.  To follow Him.  To be with Him.  To act as He would have me act.  To be as He would have me to be.  To know Him is a relationship deserving of the term awesome. 

Relationships require communication.  God built things that way.  He has spoken since the beginning and things have been happening ever since.  He still speaks.  He wants us to hear Him.  And He wants to hear from us too.  It’s about building a closer relationship.   Listening to God seems to be really important.  All through Scripture people have had God speak to them and sometimes they listened and sometimes they didn’t.  Listening to God was better than not.  When God speaks it seems to me we should listen. 

God has spoken and created.  God spoke to Noah and saved the remnant of His people for the task of repopulating the world.  God spoke to Moses on the mountain with sounds of thunder and provided detailed laws and instructions.  God spoke to Samuel as a boy in clear audible tones.  David recognized God was communicating through all of nature.  And David rejoiced in the written communication of God in the Scriptures. The prophet Elijah heard God in many ways, but on one occasion was reminded that He also speaks in a still quiet whisper.  Isaiah heard from God in voice and in vision and could point to the movements of nations and leaders as God’s continued communication to the people.  In these last days, the book of Hebrews says, God has spoken to us in His Son.  Jesus said there would be more communication to come and He was sending the Holy Spirit to be with us.  From earth shaping and earth shaking to the quiet whisper God speaks.  His communication can be in sign language, the language of the heart, in audible language, or the language of the spirit in dreams and visions.  At times He sends messengers to communicate who may be angels from the heavenly realms or His people speaking for Him to His people.  There are many ways in which God speaks, and however He chooses to communicate it is good to listen. 

The picture of Jesus standing outside the door and knocking based on Revelation 3:20 is a helpful image of what is going on.  Our God, the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is trying to communicate and establish a close relationship.  He has in His wisdom allowed us to shut the door on Him.  He is knocking and when we hear His voice we have the option of responding and letting Him in so that we can have fellowship or we can leave Him out.  Letting Him in and beginning to dialogue in true fellowship with Him is dynamite.  Quick note about the hearing.  It may be that a person hears a message or reads the Bible or has a conversation with a friend or is knocked down by a bright light with the voice of God calling out to them.  However the communication comes it now falls on the person who experiences it to respond…to listen to God.  And listening implies acting in obedience.  Get up, open the door and get close to Jesus.  Very cool. 
There is much to say on listening to God which will have to wait for another time.  But a starting point for hearing His voice is important for now.  As Hebrews 4:7 says:

“Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.”

This assumes God is speaking today and you will hear His voice and you have an option in how you respond. 

Determining if God is speaking

God’s voice (audible, inaudible, signs, thought placed in your mind, urging of the inner spirit…):

  • Will lead you closer to Him
  • Increases your desire for His Word
  • Emphasizes love for God and others
  • De-emphasizes your ego
  • Leads you to make His kingdom and His way of life a priority

Enemy’s voice

  • May pretend to be a messenger of God
  • Decreases faith and increases excuses for failures and sin
  • Excites the ego
  • Emphasizes your right to have it your way
  • Entices you to see the enemy’s kingdom and his way of life as paradise
  • Acts as a conscience but is really an accuser not sent by God to point out old failures or to highlight mistakes

Self’s voice

  • Disguises the deception and wickedness of one’s heart
  • Inflates excessively the self’s needs for physical comfort, pleasures, relief, safety, control, approval of others
  • Delights in comparing one’s self with others
    • Better than:  this voice says you are better in one way or another than others (Self-aggrandizing)
    • Less than:  this voice says you are less than others in one way or another (Self-pity)
  • Confuses one’s understanding and perspective for God’s view and wisdom
  • Substitutes self determined religious values, traditions, & emotions for God’s valid truth, love and real abundant life
  • Exalts trusting self and what self can do over trusting God and what God can do
  • Uses people (even for good purposes) rather than really loving them

There you go.  God’s voice, the Enemy’s voice and the self’s voice.  Things will come up today and when you hear God’s voice don’t harden your heart.  The hardening of the heart means we chose to listen to another voice. 

Remember this extreme situation from Acts 5 where Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, wanted to look good to the Christians around Jerusalem?  They sold some land and said they were giving ALL the money to the church.  But they didn’t.  They kept some back.  Which was fine.  God didn’t tell them to sell the land or give all the money.  They listened to other voices.  Look at this:

3Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. 4The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”
5As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified. 6Then some young men got up, wrapped him in a sheet, and took him out and buried him.  Acts 5:3-5 NLT


If you were tempted with the possibility of stealing a car or committing adultery you would have a good idea of what voice is speaking to you and what you ought to do, right?  Yeah, that’s it, don’t do either one.  Let’s check out some other scenarios. 

As God’s man you have done well.  You have your ducks in a row in business, and, in fact, you have done really well.  And the ducks are doing well in your spiritual life too.  So, then, you hear the voice saying to you, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."  Options:

1.       Is that the self-voice?
2.       Is that the voice of the enemy?
3.       Is that the voice of God?
4.       Do you harden your heart?
5.       Do you do it?

You know that story of Jesus’ encounter with the rich young man found in Matthew 19.  The man decided not to go with Jesus on this. 

Another man had a business that was going well and it was a family business at that.  He had responsibilities financially and to the community.  There were always projects that needed to be done.  He was a fisherman so nets needed to be fixed boats patched up.  He was committed to God and more involved than most in religious activities.  Then one day a former carpenter stopped by and said, “Come, follow me.”  Options:

1.       Is that the self-voice?
2.       Is that the voice of the enemy?
3.       Is that the voice of God?
4.       Do you harden your heart?
5.       Do you do it?

Of course, that was the story of Peter being called by Jesus.  Peter listened to the voice of God and went.  He was close to Jesus.  He learned to be like Jesus.  His life was altered because He didn’t harden his heart and say, “no.”  (He did have other issues later, but none kept him from following Jesus)
How “today” is that story.  God wants to have a relationship with us.  He knocks at the door.  He speaks.  We may harden our hearts or listen to Him.  Consider the priorities of today: Activities, phones, TV, projects, work, school, food, exercise, sports and many others.  You may approach the day with a schedule or with chaos, but you take it on.  What voice do you listen to for the priorities of your day?  Your week? Your month?  If a voice says, “Come, follow me” what voice is that?

1.       Is that the self-voice?
2.       Is that the voice of the enemy?
3.       Is that the voice of God?
4.       Do you harden your heart?
5.       Do you do it?

Listening to the voice of God requires accepting what He says and going His way.  Here is an exciting thing.  Start practicing listening to God.  It may be as small as how you are going to spend time with Him.  Choose Him over everything else.  Or you are confronted with a frustrating situation and you choose to follow Jesus and bless rather than curse the person.  Listen to Him.  Maybe you have an urging in your inner spirit to go encourage someone and this time instead of talking yourself out of it you go do it. Way to go!

What if you have two good options before you how do you know which one God would have you do?  Great problem to have.  Remember the rich young man and Peter?  They each probably had two good things to do.  Jesus had something totally different for them.  God got bigger than any good things on their agenda.  Be ready for God to take you beyond your plan.  

Also, if you are following Christ, listening to God and He has not spoken to you in some way about one or the other then you can be safe in moving ahead with whatever you have decided.  He often does things this way with shoes too.  He may have a particular pair He will urge you to put on, but for the most part you get to choose.  

OK, there’s more.  As you practice listening to His voice and get better at doing what the Lord says then He will show you more.  Here is what Jesus said: “Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” John 14:21 NLT  That is a promise!

God’s Voice for You

God may reveal Himself in any way He chooses any time He chooses to whomever He chooses.  How He chooses to speak to you is up to Him.  Whatever the method of communication it is suited for you by your loving Heavenly Father.  Enjoy His company, get close, and listen to Him. 

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