How We Hear God

GodGirl:

I found this a really interesting and helpful post on hearing God…

Originally posted on A 'Mike' For Christ:

Kenneth Spencer, NC Kenneth Spencer, NC

Do you hear God’s voice? How do you know that you’ve heard his voice and not that of another or yourself? I think we’ve all been here, and many Christians are still perplexed on the matter. Hear Corrie Ten Boom from her book Not I, But Christ:

“If you want to hear God’s voice clearly and you are uncertain, then remain in his presence until he changes this uncertainty. Often much can happen during this waiting for the Lord. Sometimes, he changes pride into humility; doubt into faith and peace; sometimes lust into purity. The Lord can and will do it.”

“…In Divers Manners Spake”

God speaks. The comforting thing is all of us hear him. Knowing that we do and liking what we hear is something different. Also, God speaks in many ways. Let’s talk about these.

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Give thanks…

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Where are you full? Where are you empty?

No matter how big and all-consuming our struggles, I believe each of us has both an abundance and a deficit in different areas.

In other words, there are parts of our lives which are going well, and there are sections – or segments – which are not.

Sometimes it might seem like nothing is succeeding – or that we simply have no capacity at all. There are seasons of our life which limit our ability to give to others – such as tremendous grief and loss, trauma, or severe and chronic illness.

But if we really think about it, most of us have strengths others don’t have that can assist the world outside our front door – even if this strength involves just praying while lying in bed… And there are also areas of our life where we can benefit from the help or insight of another.

I think helping others starts with awareness, insight, and the intent to help in specific, God-directed ways.

I love this quote from A21 founder Christine Caine:

True compassion is not merely an emotional feeling. Compassion isn’t compassion until you get up and walk across the street. Until you allow yourself to be interrupted.”

She says it’s all too easy to mistake an emotional response to someone else’s plight for compassion. But compassion is actually doing something. Using our area of abundance to fill another’s deficit.

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What are the needs around you? Awareness starts with prayer and a decision to actually walk outside your door and make friends. Where are the social opportunities around you, and do they provide a space for you to love and serve people?

And what are your needs and areas of deficit? How can you own your needs instead of complaining that no one meets them? Be assertive. Be practical. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need from the people who care for you. Don’t dismiss offers of help – even from acquaintances – because you’re too proud. Accept help – even if just to validate the importance of community and allow someone else the joy of blessing you.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7)

Allow others to be the hands and feet of Christ to you, and start researching how you can represent Jesus to them.

We all have areas of abundance, and deficit.

Lord, show me where I am resourced to help others. Please lead me to the needs that I can fill, no matter how small. A met need is powerful to the one who is struggling and at their wit’s end. Show me my own shortfalls, and help me to bravely ask others for help, whether in or outside of my family. Above all, in all our relationships, show us more of you, God. You are love, and we are simply your messengers.

“Not all those who wander are lost…”

Are you fighting a spiritual battle right now? Are you feeling like you’re drifting from belief in God and his promises for you?

Don’t give up.

The Christian life wasn’t meant to be easy. We need to actively wage war, in Jesus’ name, against “the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world – and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,” as Ephesians 6 tells us.

We need to “put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes we might be able to stand our ground”.

We need to stand with “the belt of truth buckled around our waist, the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”

“In addition to all this, we need to take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Remember who you are and what you have in Christ.

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We also need to surrender every aspect of our life to Jesus – not just our Sundays, but our Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

A living relationship with God demands all of us, just as he, in Christ, gave his all to us.

But we need his help to turn from our old ways.

Heavenly Father,

I pray now for all who have drifted from you. Who find themselves on a path away from your plan and purposes for them.

I pray that you would draw each and every one of your lost children back, into your tender, loving embrace.

May their decision to return to you not just be an emotional one, but one which involves their will and their everyday life choices.

Give them a heart to serve you again, and live their lives for your glory – not the ways of this world which will never satisfy as you do.

Thank you that “not all those who wander are lost” – and that you will always welcome us home, no matter how far we’ve strayed.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Happy Mother’s Day (?)

Happy Mother’s Day (?).

Whatever this day brings up for you, just remember to breathe. It’s all going to be OK.

Whether your experience of ‘mother’ has been positive, negative, or somewhere in-between, remember that God is the nurturer and carer that exceeds them all. Whether your experience as ‘parent’ has been positive, negative, or somewhere in-between, remember that God holds you in his arms in those moments it all falls apart. He sees.

As his child he cherishes you, dotes on you, adores you.

You are his.

And if you have children, they are his also.

We are covered by an eternal love that knows no bounds.

Rest in that today, and surrender your children – or the people in your care – to him also…

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Praying a blessing on you today…

“But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content…” (Psalm 131:2)

“In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.” (Deuteronomy 32:10-11)

A gentle invitation

In my lifetime I’ve reached soaring heights and crushing lows. I’ve swum the bluest oceans under the clearest skies. I’ve savoured conversations, food, moments. I’ve loved and lost. I’ve been hurt by friends and hurt in return. I’m unavoidably flawed; born broken and wired for sin despite efforts to convince myself otherwise. But… I am none other than a child of God, delighted in – and scandalously entitled to all the spiritual wealth possible due to simple belief in a God who changes things and people.

Even my ability to believe comes from him. I am unutterably needy. Hands outstretched, arms wide open. The gospel is simple. Come to God as you are. Exactly as you are, where you are, no matter how far you’ve wandered and how many meals you’ve eaten with other gods. Our father asks us simply to come, taste his food, dine with him, and know the difference – feel it in our bones.

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His is a gentle invitation, unforced, kind… Knowing our hearts, he beckons, whispers… but doesn’t always chase. He waits but is completely satisfied in himself. He waits for us to partake of him, knowing that all hunger to worship something. Partner. Travel. Family. Some will long for him deep down, slowly shifting in his direction but not knowing it. Others will fall before him , face down, desperate, desolate, sure of nothing else but their need for his filling. All long to worship something. All will.

But he forgives.

May my eternal dining companion be always and only him. Lover of my soul. My heart’s deepest desire. My everything, unashamedly so. He, from whom all else flows. He, the first to meet me in my broken places, biggest successes, nobility and shame.

He sees my trophies and celebrates them – but I know the source, deep down.

He is worthy of all my worship, my love, my very life. This life I cling to yet must choose to release. He orders my days according to his perfect will, plan, purpose… I’m an important part of his jigsaw puzzle, indispensable yet with an aching, childlike awareness that he has the final word. Just as he did on the day of my creation. And yours. He weaves our lives into a tapestry with results yet to be revealed in their fullness. We trust the weaver’s gentle hand simply because we know he’s completely, utterly trustworthy…

Revelation 19:6-10:

“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”

Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” At this I fell at his feet to worship him.”

Living, he loved me…

Happy Easter! May we each take some time today to reflect on all that Jesus has done for us in dying for our sins and rising again so that we might have life now – and into eternity…

“Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day…”

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