Don’t Be Fooled – It’s not OK

Hearing his whispers…..

seeing him move….

recognizing the coincidences that happen all around me are really ‘God-incidences’.   My sensitivity to the movement of the Holy Spirit is a vital part of my daily walk with God.  He shows me what the pieces of the puzzle look like and then I watch him put them into place.  I  try to be aware of him moving around me and open my eyes to what he is orchestrating right in front of me.

This sensitivity to the Holy Spirit has increased as my knowledge of God and my personal relationship with him has grown.  I see him working his purposes out in my world – using every opportunity to love me and bless me.  He is training me as he puts me in many situations which stretch my faith and cause me to ask for wisdom.

This sensitivity to the Holy Spirit also makes me more aware of the things on earth that are not from God –

lies….

deceit….

greed……

lack of respect…….

sexual depravity…..

I feel my heart recoiling from these characteristics of Satan which are very alive in our culture.  I can’t stand them.  Satan wins when we give into evil and say its ok for us.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect.  I have struggled and do struggle with a variety of all of these things throughout my life.  But I always knew it was wrong.

It really disturbs me when I see some of Satan’s work being widely accepted within our culture.  I hear people say, ‘it doesn’t hurt anyone so its good’.

No, it’s not good.  It’s not ok.  Participating in and condoning these things degrades the culture we all live in.  It exposes children to these evils way before they are mature enough to correctly deal with these issues – filling their minds with a twisted truth which will haunt them the rest of their lives.  It all gives Satan a bigger foothold in our world as his infectious evil grows.

As my sensitivity towards God increases, all of this gradually bothers me more and more….

and it drives me to continual prayers for the people in the diseased and darkened culture around me.

I lay my world at your feet, Abba, with the knowledge that you hear us, you love us and you want the best for us.  Heal our souls, Father.

 

Soften My Heart

Isaiah 6, 2018:

Help me hear and understand you, Father.

Help me see, Father.  I want to see more than just what’s on the surface.

Soften my heart towards the things you care about.

Open my ears, Abba.  Open my eyes to your truth.

When I am close to you, I see you.  I hear you.

I open my heart to you now, Father

I am turning to you.

Heal me, make me whole.

No Short-Cuts

I like the answers to my questions to be given to me – quickly.

I don’t want to spend a bunch of time researching and trying to figure them out.

Who has the time for that?

Can you relate?

If one of the questions you have is “why don’t I hear God speak to me more often?” or “why can’t I ever hear God speak to me?”

The answer is – it takes having a personal relationship with God to regularly hear him.  The closer I get to him, the louder and more clearly his voice becomes.

Yes, sometimes he will just speak out of the blue to someone who doesn’t even believe in him.  But, generally, getting our communication channels open with God takes time and effort.

We like to take short cuts by listening to the pastor for 20 minutes on Sunday morning so he can teach us something from God’s Word.  We like reading Christian books and devotionals where other Christians share what they heard from God.  Don’t get me wrong – this is good – I’m a blogger, aren’t I?  The Holy Spirit can and does use all of these methods to reveal truth to us.

But I will never have a close personal relationship with God through someone else.  It’s got to be just him and me for many hours, many weeks, many months, many years.  If I really want to know and hear God, this is the answer.

“God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God”  Psalm 53

Please help us seek you with all of our hearts, minds and souls, Abba Father.

If – Then

For every action there is a reaction.  What law is that?

Let’s Google it – its Newton’s Third Law of Physics.  I’m impressed!  I wasn’t sure anything I studied about physics actually stuck.

I know I’m taking this law out of context but only physicists (like my son-in-law) will know that.  I’m relating it to things we would like to happen.  And how these things won’t happen until we take action.

Like cleaning my house – this will only happen if someone (wish it wasn’t me) gets going and cleans it.

Like living a healthy life style – it won’t happen without eating right and exercising.

I have to actually do something or several somethings in order to have these things happen.

So, it makes sense that, if I want to know God’s truth, I have to read it.  I have to study it.

If I want to hear God’s voice, I need to learn more about him so I can understand him when he’s trying to talk to me.  I need to spend time with him so I’m more sensitive to his whispers and prodding.

If I want to live my life aligned with God, I need to understand why he created me – what is his plan and purpose for me?

My primary purpose is very clear.  Love God and love others.  If you are a believer, your main purpose is the same as mine.

The rest of details are revealed when I’m living out my primary purpose.   And, I have found, that his detailed plan and purpose changes and evolves as I go through the different phases of my life.  I have to constantly pay attention.

As I seek him, I grow in understanding his truth, I hear his voice more clearly and I can see his different plans and purposes unfold as I watch closely.

King David knew all about finding God.  He told his son, Solomon, in 1 Chronicles 28, “If you seek him, he will be found by you.”

David was preparing Solomon to take over his kingdom.  David knew he didn’t have much time left here on earth so he was literally giving Solomon the key to the kingdom.

And that key was to seek God.

It’s still a key for us today.

It’s the key to success.

It’s the key to happiness.

It’s the key to fulfilling our purpose here on earth before we go home to spend eternity with our Heavenly Father.

Thank you for the key, Abba.

 

In a Whisper

We need to be in a quiet place to hear a whisper.

There can’t be a lot of noise around us.  We have to be able to focus on what’s being said when someone is whispering otherwise we’ll miss the whole thing.

We have to tune out all of the other things going on in order to hear what the whisperer is telling us.

This is the best way to hear God.

And this is what God revealed to Elijah in 1 Kings 19.  God told Elijah that he would not find him in the powerful wind or in the earthquake or the fire.  After the fire would come a gentle whisper – straight from God.June 5 2016 in the whisper

And straight to us when we quiet our surroundings and minimize distractions.  We want to be able to hear his whispers as he guides us through our days.

It takes focus.

It takes time.

And it takes making some space in our lives and in our minds…..

to hear his whispers.

Thank you, Abba Father.

 

Set Free

” Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31.

Set free to love.November 5 2015 set free

Set free to live with purpose.

Set free because we know how this story ends.

Jesus is the Truth.

When we know the Truth, he sets us free.

Free from the lies.

Free from brokenness.

Free from emptiness.

Free from hopelessness.

We are free when we live in the truth of God the Father.

And he has written it out for us in his Word.

This is the truth he wants us to know and to meditate on and soak in.

His word is his revelation of himself to us.

So we can know him.

Because when we know him, we can hear him.

When we hear him, he can help us navigate through the land mines around us.

He can help us walk the good and straight paths that keep us close to him.

Because he loves us and desires a relationship with us.

“For God so loved the world.”

Thank you, Abba Father.