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It is normal for God to speak to us

I was watching an old episode of House last night. A person was sick and they were trying to work out what was wrong with them. In the process of examination it came up that the person was a Preacher and heard from God. Everyone in the show thought he was delusional and thought they needed a psych consult.

But the reality for us as Christians, is that it is normal for God to speak to us. People who don’t know Christ personally will never quite understand. They might think we are crazy or we think we are special because we say we “hear” from God.

In the Bible Jesus Himself tells us in John 10 that we are His sheep and He is our Shepherd and we listen to His voice and follow Him (John 10:27). That alone is enough for me to have my ears open and expect Him to speak.

The Bible also tells us that when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour the Holy Spirit comes and lives inside us. This is the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11). The Spirit who gives us gifts that help us to hear, speak and do amazing things for God (Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11).

When the Spirit takes up residence in us, we can have an intimate relationship with Him and talk with Him at any time. He can also speak, prompt, encourage, strengthen, remind, comfort and illuminate Scripture at any time too. That is His role.

So yes it is normal from Christians to hear from God. It doesn’t matter if non believers think it is crazy for us to say God spoke to me. It is a normal part of the Christian life, because that is how God intends it to be.

Be blessed today and keep your ears open!

Drink deeply of the pleasure of God

Psalm 34:8 TPT – Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God. Experience for yourself the joyous mercies he gives to all who turn to hide themselves in him.

I can tell you how good it is to follow God and how my life has changed for the better. But ultimately you have to experience it for yourself. Not only do you have to experience God for yourself, but you have to throw yourself in to pursuing God wholeheartedly. God says in Jeremiah 29:13 that if we seek Him wholeheartedly, we WILL find Him. That wis a great promise! Will you seek Him with all of your heart today?

Prayer

Dear God, today I come to You with my whole heart. I come seeking You. I pray that I will be able to drink deeply of the pleasures of God. I pray that I will find You and You will find me today. I ask in Jesus name, Amen.

Be thankful in all circumstances

1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT – Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

The Apostle Paul was not teaching that we should thank God for everything that happens to us, but that we should be thankful in every circumstance. There is a subtle but profound difference. Evil things happen, but they do not come from God, so we should not thank him for it. However, when evil things happen to us, we can still be thankful for God’s presence (Matthew 28:20) and for the good that he will accomplish through the situations we find ourselves in (Romans 8:28).

Prayer

Dear God, right now I thank You for where I am today. I thank You for the good things. I also thank You that You are with me and working things out for long term good. Amen.

Deeper Bible plan

I am doing a Bible reading plan on the YouVersion Bible App called “Deeper” at the moment. On day 2 it talks about getting our hunger for God and it gives some tips. I thought I would share them today…

“To increase spiritual hunger, simply ask for it. “Ask that you may receive that your joy may be full.

Make a formal decision to pursue God until You find Him deeply. Put it in writing. He wants this very much. He is passionately waiting for you.

Open the written Word with the Holy Spirit as a guide and let what you read reveal the Author.

Take time to meditate deeply on the attributes and names of God. Say these back to Him and thank Him for specific times when He revealed Himself in your life or the lives of those you love.

Study revival. Read the testimonies of those who have experienced Him mightily. I recommend The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom, for starters.

Have coffee with those you respect who are white-hot in their walk with God. Ask them to share about their quiet time, their favorite passages of Scripture, and their most significant experiences with God.”