A farmer plows his field, sows the seed, and fertilizes and cultivates - all the while knowing that in the final analysis he is utterly dependent on forces outside of himself. He knows he cannot cause the seed to germinate, nor can he produce the rain and sunshine for growing and harvesting the crop. For a successful harvest, he is dependent on these things from God.
Yet the farmer knows that unless he diligently pursues his responsibilities to plow, plant fertilize, and cultivate, he cannot expect a harvest at the end of the season. In a sense he is in a partnership with God, and he will reap its benefits only when he has fulfilled his own responsibilities.
We have to be willing to trust God and have faith in Him even when we do not understand His ways. Sometimes we do not know the meaning of what God says until we look back later in life. Even if God’s thoughts surpass ours, and we do not always understand His ways, God wants us to get to know His ways! That’s why we should intentionally listen for His voice and adjust our lives to Him in obedience to that voice.
An excerpt from “SPEAK LORD I’M LISTENING” by Larry Kreider
God will tell us the way to go, but then we have to do the walking, one step of obedience at a time. The bible says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand” (Psa. 37: 23-24). Start right where you are and learn to enjoy practicing His presence in simple faith.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. By faith, get up and start again. Life is like an American football game. Every time there is a play, the quarterback gets his team into a huddle and they come up with a new play: it is all part of a larger game plan. God gathers us into His huddle and gives us a new plan for the next steps in our game of life.
Jesus gave His life for us on the cross 2,000 years ago. He paid the price for us to experience a loving relationship with our heavenly Father. Practicing His presence each day is about nurturing a love-filled relationship with Him and listening to His voice, minute by minute!
ULINGAN, TONDO: IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT
(Memoir of a volunteer)
Have you ever gone somewhere and found yourself at loss for words to describe the depth of what faced you? Or felt that kind of uneasiness that made you somehow question all that you knew and held on to up to that very moment? Well, I had and did.
It happened on a recent Saturday – July 14, 2012. I, together with my fellow Tamaraw volunteers, set out to Ulingan, Tondo, Manila early to offer a helping hand to PEARLS in its feeding program for the children there. We all know the place is not exactly popular for being a welcoming one. Even the name itself, we must admit, sometimes puts people off. So when we went there, honestly speaking, I did not particularly have a mental image of paradise and convenience.
I thought I was ready for what we’d face, given all the reminders and briefing from our chamber directress on what to expect and not. I can’t say this for everyone who were with me that day but in my case, I was definitely not.
As soon as we alighted from the jeepney, the sight of a muddy road welcomed us to the mouth of Ulingan. Being new to the place, none of us had any idea how to get to the venue of the event we’re headed to. However, as luck may have it and despite the word of caution from the driver of the jeepney we’ve just gotten off from, kindness showed itself in the persona of one nice woman who apparently is a resident and just happened to overhear our concern in passing. She offered to lead us there and had us readily agree.
We set out in a friendly chatter but as we got deeper into the heart of Ulingan, I can’t help but notice the gradual silence that took over all of us. I can only assume that like me, my companions were overwhelmed by the sight of poverty. Unbelievable as it may seem, it somehow managed to entrench itself in every corner of the place. I realized it’s reality glaring straight at us in the eye. It hit me like a bout of cold water – waking my consciousness from a deep slumber. I was so sure I had a clear grasp of how people exactly are in depressed areas like Ulingan…until that day.
I was silent, as we traversed onward - taking in all the sight around us. It gave us the rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the residents’ daily lives there. New insights registered in my mind, plenty of which were things I deemed quite unusual, as my senses carefully drank in the foreign surrounding.
There, people wear rain boots instead of slippers or shoes as their main footwear. Adults and children alike walk around with them on. One look at our slippers and shoes, and one will know we’re aliens there.
I actually found the ‘boot’ thing quite odd. But that was until we set foot on ‘soft ground’. I remember looking down only to realize that it’s not the ground I knew anymore, but of a different kind – the kind made up of trashes that squelched with every step we took. There, waste and land seem to merge. It’s one and the same somehow. It was, for me, ground redefined. It widened my perspective on what land could be.
There, people greet strangers like us with ‘’Hi’s’’ too, as if welcoming us into their world. This, I found quite a strong contradiction to the unfavorable opinions many hold about these people. Yes, we might have heard of a number of wrongdoers coming from Tondo but it doesn’t necessarily mean they all live that way. In fact these people live respectable lives as well, earning their living through fair means. They are primarily ‘uling-makers’ earning the place its name - Ulingan. Some, on the other hand make their living out of garbage – ‘basureros’. Somehow they try to make do of whatever resources, no matter how meager, they have in their community. I realized then and there that we should never label or box people. A portion does not necessarily reflect the whole as one may say.
Finally reaching the venue, I was yet again humbled by the smiling faces of children that greeted us there. I watched their eager faces as my fellow volunteers led them in various games. It made me quite happy to think that perhaps children, regardless of their circumstances, are the same in some way. There, children laugh and play like any normal child would too. Innocence, it occurred to me, might somehow be their very bubble of protection against the harsh reality; letting all of them enjoy the normal wonder of childhood play and happiness. And until that bubble bursts, these children’s joy will know no social class.
I guess it was not so much for the depressed state of the place which made the whole experience remarkably unforgettable for me, but I guess it was more for the endurance and strength of the human spirit I witnessed etched into the very core of living of all the people there.
As a volunteer, I may have considered myself already a good person when I headed to Ulingan but then I came out at the end of the day a better one. There, I found kindness where I least expected it to be, saw novelty in a lifestyle, widened my perspective on what a land could be, and witnessed the power of innocence. Life, really, can be full of surprises.
As long as I can be of help to others, volunteering will never be Work for me.
This, I share as a volunteer.
(This story was written by CJ Genova, a good friend of mine (she was a psychology student back then), and a former member of my cell group in KKFI. Two years ago, I asked her to write her experiences during her visit in Tondo. And there you have it. :D)
It’s a common desire for us to want other people’s abilities and talents while taking our own for granted. People often describe their own talents with the phrase “I just ….. “ or “I only ….” Singers wish they could write books. Authors wish they could play the piano. Piano players wish they could paint portraits. Oftentimes people miss God’s voice as He’s trying to talk to them about their gifts while they are admiring someone else’s.
Your Unique Purpose
The Scripture tell us to “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Prov. 22:6). The “way he should go” in the Hebrew language means “according to his bent.” God wires all of us differently. Individuals have different gifts or “bents” that allow them to hear from God according to the way He has made them.
We have each been given a purpose from God. If we are to define “purpose,” we would say that it is the goal, the function, for which your life was conceived, the plan for which you were designed. A microphone, for example, “was born” with everything it needs to receive sounds and transmit them in the form of electrical impulses to an amplifier. It has inside of it each detail, each electronic component it needs to fulfill the task for which it “was born” – to receive sounds and transmit them.
If, instead of a microphone, I took a can opener and tried to use it to receive and transmit sounds, that can opener would be the most incompetent object ever imagined. The internal contents of the can opener enable it to fulfill the purpose for which it “was born,” which does not include receiving and transmitting sounds. If I use the can opener to open cans, it will be a “fulfilled” object, because it “found” the purpose for which it exists.
God Speaks According to your bent
You were born containing all the components, all the traits, all the inclinations to fulfill your purpose in life. Everything you need is already inside of you. God “manufactured” you. He “knit you together.” Your spiritual genetic code was designed by the Author of Life. Of course, you need to learn and be trained to use your gifts and talents.
When the prophet Jeremiah was born, he was already born with all the conditions, with all the heart and inclination, with the predisposition to be a prophet. If Jeremiah had been a musician, he would have been frustrated. If he had been a pastor, he would have been frustrated. If he had been an entrepreneur or a missionary, he would have been frustrated. He was born to be a prophet of God. At the moment that God called the prophet Jeremiah, he said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jer. 1:5).
Yes, God knew you even before you existed! It is hard to fathom, but the things of God are higher than what we understand; they are higher than our simplistic reasoning. Yet it gets even better. The most incredible part of the verse states that even before the birth of the prophet, he had already been appointed as such. Incredible! And because God has a purpose for each of us, and He has wired each of us differently, He often speaks to us according to the way we are wired.
God Speaks Through Your Motivational Gift
We have each been given different gifts at birth that express themselves in our different motivation.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let them use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully (Romans 12:3-8).
We each have different motivations in life, and the Lord often speaks to us through our personal motivation. For instance, if you have a motivational gift of giving, the Lord will probably speak to you about giving more than the average person, because you just love to give.
As a high school student, Sarah, who now oversees our church’s publication department, began to realize that she had a talent for visual art. As her walk with God deepened, she recognized that God had given her these abilities and He probably wanted her to use the gifts she had been given. She began choosing classes that helped her develop those gifts. Sarah went on to study graphics design and lover her job as a graphic artist.
God wants us to enjoy what we are doing. If you cannot hold a tune, the Lord is not calling you to be a worship leader. That would waste your time as well as God’s true call on your life, because He has not wired you for musical endeavors. Some people think that if the Lord speaks to them to do something, it will be something that they hate doing. This could not be farther from the truth! God wired you perfectly to speak to you and fulfill His purpose through you.
Be Who God Made You to BE!
You should ask yourself, “What burns in the depths of my spirit? Am I hungry to learn more, to serve the Kingdom, to be a business owner, to be a pastor, a missionary, a prophet, an intercessor, an entrepreneur or used in the ministry of helping others?” A great evidence that shows that these thoughts are not mere daydreams of your mind is to ask, “Is my heart overflowing with joy and faith when I think about these things?” God has a purpose to be fulfilled in your life. He often answers that purpose through our natural gifts and abilities.
God-given gifts are the skills a person easily performs without formal training. For example, many songwriters just sit down and write music they hear in their head. Some people are great at organizing, while others are natural counselors. We derive great pleasure from doing what we are naturally good at doing. God speaks to us through these natural gifts. Obviously, these natural gifts can be honed and developed with formal training.
If you aren’t sure of your purpose in life, just do what you are good at doing, and then watch God corroborate your gift by blessing your endeavor. Do not spend your life trying to do what you are not gifted to do. I tried to minister to children in a Sunday School class but soon realized it was not my gift. When we started our new church, I preached one Sunday and ministered to the children in Sunday School the next. Those poor kids put up with me every other week! Teaching in the children’s ministry was not what God had in mind for me to do.
I also had a tendency to get bogged down when I tried to be a counselor, because it was not how God has wired me. Yet I have traveled to dozens of nations, find myself ministering in a different city nearly every weekend and fly well over 100,000 miles each year. I have spent many nights sleeping on airplane seats because I need to immediately go to a meeting or radio station to speak when I land, and believe it or not, this energizes me. I come home from a long trip, having traveled to the other side of the world, and seldom experience jet lag. I have become comfortable with how God has made me and no longer try to be someone else. It has been so freeing.
How has the Lord wired you? Stop trying to be someone you are not.
Genesis 4:20-22 tells us that Jabal was the father of those who raised cattle. His brother Jubal was the father of all the musicians who played the lyre and pipe. His half-brother Tubal-Cain forged instruments made of bronze and iron. They all had different gifts from one another-specific gifts from the Lord.
God keeps our world in balance by giving each of us natural talents and pleasure in doing what needs to be done for the good of everyone around us. Aren’t you glad everyone is not like you? All kinds of gifts and abilities are needed to get God’s job done. God speaks to us and directs us through our natural talents and abilities.
When you get in touch with how God has wired you, the tasks that relate to that wiring will be a pleasure and not a burden. God will not violate your likes and dislikes. He will work in line with what you like to do. From the spiritual point of view, your heart leans toward and desires the things that, since eternity, God has already brought into line for you to be involved in.
God has made you uniquely; you are one of a kind. He will speak to you and lead you according to the way He has shaped you for His service. Many times, when I have asked God what He wanted me to do in a specific situation, He has spoken to my heart, “Do what you want to do.” He gives us more and more liberty as we grow spiritually into a state of maturity.
I often think of my own children. When they were young and inexperienced, my wife and I made all of their decisions for them; but as they grow older and more mature, we let them do more of what they wanted to do according to how the Lord made them.
Maybe you are trying to hear from God about your life, when in actuality He is speaking to you already through the way He has made you. Trust those inner leadings and nudges that come from the way God has wired you.
An excerpt from “SPEAK LORD I’M LISTENING” by Larry Kreider
Danielle had a dream she was back on campus at her alma matter, looking at syllabus and trying to figure out what she was studying. Her next thought was “Reading Certification.” In the morning, she remembered the dream and began making calls to see what would be involved to pursue classes in “Reading Certification.” Although she had no previous inclination to go back to school, she suddenly found herself feeling very excited about the possibility. When she shared the dream with her husband, he enthusiastically encouraged her to pursue it.
She also mentioned her dream to her spiritual mentor who said, “God spoke to you in a dream, changed your heart, and your spouse is supportive. Now your heart must bear witness to these circumstances.” Danielle is now studying to be a reading specialist. About a month and a half after the dream, her current employment ended quickly and unexpectedly. It was difficult, but having direction for the next step helped Danielle to maintain her purpose and task for what was ahead. God had spoken to her clearly in a dream!
When God speaks to us through visions, we are wake. When He speaks to us through dreams, we are asleep. While our body is at rest, our spirit and mind are quite active. We are “thinking” while sleeping. That’s why we can wake up with a song on our lips or wake up with feelings of anger.
Dreams are valid way that God can speak to us, but are also an area in which people can easily get off balance. Most people dream nightly and theirs are not all spiritual dreams. Did you ever wake up from a dream and wonder about its meaning, purpose and origin? Sometimes a dream seems so vivid and real, but you are not sure if the dream’s content was God trying to speak to you.
Some dreams may not be God speaking directly to us, but are our own internal mind and emotions processing our experience and hopes. While not a direct word from God, they can still be helpful in understanding what we are thinking and feeling. First Corinthians 6:17 tells us that when we are joined to the Lord, our spirit is one spirit with His. I believe that “indirect” dreams are still our spirit processing our life in conjunction with the Holy Spirit.
The Bible has valued the content of dreams for divine revelation in people’s lives down through the ages. Sometimes they were dreams of warning or consolation or guidance. In the Old Testament, God spoke to Joseph in a dream, and Joseph interpreted dreams for Pharaoh, as well as for Pharaoh’s servants with whom he was in prison (Gen. 40-41). The Lord spoke to Joseph, the father of Jesus, through a dream, telling him to marry Mary, go to Israel and then to Nazareth in Galilee (Matt. 1-2). Another time, God warned Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt with the infant Jesus and cautioned the wise men to go home a different way (Matt 2:13).
These dreams had a specific purpose and the message was clear. Those who received the dreams acted in obedience to God. Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt to escape the infanticide ordered by King Herod (Matt. 2:19-23). The wise men went home on a different route, thus avoiding Herod.
Kinds of Dreams
God spoke to my friend Stan one night in a dream to pray for protection for his friends. During the night, he dreamed there was a fire at their house. After he awakened, he prayed for them. A few days later, he heard their grill had exploded. He was certain that God had spoken to him in a dream so that he would pray for them. God heard his prayer, and there was no damage to their home.
Emily had a dream about her brother in the Navy. He was dressed up like a fireman and going through a dangerous situation. She woke up and prayed for him. Weeks later, she discovered that he had been in a training exercise in a simulated sinking ship. He was in fireman’s gear and said that it was one of the scariest situations he had ever faced.
God sometimes gives dreams to people to console them in life’s difficulties. The mother of the Early Church father Augustine was distressed over her when pre-Christian son’s immoral lifestyle and begged for salvation. The Holy Spirit gave her a dream that showed her worshipping in heaven; and to her joy, there beside her was her son Augustine. She accepted the dream as a promise that Augustine would come to faith in Jesus, which he later did.
One night, a young lady had a dream that a young woman she was mentoring was very discouraged. The next time she saw her told her about the dream and asked if everything was okay. The young woman shared that she had struggled with an eating disorder in the past and had been set free, but recently she was being tempted and was struggling again. Her mentor prayed for her and continued to check up on her to help her remain victorious in her Christian walk.
The promise of Dreams
God promised that we would receive dreams. For most people, they are not daily occurrences, although it seems that there are some people who are more inclined to opening their spiritual eyes and receiving visions and dreams from the Lord then others.
So how can we tell if what we are receiving in a dream is God’s voice, the enemy’s voice, our internal processing or simply the voice of eating dinner too late? Some dreams are straightforward and clear. We know that they are revealed to clarify something, to instruct us, to warn us or to encourage us. Some dreams are given to us from the Lord only to alert us to pray and intercede.
A pastor friend says that he usually senses if a dream is from God: “Often when I awaken from a dream that seems to have meaning, God’s still, small voice is saying, ‘That was Me!’” there is an accompanying sense from God that He has spoken.
We must use caution, however, if dreams confuse us. We should not leap to false conclusions about a dream’s meaning if it is not clear. Many, if not most, dreams are figurative and have figurative characters within them and cannot be interpreted concretely. For example, drowning may literally represent stress or feeling overwhelming about a life situation.
If a dream troubles you, you should discuss it with a trusted mentor, pastor or spiritual director who may be able to give you further insights. There are times when Satan will try to deceive us or cause fear through a dream. If a dream contradicts Scripture, it is clearly demonic.
Dreams from God are given to us when God chooses; we should not search for them and make them our focus. Simply put, God will speak to us in dreams to reveal Himself in a personal way, and then the dreams will confirm Scripture, not contradict it. Some believers write down their dreams to see if they come to pass. If you often dream, may I suggest that you maintain a “dream log.” Place it near your bed so that when you wake up in the morning, you can record what you remember. Most of us tend to let the dream escape from us if we do not write it down.
Once the dream is recalled and written down, you can begin to pray over it. Counsel with a trusted friend or spiritual overseer, and await its fulfillment. Often these written journals become needed words of encouragement for the future, and often you may come across someone who reminds you of what you dreamt and you suddenly realize that it may be a word of encouragement for him or her.
I encourage you to use discernment, wisdom and balance in hearing God through dreams. If it is God, you will have confirmation in your heart that the Lord is speaking to you or trying to show you something.
——— Has God spoken to you through a dream? ——-
—- An excerpt from “SPEAK LORD I’M LISTENING” by Larry Kreider
It is good to know that the Holy Spirit doesn’t spring everything on us at once. He usually convicts us to change or make adjustments in our life when He knows that we are ready, and His timing is incredible.
The Lord invites us to approach Him without fear. The Bible says that He wants to help us in our time of need. “Let us the approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb. 4:16). If there is sin in our life, our heavenly Father still loves us. He wants us to come boldly to His throne and receive His forgiveness, grace and mercy!
God’s conviction fell on a bakery owner in Bristol, England, while George Muller was praying for food for his orphanage, which relied solely on contributions to feed the children. The children were in dire need of food this day, and George was praying for this need. The Lord awakened a bakery owner across town who felt God’s conviction to get up, call an employee and ask him to go to the shop to bake a day’s amount of bread for the orphans. Then on second thought, he told the employee, “Bake enough for a month so that I can get some sleep.”
God is speaking to us when He convicts us. This conviction might come from an inner prompting of His still, small voice; from reading the Word of God; from hearing a sermon preached; or in some other way. God convicts us so that we can be released to move forward in His grace and mercy as we continue to develop a sensitivity to hear His voice.
n An excerpt from “SPEAK LORD I’M LISTENING” by Larry Kreider
Brenda was spring cleaning her basement when she heard God’s still, small voice: “Go pray for Georgia.” The voice was so clear that Brenda looked around to see if someone was standing there. Realizing that it was God speaking, Brenda put down her cleaning supplies and walked over to her neighbor Georgia’s house. She didn’t know Georgia well, but she knew that Georgia had cancer and quite ill. “The Lord told me to come over and pray for you, Georgia. May I?” Brenda asked.
“I would love that!” Georgia said, and invited her in. Brenda prayed a simple, short prayer, asking the Lord that the next appointment Georgia had with the doctor would show the cancer gone. It happened as God had spoken; the cancer was completely gone at her next appointment. Brenda was thrilled to know that she had listened to God’s still, small voice, and He had heard her! God is at work on this earth, and He wants to involve us in what He is doing.
When we use the catchphrase that God speaks through a “still, small voice,” it comes from the story of Elijah (see 1 Kings 19:11-13, AMP), when God spoke to him in the quiet of his heart. Elijah discovered that when God was not heard in the mighty wind, earthquake or fire, he heard him speak with the sound of a gentle whisper known to his heart.
The quiet whisper captured Elijah’s attention because it was a tender communication from a loving Father who came to encourage him in a personal way. This steady inner voice gave him specific guidance in a time of need.
Many times, we are looking for the Lord to speak to us in an earth-shattering way; but He usually speaks to us by His Spirit, deep within our own spirit, through Holy Spirit-inspired impressions, thoughts and feelings. It is imperative that we pay attention to those impressions that come to us clearly. For example, have you ever found yourself experiencing a spontaneous thought that you should pray for someone? Most likely, God was speaking to you in His still, small voice. God often speaks quietly to our spirit, nudging us to obedience to His voice.
Many of the major decisions in my life have come as a result of that quiet voice. When I was in my twenties, and the Lord began to speak to me about starting a church with small groups, He asked, “Are you willing to be involved in the underground church?” It was not a booming voice in an earthquake; it was a “still, small voice.” The “voice” was very clear – and it changed the direction of my life.
The inner witness of the Holy Spirit
If there is a “usual” way that God speaks to us, it’s probably through that inner voice of the Holy Spirit. Some people are quite attuned to this small, still voice and heart it regularly. Others only hear it once in a while. It’s easy to get so caught up in all the activities of life that we just don’t take time to listen. If we take the time to slow down and acknowledge the Lord, He will have something to say to us. Sometimes it may be simply the assurance of, “You’re doing fine. Just keep going.”
Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit causes us to hear when He speaks. A friend of mine who is a new believer recently destroyed his drug paraphernalia because God spoke to him through His still, small voice, gently nudging him to break this stronghold in his life.
There are times when I am picking up something for my family at the grocery store and a still, small voice tells me to purchase an extra item not on the list. Nearly always, when I got home, the item that I chose was needed. On one occasion, the Holy Spirit asked me to give some money to a missionary family. I was later informed that they had no money for food. Obviously, this gift was a direct answer to their desperate prayers.
The Lord desires to speak to us by this witness of His Spirit. The Bible says, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16). The mind receives head knowledge, but the spirit receives a deeper sense of knowing by the Holy Spirit. I believe there are things we know through head knowledge, but there are also things we know because the Holy Spirit communicates them to us. For example, many times when I am teaching, the Lord drops a new thought into my spirit that I share, but it was not in my notes. This is God speaking through the Holy Spirit in His still, small voice that causes me to be sensitive to Him.
A few years ago, our daughter Leticia, along with four friends, was involved in an auto accident in which their car was broadsided by an 18-wheeler traveling at 55 miles per hour. One girl’s grandmother awakened at 11:20 pm and felt she should pray for the safety of her granddaughter. It turned out that this inner witness of the Holy Spirit nudged her to pray during the exact time of the accident, I truly believe that because she listened to God’s still, small voice and prayed, no one was seriously hurt in this potentially deadly accident.
Many times we hear a voice within us but excuse it as our own thought. It may be God! Take that inner voice seriously.
These divine or heavenly “nudges” are one way that God sends His messages to us. God gives these impulses to guide and encourage us in our walk with Him. They may be what some pass off as just coincidental, but after a while, God will confirm that these inner nudges of conviction are from Him.
The Bible says, “The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being” (Proverbs 20:27). Your spirit is a light that the Lord has illuminated. He will throw its rays into the darkest recesses of the heart so that you will know how to distinguish right from wrong. You can trust this “Holy Ghost flashlight” to hear God’s still, small voice speak to you.
One of my friends tells me that he hears the Lord speak to him more often while moving the lawn or taking a shower than at any other time. Why? We often hear God when we are doing some activity that has become automatic for us (exercising, cooking, cleaning) because our minds are free to receive through our spirits from the voice of the Holy Spirit.
An Intuitive Conviction
We often think that hearing God’s voice is complicated, but it is really not as hard as one might think. Years ago, when my wife and I were preparing to become missionaries, we had two choices. Our mission board told us there were openings in the states of Connecticut and South Carolina. As we prayed, the Lord placed a burden on our hearts for the people on an island off the coast of South Carolina.
We didn’t hear God speak in an audible voice, but the feeling seemed to be nudging us in a specific direction. We knew that it was the right place. We just had this sense in our spirits that it was right. God confirmed this intuitive conviction, and we served on John’s Island, South Carolina, throughout the following year.
When we are really serious about listening to God, we can expect an answer from Him. The Scriptures tell us, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Prov.16:9). Look back at your life and see how the Lord has directed your steps. Sometimes God speaks to us by putting a desire or burden in our heart that we know would not come from anyone else but God. We just have a certain intuitive conviction about it that gives us faith.
Let God Capture Your Attention
Sheep follow their shepherd because they trust their shepherd’s voice. They quickly become accustomed to their shepherd’s particular inflections and sounds. Sheep can distinguish this voice from other voices, and although they will hear others, they will not follow the voice of a stranger. The sheep know their shepherd cares for them and has their best interest in mind.
Scriptures says that we follow our Shepherd because we “know his voice” (John 10:4). God speaks to those whose trust is completely in Him. Rest assured that you will learn to recognize this inner voice, this impression from the Lord, as you come to know His voice. Let Him capture your attention through a whisper. His voice is one of love and concern for your well-being. Listen for Him to speak in a still, small voice amidst the noise of everyday life.
—an excerpt from “SPEAK LORD IM LISTENING” by LARRY KREIDER
Faith in God connects us to ultimate meaning. When we know Him, we understand that all of life has meaning and that we are here for much larger purposes than what happens day to day. We are part of His story and His purposes-which are most likely outside and beyond our own. We also understand that our day-to-day lives mean more than we ever knew.
The Bible and the research both say this: get inside the treasure chest of your heart, and find what you care about. No matter what it is, it will involve bettering the world in some way and using your talents to do that. If you do, you will have taken responsibility for your own fun and will be happier as you do.
From: the law of happiness by dr. Henry cloud
Forgiveness “breaks the chain”. It cuts the cord between you and a past hurtful event. It allows your present and your future to truly be just what they are and not a carryover of bad events from the past that has the power to poison the good that you could be having today or tomorrow.
From: the law of happiness by dr. Henry cloud