Posts Tagged ‘ the voice of God ’

June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017

JOB 38-39

Focus Verse: Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
Job 38:1

 

God spoke to Moses out of a burning bush. He spoke to Elijah from a still, small voice after an earthquake, wind and fire storm. And now He speaks to Job and his friends in the middle of a storm (the NIV translates ‘whirlwind’ as storm). The picture we get is unshakable here in Job, and it’s probably the way we expect God to speak most often; that booming voice from the heavens, thundering down, making all cower who would ‘darken counsel with words without knowledge’.

 

Here’s the point: we can’t put God in a box on how He will speak, but we can expect Him to speak. It’s not always going to be when we want. I can tell you that I, personally, have gone through seasons in which I have desperately cried out to hear God’s voice in the middle of a storm and He has been silent. But He has always spoken eventually, and when my pride steps aside I can honestly say that His timing has always been right, and the timing that I desired would have shorted me of a valuable experience.

 

Never miss this though – GOD SPEAKS. He still speaks. And I love how He speaks here in Job. He’s downright snarky. He gets sarcastic with Job and his friends (something that I particularly relate to…I love me some sarcasm). I think sometimes we are waiting for God to speak in Ye Old King James English and we miss His personality. God has emotions! Jesus Christ has emotions! The Holy Spirit has emotions! And they speak with those!

 

Don’t miss God speaking to you. I can’t tell you when He will speak; for Moses it was before the biggest trial of his life, for Elijah it was immediately after his most crushing defeat, for Job it was in the middle of his suffering, right before the winds were about to change. So I can’t give you a formula for when God will speak, but I can tell you that He will speak exactly what you need to hear, exactly when you need to hear it.

April 9, 2017

April 9, 2017

2 SAMUEL 16-18

Focus Verse: Thus Shimei said when he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow! The Lord has returned upon you all the bloodshed of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. And behold, you are taken in your own evil, for you are a man of bloodshed!”
2 Samuel 16:7-8

 

It is so important to be able to tell the difference between God speaking to you and the enemy. This is especially difficult when you are in a situation like David is here in this passage. His own son has just led a coup and taken over his throne, and David is fleeing for his life…from his own son! Pretty easy to throw yourself a pity parade at this point and start listening to all sorts of ugly counsel. So it’s perfectly fitting that the enemy sends Shimei to start tossing curses at King David.

 

But look at what he is saying, and the intended purpose of his curses. First of all, Shimei accuses David of all the bloodshed of the house of Saul. The problem with this is that David never lifted his hand against the house of Saul. David himself had nothing to do with any of the deaths from any of Saul’s family. So there’s strike one in the test of whether this word is from God or not. In fact, we could actually stop right here. God doesn’t deal in lies. That’s not his language. It is the enemies though. If you are facing a word that involves lies or half-truths, it’s not from God.

 

But just for giggles sake, let’s keep going here.

 

The other test has to do with the intended purpose of the word. A word can do two things in regards to our walk with God: it can draw us closer to Him or it can push us away from Him. Now this seems like a no-brainer, but if the word is from God, it will always draw you closer to Him. Even if it is a hard word to accept, a word that demands some sort of correction or repentance, that word will still pull us closer to God. It’s the difference between conviction and condemnation. The Holy Spirit deals in conviction. He will convict our hearts and cause us to change in order to grow closer to Jesus. The enemy deals in condemnation. He wants us to feel bad for ourselves, become isolated and let our pride fight to protect us.

 

So what is GOD speaking to you? What are you hearing that is drawing you closer to His loving arms? Even if it’s a hard word of correction, can you still see how it’s making you more like Jesus? And if it’s not pulling you closer to Him, STOP LISTENING! That’s not His voice you’re hearing. You can tell that voice to get lost!