Monday, November 21, 2011

He wants to talk.

Philippians 2:13 (NKJV) 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Every believer has a desire to hear from God. The Scripture above reveals that the source of this desire comes from God. Many of us struggle to hear Him, especially when we need some special direction in life. God continuously talks to all of us but many believers just don't recognize Him.

First we need to know the nature of God. When we learn about things that are important to God, we learn about His character. The Bible tells us in Psalm 56:8 (NLT), "You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book." He records it in a book! Yet what doesn't God record? The Bible tells us in  Hebrews 10:17 (NLT), "Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.” Your sins! God wants you happy and satisfied in life.

Most of the time when God speaks to us, He is very subtle. By knowing a few things about how God leads His people, we can filter out what isn't Him. For example if you have a good Idea, it was God. Wisdom comes from God (James 1:5). If your thoughts condemn you, that isn't God. God did not send His Son to condemn (John 3:17). Do you have compassion on those that are hard to love? God so loved the whole world (John 3:16). That compassion is God.

There is nothing more valuable to a believer than to recognize God's voice. It also brings pleasure to God. He has built in the desire and has given us the ability. The Bible says in Isaiah 48:17, "...I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go."  These are some of the benefits we receive by knowing the voice of God.

Be blessed!

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