Archive | January 2014

Joy of Silence (BRING)

I can’t speak. I mean it literally I cannot speak right now because I lost my voice because of a cold. To me it is a shame because I still want to lament to my mom and cousin about the break up with me and my boyfriend. In this time over this break up has caused me to seek God more and more.

Yet I still wanted the raw and fleshy answers I want to go against God and do my thing of dropping everything about him being Facebook friends, and some mementos. The more I talked about what happened and how mad/hurt I was, it was probably angering God.  So God sent me a gift one that silent my voice and open my ears and heart.

We go around all day talking and pretending to listen. We take time out and talk to God but not to listen to Him. We don’t allow Him the chance to speak we keep moving. God is not silent He wants to talk to us about things in our lives, work, ministry, children, relationships etc…  But in order to hear from Him we must be silent.

When you allow yourself to become silent to God you BRING yourself to him. Bowing before God in essence saying I’m ready to hear from you.  There is joy in being silent before God.

I created the acronym BRING to help you to see the joy of being silent is about:

                                                          Bowing yourself to God

                                                          Really hearing what God wants not what you want

No longer are you being               Insensitive to how God is moving

                                                          Now you are ready to obey His instructions

You are ready to accept His         Guidance

I found that when I BRING myself to God there is more joy and encouragement from Him than with people. As I BRING myself to Him I am saying I am ready to hear from you. As I BRING myself to Him I’m letting go of my plans. As I BRING myself to Him I am saying your will be done not mine. As I BRING myself to Him I am bringing everything to Him.

Therefore joy comes because I listened to the Father who cares for every aspect of my life.

God Still Speaks

2 Chronicles 35:21 But Neco sent messengers to him (King Josiah) saying What quarrel is there between you and me O King of Judah? It is not you I am attacking at this time but the house with which I am at war. God has told me to hurry so stop opposing God, who is with me, or He will destroy you.

Gen 12:1 Go to the land I (God) will show you.

 

I have a question that has been on my heart for a while. It comes with watching those who follow God. Here is my question. Why have the followers of Jesus Christ stop believing that God can give you directions in your life? I have heard it said that most teachings in the church today say that God does not give you clear instructions and you have to figure the rest out. I’m very perplexed that God would do that. I have seen time and time again in His word the bible that he always gives clear directions to his people. Look at Abraham God told him Genesis 12:1 Go to the land I will show you. Yes I have to admit a bit vague because God required faith from Abraham but he did follow up and say I will show you. Henry Blackaby said this in Experiencing God “God always gives you enough specific directions to do what he wants you to do now”. That is the truth. Jesus said to his disciples that he was not leaving them alone that He would send the Counselor the spirit of truth who will guide you into all truth (John 16:12). What is the purpose of a guide to show and instruct you how to get to a certain point! Bottom line is that God is still speaking and He wants to be personal with you, but do you seek and speak with God?

This past week I have been studying 3 kings of Judah; Asa, Jehoshaphat, and Josiah. Each was called good kings and followed the Lord, but each had a major weakness they always didn’t follow the Lord advice. Even more surprising is when Asa and Jehoshaphat sought the prophet of the LORD (how God spoke before the Holy Spirit) they ignored what he said to do on at least one occasion! Josiah who had peace during his reign totally ignored the instructions of the LORD because it came from a heathen and a rival king but it was still the LORD giving him instructions. How often do we do that? How often do we seek answers and have to wait for it or say God you are too slow, or get angry and ignore the instructions?

We are living in a culture that is always in a hurry and one full of unbelief. I do believe there is a part of churches that does not believe in the work of the Holy Spirit and why there are discontent followers of Christ. I do believe why most followers of Christ lives in a state of confusion because they don’t want to wait for the instructions or want to be in a hurry before the timing is right. It’s like dating your future husband or wife too soon but both was bugging God on where is my mate so God said go but wait but still went ahead and pushed before the time so the marriage is harder or the relationship is harder. It’s like running in a marathon but you didn’t set time out to train for it and you crash. It’s like learning how to drive but you get a bad instructor so you are either nervous or ill prepared to drive on your own. Do you get the point?

The point is that God is still in the business of guiding his children. But we as his children need to wait on him. We as his children need to seek him in all things! In all things, relationships, career, family, church, ministry etc. When you do not seek the Lord things will be off balance. If you ever wondered why some things in your life is not balance seek the Lord because it could be he wants to lead you in a different direction or to wait on him to move before you.  As well we can’t skip over the fact that we have a God who wants a relationship with you, who wants to help you navigate things in this world. He is not a tyrant that will always say no, he might say not now but not always a no. He is not going to go against your will. He will not lead you in a state of confusion; if you are confused about something seek him until he brings clarity. Often most when you are in a state of confusion is because God is telling you one thing and you want to do or want something different. Another thing God is clear he is not vague, if there is some vagueness seek the Lord first for the clarity in his time he will bring it. Like with Abraham he said Go (clear direction) to the land that I will show you (I will show you in my time) and he did!

How do you know if God is speaking to you?  God speaks in his word, people, and circumstances. He will lead you back to his word, when someone comes and speaks you will know because it will line up in his word, and circumstances will also line up.  But first before you can hear you must have a relationship, reading his word, spending time with God, being with God. He never leaves you nor forsakes you. He is there with his hands open saying “Come to me, I will show you the next steps.” He will speak and you will listen. Finally humble yourself before God when you do everything else will flow.

 

God is not silent. God still speaks today and He leads you in all things!

 

Prayer:

God I thank you that you never leave me nor forsake me. I thank you for the Holy Spirit who is my counselor, guide, and friend. Forgive me for not seeking you and trying to figure out things on my own. I ask now Lord that you speak to me for my ears and heart is open to your guidance. In Jesus Name Amen

 

Waiting to hear from God

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways declares the LORD Isaiah 55:8

 

Hearing God speak can often feel overwhelming, and or stressful because you may have never heard God speak before, or you had a situation that you believed God was speaking but turned out not so right. Maybe you are just unsure if you have ever heard God speak. I have included two resources that I often go back to just to be encouraged that God is still speaking. You can buy both on Amazon.

Resources:

Experiencing God Henry Blackaby

Discerning the Voice of God Priscilla Shirer

Potter and Clay

Jeremiah 18:1-4, 6; Isaiah 64:8, Psalms 139:13

Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.

 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me.  He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.”

Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

What is going on in your life right now? Do you hear what God is asking of you? Can I not do with you, as this potter does?  Are you being stubborn and not allowing God to mold you into something better? Do you feel inadequate for the purpose? Do you not want to be changed but remain the same?

When God made you in your mother’s womb he started to sculpt you into the person you are today. God is an artist; he is never finished, he continues until it is right! He is saying to you not to be afraid, he knows exactly what He is doing in your life! Trust Him for it is a good thing!  And guess what?

God does not need your opinion he created beautifully, wonderfully you. He does not need you to tell Him how you would work best, for He already knows! What He wants from you is complete surrender.

Can you surrender to God today? Will you allow Him to mold you into the best in this season of life?

Prayer:

 So I went down to the potter’s house, your House oh Lord and I see you working at the wheel.  I know that you are shaping me as seemed best to you. You asked me.  “Can I not do with you, as the potter does?” declares the Lord. I respond to you today Lord with a resounding yes you can!

Yes, Lord, you are my Father. I am the clay, you are the potter; I am the work of your hand.

I surrender to your changes in me oh Lord. I thank you for it! In Jesus Name! Amen

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