Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Is this your first response when someone is talking to you or telling you something? Because you either can't hear, or have selective hearing, or are ignoring them. Well what about God?
God speaks to us. No it may not be audibly like He did during times we read about in the Bible, but I'm not sure that would matter. God talked to many people in the Bible directly or through dreams and angels, etc...and still they didn't listen to Him.
God does speak to us in a variety of ways today, through His Word, other people, nature, circumstances, through music, through reading christian books, emails, and blog(like this wonderful gem). Most of all He speaks to us through His Holy Spirit. Yes, God Himself comes and dwells in us when we accept Him and our Savior and are baptized, we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit and among the many roles the Spirit has, one is to speak to us, but the great question is are we listening?
Maybe God is trying to speak to you about your lifestyle or behavior? Maybe God is trying to get through to you about you about your attitude or rebellion? Maybe God is trying to talk to you about serving more or getting more involved in your church? God is speaking to us everday in a variety of ways about a variety of topics depending on each of our invidivual needs and place where we are in our relationship with God.
Some of us God is speaking loud and clear that we need to get in church, or get saved, or God is calling you to ministry, or convicting you of a sin, or trying to help you make better decisions or act with honesty in integrity? I am not sure, I can't tell you what God is saying to you, but I can tell you to open your ears and listen all around you.
Don't get confused there are other voices speaking for your attention. Satan speaks to us and our own voice speaks to us, I find it eery that satan's voice and our own voice sound just alike, but when God speaks it sounds nothing like our own voice??? Maybe that should be a clue to us who is speaking to us, who we are listening to, and who's advice we are following??
Take time to listen to God. Read His Bible, do a devotion, Pray, worship, look around you, whatever ways you communicate to God, always leave time to be quiet and still and listen to God. Don't do all the talkin, give God time to speak to you, but most of all take time to Listen and Hear Him, it could change your life, the direction you are headed, and could be a huge blessing!
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.