2.4 God Speaks to His People

The main thing people say is, “How Do I Know When God Speaks?”

The four ways that God speaks is through:

The Bible, Prayer, Circumstance, Church

Writing a Devotional Journal is key in my hearing from the Lord. I can pray, read my Bible, attend church, observe circumstances – all of which need to be done and we need to participate in, however it’s when I journal (to learn more about journaling with your devotions, click on the link about Journaling) I hear most clearly from the Lord. Through the Word of God I learn, and when I write the SOAP method of what I learn, along with prayer – confirmation of God’s teaching is from circumstances and the Word and fellowship through the church.

Personally I notice that if I lack direction, or I feel that I haven’t heard from the Lord – it’s usually because I’ve been robbing my time with the Lord to listen to Him during devotions and I haven’t made the time to stop and wait for guidance. When we do everything we can in “our power” – based on our education, our finances, our work, our families – sure we are being resourceful – but why do we wait until we can’t fathom anymore and we surrender to the Lord saying, “I give up, Lord help me!” Why did we not go to Him from the very beginning? Continue reading 2.4 God Speaks to His People

1.5 Accepting Gods Invitation

We need to make major adjustments to our life to join God in what he is doing. All too often we find ourselves very comfortable in our daily routine, even if that routine has nothing to do with God’s work. It’s a safe life to stay within the boundaries that we feel no one will reject us nor judge us. However, the Lord may have other plans and he may be calling you out of your comfort zone to get involved in his work. Will you obey? Continue reading 1.5 Accepting Gods Invitation

Greatness Comes from Serving Others

Through the example of Jesus, we should not expect others to serve us, in the sense that we are always receiving and never giving. There are some cultures in our society that expect others to take care of them, ask for hand-outs instead of working, if they are physically and mentally able to care for themselves and help then we should. And even then, we should still serve as we are able. A good example is my brother who was born with cerebral palsy. Paralyzed on his left side, challenged by a speech impediment, balance, and developmentally delayed; he has the spirit of a servant. He tries his best to help those who are both able and less able than he. If the simplest things like pushing someone in a wheelchair, even though his left hand doesn’t open completely, he will try to push the other person who has no use of their feet. I can and still learn much from my brother. Continue reading Greatness Comes from Serving Others

Gods Instructions

In place of the Old Testament law, we are under the law of Christ ( Galatians 6:2), which is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). If we obey those two commands, we will be fulfilling all that Christ requires of us: “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:40). Now, this does not mean the Old Testament law is irrelevant today.
This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome” ( 1 John 5:3). The Ten Commandments were essentially a summary of the entire Old Testament law. Nine of the Ten Commandments are clearly repeated in the New Testament (all except the command to observe the Sabbath day). Continue reading Gods Instructions

Why good things happen to bad people?

At times it may seem that we are not “rewarded” for our good characteristics – yet others are rewarded and are just evil – see “Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people ~ //www.gotquestions.org/good-things-bad-people.html

Also check out the link on, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people.” http://www.gotquestions.org/bad-things-good-people.html Continue reading Why good things happen to bad people?

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

S – Scripture:
You shall love the Lord your God . . . and your neighbor as yourself. —Luke 10:27
O – Observation:
This is a simple scripture, but very challenging to obey. Here’s an excerpt from ODB, ‘To love “your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27) requires the same (read example) urgent kind of love. It’s a love that notices the need of another person and won’t rest until it’s been met. It’s a gentle, tender love that thinks and acts carefully. It’s the sacrificial and compassionate love that a nameless Samaritan had for a fallen traveler. It’s the kind of love God wants to share with your neighbors through you. — Joe Stowell Continue reading Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Prophets, Wisdom, and Application

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. Jn 4:1; Compare what is said to what the Word of God says. If it contradicts the Bible, throw it out. If it agrees with the Bible, pray for wisdom and discernment as to how to apply the message (2 Tim 3:16-17; James 1:5). Continue reading Prophets, Wisdom, and Application