Jesus is talking! Are you listening?

My last blog: “Does Jesus talk to you?” needs additional consideration. Lu Bowen’s comment testified that Jesus talked to her but she was afraid to discuss it with anyone because they thought she was a crazy woman. Lu said: “But…how do you explain that you hear God like he was standing next to you and feels more real than any other relationship in life?”

It was discussed Friday morning in our Men’s Bible study and again in our family’s Bible study. One from our group, John Rasmussen, said Jesus talked to him and he gave a number of examples. As usual, my family wanted me to explain it. At that point I was not sure what the explanation was.

Now this is how God talks to me: We started reading Scripture for our morning study and we happened to be at 1 Corinthians 12:8 – 11 – “To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.” When we read that I said: “I believe this is our answer. Scripture is telling us it has to be a gift.” Some people can hear an inner voice, I believe the Holy Spirit, as if someone were standing next to them. It may not be audible but there is no question in their mind that Jesus is talking to them.

Later in the day I called John Rasmussen and discussed it further. He said that he believed that Jesus talks to many committed Christians but not everyone is listening. To most other Christians He communicates in a different way. Over the years I have done a lot of writing. There have been times when thoughts would enter my head and I would write it down and then ask: “Where did that come from?” There was no doubt in my mind that it was Holy Spirit inspired.

Friday morning when we just happened to read 1 Corinthians 12:8 – 11, I had to believe that some have the gift of “hearing Jesus” and it may come under “miraculous powers” or “distinguishing between spirits” just like some have an usual gift of wisdom or faith. What I learned from all of this is, if anyone is hearing the Holy Spirit talking to them don’t be afraid to share with others that you hear Jesus talking to you. There are some of us who will confirm that you are not crazy, just blessed. And if Jesus is talking to you, you don’t have to worry about where you will be spending eternity. If that doesn’t make your faith “sky high” nothing will! To each one of you, God has given a very special gift. And if you have it, it is to be used as a witness to His glory just like those young missionary ladies are doing…not meaning that you need to become a traveling missionary.

P.S…A word of caution: We must know the difference between the two kinds of spirits. It is important to recognize when we are being guided by the Holy Spirit and when we might be led astray by evil. We are well aware that some hear the voice of demons. As a result, they do things that are completely against Scripture. There are times when Christians feel the Holy Spirit is leading them to do a particular ministry, go into a particular business or pursue an occupation only to fail miserably. Unless you are able to “distinguish between the spirits” you must proceed carefully. We must be like sheep who can recognize the Master’s voice and follow Him only! And we have been talking about those who know His voice and results have proven it.

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  1. Rick

     /  August 4, 2009

    Amen.

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  2. Lu Bowen

     /  August 4, 2009

    Don, I love the warning part of this blog. If what I hear, no matter how strong it can be, if it doesn’t line up with scripture and God’s very essence, it will lead to trouble. As crazy as this may sound as well, I had a very evil supervisor I worked with and had as my one life for many years. He was getting further into satanic living and I heard God tell me to step away from him and stop praying for him. He was going to take him down and out of our school away from the children. I thought that wasn’t very “Godly”. But the voice I heard was ever so loving. Tender spirited. I obeyed and had to fight to not pray and just pray for whatever God is doing, His will be done.” Almost immediately, my supervisor’s character was coming to life for all to see. He was getting in trouble. It was very hard to watch. He eventually was taken out of our school. He had pornography on his school computer. My supervisor blamed me for all his problems because he hated the Jesus in me and told me so through tears. I told him I loved him anyway and his problems are consequences of his actions. I realized that God sees more than we, and it isn’t a black and white issue. It is a minute by minute walk with Him in obedience. I make many mistakes walking with Him but He is always there guiding me to step back on the path of obedience and giving it another go and listening closer. It’s all about Him, His world and what He is trying to accomplish. I am only His daughter trying my best to do it His way. It’s easy when times are going good and very difficult when placed between a rock and a hard place…yet, God is God and get’s me through inspite of myself.

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    • donaldboyd

       /  August 4, 2009

      Lu, my next blog “Obtaining Self-Satisfaction” will be posted on Thursday. It addresses why we as Christians encounter problems. Christians who consistantly experience smooth sailing may not be growing as spiritually. God promises He will not allow more than we can bear.

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    • Lu Bowen

       /  August 5, 2009

      I forgot to say, that although I thought it may have been ungodly not to pray good for someone, I see now that I was “in” God’s way. The person who took my boss’ place is a faithful Christian who was trying to feed her family and needed that job. My life has been anything but smooth and you are right, I grew spiritually through it all. I love your writing.

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