Does GOD Talk To You?

There are a number of things I hope my children and grandchildren have learned but, listening to God has to be one of the most important.

Our life is an example and how we live it can affect others in many ways.  I hope they don’t see a self-centered person, I hope they see Christ in me.  I hope they see a person who constantly relies on the help of the Holy Spirit.  I want them to see a person who expects to see supernatural events from time to time.  Do they see a person who is forgiving, non-judgmental, obedient to the Word, never jealous and living a disciplined life.

I Peter 1:15 – 16 – “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”  Have they seen me living this kind of a life?  Did they see me being totally devoted and dedicated to God and set apart from the world?  Did I make sure they saw that it was not something that I did on my own but it was the Holy Spirit who kept guiding and checking my decisions and actions?  Did they understand, through my life, that the Holy Spirit can give us tremendous power to live a holy life?  Hopefully, they saw a person living a disciplined life for Christ.  Did I just talk about being a Christian or did I walk-the-walk?  Did they see a father with a servant’s heart who was generous to others and financially supporting God’s ministry?

I am sure that they learned that God speaks through the Bible, through situations, from other Christians, in nature, by seeing pictures, hearing sermons and songs.  But I want them to know that they can hear God speaking directly to them.  So this is what I will tell them:

You must first ask yourself: “Why would you want God to speak to you”?  What is your motive?  God is not a “Genie” or Santa Claus.  God doesn’t talk to just anyone audibly.  Normally, it is a person that has a very personal relationship with Jesus.  In fact it may be Jesus that would be the one you would hear.  I have heard a number of stories when Jesus would tell someone to do something.  I suppose if you are a shy person Christ would not audibly ask a person to do something knowing they were not brave enough to be obedient to His direction.  But here are some examples:

From a young lady (Jesus said, “Just go to the club and sit down.” I sat down and a man came and sat down next to us with a beautiful little two-year-old girl. Jesus said, “You need to start witnessing to him.” So we were just talking a bit and I was helping to take care of the little girl. She was eating ice cream and getting it all over her face. As I was taking care of her he started asking questions, “What do you do? What makes it so easy for you to reach out and talk to people? You don’t even know who I am. I’m a complete stranger and you’re here with my daughter. How do you do it?”  I said, “Well, I’m a missionary, but more important than that, I spend time with Jesus every day and He gives me that connection. And as I get filled up with love, then I’m able to pour it out to others.” He said, “Well, I understand that. I have love for my kids, but how do you love a complete stranger?”) 

Another young lady (I’d asked Jesus who I was meant to talk to and Jesus pointed him out. I went and sat next to him. At first he was cussing at me, and then I just sat there and asked him about his life. He said, “Why do you care? Why are you even sitting next to me?” I said, “Because I know that Jesus loves you so much.” He started crying and said that his mom had passed away a month before and that he had nothing left to live for and that he was going to commit suicide. He said, “Before I ended my note to my relatives I said, ‘Look, God, if you’re real, send me someone to tell me that You love me’.”  I said, “I don’t have the answers. I don’t know what will touch someone’s heart and what will give someone the hope and strength to go on, but I know that Jesus does and I know that His love can turn around and touch any heart.”)

There are hundreds of missionaries that will tell you that they hear the voice of Jesus.  It seems if you want to audibly hear the voice of Jesus or God it must be in order to help others or assisting in His ministry.  Those are the stories I hear mostly.  However, God through the Holy Spirit will speak to you daily through our thoughts.  I suppose one thing that has helped me is I have witnessed so many times supernatural events.  Involved in church leadership and helping build four different church structures it is easy to see impossible things become possible and know that it could only happen with God’s intervention.  Every blog I write I sense the inspiration coming from the Holy Spirit.

I hope my children and grandchildren learn that if they want to be inspired by the Holy Spirit it is important to live a holy life.  Then expect that the Holy Spirit wants to work with you and guide you into a better life, an abundant life.  My hope is that their lives will be as spiritually fulfilling as Christ has made mine.  I hope that when I am gone they will remember me for my faith and the spiritual wisdom that I prayed for and God has given me.

John 14:16 – 17 – “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

John 14:26 – “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

John 15:7 – “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

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