Different ways of hearing from God (guest post)
Please forgive my little hiatus. I usually blog on Fridays, Sundays and Mondays, but this past weekend I wasn't able to. I took a very necessary trip for my church pastor's 40th birthday weekend. I'm really glad I went because he was happy that we all came to honor him. And honestly, even if he wasn't, I'd still be more than glad that I went because the bible says to honor the prophets/ pastors/ priests/ men/women of God in your midst, and I felt particularly strongly about making an appearance at the party. Oh the blessings I've racked up for myself haha.
"1 Timothy 5:17-20 - Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine."
A very good friend of mine (who I haven't even seen in about five years) sent me this message. I really like how interactive the piece is, and I encourage you to please leave a comment after reading. Without further ado, please enjoy!
Different ways of hearing from God.
This entire year has a year of discovery and experiencing God in my life in different capacities. I had periods when I had to trust what He was doing, periods when I had to lean on him for strength and other periods when I couldn’t believe how blessed I was.
The times when I had to lean on God for strength were the most fascinating experiences to me. You see, I have heard people say things like “God told me to apply for this job” or “God directed me to go here” or “God told me to speak/not speak to her” or “God told me not to worry about this particular issue” etc. And I always wondered how these things could happen. Did the message appear to them in a dream? Did they fall into a trance? Did the Holy Spirit speak directly to their hearing while they did regular everyday things? And so on.
So this year, at the times when I made a conscious effort to lean on God for strength, I read the bible more than ever. Sometimes I’d go to sleep praying about a particular situation and wake up very early in the morning reading a passage (that I picked at random) relating to that particular situation.
On a particular day, several unconnected channels, for example, a Christian blog I follow, a sermon in church and my devotional, all touched on a topic I have been thinking about. Just as I began to wonder if the first word could be connected to my situation, another comes up in a different form. As if God was undoubtedly telling me something and before that day ended, I happened to read Luke 12:47
“And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions would be severely punished.”
On another occasion, a was at a church event and a lady I had never seen before walked up to me and told me “Read Jeremiah 29:11, it will help you through what is happening right now.”
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope”
Before I could call the lady back and talk to her about why she had approached me, someone else had taken her away. The strange thing is the next time I saw her, she didn’t seem to remember me or our previous encounter.
Although all these things have happened, I still struggle to understand and listen for the Holy Spirit when I’m in a tough situation. I am currently trusting God concerning a situation and I am hoping to share my testimony here later this month. Meanwhile, I wonder if people could also share some ways when they feel like the Holy Spirit has spoken to them concerning a situation.
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