How does the Lord speak to you? Have you taken notice of how He does?
In the movie Bruce Almighty, there is the funny scene of where Bruce is at his wit’s end. He is finally turning to God, because he figures that he has nothing to lose. So, he asks God to give him a sign, and of course this truck full of street signs keeps getting in his way slowing him down, frustrating him more and more. All he sees is the truck blocking his path. Not the message of the signs in his path.
Many people think God doesn’t speak to people anymore. That was just an Old Testament thing. This John 14 verse explains why this is:
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 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 14:16-17 (NIV)
People who do not understand Christianity at all really have a hard time with this. That is understandable. With Christianity under attack these days, nothing there should surprise us. But as Christians, we should always be striving become more like Christ EVERY HOUR OF EVERY SINGLE DAY.
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet
a light on my path. Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
And in doing so, we WILL hear him.
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28 (NIV)
And God’s wisdom is revealed by the Holy Spirit to those who believe.
9as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.
14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:9-16 (NIV)
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