Inner voice

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Jan 062018
 

“Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (1 John 4:1).

How can we be sure when and if God is speaking to us?

When I was a young Christian I wanted to serve God and sometimes felt his Spirit was telling me to do something.

However, this “still small voice” within sometimes had me in bondage.

In time I came to see that this “voice” was not from God at all because-

-“where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (liberty) (2 Corinthians 3:17).

And I had anything but freedom.

One’s inner “voice” can come-

– from God,

– from our self, or

– from the devil.

If the devil knows he can’t pull us down into acting out in sinful behaviours-

– he may try to “push us over the top” where we become (as the old saying goes) “so heavenly minded we are of little or no earthly use.”

So how can we know where the inner voice is coming from?

Is it a conviction from God’s Spirit?

Could it be a neurotic compulsion from within my self?

Or is it from the devil?

Even King David was cheated by an inner voice from the devil to number the Israelites and brought punishment from God (2 Samuel 24:1; 1 Chronicles 21:1).

With a conviction from God I always have the freedom to say no because “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

With a compulsion-

I am driven and feel that I “have to” do what the “inner voice” is saying no matter what.

If from the tempter-

– it is also more a compulsion.

Keep in mind that God speaks to us through his Word-

– the Bible, and never contrary to it.

He also speaks or leads through various circumstances, as well as through inner convictions.

If it is from God-

– it will always be in harmony with his Word and there will be a sense of freedom.

If it is contrary to God’s Word or any type of compulsion-

– we can know it isn’t God speaking to us and we need to reject it.

For the Bible is-

– perfect, complete and final!

(PA)

But…

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Nov 032017
 

It’s not wrong to ask God to intervene when we face an illness or other difficulty.
He loves us, and nothing is beyond His ability to change.

As the Bible says, “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
The Bible also tells us to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
But-
God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we wish He would.

This is a mystery we’ll never fully understand this side of heaven.
When it happens we may be tempted to wonder if He has abandoned us.

But-
This isn’t true.
His love for us never changes.
Sometimes we discover the depths of His love most fully in the midst of life’s hard times.
Naturally you want God to change your circumstances by taking away, say, a disease.
But what if He doesn’t?

Then your prayer should be that He will change you – that He will give you the patience and peace you’ll need to adjust to your disability, and even endure it with joy.
Is this possible?
Yes – with God’s help.

Take the first step by asking Jesus Christ to come into your life.
Then ask Him to begin changing you from within by His Spirit.

Life isn’t always the way we wish it were!

But-
When we know Christ we know He is with us – and ahead of us is the joy of heaven.

(PA)

Peace, push and the presence!

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Sep 282017
 

“When you come to a fork in the road,” Yogi Berra said, “take it!”

Not the most coherent piece of advice!
But possibly one of the most realistic!!

We do come to forks in the road of life!
And often do not know which path to take.
What we know is that we cannot stay there.

The disciples came to a fork in the road when Jesus died!
And they couldn’t stay there.

Already they were locking the doors for fear of the Jews.
Then came the news “Jesus is alive!”

So they gathered in a room with the door locked as they stood at their latest “fork.”
And Jesus met them there!

At that place-
He gave them three things.

John 20:21-22:

1. Peace
He pronounced a blessing of peace on the disciples.

2. Push
He pushed them toward the fork of His choosing when He said, “I am sending you”.

3. Presence
He told them to receive the Holy Spirit!
– the Comforter who would be with them as they went, bringing them inner peace.

Jesus had brought them to that fork in the road.
They were there by His design, and the path of His choosing now lay before them.
With His peace they were to go forth, accompanied by the Holy Spirit.

Have you ever sensed that you were standing at a fork of God’s design?
It may seem safer to stay at the fork in the road!

But-
Jesus promises you peace and will give you a push-
– sending you along the road of His choosing in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

God has brought you to a decision point where you need to take a next step.
Don’t hesitate to go where He is leading you.

Remember!
He gives you peace, push and the presence of His Spirit!

(PA)

If…

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Sep 082017
 

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good for those that love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Sometimes we should take a closer look at our scriptures.
For instance, the Bible doesn’t say that money is the root of all evil; it says the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.
Jonah was swallowed by a big fish; it never says a whale.
And Eve ate the forbidden fruit; it never says an apple.

Likewise-
God does not guarantee that all things work together for good.
Do you think for people in hell things have worked out for their good?

He declares that all things work together for good “for those that love God and are called according to His purpose.”

This is a significantly different meaning!
In other words-
Things most certainly work out good for you if – and this is a big if – you are a follower of Christ, willing to trust in His plan, willing to trust in His will, and to seek to fulfill His will.

Under those conditions-
– all things do work together for good!

No matter what kind of setback you face,
-no matter what kind of rejection by man,
-no matter what kind of suffering you have in this life,
-no matter what kind of disappointment and hurt you endure-
God can bring good out of any situation, even out of any evil of our own or that is thrust upon us.

If you choose to trust God-
He can bring good out of the darkest, most dismal situation.

Why don’t you start looking for the good that God wants to bring?

(PA)

God is in control!

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Sep 072017
 

What’s going to happen-
– next year,
– next week,
– next hour from now?

Many people waste time-
– worrying about what might happen in the future.

The Bible gives us a wonderful promise:
God says:
“I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Can we know the future?
No!
We can’t!!

But we can face the future with confidence-
– when we know that God is in control!
– and He is working for our good (Romans 8:28).

No matter what circumstances come our way-
– we know He’s there for us.

When I read the newspapers or see the evening news-
– I don’t always feel optimistic about the future.
– and pessimistic about the days to come,
– but realistic about my earthly and eternal life.

When I put my trust in God-
I know that He is in complete control;
I have hope for tomorrow and
– strength for living each and every day.
(PA)