Friends! Greetings of peace unto you!
I had such a great time yesterday reading the Word and sharing it with you in today’s modern language! I certainly pray that you were able to relax, and hear the Words of Jesus and were able to smile from ear to ear.
Hearing from God is probably the thing that I get asked about the most. Jessica, how do I know if I am hearing from God? Is it a loud voice, quiet voice? Is it a feeling? There are some tools of the trade that I refer to, basic formulas for success in evaluating our decisions-but the number one thing that I would like to encourage you about on this subject is that there is NO “formula” FOR God. While there are questions that we can ask ourselves in order to check our personal motives and desire in listening for God to speak… God was never meant to be put into a box. He is not a Genie. He is what I like to refer to (for lack of a better analogy)as our “Spirit-mate”, while soul-mates are easy enough to understand- our Spirit has a mate and His name is JESUS!
Jesus was never intended to be our “tissue” when we are sad, our “checkbook” when we are poor, or our “medicine” for when we are sick. Unless you are sold out 100% to Christ and intertwined in Spiritual harmony with Him, you are just partaking in religion. Simply put: Using Jesus just as a Band-aid wont stay stuck.
Have you ever wondered why some people cannot get a clue to the truth to save their lives? For some reason, no matter how you try to explain things to them- sideways, upside down, right side up… THEY JUST DON’T GET IT. You can talk to them about finances, health, healing, life, love, relationships… and the light NEVER goes on for them, why? Why is it SO hard for them… and so EASY for you/us?
Unfortunately even some of the best and “good natured” Christians aren’t 100% in-it-for-God. Money problems, health issues, legacy bad-decision making clouds their knowledge of the truth. Instead of Christ and righteousness they REBEL to the good and the Holy. Scripture informs us that when we begin to treat God as “common place” we are no longer on His side. For example, scripture warns us that most Christians are sick and dying, because they have taken even the act of sacred communion to a mundane place. Jesus is NOT common! He is NOT mundane!
A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 1 Cor 11:28-30
Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ have quit being SOLD OUT for God, and have begun settling for “religion”, and this is sad… because JESUS IS GOD. Having Him IN YOU, ON YOU, AROUND YOU, working THROUGH YOU and BECAUSE OF YOU- MEANS THAT YOU ARE A GODLY INSTRUMENT FOUND WORTHY OF GOD’S ATTENTION AND WORTHY TO BE SPOKEN TO!
“Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:37 NIV
DAY 2: John 8:42-59 KJV & MSG Parallel…
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
The Message Bible:
“If God were your father,” said Jesus, “you would love me, for I came from God and arrived here. I didn’t come on my own. He sent me. Why can’t you understand one word I say? Here’s why: You can’t handle it. You’re from your father, the Devil, and all you want to do is please him. He was a killer from the very start. He couldn’t stand the truth because there wasn’t a shred of truth in him. When the Liar speaks, he makes it up out of his lying nature and fills the world with lies. I arrive on the scene, tell you the plain truth, and you refuse to have a thing to do with me. Can any one of you convict me of a single misleading word, a single sinful act? But if I’m telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Anyone on God’s side listens to God’s words. This is why you’re not listening—because you’re not on God’s side.”
People who cannot hear the truth, are NOT sold out to a life with Christ. They are NOT sold out to Jesus. What is 99% truth? 100% a lie! This isn’t a negative message- this is a message of HOPE for those of us who DESIRE to be on God’s side. ANYONE on God’s side listens to God’s words. If you cannot hear Him speaking, clean up your life- choose to live righteous- and here is what you will be able to come to expect:
1. You will begin to have ideas, see visions, dream dreams that require FAITH in order to execute. (Ask yourself: Does what I heard require faith?)
2. You will begin to have ideas, see visions, dream dreams that require courage. (Ask yourself: Does what I heard require courage?)
3. Your dreams and visions for you life will begin to challenge “the norm”. (Ask yourself: Does what I heard go against reason and rationalization of the world?)
4. Your dreams, visions/Word from God WILL ALWAYS line up with His written Word, i.e. He would never tell you to rob a bank or commit murder in order to get paid. (Ask yourself: Does what I heard line up with the written Word?)
THIS MSG SCRIPTURE AT A GLANCE:
- Jesus was sent from God, and if you love Him YOU LOVE GOD. People who call God their Father LOVE righteousness, and God’s way of doing things.
- People who can not hear what you have to say and cannot handle you… CANNOT handle GOD. (You who operate in righteousness are OF YOUR FATHER in Heaven)
- Liars are liars from the start and live to please the enemy. THEY ARE IN REBELLION.
- People who are in a state of rebellion… CANNOT UNDERSTAND SIMPLE TRUTHS. (As soon as they step-in-line and submit 100% to God their Father, the truth will become simple to understand and will set them free)
- People who LIVE for God… HEAR GOD’S WORDS.
A PRAYER IN CLOSING:
Father God, we desire to speak with You! Let us hear Your voice and give us the Word we have LONGED to hear! We are throwing out the rebellion… coming into full submission and WE WANT ALL YOU HAVE GOT TO GIVE! We are listening, waiting, and will stand as long as You need us to stand! WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE and we love You so very much, that ALL we have is YOURS. Give us patience with those who do not know You, show us how we can guide them into Your Heavenly submission and outstretched arms! In Your Son Jesus’ Name… AMEN!