Archives for Hearing From God

You Are a Winner!

 

YOU HAVE ALREADY WON!

There is an old adage that says that “Slow and steady wins the race”. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t found that always to be true! After all in about every sporting event known to man, the fastest & strongest person always wins and in doing so they are celebrated for their strength!

Did you know that as a believer in Christ YOU too have that same strength that causes winners to “WIN”? You have a strength of Spirit that no one can deny!

Read 1 John 5:1-5 (MSG):

Every person who believes that Jesus is, in fact, the Messiah, is God-begotten. If we love the One who conceives the child, we’ll surely love the child who was conceived. The reality test on whether or not we love God’s children is this: Do we love God? Do we keep his commands? The proof that we love God comes when we keep his commandments and they are not at all troublesome. Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith. The person who wins out over the world’s ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.

I just love this sentence: “The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith.” Your faith! Your faith in Jesus Christ, your belief in Him makes you a winner!

The Bible says that “by faith” you have already won, and it also says that “through Christ” we have overcome the world! Isn’t that great news?!

THERE IS NO LOOSING FOR YOU!

Romans 8:37 (MSG) says:

“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture”

There is no loosing for those who renew their minds to the Word of God! If you feel like a failure, look for scriptures on success. If your body is sick, look for scriptures on healing! If you’re tired, look for those scriptures that contain strength. You WILL find them! Everything you need has already been given to you… and YES! you have already won!

It’s Time to Chillax… Day 2: God Speaks!

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.

God Speaks!

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…

King James:

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:

How do you know if it is God who is speaking to you? How do you KNOW if you are on HIS side?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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)
  3. Liars are liars from the start and live to please the enemy. THEY ARE IN REBELLION.
  4. 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)
  5. 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!