The saddest thing I could have imagined to come along in this period of growth for our family happened last night. To have my daughter exposed to the teaching that God’s nature has some how changed and that He doesn’t speak to people anymore, well, it broke my heart. It not only broke my heart for her to hear it and have such a conflict in her soul, but it broke my heart for the man/men who believe that is true. It broke my heart to have my girl scoffed at when she bore witness to what is happening in my life, what has happened in hers.
This morning I received a verse that I believe was sent from God to reassure me.
Hebrews 4:12 (AMP)
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
Oh what a powerful reminder that God is indeed alive and active and He speaks.
To say that He doesn’t move that way anymore, says that His nature is not the same, that He has somehow changed. Isn’t that exactly what the enemy of God would want us to believe? It would be easy to kill, destroy, distract, maim, and completely keep us from our glory by making us believe that God is not the same. To believe this is just like Adam and Eve in the garden.
Genesis 3:1-5 (AMP)
Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit from the trees of the gardenExcept the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.But the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die,For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity.
If we ascribe to things that our culture, denomination, school, peers, and sometimes even family, say about God, we could be buying into a lie of Satan that is meant to destroy our relationship with God.
Not all of us hear God in the same way, but if we are listening we can hear Him. We have to be aligned with Him and desiring to hear His voice, even if that means that we have to change. If we aren’t in this relationship with God to change, what are we there for? If we are in it for some sort of benefit or because we think that God is a fairy or genie, we are in it for the wrong reasons.
Read about the lives of the disciples after Christ ascended, they weren’t rich in wealth. They left their homes, families, and friends. They embarked upon a mission to tell the world about Jesus. They were stoned, beheaded, hung on crosses, imprisoned, beaten, spit upon, feared, reviled, and in so doing they were blessed with hearing from God, being led by His Spirit, and coming to know their Savior more intimately because they were experiencing His walk. They delivered people from demons, healed the sick, spoke in tongues, and moved by the Spirit’s prompting. They didn’t become perfect, but they definitely heard from God.
I have a small group of friends who have prophetic dreams and they are prayer warriors. they are aligned and waiting to hear the voice of God. I have one who is an interpreter of the things that are happening in others lives, she is a prayer intercessory, deliverer, and all around brilliant star in God’s arsenal against the enemy. She has interceded on my behalf and spoken words over me that could only be given to her by God. My favorite line, that she delivers often to this little flock of sheep is, “Ask Him”. That’s all we have to do, just ask, and then open our minds and hearts to hear Him speak. It’s not hard, it’s not magic, I can’t explain it, but it happens.
For some it’s an image and then we have to dig into His word, that is alive and active, to see what that image is leading us to. Sometimes it’s an image, a word, and an audible sound in our being, that points us in the direction we should go. It only happens to those who are willing to believe that God is big enough, that God doesn’t fit into our image, He doesn’t conform to what our finite minds can understand. In fact, for a long time I bought into that lie that God doesn’t operate like the bible tells us He does. Then when it happened to me, I thought I was crazy, and then I found out that I was being called out of craziness and into a part of life that is fuller, brighter, and way more cool than putting God in a cracker box.
He is beyond comprehension and if He wants to show up in wings or give us the wings of eagles and the feet of mountain goats, guess what, HE CAN! I don’t want you to think I am taking that too far or lightly, by any means, like I said before, He is not a fairy or a genie. I want you to know that God is able to do more than we can imagine, more than we can comprehend, but we have to be willing to allow our minds to go there, to be free from the distractions of our enemy, we have to be willing to allow God to be God and to learn what I believe He has empowered each of us to grasp, command, and be.
Not all believers are wired to hear Him the same way, but we are all wired to hear Him. We have His Spirit dwelling within us. We have His Son’s precious blood covering us. We just have to stop restricting Him from being who He is. Jesus is a gentleman.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me.
He knocks, and waits patiently for us to answer. He’s knocking, He is calling, He wants to communicate with you. Can you hear Him?