Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dialogue with God

Hearing His Voice and letting your voice be heard!

Psalm 29:3-4...The voice of the Lord is over the waters; The God of Glory thunders; The Lord is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the Voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

Isaiah 1:18a...Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord.

Not every believer in Christ has the same experience in hearing from the Lord. In general, an individual is so much connected with and depending on one's senses (hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste) for detection, transduction and transmission of information, that it is difficult to understand that God is not limited to our senses to convey messages to His children.
Although there are many scriptures related to this subject only the most familiar ones have been used.

Genesis 3:9-19..
. The Lord called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"
Here you see that there was a dialogue between God and Adam.

Genesis 6:13... And God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me, the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth".

In Genesis 37... The Lord spoke to Joseph through various dreams.

In Exodus 3... Moses heard the voice of the Lord coming from the midst of the burning bush.

In 1 Samuel 3:9-14...while Samuel laid down the Lord called: "Samuel! Samuel! and the Lord spoke further to him.

2 Samuel 2:1... David inquired of the Lord, saying, "Shall I go up to any of the cities of Judah?" And the Lord said to him, "Go up." David said, "Where shall I go up?" And He said, "To Hebron."

The Lord has spoken and still speaks to His children through an audible voice, dreams, visions, inner voice and His Word, for instance.

We may not hear His Voice in the same manner as others, but if we need to hear from Him He will certainly speak to us in one or other way.

In order to hear His Voice we have to walk close to Him. When you are walking with a friend you normally don't keep 200 feet distance between each other. This is too uncomfortable for communicating and it does not really look like you are friends.
Friends stay close together and in general talk while they walk.

We show our commitment to Him by walking in obedience and in agreement to His Word. We have to be fine tuned in order to communicate with the Lord and to hear His Voice.

The Lord speaks through His Word, by His promises and His warnings. We do not have to sit in a corner waiting for His answer. When we pray, we have faith that what we ask, we will receive.
 Luke 11:9 and Mark 11:24.

Thus, we step in the direction of our prayer, by faith. When we need to hear from God we may ask also for a confirmation. Sometimes we know in our heart what the answer is and when we receive an unexpected phone call or letter from a friend stating the same thing, that is a confirmation. Of course, answers contradicting the Bible are not of the Lord.

The Bible says in Proverbs 3:6... In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

We have to act upon our faith, walk forwards and do what you must do or what you believe is right. He will watch over you and prevent you from hurts. We should ask and pray, believing that the Lord is with us and walks beside us. No good friend will allow you to fall down a cliff if he can prevent it!

Years ago, my husband and I wanted to buy this house for our family, but it was more than we could afford. I went down with the Real Estate agent to check it out. I really liked it and there was lots of room for the children to play.
A few days went by and I felt in my spirit that we should make an offer. So, I prayed about it and came to a certain figure, which I then wrote down on a piece of paper. When my husband came home from work, he said to me that we should make an offer on that house.

Yes, I replied, how much would you offer? He paused, then he mentioned a certain amount of money. I looked at him and grabbed the piece of paper out of my pocket and gave it to him. He looked at the paper, then at me. It was the same amount of dollars as I had written down on the paper.

We presented this offer, which was 1/3 less than the asking price. We got the house! Another time we prayed about something and found a scripture to support our prayer and we obtained the answer by faith on that Scripture.

Psalm 119:58... I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; be merciful to me according to Your Word.

In Genesis 18:20-33... The Lord spoke to Abraham concerning Sodom and Gomorrah.
Abraham reasoned with the Lord and said: "Would You destroy the righteous with the wicked?" Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You destroy the place and not spare it for fifty righteous that were in it?"
verse 26... So the Lord said: "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sake."

Abraham dares even to ask the Lord for more. Suppose there were five less than fifty righteous. The Lord said: If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it.
Abraham went on and on, till ten righteous. The Lord said: I will not destroy it for the sake of ten. As we all know, there were not even ten righteous, so Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. This story tells us that God is willing to change His plans. If not, He would have stopped Abraham right at the beginning and He would have said: No Abraham, I cannot change My plans.

Exodus 32:10... (after Israel worshipped the Golden Calf) Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them.
verse 11...Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God.
verse 12b... (Moses continued to the Lord)Turn from Your fierce wrath and relent from this harm to Your people.
Verse 14... So the Lord relented from harm which He said He would do to His people.

Deuteronomy 9:19-20... For I (Moses) was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure with which the Lord was angry with you, to destroy you. But the Lord listened to me (changed His mind) at that time also. And the Lord was very angry with Aaron and would have destroyed him, so I prayed for Aaron also at the same time.

Again we see, the Lord changed His mind and did not destroy Israel nor Aaron.

In the book of Jonah we can read how Nineveh was spared
Jonah 3:2f... One who relents from doing harm.

Jonah 3:10...Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.

Amos 6:8b... I abhor the pride of Jacob and hate his palaces. Therefore I will deliver up the city.

Amos 7:2b... (Amos prayed) O Lord God, forgive, I pray, Oh, that Jacob may stand. For he is small!verse 3...So the Lord relented concerning this. It shall not be, said the Lord.
Nineveh and the tribe of Jacob were saved because God did relent.

You read Isaiah 38:1... In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him: Thus says he Lord, Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live".

Now, look further:

Isaiah 38:2&3...Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord and said, "Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

verse 5..."Go and tell Hezekiah, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: "I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years."

By turning his face to the wall Hezekiah closed himself off and saw only GOD. His fervent prayer and tears made God change things around.

When God changes things around, it is because of His mercy and always in our favor.
When it comes to His promises and mercy, the Lord won't budge.
He does NOT change His promises to us, nor nullify them.
His mercy endures forever.

Psalm 110:4...The Lord has sworn and will not relent.

Numbers 23:19... God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Malachi 3:6... For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.

As I mentioned before, we may not hear an audible voice, but He can speak to us in many different ways. In our sleep or dreams, through others, through His Word, in your heart. If you are not sure you've heard Him speak, ask for clarification.

You don't have to be afraid that you are going to make big mistakes while making decisions. He is your Heavenly Father and cares for you, as long as we walk in obedience and not in sin. He cares more about us than our earthly father. He is a Good God.
If we as His children, are desperate and call upon His Name, together with Him things can be changed around.

Joel 2:12,13&4... Now, therefore, says the Lord, turn to Me with ALL your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. So rend your heart, and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him.

Psalm 81:10... I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Analyze this verse, meditate upon it and may you experience the depth of His Word, the broadness of God's purpose for your life.
The encouragement hidden in these few syllables is multi faceted and just phenomenal. In this Psalm the Lord literally encourages us to ask with boldness.

Ephesians 3:12... in Whom (Jesus Christ) we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him.

Hebrews 4:16... Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
John 15:7... If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it SHALL be done for you.

Yes, the Word of the Lord is Powerful, but our words can also be very powerful if presented in faith, in boldness and in reverence to God.

The infilling of the Holy Spirit is essential in your life to discern His Voice and His Will.

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