GOD Said……

When God created the heavens and the earth, He SPOKE everything into existence. (Genesis 1)

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God spoke audibly to Abraham and Moses, and many other patriarchs of old. He also spoke audibly so everyone present heard Him say, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan river.

I have never heard God speak audibly, but I know in my innermost being when He is speaking to me through His Holy Spirit. But, wow…..how awesome it would be to actually hear the voice of God! I think I would crumble into a heap of weakness on the ground.

I know of a family who all came to Christ because their severely handicapped son who could not walk or talk spoke to his father one day. He shouted clearly, “GOD SAID!!!” That so impacted the entire family that they became strong followers of Jesus Christ.

Remember the saying that was so popular a few years ago, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.” Actually, if God said it, that settles it whether you believe it or not!

When God speaks to you, do you respond with a yes? How does He speak to you? In a still small voice, or a booming loud voice? It doesn’t matter how God speaks to you. What matters is that you have a relationship with Him so that you hear Him and answer yes!!!

My family and I started this blog so that we could impart WORDS of encouragement to you TODAY. When we hear or read words of life from God’s written Word, or from a pastor who is teaching from the Word of God, or we are singing or listening to songs that are building us up in The Faith, then we are receiving Life Words!

Today, I encourage you to know that God is still speaking. His voice keeps everything in nature and our lives in order every second of every minute of every day.

A well-known theologian, A.W. Tozer, in his book The Pursuit of God said, “God is speaking. Not God spoke, but God is speaking. He is, by his nature, continuously articulate. He fills the world with His speaking voice.”

Psalm 19:1-2 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech.”

God is Sovereign, so I trust Him with my life. My prayer for you is that you trust that His Word is Truth, and that His desire is to have a relationship with you through His Son Jesus Christ, so that you recognize His Voice speaking to you.

Thank you,God, for speaking continually!!!

(Repost from April 2014)

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Are You Willing to Take a Risk?

Are you living a life of audacious faith?

Hold up what does audacious mean? Showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.

YES!

 What does it mean to live life with boldness?

What does it mean to live a spirit-led life?

 

I am trying to answer these questions myself.

Last year I lived a life of audacity. I was listening to the Holy Spirit, going where he told me to go, saying what he told me to say, and that year was the best year of my life to date. It wasn’t easy. I would be lying to you if I told you it was easy. But it was so rewarding and worth every last challenge and struggle.

 

The world may look at you and think you are crazy if you live your life this way, but who cares?!? Is that what it’s all about?

NO.

It’s about living a life for Jesus. It’s about listening to him and no one else.

According to the world’s standards, I am not going anywhere fast in life. I currently don’t have a job (I’m doing odd jobs here and there), I’m living at my parents, they are providing me with money (thank you!), BUT according to God I am exactly where he wants me to be (I know, he told me). I am in a period of waiting, learning many lessons, one being obedience. God wants me to listen to his voice and no one else’s.

He is our good shepherd.

In John 10:4-5 Jesus talks about the good Shepherd (God) and his sheep (us),

When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

 

Do you know the voice of your shepherd?

 

I am God’s sheep and I am listening to his voice and doing what he says. When I do it causes me to step out in boldness saying things I don’t particularly want to say, being financially dependent on someone else (for the time being), being the first to apologize, biting my tongue when I want to say something, loving when it’s hard, and extending grace when it’s not easy. BUT with all of this there is nothing like experiencing the JOY OF THE LORD and HIS LOVE and being BLESSED by him in ways you cannot even fathom. For example, I absolutely love the ocean! And this week God has blessed me with a week of enjoying the ocean and getting paid to do it! He is a good, good Father. He loves me and when I am obedient, living in boldness, living audaciously, living a spirit-led life, he will bless me! It’s a good way to live! The heavenly Father knows you better than you know yourself and he will give you the desires of your heart if you do what he tells you to do!

 

“Live a life that can be explained only by the existence of a God who is infinitely great.” (Sun Stand Still, Steven Furtick)

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