When God Speaks


“And he said, ‘Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and then a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”   1 Kings 19: 11-13

I just recently saw a group of women shouting over one another, speaking harshly and loudly, with all attempts to drown out all opposing opinions. And I thought, when you really have something important to say, it’s never necessary to scream to be heard, for the Truth needs no trumpet, it’s always loud and clear.

I also find it amusing, whenever my friend and I meet to discuss scripture and how the Lord is working in our lives, something loud and noisy, rude and demanding, usually comes right beside us to prevent us from hearing God’s Word. We laugh about it now, and have learned to ignore it, continuing our conversation, turning deaf ears to the intrusion.

When God Joins Our Conversation

Satan is the accuser of God and all who have come to faith in His awesome salvation. The best way to defeat his antics is to ignore his outbursts, accusations and walk away. Since there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, he looks for ways to pull the rug from under anyone whose confidence is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

“Those who have no leg to stand on will look for ways to pull the rug from under those who do.” DF

Years ago, when my faith was shaky, I began listening to the accuser’s voice, until I was convinced I’d lost my salvation. Then, as I quoted God’s Word in Isaiah 40:30-31 about “waiting” on what God had to say, I heard a small still voice, say, “Don’t give it the time of day, just walk away.” As soon as I started ignoring the verbal assaults, I felt God’s awesome peace, while soaring high with the power of His unconditional love.

I love how God asked, Elijah, what he was doing there. Actually, it was a question concerning his faith. Was he standing in faith, or was he listening to the voice of doubt and fear. I also love the way the Lord just told him the next thing to do while assuring him, he was in no way the only one who was trusting in Him. Elijah had just experienced an amazing victory and was simply worn out emotionally and physically from the ordeal.

The lord did the practical thing by allowing Elijah to rest and be nourished before speaking. But He is always ready to speak in our worse circumstances, the question is, are we waiting in expectation to hear What He has to say.

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What is Your Final Destination?


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“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
John 14:1-3

Recently, my daughter made reservations at a hotel across from the hospital where her husband was to receive open-heart surgery. This reservation was an important one because she would need to stay there during the time of his hospitalization. Since, his parents would be joining her, she had reserved a kitchen suite through an online travel agency, where she was somehow rerouted , in her online search. When she arrived at the hotel, they had no record of her upgraded online reservation and the only room available was less than adequate. Therefore, she requested a refund. Their reply was they could not be responsible for any third party reservations; therefore she received no compensation.

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In contrast, I have a friend who is meticulous, looking into every detail concerning each trip he makes. He is one step ahead in contacting the hotel directly, knowing the location, the accommodations and the best way to travel to and fro while navigating his way around.
He leaves nothing to chance nor would allow anyone to make his travel arrangements without thoroughly looking into it himself.

Of course, it is always possible to get hotel and travel accommodations without any preparation or plans. Some, have boasted of the impromptu desire to travel and just hit the road, with everything going their way. But, if you were to travel abroad, thousands of miles from home, “Would you seriously want to risk it?”

 

On my recent trip to Boston, I was looking forward to touring the city while my husband attended his scheduled conference. I had done this with a lot of success while accompanying him on his previous conference trips in popular big cities such as Seattle and San Francisco.

I am not gifted with a wonderful sense of direction, and rely heavily on getting directions from either my IPhone, a google map or the hotel’s concierge. Usually all of the above. On this particular trip, I was especially looking forward to visiting the historical areas in South Boston.

After talking with the concierge and purchasing a hop on and off “Trolley” ticket, I thought to ask, “where exactly do I go to get on this tour”?
The concierge, pointed in an unspecified direction, saying,” just go out the front of the hotel and turn left, its at the Westin hotel, just five minutes away”. She made it sound so simple, I didn’t dare ask for further guidance. Piece a cake. Right? Not!

hotelThe arrow on my electronic map was spending like a top as I attempted to follow along the highlighted path. Finally, I asked a gentleman nearby how to get to the hotel. He was pointing to a pedestrian walk over which appeared to me in the opposite direction. So, I ignored his advice and headed to what appeared to be the more direct route. I soon realized why he suggested the walk-over as each crossing became more hazardous than the last… Finally, I crossed the street just in time to see the Trolley whizzing away. Still, not sure, I was at the right location, I asked the Valet parking attendant if the Trolley picked up there. He assured me it did and so I proceeded to wait another 30 minutes before the next one arrived. When I got on, the driver said he didn’t need to see my ticket, mentioning, he would only be with us for a short while, at which caused further anxiety as I wondered why. Then, as he approached the first stop, he announced he was following the “Seaport” route. According to my map, this was the optional route with only four stops. He said he wasn’t stopping at the next historical site on our map, and if any of us wanted to go there, we could get off now and walk the short distance. So, not quite knowing what to do, I made a quick decision, hopped off, figuring, I could find my way..

On my map the historical sites in the area boasted free entrance to a new wax museum, so I began walking, having no idea how I would find it. After a few failed attempts, I finally decided to ask some hurried tourists. They said, they really didn’t know, so I approached two tour booths for directions, while pointing to some obscure location, they said, “ it’s just behind the buildings over there”. I was unable to find the museum “jus behind the buildings over there, and then started to think, “how was I going to get back to my hotel?” I certainly didn’t want to return to the Westin again.

In a recent blog I mentioned how Jesus promised to be with us wherever we would go. I thought to myself, why have I not thought of asking for His help? I inquired of the Lord and thanked Him for His promise to be with me and knew He was. Suddenly, I remembered on the “Seaport Route”, there was a stop closer to my hotel. So I asked a woman behind one of the ticket booths where I could catch the trolley that followed the Seaport route. I was told where to go and decided I had experienced enough misadventure, and since I couldn’t locate the wax museum, I would just return to my hotel and call it a day.
(Matthew 28:20, John 14:14)

When I got on the Trolley, I met with the same driver who was disgruntled over other passengers thinking his bus would take them on the complete historic tour. One man and his wife complained how they had been waiting for an hour and a half at his stop, only to discover his bus was the wrong one to take. Boy, could I relate. But I decided, I was going to be pleasant, and just be grateful the Lord was getting me back.

As we traveled, I told the driver I was looking for the stop closest to my hotel. He said one of the stops would be near, and when he stopped at the intersection in front of my hotel, he said, “Oh! You can get off here if you want.”I said, “Thank you very much”and put in a generous tip as I rushed off.

So much for relying on a concierge, a tour bus, tourists, and my own sense of direction. I’d be sure to pre-map everything with plan A-Z on my next tour.

I couldn’t help but think, with all the fuss in making plans, It’s interesting to note, how too many will meticulously research everything from investments, careers, travel, where to live and even when to retire while leaving to question without the slightest clue as to what will happen and where their destination will be when they depart this world. (Romans 6:23)
What Do You Imagine?

Before Jesus Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life; He told His disciples how He was going and where He would be. However, they lacked comprehension focusing only on this world and their present circumstance .
Jesus explained how He was going to prepare a place for them and assured them, where He was they would one day be, also.
(John 14:1-3)

When the thief on the cross confessed his sins and acknowledged Jesus as his Savior, Jesus told him where he would be and his destination, just as he told His disciples, “Today, you shall be with me in paradise”.
(Luke 23:41-43)

In this world there are usually a number of ways to reach your destination. All you have to do is purchase your ticket for the method of travel and the kind of accommodations in which you will stay. Sometimes the methods prove reliable and at other times they don’t. There is simply no guarantee. But when it comes to your eternal destination there are only two choices-heaven or hell.
Scriptures on Heaven and Hell

ticket to heaven   The ticket to heaven is prepaid and purchased by Christ’s own blood through His righteousness. You can rely totally on His righteousness, but not your own. It’s not round trip, it’s only one way. The purchase to hell (eternal separation and punishment) is your fare, the requirement is believing and relying on your self-righteousness on which one sin will separate you from a Just and Holy God blocking your way to eternal life. (Romans 3:23-26)

Jesus is the cross-over bridge between those who are lost and where God dwells. There are no other routes except through Him. He’s our bridge of reconciliation, leading us all the way. The path is guaranteed, we just need to Trust in His great salvation and follow.
(2 Corinthians 5: 18-19, Romans 3: 23-25, Ephesians 1:13-14, Matthew 16:24-26)

God has provided a precise method and roadmap; an exact path to His door. He has rolled out the red carpet through the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. You simply won’t get there any other way. He has made it so simple, even a child understands. It’s no secret because He has made it plain with the things He has made.
He has provided an inner compass directing your course with His Word and Holy Spirit – Who answers every question you may ask.
(John 14:6, Romans 1:20, John 14:15-1.
God’s Inner Compass

Jesus said, “ I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

“There is a way that seems right to man, and the ways thereof end in death.” Proverbs 14:12

The ways of the world are all dead-ended but the way of Christ is peace, love and joy and abundant life..

If you haven’t inquired into your final destination, why not do it today, don’t delay. He has your ticket, He’s just waiting, for you to pray. He has your reservation, it’s all paid. Your name will be written in the Lamb’s book of life, which no one can erase.
What is the Prayer of Salvation?

Let there be no hesitation concerning this Truth, for when you accept Christ’s “forgiveness ” you’ll also have proof.

(2 Corinthians 6:2, Romans 10:13, 1 Timothy 2:1-6, Revelation 21:27, Ephesians 1: 13-14)

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What do you Imagine?


Ephesians 4: 20-21

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”                   Ephesians 4:20-21

I recently visited a nail salon where the décor was a dark purple and the wall decked a sugar skull, and a picture of John Lennon with the phrase, “a dreamer”from his still popular song; Imagine. There were other earthy items, but it was those two images with emphasis on that particular song which really got my attention because I believe they speak volumes of what many believe today. The beginning of the song (Imagine) begins with these lyrics:
Imagine there is no heaven, it’s easy if you try, no hell below us, above us only sky.”

But the next lyric in this song explains why an unbeliever would want to imagine no heaven or a hell because there would be no God or accountability, just living for today:
Imagine all the people living for today”: The unbeliever says in his heart, “let us eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow I may die.”
(1 Corinthians 15:22, Luke 12:19,Isaiah 56:12, Psalm 14:1)

Lennon’s song goes on to suggest, it is countries, possessions and religion which separates us and prevents mankind from experiencing peace and becoming one.

But the heart of man is deceitful above all things and it is not in his heart to do good but to do what he desires at the expense of others. God’s way is to know the way of loving one another through the regeneration of the heart which receives God’s Truth. (Jeremiah 17:9, John 3:3, 2 Corinthians 15:17)

The Truth is that we sin and deserve the punishment of our sins. This is God’s justice. God’s love and mercy and grace is that He sent His Son, Who knew no sin to take on the punishment for the sins of the world. Those who confess they sin and need a Savior, discover the solution to their sin nature is found through faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore , they no longer want to sin and are changed, born again and start anew in the Kingdom of God where they have abundant living and experience eternal life. (John 3, John 10:10)

John Lennon dreamed there is nothing to kill or die for. But God so loved the world He sent Jesus, His only begotten Son to die for the forgiveness of all our sins and to save us from the wrath of God’s eternal judgment to come. If there is nothing worthy to die for there is nothing worthy to live for. Everything then is of no good or bad consequence. Life is lived in vain. (John 3:16, Romans 10:8-9, Ephesians 1:13)

“The attitude seems to be that if only we could remove God from the equation, then everyone would be not only good but better than ever.” Ben Carson

Jesus said, He goes to prepare a place for those who have come to believe in His great salvation. Where He is , they who believe, will be there also , for eternity. (Hebrews 2:2-3,Luke 23:42-43,John 14:3)

I can Only Imagine what Eternal life with Christ will be.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Resources:

– “Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk”            by Ben Carson

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