Fresh Hope – 31st August 2016

God doesn’t just speak to a favoured few, He speaks to all that have a relationship with Him through his son Jesus.

When you receive Jesus to be your saviour and allow Him to be the Lord and leader of your life, you have to get used to the idea that God is now your Heavenly Father and as such, He wants to talk to you, just as any human father would want to.

God speaking into our lives is for EVERY believer and not just an elite few, however, hearing from God is another matter.

My wife speaks to me every day but I have to admit, I don’t hear some of what she says, because like most men, I’m not listening.

Allowing God to speak to us means that we need to position ourselves close enough to Him in order to recognise His voice.

I was totally surprised and blown away when many years ago I clearly heard God speak to me in such a clear way that it changed the whole direction of my life. At the time, I wasn’t kneeling in prayer, or in a church, but walking in a field.

The only two things that would maybe give a clue as to how and why I heard from God was: 1) I was open to hear from God, and 2)…I was quiet.

Ask yourself today, how much quiet time are you giving to God whereby you draw close enough to Him to hear his voice.

Turn the TV off.

Turn your phone off.

Get off Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Find yourself a quiet place every day to read the Bible, pray and listen. It makes sense in any relationship, to spend time together.

When Jesus gathered His disciples together just before the crucifixion, He informed them that one of them would betray Him.

The only person that got the inside information on who it was, was the one that was sitting closest to Jesus; so close in fact that John was able to whisper to Jesus, enquiring as to who this was.

John 13:21-26 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, ‘Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.’ His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, ‘Ask him which one he means.’ Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, ‘Lord, who is it?’ Jesus answered, ‘It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.’ Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.

Think about it…the one that had a direct line to Jesus was the one that was closest to Him. All the other disciples were in the same room, but didn’t hear his voice, in fact it was Peter that ended up asking John for the information from Jesus.

Don’t keep saying that God doesn’t speak to you…He does.

Don’t keep asking other people for a word from God for your life…get your own.

The question is: are you close enough and quiet enough to listen?

James 4 v 8 ‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you’.

Pastor Mark

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