I could include a whole lot more because I love to talk about God and how great He is. What better way than to testify as to what He has done. I would also love to have elaborated on the lessons He has taught me in the examples given. Yes, God has done great things for me and I am faithful and obedient to write this book because He has told me to. I write it also because I think about how many years I spent just loving, serving and knowing my Lord but not communing with Him in fullness as we are meant to do. How much I missed and how much many of you are missing.
God has been speaking to a lot of you as you have been reading this. No matter where you are in your life or what your occupation is God can make a difference. He can give your life more meaning, put power in it and give you peace and joy. We are all at different stages in our walk with God. Let’s first address the fact that there may be some of you who do not know Jesus as Lord of your life. Some of you may have asked Jesus into your heart and know about Him but you do not truly know Him. You may not spend time with Him or read His word to become more familiar with Him. If we are to fellowship with God we must accept that Jesus is Savior and Lord of our life. The bible says: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) and “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Do you want Jesus to be your personal Savior and to live in you? If you are willing to take that step of faith you can simply pray this prayer. Jesus come into my heart. I believe that you are the Son of God, that you died and rose again from the dead. I confess that I have sinned and I repent. I ask you to forgive me of my sins and I receive your eternal life. I ask you to be Lord of my life. Praise God for if you said this prayer and meant it you are now a born again child of the Living God. You have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus.
Jesus spent many hours alone with His Father in prayer and I imagine a lot of that time He spent listening. We can all learn to be better listeners. When we read about Jesus we see that he went off and prayed before He did great things.
There is so much we can learn from the scriptures as to what is important and How we can hear from God. There are a few things which stand out: Jesus’ ministry started when He was baptized in the Holy Spirit. The disciples were all praying and in one accord when the Holy Spirit came upon them. What a notable change! They had miracle working power and no longer feared. They were willing to die for what they believed. So what does this tell us? We are to pray and we need the Holy Spirit to live in us and communicate with us. As in all relationships communication is of utmost importance. To communicate we must listen. If we do all the talking we never find out about the other person and what their concerns and desires are.
Some of you have never received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the Bible says. “You have not because you ask not.” You may simply ask our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit as He did Jesus and His apostles and ask Him to confirm it with peace, and/or some sign that you may recognize His presence.
Before Jesus left the earth He said: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John: 14 13-18) “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)
Isn’t this a wonderful promise!? And it belongs to us. God loves me and He loves you. He only requires that we believe in Him, that we obey Him and ask of Him. He is no respecter of persons. “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” (Acts 10:34) If He will speak to me He will speak to you. Ask Him to speak to you now in a way that you may clearly and concisely know it is God speaking to you. God has promised to teach us all things and to do so He must speak to us.
It is important to note also that in the previous examples given God did not just speak to me. He spoke to others also. Remember under the heading God Speaks Through Messengers what the #4 prophesy was? The girl said there were all different flowers and they were taking on qualities of me. The flowers, of course, are people. The people around me and that I was praying for started having visions also. God gave four people visions of multitudes of people here on the property, five people were privileged to see Jesus and five more seen angels. These are only some of the visions and words God gave to others. There are more like the vision God gave of the heart donor telling Joyce to fight and that it was a strong heart. God used those visions of the boy to encourage and strengthen Joyce. The six people prophesying over me were given visions or words from God. The fourth person, Linda saw me as a scribe with many books. I have written forty-
nine journals and am on my fiftieth and do have many other books. This is a small sample, however, you can see God is still speaking to His children today.
How to know when it is God is another subject. A good guideline is that when God tells you to do something you have peace about it and He will never tell you to do anything that is bad or evil. It may not be what you want but you know in your heart that it is from God. Your mind may fight it but you will know it is what God wants you to do. When I see God is telling me to do something I do not want to do, it can help others, then I am even more convinced that it is from God and have more peace about it because I know if I am obedient He will bring it to pass. My first assignment is an excellent example. I did not want to tell those people to listen. I was apprehensive and kept putting it off. There was no internal conflict as to whether or not to do it as I knew it was from God, my problem was one of not wanting to be rejected or being concerned about what they would think.
The few examples I have given here are from a span of seven years since God has called me and I gave my life to Him. From these examples we can see that God will edify, exhort, warn, direct and so much more. For the most part when God speaks to us it is not just for us and it is meant to help and edify others. God has changed me over the years and He is not through with me yet. God has definitely changed the desires of my heart as He has revealed Himself to me and I have experienced His faithfulness. He has taught me much and changed my life.
God has a plan for your life. A good plan and it’s to prosper you and give you life more abundantly as His Word says. Seek Him, listen, pay and watch. Allow God to speak into your life, to direct you and prosper you.
I strive and look forward to the day when I will see the answer to the prayer Jesus prayed for us. “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their work; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thow gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thow has sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” (John 17:20-23) To have the same relationship with God the Father as Jesus the Son had when He walked on earth. Wow! Just think this is only a foretaste of what it will be when we are freed of these earthly bodies and are joined with Him in Heaven.
Quoted from the book: HEARING GOD SPEAK
Author: Margaret Jensen