God Speaks to Us Through His Word

The Bible is one of God’s provisions to equip us to do His will. (See II Timothy 3:16–17.) God’s Word is alive; it is active in our lives. The Bible is an absolutely essential part of your walk with God. You must not neglect His Word. It is one way that He speaks to you personally, powerfully—today. (See I Thessalonians 1:5, 2:13.)
Read the Word, memorize the Word, and meditate on the Word of God. By His Holy Spirit, Who dwells in each believer, God will focus your attention on particular verses or passages. (See John 14:26.) They will have special application to your life because of decisions you are facing, character goals you are working on, questions you have, or pressures you are experiencing. As you meditate on those verses to which the Spirit of God leads you, and obey them, God will guide you in “paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).
Not only are we to have a growing relationship with the Lord through His Word, but we also should be ready to give an answer to others whenever necessary. (See I Peter 3:15–16.) When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus responded to the devil’s temptations by quoting truth from God’s Word. (See Matthew 4:1–11.)We must learn the truth, which is found in the Word of God and also is identified as the “sword of the Spirit.” With the sword of the Spirit, we can defeat the enemy of our souls, and as we “put on the whole armor of God,” we can “stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
Honoring and obeying God’s Word is a key to hearing God’s voice. Through obedience, we demonstrate our love for God, and failure to obey is a reflection of a rebellious heart. If we resist His Word, our fellowship with God will be limited. Jesus said, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. … If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me” (John 14:21, 23–24).
We Must Believe What the Bible Says
The Bible says that God guides us. (See Isaiah 30:21; Psalm 32:8, 48:14, 73:24; John 16:13, and Deuteronomy 4:9–11.) Are you willing to believe God’s Word? If so, then your heart is prepared to hear God speak. If you reject what the Bible says, then it is likely that you will be unable to hear God speak, because of your unbelief. (See Matthew 13:57–58; Mark 6:5–7, 16:9–20; Hebrews 3:7–19; and I Timothy 1:12–16.)
If you are not hearing God’s voice, examine your heart. The Bible says, “Examine [scrutinize, discipline] yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove [test, approve] your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates [unapproved, rejected, worthless]?” (II Corinthians 13:5). Ask the Lord to reveal to you anything that is hindering your relationship with Him, and then obey Him. Ask God to give you ears to hear, and a pure heart. (See Matthew 13:43, Mark 4:9, Matthew 5:8, II Timothy 2:22, and Psalm 24:3–5.)
God’s Children Can Hear His Voice
Are you born again? Have you asked God to forgive you for your rebellion against Him and His Word? Have you in repentance made a change of mind, heart, and direction in your life? If so, then you can hear God’s voice, because you are His child. If you are not a child of God, then cry out to Him for salvation, and He will hear your cry. He will forgive you of your rebellion, and He will accept you into His kingdom, as His child. (See John 3:1–21 and Romans 10:9–17.)

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Seek God’s Guidance

When entering into a relationship, seek God’s guidance to see if the person you are praying for line up to the will of God. Sometimes the answer is “NO” or “NOT RIGHT NOW. Take the NO’s and NOT RIGHT NOW’s into a positive perspective and know that God is trying to save you for someone better and just for you. Don’t get upset; accept it and move on. I know it may be hard, because it may be a person you really liked or have become acquainted with, but in God’s eyes, they’re not what you need. God will provide what’s best for your life in due time if you just trust Him. In order for God to get your attention, He has to strip you of everything you love. So stop crying over those who have walked out on you. Obviously, God allowed them to leave for a reason because He knew they would only hinder you from going to the place He has prepared for you. So, keep the faith and know that God is not trying to hurt you or harm you, He only wants what’s best and will give you what you need instead of what you want. If God didn’t send them, don’t expect Him to bless it! God will not encourage a relationship that He is excluded from. Stop entertaining every emotion or every person that shows interest. If God isn’t the foundation, then the building will not stand! A guy who loves Jesus will respect you, pursue you, pray for you and with you, and not only that; treasure you! He won’t try to pressure you or control you; he will gently walk beside you and lead you. He will worship you, and most importantly, remind you that only God can truly satisfy you. #ConsultGodFirst  Read more here***** http://www.lucretiacargill.com

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It’s not easy, but I trust you Lord!!!

There may be times in your life where you feel the storm you are facing is overwhelming. The things you see in the natural is so painful that may have you thinking nothing is going to change. Even though the pain you experience in your life may have you thinking that God has forgotten all about you. You may have more bills than you have money, you may be experiencing health issues where you feel you may not get better, you just may be in a storm where it seems there is no way out. But out of all of those situations you may face, God is always there and will supply all of your need according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). God is never slack in His promises, He will provide. “Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him”. (Job 13:15). Those are the words Job stated as he was going through his trials and sufferings. NO matter what he faced,  even though God was silent in the first 37 Chapters and in Chapter 38 he delivered and restored and blessed Job with everything he lost double. Just like we us, we have to keep the faith and trust in God’s timing to work out our situations. We try to rush God to do things for us but we forget that He is an on time God. He is never early and never late!!! Turn your situations over to God and trust Him to take care of you, but in His timing!!!

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What does it mean to walk by faith and not by sight?

What does it mean to walk by faith and not by sight? Those words seem simple enough, however, I am learning that flashing out those words, that simple concept, can be much tougher assignment. It requires tremendous courage and strength. You must be willing to be misunderstood and even abandoned. You must be willing to give up any semblance of control of your life that you thought you might have. You must be willing to look like a complete fool. But it is a journey of tremendous blessing and reward. It is a journey that is exciting, life altering, and mind boggling. It is a journey that will allow you to see and experience God as He was meant to be in all His fullness and grace. “Walking by faith and not by sight” requires you to go to a place yo do not know, one that God will reveal as you walk in obedience. Walking by faith means that you continue to cling to the dreams God has planted in your heart, even when you’ve been thrown away, taken to prison for crimes you didn’t commit. Walking by faith requires a determination to follow God’s plan regardless what life throws your way. Walking by faith means you have the courage to stand up for the hurting, broken, and down trodden, to face death, and yourself for the good of others. You just may have to play the part of a fool. You must be willing to let God take your world and turn it upside down, shake it up, and start all over again. You must be willing to let God out of the neat little box that you have put Him in, to let Him show up as He sees fit

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Patience is a Virtue!

If you’re looking for a relationship and you don’t have one, no worries! If nothing else, learning to live without a man/woman may seem hard, but it will teach you patience. Don’t rush your life away. The struggles I’ve faced during my years has brought me to learn what patience is all about. I once thought I was miserable without a mate until I decided to take the time as a gift from God. I’m learning every day the importance to wait on things for the right timing and learning to pay attention to my values, wants, needs, and goals for the moment without rushing into hasty decisions that may not be best for me nor my future. Take some time to get to know yourself before you ask someone to get to know you too. I know a lot of you probably saying, “I do know me”, but my question is, do you really? Sure you know your name, height, age, and what town you grew up in, but that’s not truly getting to know yourself though. Learning who you are gives you the capability to love to enjoy without the influence of anyone else, what your beliefs are outside of anyone else opinion, and learning what you want to do with your life outside anyone else persuasion or effect on your life………………………….

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How to Use the Power of God

The key to accessing God’s power is to understand how much we need Him to do anything that’s of real value in life. The truth is, whether we realize it or not, we’re all desperate for God every minute and every hour of the day, because being apart of Jesus, we can do nothing. To qualify for the power of God, you must first come to a place where you realize that in and of yourself, you are weak, but God’s strength and power are made perfect. It’s so easy to focus on the negative things in life, such as our weaknesses, limitations, and problems, but if we give them to God and let Him use them to draw us closer to Him, they can become blessings in our lives. God will take all things, even the bad things in our lives and work them for our good…………………….

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What is Faith?

According to the Bible (Hebrews 11:1) Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. Everyone has some level of human ability to exercise faith in certain things. However, the type of faith that God wants us to have is rested completely on His infallible word because that’s His primary means of communicating with us as humans. Romans 10:17 states; Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Exercising faith in God takes place by believing in Him based on the promises that He has made through His word. The word is a lamp to our feet and a light for our path (Psalm 119:105). Therefore, we’re not only led by the word to live a life acceptable to God through holiness, but the word is the point of reference that helps us to know where we are in God and how far off we’re from Him…..

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