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Recognizing Your Conversations with God: Lesson 1 – Two Kinds of Thoughts

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“God never talks to me.  He only talks to other people.” 

If this is what you think, you’re dead wrong.  God most certainly does talk to you.  Not only does He talk to you, He talks to you a lot.  When He does, you talk back.  The reality is that you and God are frequently conversing with each other on a soul level.  It doesn’t matter if you never read the Bible—the Bible has nothing to do with the kind of conversation we’re talking about.  We’re talking about you and God chatting it up with no props involved.  It happens all the time in your life.  It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your gender is, or what religion you claim to be.  Talking to God isn’t something that only Christians do.  It’s not just an adult activity.  Everyone talks to God, and if you want to learn how to start recognizing the conversations that are already happening between you and God on a daily basis, you’ve come to the right place. Read more of this post

Recognizing Your Spiritual Dependency On Humans

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Jason’s father is the pastor of a mega church and a very dominant personality who has most of the Bible memorized.  When Pastor Jack declares that God disapproves of something or someone, Jason feels like God Himself has spoken.  The problem is that Jack is a hard man to please—impossible, in fact. Jason has spent his whole life trying to earn his father’s approval, only to have Jack constantly find fault with him.  Today Jason is convinced that he’ll never succeed at pleasing God unless he manages to please his demanding father, because he’s convinced that the two beings think alike. Read more of this post

It’s Personal: Understanding How God Communicates with Humans

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When God is talking to Americans, He talks like an American—using terms, slang, and metaphors that Americans understand.  When He’s talking to Russians, He talks like a Russian.  When He’s talking to Italians, He talks like an Italian.  Because God gave us all of the language tools we use today, and because He understands us better than we understand ourselves, it’s a very simple thing for Him to communicate to us in ways that we will understand.  It’s also a very simple thing for Him to stonewall us, confuse us, and prevent us from pondering certain questions and possibilities.  The point is that if God wants you to understand something, there’s no way that you can stop yourself from receiving that information.  At the same time, if God wants to withhold information from you, there’s no way that you can pry that information out of Him.   Read more of this post

It’s Biblical: God Talks to People Without Using the Bible

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If you want to know God’s will for your life, then you need to read the Bible.  If you want God to talk to you, then crack open the book because, hello, it’s the Living Word of God.  Every word in the Bible is inerrant and God-breathed, so if you want God breathing on you, you need to part His lips for Him, and that means opening up those sacred Scriptures.  If you don’t do this—if you slack off and don’t read the Word every single day of your life—then how do you expect God to take your interest in Him seriously?  You’re obviously not serious if you aren’t doing those daily devotions. Read more of this post

Being Commanded by God

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When people hear the word command, they often think of someone with an angry expression barking orders in a harsh, stern tone. Is this how God looks and sounds when He’s commanding us? It depends. First of all, God speaks to us in a wide variety of ways. Many of His communications to us don’t have any tone at all because they are not verbal. Secondly, God is always responding to our soul attitudes. This means that how He talks to you will depend on how your soul is currently responding to Him. Read more of this post

Relating to an Alien God

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Suppose you want to hear some music. You turn on your radio and a talk station comes on. You don’t want talk, you want music. Here is where you might say, “This radio is dumb. It doesn’t play any music.” Yet is this a correct conclusion? No. Your radio’s antenna is receiving all kinds of music transmissions, but before you can enjoy certain ones, you have to tune in to the right station. It works the same with God’s Voice. He is always talking to you, but He broadcasts His messages on many different stations. Most Christians refuse to acknowledge more than one or two stations. They want God to speak to them through emotional experiences or in the form of some clear thought voice. God does speak in these ways, but He also speaks in a variety of other ways. God is constantly changing which station He’s broadcasting on. If we’re going to hear Him, we need to learn how to listen to multiple stations at the same time. This is what the Holy Spirit will teach you to do if you are willing to submit to His education process.

Learning to recognize God’s Voice begins with realizing two critical facts. First, that He is always talking to you personally. Second, that His communications come in a wide variety of forms. As long as you are refusing to accept one or both of these facts, you simply aren’t going to get very far in your relationship with God. Read more of this post

Practicing Discernment: Prophecies & Premonitions

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How do you know when a prediction about the future is from God? It’s not hard to sort these things out once you understand a few things about God’s communication style and His priorities for you. God has you on this planet for one reason: to give you the chance to decide how serious you are going to be about your relationship with Him. Every human has a relationship with God because God sustains us all. So even if we’re working hard at pretending He doesn’t exist, we are still utterly dependent on Him and our lives are being shaped by His decisions. When you are born, when and how you will die, who you will meet, what you will experience—all of these things are determined by God. It is God who is constantly putting a limited number of choices before us and those choices are the only ones we can choose between. So while we like to pep ourselves up with sayings like, “You can do anything you put your mind to,” the truth is that you can only ever do what God allows you to do. Read more of this post

Rating the Voices of God: A Foolish & Harmful Game

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God loves variety and to Him, differences are good. But to us humans, differences must be categorized into groups of good and bad, better and worse. If I say my skin color is better than yours, then that means I’m authorized to pick on you. If you say the shape of your nose is better than mine, then that means you get to make fun of me. We have cruel natures and we’re obsessed with comparing and rating. Why can’t we just enjoy variety the way God does and realize that there are several “right” ways to go about certain things? Some Christians like to dance about when they worship, others like to stand as stiff as statues. We say one is better than the other. God says both are good.

God loves variety, and He’s not going to stop loving variety to accommodate our silliness. He doesn’t treat us all the same because to Him, that would be plain boring. Of course the moment God starts treating us differently, we start in with the comparative labels. We decide that direct revelations from God are “better” than hearing Him speak to us through another person. But why? Why should you care what form God’s communication takes in your life? What matters is that He is talking to you. Read more of this post

How to Tell When God is Speaking to You Through Someone Else

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How do you know when God is speaking to you through another person? How can you recognize His convictions from something they just made up? There are several guidelines to go by here.

1. Test every message.

Just because someone is godly or you’ve heard God speaking through them to you before doesn’t mean their current message is legit. Every message must be tested separately. It’s always the contents of the message we examine, not the source. God speaks to us through our friends and our enemies, through the saved and the unsaved, through the holy and the satanic. We have to be open to hearing Him through anything and anyone. Read more of this post

Learning to Recognize God’s Voice: Seven Principles

Learning to Recognize God's Voice

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It is not God’s desire for you to go through life depending on other people to tell you what He wants to say to you. God wants you to learn how to communicate with Him directly, and this is something that He will teach you to do if you are willing to learn. Let’s get one thing straight right from the beginning: God is always talking to you. Yes, you. If you don’t believe this, it’s only because you haven’t learned how to recognize His Voice yet. So while it’s true that God gives some souls extra measures of insight and revelation, there is no soul who He simply ignores. And just as God teaches other souls amazing things about who He is, He can teach you as well. You are not some lesser Christian who God simply doesn’t find interesting enough to spend energy on. You are His very dear creation who He made for the purpose of having a dynamic relationship with. Read more of this post