HOW DO I KNOW I'M HEARING GOD AND NOT MY OWN THOUGHTS?

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What does your active life, prayer life, and thought life evidence – obedience or hatred? Test yourself with the truth.

“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.” John 7:24

It is a natural reaction to lean on your own experiences or seek out experiences of those close to you when you should be seeking the one who knows all things.

Seek him with a humble and patient attitude, trusting that his way is the right way – his timing is the right timing. Without your ideas of what’s right, but fully giving over all that it is that you are bringing to him.

The world has a multitude of ideas and “advice” on what is right and we are tempted to give in to those, but again, there is only one who is always right, God.

“So Jesus answered them, ‘My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.’” John 7:16

God has sent his word to us for our benefit. Don’t let your thoughts/experiences and this world persuade you into believing that the answers are anywhere other than there.

God’s word. God’s wisdom. God’s will. Not your word, wisdom, or will. Not the world’s word, wisdom, or will. Aligning all parts of life with Him is only possible by the daily discipline to spend time with him.

The author of life is speaking to you, you need only to listen.

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I FEEL ALONE?

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“If the world hates you, know that it hated me before it hated you.” John 15.18

 

You are not alone.

Even in the times you are left feeling abandoned, betrayed, deceived, hurt - you are not alone. Jesus knows your struggles, Jesus knows the pain that comes with them, and Jesus knows the exact source of betrayal: the devil.

“Did I not choose you, the twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” - John 6:70.

Jesus recognized that it was the devil in Judas that betrayed him, not the flesh and blood of Judas, but the devil at work through him. The devil used one of Jesus’ closest allies to betray him and that same devil is at work in our lives too so don’t be naive to think we won’t face the same kind of attacks.

So when those attacks are made, choose not to focus on the bad, instead focus on the good. Focus on the fact that you know the ultimate Healer - the one who is waiting for you to call out to him so that he can heal you.

Then, share that same Jesus with them. Use the situation as an opportunity to show Jesus’ love just like he did for us.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8