Hearing God’s Voice : Thoughts & A Review of Discerning the Voice of God Score 82%

Hearing God’s Voice : Thoughts & A Review of Discerning the Voice of God

Sunday, someone in my Bible Study asked me if I could pray for them this week.  She was facing some decisions regarding her job situation. This is something we’ve discussed and prayed about several times over the past year.

It’s not a question of finding a job.  She is very blessed in that it always seems that she has a variety of choices.  The issue is “which” job is the right one for her.

I guess it’s been awhile since we discussed her job.  She had started with a company that was a new launch, that was faith based, and I had thought things were going well.  But she said, “I thought God was leading me to another company.”  She started that job a few weeks ago.  Then she said,

“But I think what I was hearing was something else.”

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What Does it Mean to Quench the Spirit?

Many of us are familiar with the verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:19, “Quench Not the Spirit;” however, not everyone will agree on what it means. There are a few guidelines one should follow when interpreting a passage of Scripture.

The first guideline is to read it in context. Not only in the context of the entire passage, but also in the context of to whom it was written as well as when.

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What Was Esau Really After?

The passage in Genesis 33 is an interesting one. It is an account of Jacob’s return to the land God promised to Abraham after sojourning with Laban for 20 years. (Gen 31:41) It seems to me that during all this time, up unto this point, Jacob was riding on the faith of his fathers.

Yes, he had the experience at Bethel on his way to Paddan-Arm (Gen 28:5) where he would meet his wives and make his fortune where he saw God in a vision and the dream of the stairway to heaven. (Gen 28:10-15) God gave him the promise that he would be with him, but even after that, Jacob’s response was one of questioning, and a little uncertainty.

Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the LORD will certainly be my God.”

Jacob's dream of the stairway to heaven at Bethel

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Passover: Promise and Deliverance

Passover is viewed differently by different people. If you are Jewish, it is one of the main holy feasts that is observed whether you are particularly observant or not. It is part of your cultural identity. If you are a Christian, it may be several things. You may know it from the Exodus story from Sunday School, or you may be familiar with it from how often it is a part of the account of Jesus’s ministry in the New Testament. If you are into Biblical prophecy, both those fulfilled and those yet to come, you see it as one of God’s appointed times and Passover and the surrounding feasts were all fulfilled through Jesus’s death (at the same time as the slaughtering of the sacrificial lamb,) resurrection (on First Fruits,) and the coming of the Holy Spirit (Shavout/Pentecost.)

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Saint Valentine and Standing Firm

It’s Valentine’s Day, and most of us are focusing on notes, sweets, and spending time with loved ones. But in looking at the root of the holiday, there is a deeper meaning and lessons to be learned.

Like many of our holidays (“holy days,”) Valentine’s Day began as an observance on the church calendar marking the death of a saint, a believer who numbers among the “great cloud of witnesses” in Hebrews 12:1 that we can be encouraged by and take example from.

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Love Notes on Facebook

Have you ever had times where you just know that God is talking to you through a series of events or messages?

Sometimes I get that through Facebook. Sometimes different friends, all unconnected to each other, will post encouraging messages on the same topic in such a short period of time so that when I scroll down my feed, it is almost like one continuous stream.

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Positioned for Promise in 2014

The start of 2014 has been . . . interesting so far.  The new year started with some situations that needed to be resolved.  Two weeks in, I can say that clarity has been given for one issue and focus and direction is coming in another.  Doors are opening, (after all, we are in the Jewish year 5774, the year of open doors) and I’m excited to see what God has for me around the corner.

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Christmas, Candy Canes, and Chaos

A week ago my daughter, Avery, came home from a church LEAD team party bubbling with stories of her friends.  She had a candy cane in hand and showed me the card with a poem about candy canes.  I’m sure you’ve seen it:

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