Posted by: missionventureministries | November 30, 2014

“CALL TO ME” – God is eager to communicate with His children – Jeremiah 33:3

Jeremiah 33 vs 3 (E)

The words that the Lord  spoke to Jeremiah is also applicable for us: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3) 

What do we need to do to hear God? Hearing from God is a learning process that takes time. The Holy Spirit helps believers discern between what is true and false, wise and foolish, right and wrong and leads believers into truth. The most important thing is we need to be humble and have a desire to obey God’s word and to have fellowship with Him. 

God is available to all who seek Him; we need however to take time to read His Word and spend time with our Father and get to know Him. We need to remember that God created us so we can have a special Father-child relationship with Him. Jesus took time alone with the Father (Mark 6:46), and we too need a quiet place free from distraction to be alone with Him. So once we do these things how do we hear from God and know that it is He who is speaking to us? 

Here are some things we can ask ourselves to determine if it is God who is speaking to us. What we hear, 

  • Is it consistent with Scripture?
  • Is it consistent with the character of God?
  • Does it lead to change or growth in our life?
  • Does it lead to the restoration of relationships?
  • Is there a sense of healing?
  • Is there a sense of peace?
  • Does it lead to conviction instead of guilt?

There is a distinct difference between the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the condemnation of the devil, because the two speak different languages.

SO LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCES

SATAN COMMUNICATES IN THE FOLLOWING
WAY:

THE HOLY SPIRIT
COMMUNICATES
IN THE OPPOSITE WAY:

HIS TONE IS: Accusing and nagging.  He generates fear and confusion. HIS TONE IS: Gentle, loving, and urges us to return to God.  (1 Peter 2:9-10)
HE IS VAGUE: He generates an overall sense of guilt.  Creates feelings of hopelessness and weakness. HE IS SPECIFIC: He assures us that that if we confess and repent of our sins; freedom follows. (Acts 3:19)
HE DISCOURAGES US: He attacks, tells us that we are weak and worthless. HE ENCOURAGES US: He urges us to rely on His power, not our own strength. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
HE BRINGS UP THE PAST: Replays our sin and shame, reminds us of our poor choices. HE RELEASES US FROM THE PAST: Tells us that our sins are forgiven, never to be held against us. (Romans 4:8)
HE REJECTS US: Produces the feeling that God has rejected us as unworthy and we have no chance. HE ATTRACTS US: With love and kindness, and gives us hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
HE ISOLATES US: Causes us to withdraw from others because of our guilt and shame. HE DRAWS US: Into fellowship with other believers who reassure us of His steadfast love and forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ. (Psalm 86:15 – John 3:16)
HE IS NEGATIVE: Tells us that we are worthless and that there is no hope. HE IS POSITIVE: Tells us that we can become His child and have, hope, joy and peace. (Romans 15:13)

 

Jesus said: “The thief (Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

The Bible is clear about the fact that God actively seeks a personal relationship with His children. He delights in us and desires to bring restoration to the pain in our life. He offers Himself as a refuge from fear and anxiety, (Psalm 91). He gives strength to those who are week. He is there for us, anytime we come to Him with a humble and clean heart.

However, remember: “If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” (Psalm 66:18)

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