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“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”
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Psalm‬ ‭139:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You can’t hide your feelings from God. When we try to the only thing we do is prove that we don’t trust Him with them. Don’t suffocate on the things you want to hide. Beloved, He already knows your heart.
Speak. Release. Breathe. Cry. Be free.

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For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment;

if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;

if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;

and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—

if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.

—  2 Peter 2:4‭-‬9 NIV

Ok so I have decided to make a post about hearing from God! I will break this down into two sections so I can cover different things!

How to Hear from God

 I used to struggle with this and I realized that it was because I didn’t know HOW God speaks to me. I don’t think that God speaks to everyone in the EXACT same way. How He speaks to you might be different from how He speaks to me.

 For example, God speaks to me through my Spirit. When God speaks to me, His voice sounds like my own voice in my head but I can tell that it is not my own voice because my spirit recognizes that it is God’s voice. It took some time for me to learn to recognize God’s voice, but with God’s help, I learned and so can you! God may speak to you through other people, through television, through dreams and visions, He may speak to you in a variety of different ways! I believe that God speaks to us in a way that He knows will reach us. We need to know HOW God speaks to us so that we can better know WHEN He is speaking and so we can know to listen!!

 So with that in mind…If you don’t know how God speaks to you, you should ask Him HOW He speaks to you! God will reveal this to you if you ask Him fully believing that He will reveal it to you. Remember that Matthew 7:7 says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (NIV)James 4:2says,You do not have because you do not ask God” (NIV). So just ask God to reveal to you HOW He speaks to you and He will!

If you ask God how He speaks to you personally, then you can know how and when to listen to Him. For example, If He speaks to you through others, then you can know to tune more into what others say to you and pay attention to their words and see if their words register with your spirit! For another example, If you find out that God speaks to you through books, then you can know to pay more attention to books that might stand out to you because God may be pointing you towards them. 

It is important to note that your spirit recognizes God! I found out that God speaks to me through my spirit because I have asked God about it and seeked Him about it. I’ve realized that He also speaks to me through others, television, books, movies, and some other ways and again, I know this because I desired to know how God speaks to me and He gave me an answer! You can find this out too, all you have to do is ask God! Believe me, He wants to help you out!

The second thing that I would like to cover is…

How to Know When God is Speaking to You

 This is something that I feel like a lot of Christians struggle with, including myself. Don’t worry, here’s some advice on how you can tell when God is speaking to you!!

 You can go through this little checklist to help you know if God is really speaking to you or not! These are a few things you can ask yourself!

 1. Does what you heard line up with the Bible?

a. This is so important because if what you heard DOES NOT come in agreement with what The Word says, then it is not from God.

 2. Does what you heard encourage you and uplift you?

a. If what you heard is not encouraging and uplifting, but discouraging, then what you heard is not from God. God does not want to discourage us and He does not want to make us feel inadequate. He wants to uplift us and help us. If you feel like God is telling you something that is not encouraging and uplifting, then it is most likely not God that you are hearing from. Remember that the enemy will try to confuse us and tell us things too!

b. God will tell us things such as, “If you keep doing this, then you will get hurt” and that isn’t necessarily the most uplifting or encouraging thing to hear, but it is God trying to look out for us and help us! The devil wouldn’t say something like that because he wants to kill, steal, and destroy us!

 3. Have you heard something more than once?

a. God does repeat Himself. For example, you can hear someone tell you “I feel like you should do this” and then a while later you can hear two other people, who don’t even know each other, tell you the same thing. God repeats Himself to get your attention and to confirm to you that what is being said is from Him!

b. I should note that if you hear God say something once and not again, I don’t think that necessarily means that it wasn’t God speaking to you! 

5. Is what was said confusing?

a. 1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints” (KJV).

b. God will never say something confusing or say something to confuse you because He is not the author of confusion. He doesn’t want you all confused. If you have trouble understanding something that God says, then you can always ask Him for clarification!

4. Ask God for confirmation. 

a. If you don’t know whether something you heard is from God or not, ask God to help you! He will tell you! Don’t be afraid to ask God things. Like I said before, He wants to help you!! He loves you!!!!

b. Sometimes I don’t know if what I heard is from God or not and I ask Him about it and I get an answer. I may not always get the answer immediately, but I do get an answer! 


Ok! This is all I have for now. If I think of more or if God gives me more, I will add it onto this. Let me know if this is helpful!! God Bless yall!

Don’t Leave Your Gifts Half-developed

Jesus’ parable of the talents illustrates that God expects us to make the most of what he gives us. We are to cultivate our gifts and abilities, keep our hearts aflame, grow our character and personality, and broaden our experiences so we will be increasingly more effective in our service.

Paul told the Philippians to “keep on growing in knowledge and understanding,” and he reminded Timothy to “kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you” (Philippians 1:9b NLT, 2 Timothy 1:6b NASB).

If you don’t exercise your muscles, they weaken and atrophy. In the same way, if you don’t utilize the abilities and skills God has given you, you will lose them. Jesus taught the parable of the talents to emphasize this truth. Referring to the servant who failed to use his one talent, the master said, “Take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags” (Matthew 25:28 NIV).

If you fail to use what you’ve been given, you’ll lose it. When you use what you’ve been given, God will increase it. Paul told Timothy, “Be sure to use the abilities God has given you … Put these abilities to work” (1 Timothy 4:14a, 15a LB).

Whatever gifts you have been given can be enlarged and developed through practice. For instance, no one gets the gift of teaching fully developed. But with study, feedback, and practice, a “good” teacher can become a better teacher and, with time, grow to be a master teacher.

Don’t settle for a half-developed gift. Stretch yourself and learn all you can. “Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of” (2 Timothy 2:15a MSG). Take advantage of every training opportunity to develop your SHAPE and sharpen your serving skill.

In Heaven, we are all going to serve God forever. Right now, we can prepare for that eternal service by practicing on Earth. Like athletes preparing for the Olympics, we keep training for that big day. “They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally” (1 Corinthians 9:25b MSG).

We’re getting ready for eternal responsibilities and rewards.


by Rick Warren.

anonymous asked:

Lately I feel far from God's light. Do you have any particular passages you can direct me to that I might find helpful?

  • Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭1‬ NIV)
  • Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (‭Psalm‬ ‭42‬:‭11‬ NIV)
  • And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬ NIV)
  • LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭25‬:‭1‬ NIV)
  • Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. (‭Psalm‬ ‭63‬:‭3-4‬ NIV)
  • The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. (‭Psalm‬ ‭145‬:‭18-19‬ NIV)
  • With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. (‭2 Samuel‬ ‭22‬:‭30‬ NIV)
  • I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. (‭Psalm‬ ‭116‬:‭1-2‬ NIV)
  • As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. (‭Psalm‬ ‭18‬:‭30‬ NIV)
  • May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (‭Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ NIV)
  • If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ NIV)
  • But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. (‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭4‬:‭29‬ NIV)
  • Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (‭Psalm‬ ‭139‬:‭23-24‬ NIV)
  • Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭7‬ NIV)
  • Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (‭Luke‬ ‭21‬:‭33‬ NIV)
  • I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (‭Galatians‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬ NIV)
  • If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. (‭Psalm‬ ‭91‬:‭9-10‬ NIV)
  • He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (‭Psalm‬ ‭91‬:‭4‬ NIV)
  • Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (‭Acts‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬ NIV)
  • The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭18‬:‭10‬ NIV)
  • But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me. (Psalm‬ ‭13:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬)
  • Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬)
  • Come near to God and he will come near to you. (James‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬)
  • God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews‬ ‭13:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬)
  • The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Psalm‬ ‭46:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

i pray for you, and that you find yourself closer to God’s unchanging, faithful light. have a blessed day ❤️❤️❤️

“Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?”

Romans 2:4 NIV

Love is always a response to love. The Bible says, “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NIV). When you say, “I don’t love God,” it’s because you don’t understand just how much he really loves you.

No Fear, Just Faith To be Healed

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Romans 8:15, NIV

If you think that God is mad at you or that He is out to punish you, how can you have faith that He hears your prayer for healing? How can you believe Him for the miracle you need?

Yet, the truth is that God loves you so much that He gave you Jesus, heaven’s best, so that you will never be cut-off from Him. Jesus went to the cross to die for your sins so that God will always be with you and for you, to heal you and do good to you.

Beloved, when you have a deep revelation of how much God loves you, you can’t remain sick for long. You won’t be afraid that He may be keeping His healing power or any breakthrough that you need from you. Keep feeding on your Father’s perfect love for you. Keep meditating on it. Every fear of not receiving from Him will flee and faith will come instead!

(From Josephprince.com)

Through Jesus, She Is: Purified

Day 6

Daily Verse:
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
— Matthew 5:8 (NIV)

Daily Devo:
If you have accepted Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, you know what it means to experience the love of Jesus. You know what it means to encounter God and all He has done for you by sending Jesus to die for your sins. But sometimes, even though we know God is there, He seems far away.

In those moments, remember the words of Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount in today’s verse. Remember that even when God seems far away, it is a pure heart that will bring you closer to Him. Sometimes when you’re going through things, it can be tempting to run to the person you’re in a relationship with or to vent to a friend. But no matter what how much we feel like this might bring comfort to your hearts Jesus is the One who will give you a pure heart.
So run to Jesus allow Him to clean your heart daily, and be blessed by the opportunity to you have there to be in the presence of God. It is far more valuable than being in the presence of anyone else.

Daily Reading:
Matthew 5:3-12

Daily Challenge:
Listen to First by Lauren Daigle

Ephesians 5:8-14 (NIV)
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
  rise from the dead,
  and Christ will shine on you.”