FROM JIM'S HEART — Many people often wonder how God talks with His children. Today, He speaks through what I call “the four Cs” which answer the question, "How does God communicate with us?"
How Does God Communicate with Us?
C-ommands from the inspired Word of God
C-ompetent and wise counselors
C-ircumstances and changing conditions
C-onscience aided by the Holy Spirit
At some point in your life, God will use any or all of these means to direct you, if you are listening. When I struggled with making the decision to either pursue a preaching ministry or to accept a seminary teaching position, God used the wise counsel of my pastor and guidance from some close friends to help lead me.
Whether you are a pastor or an electrician, old or young, a seasoned saint or a new Christian, ask yourself: Am I listening as God speaks to me through some or all of these means? We must be sensitive to God’s Spirit and tune into His voice if we’re to know the will of God, because it may come through any of these different avenues.
Obedience Leads to Confident Living
Would you like to have confidence that you know when God is communicating with you? Would you like your life to have a lasting impact and give glory to God?
If your answer is yes, then ask God to give you the strength to obey His commands as they come to you. God’s commands will come…
…as you faithfully read His Word,
…as you faithfully hear the preaching of His Word,
…as you faithfully listen to wise counsel from His Word, and
…as you faithfully deal with sin in your life as revealed by the light of His Word.
A desire to hear God’s commands and obediently follow His leading should be the supreme goal of our life. Our willingness to trust and obey the Lord is a key step toward being led by God through the unexpected. We then have a confidence based on the fact that we know we are exactly where God wants us to be.
Hearing from God is cultivated by reading our Bible, praying, going to church, and having godly influences in our life. Then, once we’ve received wise, biblical counsel, we obey God one decision at a time and see where it leads you. Always remember: The key to a powerful Christian life is obedience to our Lord’s leading — one decision at a time.
When you and I are obedient, we find we are in the center of God’s will! Then we, along with Paul, can confidently lead and boldly influence others as we declare, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Lord, thank You for leading me to the center of Your will. Help me to listen to You and hear Your commands so in everything that comes my way as I follow You. Amen.
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