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Date: 11.01.17
When God Speaks

I love it when God shows up and goes out of His way to make His truth clear.

One evening not too long ago, my husband and I sat on the porch together. He read from his bible silently and I read from mine. We didn’t share what we were reading.

After we finished, I shared that I had been struggling in prayer and told him how I had been wrestling with accepting God’s grace, not feeling as if I am doing enough for God. A weight of condemnation had been hanging over me.

Then my husband said, “I was reading in the book of John. John 6:29” he said. “Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him who he has sent.’”

“Me too!” I said, surprised.

“I wrote it down,” he said. (Then he showed me his notes.)

“Me too!” I said, amazed. (Then I showed him my notes.)

Then I cried hard because I knew God was speaking to me and I was blown away by His love.

In that moment, it hit me that John 6:29 was EXACTLY what I needed. It was His answer to my struggle. The Holy Spirit reminded me that what God asks of me is to believe and that all else I do for Him flows from my relationship with Him. Definitely not as complicated as I sometimes make it. Even belief is a gift from Him, so it’s all about grace.

Days have passed since God spoke to me in this amazing way through my husband and His Word, and I am still marveling at how the Lord steps into our lives to give us light and hope and truth.

But I really shouldn’t be surprised at all. This is exactly what He has promised to do. Scripture says that the Lord promises to guide us through His Word. But we have to put ourselves in a position to listen and hear what He has to say. This means quieting ourselves and reading the Bible, which is His love letter to us.

In response to a question on hearing God’s voice, Billy Graham says,

“. . . we don’t need to wait for God to speak to us in a voice we can hear—because He has already recorded His words for us in the Bible. God is not silent; He has told us everything we need to know about Him—and it’s been written down in the pages of the Bible. In other words, we don’t need to wait around, hoping God may decide to speak to us some day. All we need to do is open the Bible and discover the message He has for us.”

Are you putting yourself in a position so you can hear from the Lord? Perhaps like me, you are wrestling with something that has been bothering you for a while. Maybe you feel weighed down, burdened, fearful, or anxious. Take a few moments today to pour your heart out to Christ and give Him the opportunity to minister to you through His love letter.

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14 thoughts on “When God Speaks

  1. I really appreciate your down to earth devotions and they speak to my heart as I relate to them. May the Lord continue to bless your efforts as you serve Him.

    I do have one request. When you write Bible, could you please capitalize it as it is the name of a book and the greatest one on earth at that!

    Yours in Christ,
    Vicki Alter

  2. Hi Shana!

    Just to stir things a little…😏The book of James reminds us that faith without works is dead. Many are confused and think that works then become a prerequisite for salvation. No, it means that the Holy Spirit transforms us such that the true believer bears fruit and does good works as a natural reflection of God’s love within them.

  3. I knew when I opened this e-mail that I needed this word… I just didn’t know that it was about God speaking to me!! Wow. Right on time!

    Thank you for sharing this. I am jumping into my quiet time now.

  4. Thank you. One of the things I miss as a widow are those many times my husband and I would share about our individual study in the Word. And how awesome that God was leading us in the same passage direction.

    I get goosebumps almost every Sunday when I’m aware of how God ties my personal study of His Word together with the Sunday morning message and Sunday School lesson.

    God is so faithful, loving, and full of grace for this child of His!

  5. God has blessed me so many times with your written words. You break it down for me so that it truly opens up so I can understand what God is showing me. You are so loved Sweet Girl. Hugs!

  6. Shana….. I love God’s intimacy……that you and Clark were reading the same exact passage!! Sometimes I sit and wait for God to speak to me…..NOTHING!!…..then a certain Scripture comes to my mind and it is exactly what I needed for the moment. I have to understand that if I tryly belong to Him……His Spirit will commune with my spirit. He is a very detailed intimate God! Sometimes I just need to be still.

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  • I really appreciate your down to earth devotions and they speak to my heart as I relate to them. May the Lord continue to bless your efforts as you serve Him.

    I do have one request. When you write Bible, could you please capitalize it as it is the name of a book and the greatest one on earth at that!

    Yours in Christ,
    Vicki Alter

  • Hi Shana!

    Just to stir things a little…😏The book of James reminds us that faith without works is dead. Many are confused and think that works then become a prerequisite for salvation. No, it means that the Holy Spirit transforms us such that the true believer bears fruit and does good works as a natural reflection of God’s love within them.

  • I knew when I opened this e-mail that I needed this word… I just didn’t know that it was about God speaking to me!! Wow. Right on time!

    Thank you for sharing this. I am jumping into my quiet time now.

  • Thank you. One of the things I miss as a widow are those many times my husband and I would share about our individual study in the Word. And how awesome that God was leading us in the same passage direction.

    I get goosebumps almost every Sunday when I’m aware of how God ties my personal study of His Word together with the Sunday morning message and Sunday School lesson.

    God is so faithful, loving, and full of grace for this child of His!

  • God has blessed me so many times with your written words. You break it down for me so that it truly opens up so I can understand what God is showing me. You are so loved Sweet Girl. Hugs!

  • Shana….. I love God’s intimacy……that you and Clark were reading the same exact passage!! Sometimes I sit and wait for God to speak to me…..NOTHING!!…..then a certain Scripture comes to my mind and it is exactly what I needed for the moment. I have to understand that if I tryly belong to Him……His Spirit will commune with my spirit. He is a very detailed intimate God! Sometimes I just need to be still.

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