CAN GOD REALLY TALK TO YOU?

God is wanting to talk to you; are you listening? Photo courtesy of Charlene Harper  Brannigan
I posted this message in 2014 and I saw it and remembered the cruel words recently spoken from a talk show personality slamming a highly respected Christian for referring to God speaking to him. She cynically referred to anyone who says they say they hear voices is mentally ill. As much as I want to hit back, I feel sorry for her if she has never heard the inner voice of God speaking to her heart. Maybe she is just not listening. On this note, I pulled this post up and want to revisit the message behind it. I hope you enjoy it…Arline Miller, blogger of Sipping Cups of Inspiration.
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TODAY THE WORDS are WHEN GOD IS TALKING. I have been very busy lately between work and writing, taxes and spring cleaning. It seems this way for everyone I know. Greg does our yards, and he has been busy with maintenance of the flowers, shrubs, lawn, etc. This is because he loves to work in them and watch them grow. It is Spring and with Spring comes the tidying up for the beautiful display of May flowers. During these times as well as other busy times of the year, we may not be still to listen for God’s voice to come through our “heartways”. Oh, we hear all of us humans chattering away but we have a problem sitting still because we have those chores on our minds.
Yesterday morning, I posted this statement instead of writing the blog,
 “This morning I feel like being still and let the full meaning of knowing God is Almighty God flow through my heart and soul. I will be spending my meditation/devotional time not asking for anything, but I will be giving prayers of thanks for blessings. I will try to write the blog tomorrow as I want To Spend Precious Time appreciating the ultimate sacrifice Our Lord made for all of us.” 
For some reason, I felt a need to be still and wait for direction. It wasn’t long after I had my time with God, I saw a spiritual post message and without thinking, I asked the author of the message, “Do you write a blog?” This was what I was supposed to do. God wants her message out to the world and I felt led to help. This is the focus of this message. It is not all about us in this world; it is about how we can assist, help, guide, and/or support someone else who is under the direction of God. I have said many times, and all of you who know me well, will recollect me saying, “I am not trying to preach or teach; I am using my failures and errors to hopefully save some of you from making the same mistakes. I have learned through them and life became better after I learned to either do something or not to do the same thing.”
It is up to Our Creator to use us how we best fit into His Divine Plan. It is up to us to “Be Still” and listen; not to the noise of the world; not to the television; not to others who are not talking in our best interest; or not to ourselves when we have doubts. God can speak in a soft, quiet voice or God can move mountains with His Roar! The wondrous result is to know we serve A Mighty God who will speak to someone unworthy and mold them into someone who will extend themselves to help someone else. Listen to God as God wants to talk to all of us; not just some.
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For a visit to Prayer Bench, for my communications with God through prayer, check out this page on my blog. Just a little talk with Jesus makes it right for me.
I am including an excerpt from an article about Listening to God if you are interested in learning more about tuning into your inner spirit and open the communication channel to Our Higher Power. You may not believe and that is your right. For me, my faith gets me through the hardest and most difficult times. I hope wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you have peace and love in your heart.

Listening To God

Listening to God – Preparing Your Heart to Hear Him
Listening to God is like listening to anyone-before you can hear Him, you must be ready to listen. Just as in a conversation, you cannot hear the other person if you are talking or if your mind is distracted. So it is with God. If you want to hear Him speak, you must be quiet and you must be focused on what He is saying. Regular conversation with God can transform your life! Consider identifying a place and time to meet with God everyday.

Prayer is how you begin a conversation with God. Think of it as saying “hello.”

Listening to God – How Can I Hear Him?
Listening to God requires a deliberate choice to shut out the chaos around you and focus your thoughts. Is God someone you can hear? The Bible says He is, and the Bible is one of the main tools through which He speaks.

We live in a world of noise. Almost everywhere we go, we find sounds competing with our minds, keeping us from letting our thoughts get below the surface level. Hearing God’s voice means not listening to the noise of the world around us. It’s not easy, but it can be done.

King David, author of most of the book of Psalms, gave us a model for meeting with God, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul” (Psalm 143:8).

He sought God’s direction in the morning, at the beginning of the day. Like a general in God’s army, he wanted to hear from his Commanding Officer before he entered into battle. Beginning each day fresh with God is a great reminder that, as the Scripture says, His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22, 23). You must find the time of day that works for you, but morning is the best time if that is possible.

Do you want to hear God speak to you? Listening to God requires regular Bible reading, since the Bible is the Word of God. To listen to the Bible, click here.

Listening to God – Get the Picture
Listening to God requires a heart committed to understand His message. God often speaks to us in visual images. Consider the example of the prophet Habakkuk, in Habakkuk chapter 2. The prophet longed to hear from God! He was so determined that he was willing to stand and wait as long as it took. “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me…” (Habakkuk 2:1).

Habakkuk found that God was faithful. “Then the LORD replied, ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Habakkuk 2:2).

Listening to God – What Now?
Listening to God requires a right attitude in our hearts. In order to listen to God and receive His instruction, we must want to do His will, much as Habakkuk did. God honors the heart that is fully surrendered to Him. If we are stubbornly clinging to our own desires, we are likely to get a garbled message that will not be God’s voice at all. As a result, we are likely to continue pursuing a path that is contrary to the one God has designed for our lives.

Psalm 40:8 says, “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

Do you desire God’s will for your life above every other desire? If you do, you can trust that He will direct your path. Listen to His message, and be quick to obey. Write down what He tells you and be ready to share it so that others may understand.

When you listen to God and obey Him, you will discover a life that is full and rich with purpose, confident you are following the Master’s plan.

 FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

Psalm 46:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
     I will be exalted among the nations,
     I will be exalted in the earth.


(c) copyright 2012-2018 Arline Lott Miller. The material here copyrighted, use only by permission. Third party material/photos are sourced to original location, if known for credit reference.

Author: sippingcupsofinspiration

A blogger since 2012, a published author of two Five Star romance novels, A MISTRESS, A WIFE and TELL ME LIES; LOVE ME STILL and writing RIDDLE ME THIS, LOVE OR BLISS. Still a small town girl with a lot of experience of people watching.

9 thoughts on “CAN GOD REALLY TALK TO YOU?”

  1. Nice question. Through my point of view yes, i think that god can really talk to us. because as long as we obey and listen to his message he will definitely listen to you and always guide you to the right direction and always keep you happy and save you from bad problems.

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  2. I have been told by co-worker that I might be getting mental when I talk about God speaking to me. Long ago one co-worker who never see me reading a Bible said to me “You read too much Bible you soon get mad” I have no problem with them. I can say God speak to everyone but only the Children of God can be conscious of Him voice “My sheep knows my voice” At time even sinners obey God’s voice without knowing because God is merciful to deliver them out of some trouble but easier for sinners to obey the devil because the seed of righteous is not planted in them.

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      1. You are welcome. It is a blessing to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to hear from him and learn more about Him each day.

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