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How To Know God Hears You
How To Know God Hears You

How To Know God Hears You

As a son, I have the ear of my Father.
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He Hears You

Let’s settle this once and for all: God hears you. Period.

13-15 My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.

1 John 5:13-15, Message

Deaf Ear

Your Father never turns a deaf ear to you.

A. He loves you too much to do that.
B. He isn’t deaf.

Because He is a good father He wants to hear what you have to say.

Ignoring

There are times in my home when all 4 of my kids are being loud, I just want to ignore them. Ignoring them is better than lashing out at them. No matter how whiny, annoying, or angry they are I cannot ignore them. I can’t. It would be like me ignoring my right arm. They are a part of me. No matter how ungrateful or whiny I am, God doesn’t ignore me.

You can know that God hears you because you are His.

Neighbor

How to Give Your Neighbor Exactly What They Want

I once dreamed of launching revolutions, sparking movements, mobilizing the masses, and changing everything. Now I’ve learned the beauty and profound significance of simply loving my neighbor.

Jim Palmer

There’s nothing wrong with revolutions, movements, mass outbreaks, or turning culture on its head. But none of that is worth much if you fail to reach your neighbor. I don’t mean “reach your neighbor” in the sense of making another notch in your spiritual belt. It’s time to love everyone without an ulterior motive. Is this possible? I’d like to think so.

Like the Driven Snow

5 The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God.
1 Timothy 1:5, Message

The Apostle Paul when writing to his spiritual son, Timothy,  directed him to love others. He said that this love was to be pure. How can pure love come from an impure vessel? Follow truth.

22 Since by your obedience to the truth you have purified yourselves for a sincere love of the believers, [see that you] love one another from the heart [always unselfishly seeking the best for one another] 1 Peter 1:22, AMP

Like Round Rocks

You know with what joy a weary traveller would bathe in a fresh stream, plunging into the water to experience its cooling, and cleansing, and strengthening effect. Lift up your eyes and see by faith how ceaselessly a stream flows from heaven above to earth beneath. It is the blessed Spirit’s influence, through whom the power of the blood of Jesus flows earthwards over souls, to heal and to purify them. Oh! place yourself in this stream, simply believe that the words, “The blood of Jesus cleanseth from all sin,” have a divine meaning, deeper, wider, than you have ever imagined. Believe that it is the Lord Jesus Himself who will cleanse you in His blood, and fulfil His promise in power in you. And reckon on the cleansing from sin by His blood, as a blessing, in the daily enjoyment of which you can confidently abide.

Andrew Murray, The Power of the Blood of Jesus

There’s a quote by some famous preacher that I can’t find says something like, “Purification is laying like a stone in the river of Christ’s blood.” At first thought, it sounds nice, and it is most of the time. There are times of just being washed by the water. Then there are times where other rocks bump into you. But, there may be times where you get moved further downstream altogether.

Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Heart Purification and Loving Your Neighbor are best friends. They must go together. Technically, heart purification comes first, but you get the idea.

How truly wonderful and delightful, to see brothers and sisters living together in sweet unity!
Psalm 133 TPT

RUSeparated

Are You Really Separated From God?

There is no separation from God.

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Hemmed in. Caught up. Surrounded. Captured.

Where could I go to get away from your spirit?
    Where could I go to escape your presence?
If I went up to heaven, you would be there.
    If I went down to the grave, you would be there too!
If I could fly on the wings of dawn,
    stopping to rest only on the far side of the ocean—
10 even there your hand would guide me;
even there your strong hand would hold me tight!
11 If I said, “The darkness will definitely hide me;
        the light will become night around me,”
12     even then the darkness isn’t too dark for you!
        Nighttime would shine bright as day,
        because darkness is the same as light to you!

Psalm 139:7-12, CEB

Why do we feel separated from God? Perspective. Plain and simple. But, I also think there are two distinct types of separation.

Actual Separation

This one is pretty obvious. Separation can happen physically. It can also be “socially” since we live in such a social media driven world. There are times when I’m not with my family while I’m at work. It’s not that I don’t want to be with them or that they don’t want to be with me.

Mythical Separation

Your separation is mythical. This may seem a little harsh, but it’s not. In high school, I was bullied. I battled my mind constantly. I thought that no one liked me. It was so easy for me to feel alone in a crowded room.

Was I alone? No.
Did I feel alone? Yes.

So, just because I felt alone, I was not alone. I had several friends who got to see the real me. So, my separation from people was a mental and mythical separation, it was not real.

In the same way, you are not separated from God.

Do you feel separated? Maybe. Are you separated? No.

We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.
C.S. Lewis

ConviceSin

How to Convince Christians to Sin

Those born from God don’t practice sin because God’s DNA remains in them. They can’t sin because they are born from God. 10 This is how God’s children and the devil’s children are apparent: everyone who doesn’t practice righteousness is not from God, including the person who doesn’t love a brother or sister.

1 John 3:9-10, CEB

If you are a child of God you can’t sin. If you’re a child of your shouldn’t practice sinning. So, how do you convince a Christian to sin? You make them forget their true identity. It’s that simple, really.

Forget

How do you forget your identity? By simple questioning. Satan made Eve question God’s word in the garden by simply saying, “Did God say…?

Living as a Christian in a world that hasn’t realized redemption can be hard. It can be easy to forget that we are not of this world. It’s simple to slip into the patterns of the fallen culture.

Our forgetfulness is the reason we must remind ourselves and have others remind us of the gospel!

So, how do we not forget? Remember who we are and who God is.

Identity

Your identity is vital to your life as a Christian. To know who you are and whose you are is the plumbline of the daily life of every believer.

This is all good information, but what if you don’t know who you are? I’ve talked about this before but check out Dr. Paul Ellis’ post on Who Do You Think You Are. I have actually made a practice of reading this at least twice a week. If you start here and dive into all the scriptures link in his post, you should begin to gain the truth of your identity in Christ!

6-11 Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.

Romans 6:6-11, Message

Masks

For the believer to continue to practice sin is for them to have an identity crisis. They must forget who they are and do something that goes against their very nature. The sinning believer is just like someone wearing a mask, hiding behind a facade.

for you have stripped off the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new [spiritual] self who is being continually renewed in true knowledge in the image of Him who created the new self

Colossians 3:9b-10, Amplified

It’s time to remember who we are and who God is. It’s time to take off the mask of sin that we try to hide behind.

Note to self:

In Christ, you are not a sinner, you are a saint!

You Need to Believe What You Preach

You Need to Believe What You Preach

Eventually, how you live will “out preach” what you preach. Preach what you live.

Jesus is famous for a lot of things. Healing the sick. Raising the dead. Casting out devils. Dying for our sins. Being raised from the dead. Ascending to the Father.

He’s also pretty famous for how He interacted with the Pharisees. Let’s talk about that.

Let’s state this up front: Jesus loves everyone.

When you look at what Jesus did and said to the Pharisees you could infer that He wasn’t a fan. I would tend to disagree. I see His interactions with them as a frustration or provocation to change.

We will be looking at Matthew 23 for this post.

Live

1-3 Now Jesus turned to address his disciples, along with the crowd that had gathered with them. “The religion scholars and Pharisees are competent teachers in God’s Law. You won’t go wrong in following their teachings on Moses. But be careful about following them. They talk a good line, but they don’t live it. They don’t take it into their hearts and live it out in their behavior. It’s all spit-and-polish veneer.

Matthew 23:1-3, Message

Jesus comes out of the gate swinging! He tells His disciples and the crowd around Him that they can follow what they teach about the law, but not to follow them in how they live. I don’t think Jesus is saying that they are living lives full of sin, but He is saying that they aren’t allowing their teachings to change their lives.

We’ve got to let the message change us. Most people would probably say it needs to change us first, but I think we can still share a message while it’s changing us. It’s all a process, and that’s ok.

Rules

4-7 “Instead of giving you God’s Law as food and drink by which you can banquet on God, they package it in bundles of rules, loading you down like pack animals. They seem to take pleasure in watching you stagger under these loads, and wouldn’t think of lifting a finger to help. Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one day and flowery prayers the next. They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called ‘Doctor’ and ‘Reverend.’
Matthew 23:1-3, Message

The hard weight of rules is extremely heavy. It’s a burden you can’t get out from underneath. Rules aren’t inherently bad. They are good! They are for our protection. They are to keep us safe.

The good rules aren’t what Jesus is talking about. He’s talking about the extra rules. The “nitpicky” rules. The unnecessary rules. Those types of rules make Him upset.

Jesus expects His leaders to only place the rules and burdens on people that He does. Easy and Light.

28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30, AMP

Outside/Inside

25-26 “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You burnish the surface of your cups and bowls so they sparkle in the sun, while the insides are maggoty with your greed and gluttony. Stupid Pharisee! Scour the insides, and then the gleaming surface will mean something.

27-28 “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You’re like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and the flowers bright, but six feet down it’s all rotting bones and worm-eaten flesh. People look at you and think you’re saints, but beneath the skin you’re total frauds.

Matthew 23:25-28, Message

I think this is Jesus’ biggest complaint: your outside doesn’t match your inside. What does it profit you if you look and sound great on the outside if on the inside you are rotting? God doesn’t care about how you look externally but He wants your heart to look immaculate.

For us to be able to really love people as God does we must live like He lives. How does He live? Completely. He’s not bipolar. He doesn’t have multiple personalities. His insides completely match His outsides.

The goal of this life and journey with God is not to look the best but to be the best on the inside.

Does Your Holiness Make You Happy?

Does Your Holiness Make You Happy?

Holiness is not just a work but fruit.

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We recently talked about holiness. Holiness is about sharing. Holiness is about looking like Jesus. Holiness is about representing God. But does your holiness make you happy? It should.

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How To Function When Your Heart Hurts

How To Function When Your Heart Hurts

No matter how tattered a heart becomes by the punches of life, Jesus has never encountered an impossible case.

Christa Black GiffordHEART MADE WHOLE

Heart hurt is an interesting phenomena, for some it is life-crushing and to others it’s crippling, and yet others it’s unexplainable. I’ve experienced my own heart hurt. I’ve managed to recover, but it’s not easy. What do I mean by heart hurt? It could be called depression, offense, bitterness, or frustration. What ever you want to call it, it’s not fun and no one wants it. I want you to know that it’s OK to not be OK, but it’s not OK to stay there.

So, how do you deal with it and try function? Let’s dive in.

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Grace

5 Things No One Told You About Grace

Grace is pardon from and power to overcome sin.

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Hyper-Grace. Greasy Grace. Cheap Grace.  vs. Hyper-Law. Legalistic. Religious.

We’ve heard a lot about grace in recent years. Here are 5 things you’ve probably not heard about grace. But, even if you have, it’s always good to review.

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GodsWill

What You Should Know About God’s Will

What is God’s will for my life?

This is the million dollar question that good, Christian people are asking themselves around the time of graduation. Granted this is a relevant question. I fought for what felt like years with this. I think we need to make a clear distinction between what God wants for our lives and what God wills for our lives.

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Unending-Love

Unending Love Is The Answer To Everything

This is part of my manifesto series.You can download my Fully Satisfied Manifesto for FREE here.

Love comes from a well that can’t be drained.

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Have you ever felt like your “love tank” was empty or almost empty? Have you ever been around people that seem to be a little more “needy” than others? How do you deal with these situations? How you respond in these circumstances shows where your “well” is.

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