In His Name Ministries, Inc.
Daily Challenge
by D.E. Stribling
Does God Talk To His People?
 

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love
and good deeds
." 
Heb 10:22-23  NIV

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". . .love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
(NIV) Luke 6:35-36

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For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
(NIV) Eph 2:10

 

God does direct the lives of His people; we can encourage one another about this.  But being glib or simplistic doesn't really help.  Some of us waited, tried different things, thought we heard, then later, decided we had not really heard.  We might decide it is easier just to conclude that God actually does not speak.

Yet, I do want to be connected to the works of God and to know His will.  It takes practice; the failures in “hearing” accurately should not deter us from continuing.  We are to have the character of Christ who is our model.  Jesus was attuned to the will of God so that His actions were always in concert with the work God had prepared for Him. 

Scripture tells us that 
“. . . long ages ago, He planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.” Eph 2:10.   

That being true, our attempts to know God's will, work best if we are fulfilling that destiny.  When we walk on the road of service, God will guide our steps.   If, instead, we 

  • turn away from serving others

  • set agendas of our own doing

  • build churches that pamper our egos

then we will not “hear” well, or what we do hear will be tainted with self-desires, not the desire to please the Father.


I Jn 3:17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? (NIV)