Are You Really Hearing from God?

“God is calling me to move across the country and go to seminary,” he told me.

I replied, “Really? What’s her name?”

While my friend was planning to move to a place he had never been before for Jesus, there also happened to be a girl involved. I’m sure he really felt something on the inside. I’m not sure if it was from God, at least not in the way we normally think about such things. :)

You will have to excuse my skepticism, but when someone throws the “God card”, I start to question the decision. I know, technically (and in most cases this is what happens), when someone says, “God told me,” we aren’t really allowed to question it. After all, “God told them to do it.”

From my experience with people though, we tend to overuse the “God card”. Many times it is just something we want to do and we invite God to join us in what we are going to do anyways. I’d suggest we not overuse the “God card”. He doesn’t appreciate it.

Now that I have upset the people who walk around throwing “God told me…” on a daily basis, I’d like to speak to those of us on the other end. You know who you are. You don’t really believe God speaks to people at all, ever.

I understand. With so many people feeling God has called them to do stupid things and sometimes even sinful things, it is tempting to just give God the stiff-arm whenever it comes to daily communication. We sometimes hide behind Scripture, as if that is the only way God can speak to us. Unfortunately, this attitude is not Biblical.

God is alive. He has things to say to us and he has things for us to do. As we become attuned to the Holy Spirit, we are able to discern what is from him and what is just our own thoughts and desires.

I speak as a learner in this area, not as an expert. However, God has placed people in my life that are experts (compared to me). And no, they don’t overuse the “God card” but they don’t run from it either.

So tell me. How do you determine if you are really hearing from God? Tell me in the comments section.

 

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Pieces

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Jeremiah 29:13

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Be catholic

The Apostles’ Creed

  1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
  2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
  3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
  4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
  5. The third day he rose again from the dead:
  6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
  7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
  8. I believe in the Holy Ghost:
  9. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:
  10. The forgiveness of sins:
  11. The resurrection of the body:
  12. And the life everlasting. Amen.
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Monday Prayer

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Father, this world sometimes bewilders me and is beyond my understanding.

I see poverty and disease, storms and earthquakes, war and killing. Many hearts are bound by ego and fear.

Please strengthen my faith in your higher purpose and open my mind to the truth that everything is unfolding according to your divine plan.

Let compassion and love for my brothers and sisters flow from me and may we all be uplifted by your glory. AMEN.

~ Prayer for Strength of Faith During Difficult Times

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Connect Missions Address Change? Not Yet!

ConnectMissionsHighResLogoAs many of you know we are moving to Atlanta this month. Some are probably wondering where you should send your support. Here is your answer. Please continue sending your support to Louisiana here:

Connect Missions                                                                                                                                  P. O. Box 122                                                                                                                                    Kenner, LA 70063

We will be getting a new address in Georgia soon, but will be keeping our address in Louisiana until January 2015. So please continue to send your tax-deductible gifts there. You are welcome to give online as well at ConnectMissions.org/Give. Email us about automatic withdrawal options also.

Thank you for your continued support during this transition and expansion of our ministry.

Adam and Michelle

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Angie Smith: Woman of Faith

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