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How Does God Speak To Us?

Posted by: Bizzy Oulton

Rooted: How Does God Speak To Us?

Focus Verse: “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” Ephesians 6:17-18

Think of how you relate to others around you.
Agreeing on the beauty of nature. Shaking heads in disgust at the news of sex trafficking. Smiling in adoration of a child telling of their day at school. The person who cut you off pulling out of Wal-Mart. We speak both verbally and nonverbally with every single person we pass. 
In this same way, God speaks to us. He speaks beauty and awe to His children, as we enjoy the changing autumn leaves. He speaks power and righteousness to us when we feel a just anger rise in our hearts over problems such as sex trafficking. God speaks wonder and unconditional love to our souls when we listen to a child speak. And God convicts us as we scowl at the person who so direly needed to cut us off as they squealed out of Wal-Mart.
Whether or not we know God and have a relationship with Him, He is always speaking to us. One intentional way Jesus teaches us to hear our Father’s voice is through prayer. Prayer is easy as this: Say, “Hello, God. Thank you for the breath in my lungs. I love you/I need you because x, y, z.” Just like any human relationship, God has desires, He has plans, He wants love and respect. And He speaks this to us as we pray to Him. 
There is something so uniquely special about this God: His Word is alive and active. It discerns the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). When we open Scripture, the Word of God, He speaks so loudly. He has given His Word for us to know the thoughts and intentions of His heart for His people: God is love. God is for us. God wants His children to share the love of their God with other people. 
There is something key to know in understanding how God speaks to us: The enemy, Satan, comes to steal and kill and destroy, but Jesus came that we may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10). This means we have a job in discerning the voice of God. Knowing Satan’s utmost desire is to separate us from our Maker, we must be on guard. To be on guard against our enemy and to cultivate an ear to discern our Father’s voice, we must be in the Word and we must be in constant prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17). 
Children of God, despite the terrible things that happen in the world, in your life, know this: God is for you. He is constantly with you. He is always speaking and singing over you (Zephaniah 3:17). Tune your ear to His voice that you may know He has good, good intentions for you. Tune it by praising Him in the ways He speaks to us: A thank you for fall wildflowers, constant prayers to help in the issues of evil in your life and around the world, and a hunger for His Word. 

Scripture Meditations for this week:

Monday: Luke 11:1-4
Tuesday: 1 John 4 
Thursday: 1 Samuel 3