Do you long to experience God working in your life? Do you wonder how He speaks to you? Do you want God to work through you to do His good work? He wants to lead us; we just need to adjust our lives to follow Him wherever He leads us. But, that’s the hard part! A book by Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God , has some thoughts that have helped me understand better how to experience God.
Have you ever heard from God and known absolutely that it was from Him? How did you know? It’s confusing at times because God speaks to us in various ways.
In the Old Testament, God spoke through: angels, visions, dreams, a gentle whisper, and others. When He spoke, it was usually unique to a specific person. Moses had the burning bush experience, for example. That was unique to Moses. When God spoke, the person was sure it was God speaking because it was unique to them.
In the Gospels, God spoke through His son, Jesus. “God became flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ. (I John 1:1-4) Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” (John14:8). When the disciples heard Jesus, they heard God.
When we move through the Bible to Acts, we are often confused about hearing from God. We fail to realize that an encounter with the Holy Spirit is an encounter with God. He clearly spoke to His people in Acts, and He clearly speaks to us today through the Holy Spirit. Since it lives in each believer, and because He is always present, He can speak to us in any way at any time. How exciting! Now, how will we know it’s the Holy Spirit? How will we know for sure it is God speaking?
God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself. Knowing God’s voice depends on your relationship with Him. You need to watch how He communicates with you specifically.
God often speaks to me through circumstances. At times I’ll hear something on the radio that answers a question I have. Often a song, an experience, or a conversation with someone will answer a prayer I’ve been praying. That still small voice speaks to me about who needs a call or a visit. Try picking up your Bible and praying that He will speak to you through His word. I’ve received answers to prayer in that way.
As Shepherds we often experience God through the church (other believers). Sometimes a card or a visit with someone on our list will be that “God moment” we all crave. A church member may answer a prayer that you have been praying for a long time.
If you are interested in becoming a Shepherd, please talk to Pastor Dale, Cheryl, or any of the current shepherds. We always welcome new Shepherds.