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When God Goes Silent

Have you ever been in a dry season spiritually? When you can’t seem to hear God’s voice and you feel uncomfortably empty inside? I have, along with many believers in the body of Christ around the world. But today I want to encourage you that there is a purpose to these seasons.

If you feel that your days of clearly talking with and hearing from the Lord have come to an end, you may be left wondering if God’s even listening to a word you’re saying. Or perhaps you’ve already given up talking to the Lord because you figured that there was no point in continuing the one-way conversation.

Today I want to encourage you to keep pressing in. Don’t give up on the Almighty, because He hasn’t given up on you. In fact, He’s actually pursuing you during the quiet seasons that feel like dry and bitter storms in the desert.

“For everything there is an appointed time, a time for every matter under heaven… a time to be silent and a time to speak.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7 LEB

“For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Romans 5:7-9 NASB

Why exactly does God go silent? 

First, it’s important to acknowledge that the pain of not hearing from God is very real. We can easily feel rejected when the rest of His body just seems “to get it”. We can also feel abnormal, as if we’re not getting something right – maybe we’re not praying enough, waking up early enough to have quiet time, or worshiping the Lord enough. We must not be doing something right, or else He would be speaking.

However, we must understand that those feelings are based on human understanding alone, rather than divine knowledge. If God is choosing not to speak, then we can rest assured that there is a divine and eternal reason behind it. And this reason undoubtedly requires His assistance (through the Holy Spirit) to understand.

“But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 NKJV

I believe God wants you to know, in the power and authority of Jesus’ name, that He does not want you to indulge in self-pity, fear of rejection, or holding your head down low believing (even for a moment) that God does not see you, know you, and love you. God is interested in you – He’s extremely interested in your heart and the affairs of your life.

“For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.” Psalm 149:4-5 NIV

In studying His word (and through my own personal time with the Almighty), here are three reasons in why God may go silent: 

1. As a Loving Father, He’s seeking a deeper, intimacy with us. God knows that as He becomes silent, we become painfully uncomfortable. In doing so, we also become increasingly hungry to know Him and to experience Him. In these seasons, we are ripe for intimacy and growth in the form of experiencing His everlasting love and believing in His word. This season is a real gift from the Lord.

“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 ESV

2. As a Loving Father, He’s seeking to correct us. If we are ever in a place where we have heard God’s voice and He then becomes silent, or we have never heard God’s voice for ourselves, then we can be keenly aware that something is not right. This is a good time to evaluate your true heart condition. God may be pursuing you through silence to show you a sin in your life that needs to be eradicated through His forgiveness. Whenever I find myself entering into a season where the Lord is quiet, I always start here. We’re all sinners in need of grace, beloved.

“My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:11-12 NLT

3. As a Loving Father, He’s seeking to mature us. Perhaps you have repented from sin, but God is still not speaking. You may be in a season of developing maturity, and the Lord may use His silence to test you. When God doesn’t speak, one of the outcomes is a hunger to hear from Him, as in the first reason above. But these seasons can also produce righteous fruits, specifically patience, faithfulness, and self-control. These are beautiful gifts from the Father that we should praise Him for!

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4 NLT
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Four Benefits of Living with Integrity

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you’re just joining us today, I encourage you to read yesterday’s post, an introduction to the importance of integrity, HERE.

For the sake of clarity, let’s review the definition of integrity before diving into four of its benefits in our lives. According to Webster’s, integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and fair; the state of being complete or whole. People with integrity do not compromise: they remain undivided. They don’t say one thing and do another.

Here are four major benefits of integrity: 

1. You will get a promotion. When we are faithful in diligently stewarding what God entrusts to us, we are more likely to receive larger areas of stewardship and management for His glory. We must first show that we are trustworthy in our individual relationship with the Almighty (and I am not talking about performance or simply checking-off a “to-do” list for Jesus). We must invest in a real relationship with Christ by reading His word and then applying it to our lives. If we read something that directly contradicts a behavior in our own life, then guess what? It means that in order to please God and grow in our relationship with Him, our behavior must be changed according to God’s word and His sufficient grace. There is no way around this.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15 ESV

“But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’” Jeremiah 7:23 ESV

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” Luke 16:10 NLT

When Jesus walked the earth, He instructed us not to throw our pearls (that which is valuable to us) to swine (those whom do not understand the value). God is self-consistent, so He Himself will not share the deep mysteries of His eternal heart with those who are  disinterested in His Lordship or who have failed to obey His commands in their own hearts. After all, integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is looking. It’s a humble uprightness.

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Matthew 7:6  NIV

If you and I prove to God that we are truly interested in knowing Him and obeying His Word, He will honor us. God promises to honor those who honor Him.

“Therefore, the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I promised that your branch of the tribe of Levi would always be my priests. But I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me.” 1 Samuel 2:30 NLT

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalm 37:4 NLT

2. People will view you as dependable and trustworthy. If you value integrity, live honestly, and work heartily before the Lord, do not be surprised when people begin to seek your counsel and insight. People who are faithful to honor the Lord will not only win favor in the eyes of God, but also in the eyes of men. To be known as an honest and trustworthy person is a major success.

“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:3-4 NIV

“For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.”     2 Corinthians 8:21 ESV

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.” Proverbs 11:3 ESV

3. You will be successful in your endeavors. Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not providing a recipe for a “get rich quick” scheme or for perfect relationships. These simply doesn’t exist on this side of heaven. However, by seeking honesty, working hard, and considering the well-being of others (each an aspect of integrity), you will produce sustainable, long-term success (a success that can run well into eternity). Remember that anything of great value will take time and diligence to produce. If you sow good and honorable actions, you will reap good and honorable circumstances.

“Don’t be misled–you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” Galatians 6:7 ESV

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.” Proverbs 11:3 ESV

4. You will maintain a spotless reputation. Everything that is done in secret, even if currently hidden from others, will one day  be exposed (in some fashion). It’s an inevitable truth. God sees the heart of every man. When we live in the light of Christ, we know that all of our actions are before His eternal eye. Knowing this, we can be sure that there is no value in being dishonest. Instead we can focus on making strong, honest decisions.

“My lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit. Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.” Job 27:4-6

“Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” 1 Peter 2:12 ESV

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Victim or Victor: How Perspective Dictates Our Reality

Have you ever felt like a victim? Or, on the other hand, when have you felt like a victor? Interestingly, our tendency to feel one way or another is heavily dependent on how we choose to perceive our circumstances. In His incredible gentleness, the Lord has been reminding me of this truth once again. Allow me to share what the Lord whispered to my heart as we strolled among the morning dew.

“Christy, you are not a victim to the schemes of the enemy. Is the devil bad (and evil)? Yes. We know know that. Is he against you? Does he oppose you? Yes, we both know this as well. But, what about Me? Am I not the Victor? I have conquered the grave.  I am the Victor. I hold the Victor’s prize (crown). I am victorious. I am the Victor, Christy.”

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 

“For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4 

Earlier this morning, I had woken up groggy and apathetic about the day because of eery dreams that plagued my sleep. As soon as I arrived at my destination (to meet the Lord and spend time together), my car died again (briefly). I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t feel discouraged and distracted. Then, as I walked to a quiet spot surrounded by the sounds of flowing water and birds chirping, my hot coffee spilled on me. My focus had shifted from Jesus (who I desperately needed) to my circumstances. I felt frustrated. Or, more accurately, I felt victimized by the whims of the enemy.

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

As I plopped onto a bench and opened the Word, I cried out to the Lord and asked the Holy Spirit to guide me through His truth. And guess what passage screamed from the page?

“Shout for joy to the Lord; all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. ” Psalm 100:1-5

Talk about serving me  a piece of humble pie. I had forgotten that the best way to combat feelings of defeat was to praise God. Instead of concentrating on my challenges and the fact that the enemy was out to destroy me, I needed to be thankful. There was so much to be grateful for in that moment, and I just needed to shift my focus back onto the positive…back onto God.

This is what the Lord continued to speak to my heart:

“Do you want to focus on the person who has lost the game or the One who has won it? Satan is already overcome, Christy. His power is limited. But, I am not. I am the Great I AM. I have all power. I have all abilities, all knowledge, all wisdom, all the resources and encouragement that you could ever need. I am that One – Jesus Christ. And I am the winner. I have won this match over life and death. Don’t believe for one minute that you are overcome by his tactics, because you are not. Why? Because I live in you. The people that focus on the loser, Satan himself, hang their heads down low in defeat. Too many of my children do this. They’re always focused on being attacked and place entirely too much emphasis on the devil’s schemes to get them.

What about Me? I am the Victor and I live within you. Because I live within you, you must focus on Me. Remember, I take what the enemy intends for harm and I use it for your good. I alone have the ability to do this because I am the Righteous One. I am God. Stop fretting over what the enemy has done, and focus on what I have done. Meditate on My ways; spend time with Me. The devil is a con artist, a phony, and a liar. He tries to present himself as though he has already won, as though he has all the power, BUT he doesn’t. I do. And I live in you. This is incredibly powerful, beloved.”

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 

We all have a choice in how we perceive our reality. May you be encouraged with the knowledge that Jesus is the only One worthy of our undivided attention and the meditations of our hearts. When we focus on Jesus – who He is, why He died, why He (as part of the Trinity) created us, how He (as the only Truth) sees us, and how He has designed us to live on this planet – everything else falls into perspective.

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

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