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How to Effectively Hear God’s Voice in Another

“The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.” Isaiah 50:4 NASB 

Have you ever heard someone tell you that they have “A word from the Lord”?

In the past you may have been the recipient or a giver of such a word inspired by the Holy Spirit that was meant to admonish or exhort another. Today I want to encourage you by sharing what I have learned (through His grace) about effectively presenting such words in order to bring God the utmost glory. May you be further equipped to present yourself as an ambassador for Christ when sharing a message with others.

First, I’d like to review a few important prerequisites that you and I should observe in an individual providing a word from the Lord:

1. The messenger should be a God-fearing Christian. They have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s extremely wise to ensure that the person providing a word from the Lord is a believer and not a follower of mysticism, new ageism, or any other deceptive form of religion.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28 ESV

2. The messenger should read, know, and believe in the Bible. The word that they are speaking should align with the Word of God. Be wary of a message from anyone who spends more time reading books by Christian authors than the Bible that God Himself has authored.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 ESV

3. The messenger should live a life worthy of the admonishment given. When we obey God’s commands, there is no room for sin to dominate any area of our lives because Jesus occupies every space. If a person is knee deep in a particular sin and tries to provide exhortation to another in the same area of sin, it can result in confusion about the righteousness and justness of God and apathy towards that sin. For example, I would recommend being wary of any individual that gives you a word about seeking a life of sexual purity who is openly involved in sexual immorality (meaning they refuse to obey by that same admonishment). No one but this person who gives the word is glorified.

“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 ESV

Next, assuming that all of the above characteristics can be seen in the messenger, here is how the message can be communicated to best glorify the Lord.

1. The messenger must come from a stance of humility. They understand the word is from God and therefore make no attempt to add or remove anything from it, no matter what the associated cost may be in giving the admonishment. The messenger must keep in mind that they are merely a vessel being used by the Almighty, not because they deserve it, nor because they are His favorite (He has no favorites). Only in His great wisdom has He decided to use them, and they have obeyed (which is still by His grace).

“I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.” Psalm 16:8 NLT

2. The messenger must communicate the message in gentleness and in truth. Not only should the word align with Scripture, but it should be gently spoken. Beware of speaking harshly or using coercion to persuade someone to hear what you have to say. Also, beware of using force or manipulation to get the person’s attention. The messenger’s role is not to control the actions of the receiver; that is the pure right and duty of the Holy Spirit. Use extreme caution when speaking on behalf of the Lord. As His ambassador, it is a great privilege, honor, and duty to represent Him well.

“A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 ESV

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Proverbs 16:24 ESV

Join me tomorrow as we discuss two more real-life examples to demonstrate how to practically apply today’s teaching. You will not want to miss this. May your hearts be encouraged, and may God’s will be done in each of your lives. To God be the glory!

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Sexual Purity vs. Virginity

“This desire for heart purity is a creation of the Holy Spirit at work in the heart.” ~ Duncan Campbell

In the past, I’ve heard others brag that they still had their “V-card”,  meaning that they were technically still virgins, even though they had  unreservedly explored sexual activities outside of intercourse. Because they weren’t having intercourse, in their minds they were in the clear.

But is this actually true?

Today may you be challenged to raise your own personal standards to the heights of our glorious and holy King Jesus. To God be the glory!

Is there really a difference between virginity and sexual purity?

Many people view purity and virginity as synonymous terms, using them interchangeably to convey the same point. But in truth they are not the same. For example, consider the following: Can an individual remain a virgin (by refraining from intercourse), but tarnish their sexual purity through other immodest behaviors in their lives (such as pornography or achieving orgasm outside of intercourse)?

Really think about this for a moment.

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 ESV

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1 ESV

What is sexual purity exactly? And what is virginity?

According to Websters, purity is defined as the lack of dirty or harmful substance; and a lack of guilt or evil thoughts. Virginity is defined as the state of never having had sexual intercourse.

While virginity is deeply connected to the physical act, purity is much more of a mind-set and belief system. As a Christian, we must be aware that our body belongs to God, and it is to be used for His glory. It’s a lie to believe that we can do with our bodies whatever we deem permissible in our own eyes. This is leaning on the understanding of man, and it can get us into a lot of trouble. There are, in fact, safe practices and danger zones in the context of a dating relationship.

“All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.” 1 Corinthians 10:23 NASB

“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” Proverbs 28:26 ESV

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” Psalm 118:8

Allow me to be candid through the tender love of Christ.

First of all, we all know what can happen when a man and a woman share a bed. So sleeping (whether overnight or as part of an afternoon nap) in the same bed with the opposite sex (especially while in a dating relationship) is dangerous territory. This act alone is cultivating an intimacy that belongs only in marriage. Unfortunately, such intimacy is very challenging to dissolve after a dating relationships ends. After all, even the act of sleeping by itself (a place of extreme vulnerability) can foster a premature sense of trust in a person (that otherwise wouldn’t be granted until the relationship presents itself as ready).

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 ESV

“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Romans 13:14 ESV

It would be extremely prudent on your part to avoid this behavior, both to guard your own heart and to protect your witness to other believers. By maintaining strong physical boundaries in relationships, you are allowing no room for presumptuous thoughts to manifest concerning your purity. We are called to be a light to the world, and to walk in a place of purity.

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 ESV

Secondly, until marriage it would also be very wise to avoid engaging in any sexual act that leads to orgasm. This can include manual stimulation, oral sex, or anything else that could produce intense sexual pleasure. This type of enjoyment should be shared between a husband and wife alone. Here’s why: in marriage God receives the glory through the formation of a deep, intimate bond between husband and wife (intended to strengthen the marital union).

In marriage, sexual activity is performed without fear of future rejection, trepidation, abandonment, and/or shame. When done on His terms, all sexual activities will bring incredible enjoyment that is rich in genuine love and pleasing to God. The marriage bed is lavished with peace and joy, rather than shame and condemnation. It’s your choice to make, beloved. My hope is that  you make the right one through the grace of Jesus Christ.

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21 ESV

“Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” Psalm 119:37 ESV

 Join me tomorrow as we discuss the issue of sexual purity when living as a single person. To God be the glory!

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Personal Rejection vs. Faith-Based Rejection

If you’re just joining us today, please make sure you read the first portion of today’s topic in yesterday’s post by clicking HERE.

Under normal circumstances, rejection hurts. It’s exceedingly uncomfortable, and often avoided. But, as a Christian, rejection is inevitable. As people resist God, they will also resist you.

“And he said, ‘Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown’.” John 4:24 ESV

But, when you and I harbor unhealthy rejection, experienced either as a child, in a marriage, or by authority figures who should have been safe and loving, it causes being rejected as a Christian (because of our faith in Christ) to be almost unbearable. 

And when our past (or present) isn’t properly acknowledged by the healing touch of the Holy Spirit and the power of Jesus Christ, we can wear our rejection like an invisible mask, while fearfully making every effort to avoid speaking about the Gospel (in order to avoid more anticipated rejection).

If you have experienced any forms of the following rejection in your lifetime, and have not resolved the issue with Jesus Christ, present your memories along with the corresponding hurt or bitterness, and ask for healing. Here are just a few specifics:

  • Rejection caused by abandonment from a loved one (a parent, a spouse, a boyfriend/girlfriend, or friend)
  • Rejection caused by bullying and hurtful remarks made today or in your past (perhaps due to race, income of your household, or a physical ailment)
  • Rejection caused by an absent parent or spouse (due to a disabled child, or perhaps a mental disorder)
  • Rejection caused by abuse of all forms (verbal, physical, or sexual)

I’ve also included a list (taken directly from GreatBibleStudy.com) of several symptoms prompted by (past or present) rejection. May this serve as a guideline in whether rejection may be a present issue in your life.

  • Fabricated personalities (being somebody you aren’t, in order to be accepted)
  • The tendency to reject others, so that you aren’t the first one to be rejected
  • A tendency to always wonder if a person rejects or accepts you
  • The need to fit in or be accepted by others and be a part of everything
  • Self-pity where a person feels bad for themselves being all alone
  • Inability to be corrected or receive constructive criticism
  • Rejection creates an environment where you are starved for love or just don’t fit in
  • A tendency to blame God (“Why did He give me this big nose? Why did God make me so short?”)
  • A sense of pride that says, “How dare they reject me!”
  • Opinionated personality and the need to be right about things
  • Feelings of worthlessness, insecurity, or hopelessness
  • Seeking a parent’s approval is a sign that you are basing your identity upon what they think of you
  • Fear of confrontation (because your identity is based upon what they think of you)

The irony of it all is that often, when we hold unresolved rejection within us (without giving Jesus permission to heal), we actually expect rejection from others, because we innately believe we deserve to be rejected. It’s an unfortunate and perpetual cycle of rejection. And it’s not at all in God’s will for us.

God desires us to walk in acceptance of knowing to whom we belong. When we’re confident and restored because of what Christ has made us to be, then being rejected because of our faith isn’t so hard. It hurts, but it’s tolerable.

“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 ESV

May you seek the Lord with your need for healing and the truth that you are accepted in Him. As Christians, we cannot shy away from speaking the truth about Christ. We cannot allow the sin of others to creep into our faith and forfeit our call to proclaim Jesus as the Savior of the world.

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.” Psalm 34:7-10 ESV

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

Let’s adopt an eternal perspective. We won’t be the most-liked, appeasing the masses, and receiving their approval if we are following and obeying Jesus. You know why? Because He didn’t. Our own King Jesus was rejected by the people, so why should we dare to believe it’d be any different for us?

“And Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me’.” Matthew 11:4-6 ESV

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