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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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Beware of False Prophets: A Story to Challenge Your Walk with Christ

***After a time of prayer this morning, I strongly believe this series needs to be re-posted as an admonishment and encouragement for those who call Jesus Christ their Lord. May God alone receive the glory!

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Have you ever received a word from the Lord delivered by an ordinary person, and then wondered if it could actually be true?

At times, the gift of prophecy can be a very sticky topic. You see, when the Great I AM speaks through a broken vessel (even one redeemed by Jesus Christ), there can be potential for misinterpretation. Because mankind is innately sinful, we tend to seek praise, attention, and influence (just like Satan – is that really a surprise?), all of which can be sources of distortion.

One example is when someone speaks out of turn and then throws the “God saith so” seal on top of it. Why would we do something like this? There is great danger in saying something on behalf of the Lord that never actually came from God.

“My heart is not proud O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my souls within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” Psalms 131

Sin can greatly contribute to false prophecy. Sometimes, sin’s deception can blind us from even realizing that we’re engaged in it. Other times, some may realize that they are in sin, yet they intentionally choose to lead God’s people astray through false prophecies. This is exactly what Ezekiel faces as God’s messenger to Israel: everyone else is captivated by the exhortations of false prophets.

We too can be led astray by thinking that we are hearing God’s voice for a particular area of our lives, or believing what someone tells us in a prophetic word because it appeals to our flesh – it feels good.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.” Jeremiah 17: 5

Through my own personal study of Ezekiel at the river yesterday, the Lord made me recall my own encounter with a false prophet.

One early morning a few years ago, I was heading to work when the Lord began speaking. Personally, I had been in a very broken state (emotionally, mentally, and spiritually) and was seeking hard after Christ. Just as I was preparing to drive onto the highway, the Lord prompted me to turn around and drive back to a particular building. Because I had a lot to do that day, I was trying hard to ignore His call. Yet He continued prompting me, filling my stomach with an intense cluster of butterflies that I could not ignore.

I knew I had to turn around.

In that season, I was learning obedience to God’s voice, no matter how radical. Driving the opposite direction, I ended up parking at a fast food restaurant directly adjacent to this simple building and simply stared in wonder. What could the Lord possibly want me to do at this building? The only thing in this building was a local psychic. Although I had seen its bright red “OPEN” sign for years, never had I thought to stop in. The place is evil, and Christians don’t go to psychics, right?

But the Lord had a message for this psychic.

As I knocked on the door, a middle-aged woman suspiciously cracked the door open and asked, “How can I help you?”

After stammering momentarily from nervousness, I was finally able to blurt out what God had commanded me to say to this woman: “God asked me to stop by here today. He wants you to know that He loves you.” She just stood there.

A few more awkward seconds passed before I felt an inner force push out the following: “What you are doing is not in God’s will for you. He doesn’t want you to consult evil spirits on behalf of others.”

In absolute disdain, she shook her head and firmly spoke these words that shocked my young, ambitious heart: “God asked me to do this. I am doing God’s work, He asked me to do this. Now, leave here.”

“There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.” Deuteronomy 18:10-12 

I couldn’t believe what she just shared. Had she ever opened a Bible? Did she know what God said about psychics, wizards, and false divination? I cried.

Never did I expect to hear a psychic say that she was doing the Lord’s work.

But I did learn some things that day. Join me tomorrow as I share two life-changing lessons that God taught me through this experience. Trust me, you do not want to miss it!

Over the weekend, I will post the three original corresponding articles that support this series. In these posts, I will share my own personal experience responding to an evil divination, ways to discern between a false prophet and a righteous one, and specific steps that the Lord has taught me to wisely follow when receiving a prophetic word for our lives. May this be an enriching series to strengthen and equip you as a disciple of Christ. May He alone receive the glory!

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Creating 5 Life Priorities

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Today’s post may sound like a simplified approach to compound tons of goals into an unrealistic, over-zealous list of five priorities. But, it’s not. What we’ll discuss can be realistic and obtainable for everyone. In fact, through this approach, the Lord has actually taught my multitasking, overachieving heart to slow down and focus on the areas of my life that deserve my best (those that make an eternal impact).

Why are there five priorities, instead of seven or three? Perhaps because it’s a manageable number (for me). Anything more would be too much. Fewer than five might not allow for enough balance in the overall grind of life.

How do we go about identifying five life priorities? For me, the Lord first led me to some wisdom from Proverbs:

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Start off with a pen and paper, and sit down with the Lord. Invite Him into the time, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. In numerical order, write down  five areas of your life that are most significant to you (and to God as you are simultaneously seeking Him).

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17

Imagine a moment when you’re eighty years old. If you were to retrospectively look back at your life, what would you like to see? Where would you have wished you spent your valuable time? Be realistic, hopeful, and honest.  Here is what I wrote (in ranking of significance to me):

1. God

2. My Family, Myself & Close Friends

3. My Vocation – His Daily Dose

4.  Ministry – Mentoring Others & Intercessory Prayer

5. My Passions – Food & Dietetics, Dancing, Cooking

Next, take a look at your calendar to evaluate how your time has been spent. Be honest with yourself and write down in sequential order what your current priorities are.  Here is what mine looked like:

1. His Daily Dose

2. Mentoring Others & Intercession

3. God and Keith (equal in time)

4. Distractions – Facebook, Twitter, Emails

5. Spending Time with other family members

Seeing that my priorities were majorly mismanaged was sobering, and here are two lessons I learned from them:

1. My time, that precious, never-to-return time, was being wasted on useless distractions. As we often discuss, nothing here is evil by itself; rather our response is what can lead us to evil. Remember that there is a time and season for everything (including email and the recreational use of social media). If I spend significant time browsing through my Facebook feed or answering emails, then I am taking time away from diligently growing as a writer, growing as a Dietetics major, or investing in my husband. At that point, they can become a tool for evil by occupying a huge chunk of my time, taking the place of pursuing the God-given goals He has asked me (and that I want) to fulfill.

“O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah” Psalm 39:4-5

2. Often, I found myself placing ministry before God, before myself (in good self-care), and before my husband. This is a BIG no-no. Ministry is nothing more than the product of being in a loving, nurturing, mature relationship with Christ. The gift should never supersede the giver, but this, unfortunately, is not always the case. Especially when we are passionate about a cause or a new venture He’s asked us to pursue. Ministry does not equate to time with God. Your ministerial work does not equate to a relationship with God. We must set aside time with Him first and invest in that relationship. The ministry work will naturally evolve from such a relationship. This prevents an unhealthy view of God and burnout.

In the past year, there were times that His Daily Dose and mentoring others (both of which are ministries the Lord has entrusted to me) also came before my husband. This is also a BIG mistake. Ministry never comes before marriage. Never. You will never enter into a covenant with ministry, but you do enter a covenant of marriage with your spouse. Because marriage is the most important human relationship you will ever experience, treat it well, beloved. Too many families are neglected for the sake of the Gospel, and this shouldn’t be so. Take care of your home before seeking to take care of others.

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.” Colossians 4:5

“And this second thing you do. You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. But you say, ‘Why does he not?’ Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. ‘For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless’.”Malachi 2:13-16

So, what can you do in your life with these five life priorities?

First, once you develop them, they provide a basis with which you can correctly manage your schedule each week. They empower you to choose how to intentionally spend your time, make wise decisions, and invest in others. They remove us from being victims of our circumstances. We can take control of how we spend our years here on earth. This is extremely wise, beloved.

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

Secondly, they force us (in a healthy way) to focus and become excellent in our areas of strength. They help us eliminate any confusion or pressure to do “everything” well all the time. Less can produce more, beloved. Focus on less, and you will produce a harvest. That is how we can reach our goals. We remove ourselves from a life of mediocrity (doing a little of everything poorly) and into a life of excellence (living intentionally and becoming experts in the areas that matter most to God and to us).

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?”  Luke 14:28

Developing your own priorities is a highly-disciplined and effective way to live intentionally every day. Remember, though, that only through the full grace of Jesus Christ is this possible. May you experience a life well-worth living while producing a bounty of fruit!

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