I have been asked these questions several times:
- How do you know when God is showing you something?
- How do you know when God is speaking to you?
When I have spent time in His Word & He speaks to me, He will usually repeat the truth from another source to confirm it to me. And when that happens….
Case in point? Yesterday’s blog. I knew that God had brought to my mind the portion in Isaiah 40. I knew that He was showing me things that maybe I had not thought about in a long time. I wrote about it as He taught me. Then today I open my devotional email & read….
Trade In: Your Weakness for His Strength
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
What does it mean to “renew” your strength? It literally means “changed,” as if you changed clothes. You remove your rags of weakness and put on God’s royal robes of strength. God promises to exchange our strength with His strength.
You see, the Christian life is not just simply a changed life, it is an exchanged life. God doesn’t just change us from what we were to something better. He exchanges His life with us. He takes our sin. We take His holiness. He takes our weakness. We take His strength. He takes our anxiety. We take His peace.
Sounds great. But what’s the problem? We get tired of waiting for the change.
Friend, don’t give up. The wait is never too long when God is in charge.”
(From “Love Worth Finding”, Adrian Rogers)
Repetition. “To say something again for emphasis”. (from Dictionary.com).
Sometimes I need that. Then I can be assured of His teaching me, His guiding me.
The issue with this – I need to be in His Word for myself each day. There is value that comes from time spent with Him in Scripture. All that He needs to say to us is contained somewhere between the Table of Contents & the Concordance. The Psalmist knew & recognized the value of God’s Word:
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105 NIV).
“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130 NIV).
“Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.” (Psalm 119:133).
All I need to do, all you need to do, to hear from God is let Him speak to you from the pages of His written word. To do that, we must be in His Word daily. So I challenge you:
Have you spent time today in your Bible?