Signs that the Lord is Speaking to You

One of the most important things to do after seeking help is to listen. Unfortunately, when one is overwhelmed, one may not be able to make the right decisions at the time. This notion is true whether the problem is personal or akin to a hurricane!

Nevertheless, we must keep the faith. Before we lament that the Lord has forsaken us, we must open our hearts and ears to the heavens. To do this, we must first surrender our fears and worries to the Lord. As we lay our trust and faith unto Him, we can then make out the messages he has for us. Here are some tell-tale signs that He has a message for us:

1. His words echo back to you.

Many devout believers can remember the words of the Lord so clearly. However, this skill may be clouded when we are overwhelmed with fears and anxieties. Nevertheless, when God wants to speak to you, you will know because His holy words always find a way.

2. He is speaking to you from others.

Another way God sends a message to you is through other believers. From pastors to family members and friends—the Lord knows when you need love and support. This instance is also His way of letting you know you are not alone.

3. He is sending you a message through your thoughts and dreams.

One of the most popular ways for the Lord to give His message is through dreams. Joseph, the dreamer, was able to predict a great famine and save many lives thanks to God.

When God wants you to take action, he might provide scenarios that enable you in the right direction. When this happens, take caution and have faith. You must believe He will not abandon you as he prepares you for the future.

4. He is providing you with clear or blocked paths.

Sometimes we feel that God has abandoned us because He doesn’t answer our prayers. When this happens, we need to realize that God does not operate on our desires but our needs. When we want something that isn’t beneficial for us in the long run, the Lord directs us in better directions.

We open ourselves up to the Lord’s word when we learn to listen with our hearts and minds. His will is unlike ours, so when God wants to speak to us, he will always find a way.

by Cheryl Hawkins

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New Pair of Eyes

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We witness a different kind of chaos in this world that we’re living in. Each day, the global news media provide us with early morning reports about bombings, disasters, starvation, murders, and more. We’ve been sitting at the table with distressing news as breakfast and we often get used to it that we do not even bother to be alarmed at all.

Amid the chaos it is truly challenging to find anything good in the surrounding, right? It is in times like this where we have to hold firmly to our humanity. It is indeed human nature to feel lost and out of sorts. When faced with adversity, some people may display selfishness to survive. However, there are a lot of people who display an act of kindness towards others as well. Sure, it doesn’t feel safe to let homeless people come into your own home. It also does not make you feel secure to lend strangers your phone if they ask to contact their loved ones. However, showing compassion and kindness even in the littlest things that you can do, would cause a ripple effect. Your actions, no matter how small, can be used as a springboard to help end the suffering of others.

To quote 1 Peter 3:8, “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, and be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”

May this be our guide to hold on to our faith when our vision becomes hazy. Let us choose to pick up new eyes to see wonders and more grace than the old pair did.

by Cheryl Hawkins, author of the book, Louder than Thunder

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How can a Perfect God Seemingly Stay Silent at times?

As Christians, we cry to God for help especially when we are in a great deal of pain. Suffering. The very thing that makes us question God’s goodness. Oftentimes, when we pray, we ask for a quick fix or an easy way out of the situation. When the situation does not seem to get better and what we prayed goes unanswered, we feel ignored and unheard. When we see no evidence that God was doing anything about our agony, we question and wonder if the God we believe in is cruel to allow us to suffer.

God indeed promised us in Jeremiah 33:3 that when we call unto him, he will answer and show us great and mighty things in which we do not know.

We might ask ourselves, what happened to this promise?

In the same passage, God had made it clear that he will show us great and mighty things in which we do not know. As finite beings, we cannot comprehend the reasoning of our omnipotent God. No man can withstand seeing God’s plan in advance. It must be revealed daily.

Written in 1 John 5:14-15:
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

God does not want us to suffer. He longs to help us. This is through the process of being made into the image of Jesus Christ. He is our ultimate example of balancing well between divine faith and human feelings, so we become more like Him. While we were hurting and begging for help, He did not turn a blind eye to us. I believe it took Him every bit of restraint to not step in and remove our pain. Just like a father, God loves us way too much to answer our prayers at any other time than the right time and the right way.

by Cheryl Hawkins

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Why God Allows Suffering?

Have you ever questioned God’s existence and capabilities?

In times of crisis, where we have nothing left but to hold on to faith, we tend to be very impatient. We fervently pray in the first few moments and ask God to deliver us from our agony. However, when God seems silent and our prayers go unanswered, we tend to take matters into our own hands and dare to question God’s existence.

Remember that quote people always throw around, “God does not give us more than what we can handle.” from 1 Corinthians 10:13? Well, I believe there are times where He allows more. Hurt after hurt. Pain after pain. Disappointment after disappointment. Tragedy after tragedy. We have witnessed people that have dealt pain far more than they can handle. In fact, this is biblical as well.

In 2 Corinthians 1: 8-9, Apostle Paul wrote:

“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”

The thing is, God does not want nor does He expects us to handle this on our own. He wants us to surrender ourselves and hand it over to Him instead of relying more on our own strength. To save us from a life where we are self-reliant. As human beings, we must acknowledge the truth of our insufficiency.

When we hit the place in our lives where we finally realize that some things are truly more than what we can handle, may we all remember to submit ourselves before God. In this, we’ll find comfort that He has been using all the broken pieces for our own good even if we are not able to fully comprehend the logic behind it. Let’s enjoy the journey through which we can gain a little more strength for what God sees we’ll need once we reach the top.

by Cheryl Hawkins

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