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(Please read to the end. The intention of this post is not self-defense).

From time to time on this blog, I write posts that are written from ”God’s voice” as I imagine he would speak to my heart. I’ve had a few people unfollow and tell me that this is apostasy, and dabbling in new age practices. So, I’d like to set the record straight. I am a writer. In poetry and prose we often write from another person’s perspective. I am in no way asserting that these writings are equivalent to or authoritative like scripture. However, I believe that God gives us imaginations for a reason, and not all imagining is evil as some seem to think. I am sure God is pleased when we stop to meditate on his goodness, and even when we imagine how he might respond to the struggles we are facing.

We are to set our minds on things above and I’d say that is exactly what this is. Sadly, most of us tend to imagine things like “What am I going to do? This situation is impossible! “I don’t see a way out of this.” “What if God doesn’t come through?” Or even— “If I be still and open my mind to His Spirit, I am opening myself up to the demonic.” I find it very sad that children of God worry that when they ask their Father for a fish, he will give them a snake. (Luke 11:11) In my opinion, imaginations like these are far more damaging than imagining that he is on our side or that he keeps his promises.

Scripture tells us that God has given us his Holy Spirit, and that he speaks to his people in a still small voice. Jesus said his sheep know his voice (John 10:27). There have been several occasions when thoughts came into my mind to pray for or call someone, or even go do something for them. Many of these times I found that they were facing serious issues at that exact time. A few times listening to that still small voice has made a HUGE difference in my life, and the lives of those I love, as I acted on those promptings. We need to be sensitive to his voice. He gave us his Spirit to help us through this life, and even to help us understand scripture. The Word without the Spirit is lifeless and powerless. In our work with victims of abuse we find that those who deny his work in our lives are the very ones who use scripture as a weapon. For them it is no longer the living, active, God-breathed word of God, but instead a set of rules. The letter of the law kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2 Cor. 3:6)

So if you’re following this blog and find these posts offensive, please feel free to stop following. It grieves my heart– not because we’ve lost a follower, but because your view of God is so small, and that you are missing all he has for his children. He offers us intimate fellowship, and that includes two way communication with Him. Yes, scripture is the ultimate authority, and the vast majority of the time he will speak through his word (and quicken it to our minds as we meditate on Him– maybe even as we imagine). He will never say anything to contradict it, but I believe it pleases him when we take time to dwell on his promises and his goodness. What would he say to you about that awful situation you’re facing? I believe if you get quiet and meditate on his word, you will find he has a beautiful message for you. 💗Joy

“Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” John 8:47

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” John 16:12-15.

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

Still Waters…

Father, I am amazed at how easily distracted I am. It’s ridiculous really. I guess part of it is life in the modern world, because honestly I don’t remember struggling this much before the days of smart phones and computers. I suppose the answer is to put them away, and carve out the time, or to rise much, much earlier so there won’t be interruptions. Either way, it is time for a change. It’s time to stop talking about it, and start doing it. I ordered the book on time management, and haven’t had time to read it! Oh my, You are so patient with me, and I so appreciate that, but I also know You are calling me out, and into obedience. Help me learn how to quiet my soul. Lead me by the still waters and let me drink from the streams of living waters today. I am parched. Let me drink freely without distraction, knowing that You are with me. Then let me lie down in green pastures as You restore my soul. It gets so beat up in this world. Thank You for times of refreshing.  Amen

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (Jn. 10:27). Do not let the noise of this world drown out my voice. You have my Spirit, which means you have everything you need for victory. I will always lead you in triumph so that you will manifest the sweet aroma of the knowledge of God to a dying world (2 Cor. 2:14). That is why you must be diligent to listen for my voice and follow my leading rather than the multitude of other voices that call out for your attention. When you fail, do not waste time in self-condemnation, but come humbly in repentance and let me hold you in my arms. I do not condemn, I restore. I bore your condemnation on the cross; so do not take it up again. Little one, you are mine—fully loved and precious in my sight. Never let anything keep you from running to Me. Come now, sit beside the still waters and find rest for your weary soul. There is healing here in my presence. The world inflicts damage on your soul daily, but a moment in my presence can repair it. Come and drink freely. Rest in my love. That is all you need in this moment. Let go the cares of this world, and gaze on the beauty of the Lord. Let me hide you in the shelter of my wing as you go through your day so the blows of life will not hurt you. I will take them for you. Learn to abide in Me my child. It will come as you fix your gaze on Me.  Turn your eyes on Me, and come.