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#2 If He talks, why can’t I hear Him?

We began this series with the question of: Does our Creator God talk to us today … and our conclusion was… ?  Despite some religious doctrines that say He stopped speaking somewhere in history, maybe around AD53 when the last Apostles died, we believe He can and certainly wants to!

We have even had a special Guest post that looked at John 16:12-15.  We saw that Jesus Said He would send the Holy Spirit to ‘TELL them’,“point the way”, “announcing future events in detail”and “ANNOUNCE in detail”.  Jesus Himself received all that He had from the Father, who gave Him everything.  Then the Holy Spirit would take from that storehouse and declare it to us today.  This whole passage is in ‘present tense’ meaning the Holy Spirit is saying this to us today.

Our guest gave us a good Bible grounding for our answer – Yes He talks to us today … far more than we even realise.  The Holy spirit’s ‘job description’ was to bring us to Jesus and to ‘Abba’ our Father.  God so wants this relationship with us that He broke through time and space and came into our world.  Jesus opened the way for this new creation and walk with our Creator!

OK Susanne, so why don’t more Jesus followers and Christians know and practice this?  What stops us from hearing Him more?  As we explained in the first of our sessions – ‘Our Creator Doesn’t talk to us Today’, the biggest reason is that we don’t expect Him to talk to us, or wrong religious teaching or just plain ignorance this “My sheep hear My voice”.

Another big reason– we might be afraid of what He might say so it’s easier not to listen.  We might really believe that God is a big ‘spoil sport’, or that He is so hard to please.  Others believe that we must perform to please Him and if we don’t, He has a very big stick to whack up over the head.  He is the BIG Judge in the sky, writing down everything we do wrong.  Or others believe He might ask us to do something we don’t want to do – like go on the mission field to China.  Or … horror of horrors, maybe He is like our own earthly fathers!  All this points to a wrong view of Creator, Father God! 

…but what if He wasn’t really like that?  What if we have a very wrong picture of the nature of God?  Sure His is the righteous Judge and will one day, show us what is really in our heart … but what if ….  ???  We can see His true nature in Jesus – not judgemental, harsh or vindictive.   …. in nature around us – He made butterflies and yellow flowers.  Then His love for Adam and Eve? …… when ‘He walked and talked with them in the cool of the evening’.

How can He be both Judge and yet patient with our weaknesses? …. set boundaries and yet allow the prodigal son to ‘do his own thing’?  Most if this has to do with His deep desire to have a family, a group of people to relate to and share the universe with.  He started with Adam and Eve to reach the whole Earth, then with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to build a nation … all turned a walked their own path.  Now, through Jesus, ‘He isn’t mad as us anymore’; we can come back home’.

So maybe we need to have another look athe the real nature of our Creator, God the Father.  Maybe this Worksheet will help us:

The Nature of God

One of the greatest challenges to our faith is “Why do things happen in my life which don’t seem fair?”  When we understand who God is, we will begin to understand why He does what He does.  Our ignorance of His nature is at the heart of many of our grumbles about life.  Our faith must rest on the nature, character and attributes of God.  Since God cannot change His nature, we can build true faith into our lives by knowing His nature.  The following are the nature, character and the attributes of God:

1.  God is one, in Unity with Himself, His purposes and His plans for us and for mankind are not divided, compromised or incomplete, Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Corinthians 8:6.

2. God is without beginning or end, outside and free from the succession of time, eternal and infinite, Genesis 21:33, 1 Kings, 8:27, Psalm. 90:2, 145:3, Acts 17:24.  God is unchangeable and unchanging, Psalms 102:27, Matthew 3:6, James 1:17. 

3. God is present everywhere (Omnipresent), is all powerful (Omnipotent) and knows all actual and possible things, hidden from sight or open, (Omniscience) Psalms 139:1-4, 7-12, 147:4-5, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Matthew11:21,19:26 and Revelation 2:11. 

4. God is the supreme Ruler, independent of any authority outside of Himself, (Absolute Sovereignty), Ephesians – Chapter 1, esp. v. 21.  He is independent of His creation and His creatures, or of the demonic realm, Psalms 115:3.  He chooses to be involved with us 

5. God has moral equality, without favouritism, (Absolute Justice), unbiased by history, creed or nationality, with everyone’s best interest at heart, Acts 10:34-35, Romans 2:11. 

6. God seeks the highest good for all creation and all humans, even at His own cost, (Benevolent).  He is completely unselfish in His dealings with us for the welfare of His creation and mankind, Deuteronomy 7:7-8, Exodus 34:6, John 3:16, Ephesians 1:5-8, Titus 2:11. 

7. God’s goodness and grace are given to His creation, undeserved and without partiality, Exodus 33:19, 34:6, Psalms 145:9, Ephesians 1:5-8, Titus 2;11.   God’s mercy shows His tender hearted compassion to all, Exodus 3:7, 17, Psalms 103:13, Matthew 9:36. 

8. God is righteous, perfect and separate from sin, pure and holy.   His actions are always trustworthy, (Truthful), 1 Samuel 15:29, Psalms 19:7-9, Jeremiah 9:24, 10:5-10, John 17:3, 17, 19, Hebrews 6:18, Titus 1:2.  God is faithful to keep all the promises He makes, faithful to keep the covenant with Jesus for us.  Numbers 23:19, Psalms 89:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:24.   

9. God is a person with relationship goals.  He has self-cognisance, will, emotions, intellect and self-determination, (A Personality), Exodus 3:14, Genesis Chapter 3.  God is the ultimate source of all life and is life, Exodus 3:14, Jeremiah 10:10, John 5:26. 

10. God’s long-suffering nature shows His patience towards His creation and His people, waiting or their free will to come into action (Persistence), Psalms 86:15, Romans 2:4, 9:22 .

Conclusion:  Therefore, since God cannot deny His nature or His character, His dealings with us must be through supreme love, unchangeable in His perfect goals for us, completely just, full of grace, mercy and goodness. 

Can we build our trust on this?

© Copyright 2009 From the Mentor’s Notebook, www.mentorsnotebook.com – All Rights Reserved 

 

Perhaps you need to re-examine your view of God?  What does your heart believe about Him that stops you being able to hear His voice and enjoy the relationship He offers?  Remember learning to hear from God can be one of hardest and one of the gretest adventures in life!

Send me your comments, Susanne

 

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