Are You Listening?

Not wanting to really go there, but recently there’s been talk politically lately against Vice President Pence because of his belief that “Jesus talks to him”, which of course makes many non believers cringe and roll their eyes as if people who ‘hear’ God are idiots and mentally ill.

Non believers and even others who call themselves Christian, yet don’t take the Bible as the literal Word of God have a problem with things they don’t understand, and instead of doing as they demand of others (being tolerant and trying to understand) they turn to their sharp tongues and mock instead.

They’ve never had the experience of listening to God, so of course they have never heard Him.

Jesus says in John 10:27, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me

Sometimes I don’t get things, or I tend to have too much going on in my mind that I wonder if I will hear God’s voice when He has something to teach or say to me. Other times I wonder if I have heard, but ignored it- in essence, saying “No”. I hope not, but I think a lot of us if we’re honest, tend to say NO to Him, along with whatever excuses sound reasonable because we want worldly things.

Other times, more so lately as I am growing in Him- God does speak to me more, and I do hear Him. No, not an audible voice in my head- but through His Word, and also from outside sources which confirm what His Word is saying. In fact, last week is a prime example of how God speaks to us.

Even after all this time of living in a new area and having God provided for us daily, I still miss the old place and my old life. I know He didn’t cause things to happen, but uses circumstances to mold and teach us, so I am grateful for the things He’s done, helped with and taught me the past couple of years. I am a country girl at heart and always have been, so living in an apartment is to me, like a duck in a cage. I am really not happy, but most days I am content, knowing again that this really is for the best (for now), reasonably safe, especially since a cop lives downstairs and we have security here. That said, I still do get to day dreaming sometimes about the day I get to break free of this cage and find me a little place on the outskirts of town, close enough still to work and church, but with a little yard big enough for a veggie garden and a couple of chickens.

Sounds ok doesn’t it? Especially since by most current standards, that’s not an extravagant desire. The only problem is, is that when I think about it, and how impossible it seems right now given my current situation, I do get a little depressed about it, and grow anxious and restless. Which brings me to last week when I made the mistake of looking around on the net to see if there are any close nearly affordable possibilities around my area. I got sad remembering everyone & everything I missed, and depressed about my current situation.

It used to be that I’d dwell on things and go through a time of depression- but more often lately I’ve prayed about it, and asked the Lord to please help me not dwell on things as they are, and help me be more appreciative for what He has blessed me with.

The next evening at Bible study we began dissecting Romans 12 vs. 2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Sometimes we let the world’s system- the expectations of society and what we’ve been taught whether it’s “keeping up with the Jones’s” or even just feeling that we deserve something if we work for it, influence and mold us, and we forget that God is sovereign over all but the enemy still for now rules the world system. Yet when we are willing to be molded by God, a funny thing happens- our minds are transformed.

I like to know that my mind is being transformed more and more,because it means I am letting the Lord work in me. It is a continuous work He is doing, as 2 Corinthians 3:18 uses the present tense, But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

God spoke to me through His Word that if I just keep letting go and letting Him, He would help me through these times when I get to thinking about anything that’s potentially depressing or harmful thinking.

Hoping and ‘dreaming’ about things isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can be if it leads to coveting something and causing us restlessness, because it’s worldly thinking. The key to transformation is to Hear God’s Word, which is foolishness to non believers and non followers. Again, they don’t read His Word, so when we read Romans 10:17, we know He does speak. We’re not only to read His Word however, as Jesus told the church of Sardis, “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent.” We must also Hear His Word.

We must study it, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

Now here is where I begin to have more difficulty, but I am still working on it. I can’t remember as far as memorizing chapter and verse, but I remember scriptures and what His Word says, just not where lol. However, we are to memorize and meditate on His Word, as per Psalm 119:11- Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

As long as we say yes to the Lord, He will continue the renewing. We can finally say no to the world and be content with whatever circumstances we are in. That is a comforting reminder.