Does the Lord speak to
(A Re-posting September 9, 2018, two years from the original of
July 4, 2016)
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Does He speak to you and me? Oh, assuredly~ yes, He does! God Himself, the One God of the Trinity- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit- reveals His ability to communicate with His children in a myriad of ways in The Holy Bible. He spoke from a burning bush; He sent people to tell someone or others what God intended, as in the prophets of old- and now, through Christians who have the spiritual gift of the prophetic. Their job, today, is to glorify the Lord, to encourage, to exhort and to uplift the believers in Christ Jesus. We hear from the Lord in dreams, visions, whilst we are praying...we can be drawn to stop to pray to the Almighty with a whispering from Him through the Holy Spirit to our ear, mind, or spirit. A true believing friend who has welcomed Jesus Christ into her/his life can say something or beckon us to listen to God, to talk with Him. And, yes, we are so very thankful that we have the Lord's Word Who is Jesus Christ Himself (see the beginning of John) and is The Holy Bible to read, meditate, and study!
I have many examples just in my own life...in my early 30s, I was walking across the kitchen floor serving my two young children a meal, when like a lightning bolt, the thought came to my mind, "You do not have to be perfect!!" It was not I who said that; it was God because apparently I needed to hear that in my hurrying and scurrying to be a good girl, to be perfect; I tried :) and to do everything for everyone, especially my little, darling family!!
The God of Heaven and Earth is capable of even speaking to us through an animal, as in the donkey in the Bible! The Bible speaks that the rocks will cry out if we do not magnify and thank the Lord. All of nature shows/demonstrates Jehovah Jireh (The Lord will provide) and His everlasting Love, Mercy, Plenty and Provision, let alone the Beauty of His Hand!! We are not capable of writing the final word or list of God's massive, everlasting, and completely perfect and fruitful, protective Holy Spirit. He is endless, for He has no beginning, nor an end! Is not the Lord Almighty wonderful beyond our words or feelings to express?! Oh, God, You are absolutely everything to us! We thank You, adore and love You, and are grateful forevermore.
The Lord brought to my mind very recently to spread widely when He spoke to me at a particular time in His chosen way.
How the Hearing from the Lord Occurred that Day
This particular day of the week that I heard from the Lord in a very unusual way was a Tuesday. I had no idea what day of the week it was except through eventual retrospect. I was sitting in the car listening to a favorite Christian singer/songwriter, Fred Hammond.*** At the beginning of the song there is a young man who says some of the verses from Psalm 63:1-4~~~
O God, thou art my God. Early will I seek thee, my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. To see thy power and thy glory, in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life my lips shall praise thee. Thus, I will bless thee while I live. I will lift up my hands in thy name.
I had listened to this song and the cd many, many times! I loved the song and the whole cd. As I sat in the car listening, looking over my grocery list before I went inside the store, when the song lyrics upfront were from Psalm 63, it came to the part that says: "Thy Lovingkindness," and instead of that phrase, I heard this young man's actual voice who was reading the passage say, "9-11." He absolutely said it, and I heard him say it! I looked up because I thought to myself, 9-11? Where did that come from? I had heard that date said in the young man's own voice on the cd as clearly as could be possible. I was completely perplexed (baffled, very puzzled) shocked, and surprised! I pushed the track button back several times to see if I could hear, "9-11," again where Psalm 63 was read. I know that all of this did not make sense! The song on the cd always said exactly as it had been recorded- Your lovingkindness- there was no "9-11" now as I re-listened whatsoever on the cd. And yet, I had heard it very plainly.
The following is very pertinent; this particular day was Tuesday, September 4, 2011. I had no idea whatsoever that exactly a week from that day it was going to be 9-11. However, it was exactly one week before the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9-11 in 2011 when in 2002 America and the world was shaken by the horrific events of that date. There had been talk of the 10th anniversary of 9-11 coming up, but it was far from my mind that day until I heard 9-11 instead of Thy Lovingkindness.
I went into the grocery to do my shopping, but of course, what I had heard in my car in the song a bit earlier was not far from my mind. When I finished shopping, I returned to my vehicle. Still feeling stunned, I wanted to share this extraordinary event with someone who might understand for clarification and understanding, so I called two close and discerning girlfriends in the faith, who have personal experience, and we have discussed the gifts of the Holy Spirit through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 7 The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. 8 That is for the good of all. (1Corinthians 12:7-8)
I phoned one and then immediately the other, which order I phoned does not matter, nor do I remember: Sally Pesta and Michele Cole,+++ with each one and sometimes other Christians together, we have shared many times in the Lord together: praying and answers to prayer; healing; how God leads and prepares the way before us. We have studied the Word of God, the Bible; discussed how good our Lord and Savior is to us; talked about the things we have seen and experienced in the Most High as Christians, including how we hear from Him. Either Michele or Sally informed me that it was exactly one week before 9-11-2011. Both Michele and Sally fully believed and understood what I described about hearing "9-ll" in place of the actual words, "Thy Lovingkindness," on the cd from Psalm 63. We all agreed that this was a call to prayer and that we would be praying for nothing bad to happen to our country, our citizens or soldiers, and all nations that next Tuesday, 9-11-2011! I told my husband, grown children, and several close friends from church about what had happened and asked them to be praying, please.
What Happened That Tenth Anniversary of 9-11
As it turned out, I kept praying, and I know millions of people were praying to Jesus Christ, our Father, and the Holy Spirit- the Lord God- for safety for people regarding the 9-11 anniversary. I remember praying throughout the day, and by early afternoon, I breathed a sigh of relief that nothing adverse had happened related to this date. Then, I heard the news that our United States Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, had been attacked, and four individuals were killed, along with eleven people who sustained non-fatal injuries. It was so wrong and sad, awful, then I prayed more for their families, our nation and peoples' loving democracy. Even those who hate it- we must pray. Jesus said to love and to pray for our enemies...
With this incredible happening with the word/s "9-ll" (from the Lord to my ear) being audibly inserted exactly where the words of the Psalm/song said, "Your Lovingkindness" are...how utterly amazing and incredible this is, My Friends~! God has a message here to us- amongst many, some of which I do not know- but the message is this, I believe, in part:
Even in the horror of what happened to the people in our country, the United States of America, that horrific day when we were attacked in several ways, so catastrophically, GOD LOVES US! His Lovingkindness outstretches and outmatches any horrid plan or scheme that Satan/the devil would desire for you and me, Sister and Brother! Do not forget that fact! Ever.
***Fred Hammond's Psalm 63
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~~~A Prayer of Salvation~~~
Dear Heavenly Father,
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(Complete) Psalm 63
New King James Version (NKJV)
Joy in the Fellowship of God
A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
63 O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
4 Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
6 When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
7 Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
8 My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek my life, to destroy it,
Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall fall by the sword;
They shall be a portion for jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him shall glory;
But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.