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How to Two-Way Journal with God

Hello friends,

In my previous blog post, I discussed two-way journaling as a way to learn how to hear God’s voice clearer. You simply journal your prayer to God, and then turn around and write to yourself from God’s perspective. It may sound nuts at first, but scripture says that God has poured out His Spirit onto all flesh. Whether you know Him or not it means He sees you. He knows you. He is speaking and drawing you. He loves you so much.

Your job is to learn how to tell the difference between your own thoughts, God’s thoughts, and any enemy thoughts. Two-way journaling is a way of practicing. As you write “from Him,” over time you will start to see things from Him that line up with scripture. He may tell you things that He confirms through other people or circumstances later. You will be able to look back on your writings and see times when He spoke something to you that came true just as He spoke it. The more you do it, the more confident you will get at knowing His voice versus  your own.

Today I two-way journaled and though it is personal, I thought I’d share it with you. I want you to see how personal the Lord is. I’ve been two-way journaling for 20 years. Don’t expect your journaling to be as specific at first if it isn’t. Practice is what makes His voice clearer.


Dear Father,

I thank you so much for the beauty you have made out of me. Without You I am truly nothing. Left to my brokenness and the broken world we live in, there is no hope for me and I know it to my core. There is nothing I could do on my own to fix my brokenness.

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But you made up for my weakness. You reached down and became a part of this world and your sacrifice… your sacrifice purchased and covered my brokenness. It made my brokenness OK. It gave me a place to stand to find you. And find You I did.

I didn’t find ‘the hope of You’….

I didn’t find an emotional imagination that makes me feel better….

I didn’t find weakness…

I found YOU.

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I found Jesus, the son of God. And I found out that you are more real than anything in this world. And YOU made a way so that we can be connected again to the Father. You point us to the Father. Because of You Lord, I found a compassionate and loving Father. I found the Maker of Heaven and Earth. I found a King who conquered the brokenness. I found a God who has a plan. I found the Holy Spirit who communes and talks with me. I learned how to hear your Spirit. You reveal mysteries to me. You lead me beside still waters. You keep my feet from stumbling. You show me plans you have that blow me away. You speak loving kindness to me and your Spirit has spoken nothing but love and support. I’ve learned that the enemy often poses as You and likes to speak condemnation and judgement in Your name. Oh how we need to learn to hear your voice clearly!

And now you speak to me of new things coming. Things that in the flesh bring fear, sadness, joy, and excitement – all at the same time. So Lord, I give my fears, sadness, joys and excitement all to You. If you are leading, new paths are paths of beauty. They are paths of goodness. They are paths that take us beside still waters… and even if we were to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, as long as you are leading I will fear no evil.

Wendy, dear daughter… how I love when you come to my throne in prayer and worship. I am concerned for your welfare. I do think of you and your family. I do love you and  want to bless your socks off! I will not leave you or forsake you. I will not lead you to a foreign land and then leave you! I am not like that. I am a shepherd that sees the journey through to the end. Don’t fear new things! Don’t fear new paths. Each path I take you on chisels away at the rough stone and I use the paths to create a beautifully designed gemstone in you. I’m making something beautiful out of you. Lean into Me. Trust Me. Trust my goodness. This life is but temporary anyway. Your real life starts the day you step into eternity with Me. This life is the shadow. This life is the test. This life not promised to be pain free, sin free or to feel good. You have fleeting glimpses of those things but it is not your every moment reality. So climb this next mountain with Me dear girl. The journey will make you stronger and you will see some great sights along the way. The view is amazing at the top and I can’t wait to show you and get you there.

Father, you know I will follow you up any mountain, along any path… because even in the middle of the shadow of death, I am safest when I am closest to You. Your love is so much sweeter than anything I have tasted….I embrace your wisdom and I embrace your love and that is all I need. So, like the Will Reagan/United Pursuit song says, “I will climb this mountain with my hands wide open.” I trust you with it Lord. Give me the grace to follow You with love and low stress bringing blessing to those around us, not burden. How great is your love.


CLICK HERE to read my January challenge to you to make 2015 the year you learn to hear His voice clearly.

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January 1st Challenge: Journaling your prayers to hear God’s voice

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I know that Christmas isn’t here yet, but I wanted to give you some time to prepare for your January first resolutions. Our resolutions tend to stick more when we are intentional about them and we prepare ahead of time. This will help them stick longer and maybe even develop into good habits!

I want to challenge you to make 2015 the year you really get confident in your ability to hear God’s voice in your own life. How much more productive and successful in every way would your year be if you could hear Him clearly?

The first place to start when learning to hear God speak is through journaling. For some, journaling comes easy and for others it is a challenge. Buy yourself a real spiral bound journal or notebook, or create a word document on your computer that you can save as “My Prayer Journal.” Either method will work as long as you have a place to go to journal your thoughts and prayers. Journaling is what helped me gain confidence that I hear His voice and I’m certain it will help you too.

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Begin by writing out (or typing) a prayer to the Lord. Make a habit of praising and thanking Him for blessings in your life. Be honest and tell God how you feel about Him. Explain where you want your relationship with Him to go. Then bring any needs you have to Him. Tell Him what is on your heart and then take a few moments to rest in His peace. When you are ready, close your eyes and listen to your thoughts. Just take note of them. Be ready to write. Imagine Jesus standing or sitting beside you with an approving smile on His face (He definitely approves of you coming to Him and trying to learn to hear His voice.)

Then, see if you can imagine what He might say to you. This might feel awkward at first. Allow yourself to feel awkward. Don’t rush it. Write a response to yourself from Jesus and don’t think too hard about what you are writing.

What would Jesus say to you to encourage you? What would He say about the needs you have brought to Him? What does Jesus say about your future? Remember, you’re just learning how to hear Him. Allow yourself permission to feel awkward. As you’re priming the pump and thinking on these things, He is able to speak into your thoughts. You have to trust that what He promised is true. His sheep hear His voice and they know Him. He has sealed you with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is within you and can and does speak to you in your thoughts.

Write whatever comes to your mind. Know that it is acceptable if some of what you write is from you and not from God. This is practice. It doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to be shared with anyone. God is not sitting up on His throne ready to strike you if you get it wrong. Jesus’ job is to point us to the Father and to help us by covering our shortcomings. God looks at us through His son Jesus, and all has been made right through Him. Jesus is a loving, encouraging Shepherd who is excited that you are trying to hear His voice.

It may take time for you to develop confidence that you are really hearing God rather than making it up in your head, so just know that ahead of time. And as you journal every day from God’s perspective to you, be brave to write things that you aren’t sure are from Him. Usually when you go back and read what you have written you’ll be amazed to see God’s voice really did speak. Over time you’ll be able to see that the things you are writing down from him are true. You’ll have more confidence that He really is speaking to you and you’ll feel better about your own ability to hear Him. And then journaling can become a way that you use to personally hear God when you need to.

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If you need another tool to help you in your journey for hearing God’s voice, get a copy of my book, Snatchproof, The Art of Hearing God’s Voice. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and at the publisher’s site, WESTBOW PRESS.

God Speaks in Many Ways – This week it was a dream.

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Hello my friends,

As you know, the theme of my blog is about how to hear the voice of God. There are truly so many ways He speaks into our lives. My heart and passion is to help people to hear Him. Some days I want to shout from the mountaintops: HE SEES YOU! HE WANTS YOU TO COME TO HIM! HE IS SPEAKING…DON’T MISS IT!

But we are all born into brokenness and spiritual blindness. We have to stop looking with our eyes and start listening with our ears… our hearts… our minds… our circumstances… our dreams… our minds.

Most of the time, in my experience, He speaks through the world He made. He speaks through circumstances and people. And every once in awhile, a true miracle happens where a person will audibly hear Him, or have an open vision, or a vivid dream that means something.

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Two nights ago He spoke an answer to a prayer in a dream for me. This is a first for me. He has spoken to me in so many ways before but not a dream. This dream was so obviously God, I wanted to share it for all of you who could use a little encouragement in your walk to pursue Him.

I’ve been very sick for almost 8 weeks now. I’ve never been sick like this, at least not since I was a little girl. I’ve been to the doctor and the ER, been through a round of antibiotics and nothing has helped. What was finally determined is that I had an allergic reaction to mold which sent me into a bronchial infection that turned into asthma. Eight weeks later I was still having a hard time breathing, wheezing with every breath. I can’t stand not being able to breathe clearly. I have been so frustrated and have been searching for a natural answer to asthma as all of the doctors say there is no cure for asthma and you just have to take medications to “control” it. THAT is not acceptable to me. I know there is an answer and I prayed and asked God to lead me to the answer or lead me to the person who would have it.

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Two nights ago at 4AM I awoke from a vivid dream. In the dream I was searching the internet and on my computer screen it said, “CURE FOR ASTHMA: FENUGREEK” – Then, I woke up. I thought, “Could this be a dream from God or was this just my overactive mind dreaming of finding the answer?”

I didn’t know the properties of Fenugreek. I knew it was an herb, but I remembered it mostly from when I was having children and that people used it for nursing purposes. Haven’t thought of that herb in years.

I got out my iphone and did a quick search for Fenugreek and asthma. I have heard of Fenugreek but don’t know what it is used for. I wasn’t even sure I remembered how to spell it right! Sure enough, there were tons of articles about using Fenugreek to control asthma!!!  That next morning I ran to Whole Foods and bought a bottle of Funugreek seed capsules and slammed down 4 of them in the parking lot. (I was still wheezing with every breath.) By the time I got home 20 minutes later, the wheezing had calmed way down. All day long I controlled the asthma with the Fenugreek capsules. That night I got a whole night’s sleep for the first time in weeks!

I’ve been using the Fenugreek now for two days and can tell I am getting better. It controls the asthma but then I can tell when it wears off and I need more, but my understanding in controlling asthma is to calm the lungs and everything down where nothing spasms and your attack is over. I have just had two days of calmness and full breaths and I would have never known about this marvelous herb had the Lord not spoken to me in my dream!

Have you heard Him speak in your life lately? Pursue Him my friends. Seek the Lord while He may be found. The eyes of the Lord move throughout the earth that He may STRONGLY support those whose hearts are completely His… That is scripture. He wants you to come to Him so that He can help you as you walk spiritually blind through this world. He loves you dearly. Take the leap and draw near to Him. Start with a prayer asking Him to open your ears and heart to recognize His voice when He speaks to you. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

 

Wendy

 

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Hearing God’s Voice in Your Business

Hi my friends! It’s been about a month since I have blogged. Not because God hasn’t been speaking but because I’ve been selfish with sharing. I’m sorry. See, I’m an introvert. Actually technically when I recently took the Myers Briggs personality test, I came out “introvert with extrovert tendencies”. That means that while I love being around other people and sharing my life with other people, to recharge I have to pull away for a while. It doesn’t mean anything is wrong, I just recharge in solitude. I can share my heart and my vision and lay my life open for people for a while and then I have to regather, hear from the Lord, refocus my vision, and then I can surface again with something new to share.

Also, something big has been happening in my life the past year regarding a business that the Lord spoke to me about. I’ve not ever shared it with this crowd because I don’t want anyone to think I’m trying to get them involved. But, He has been speaking to me about it every day. And so, I feel it’s time to start sharing a little about it here… but not with the intention to get people to jump on my boat. I’m hoping you can take the words the Lord is sharing with me about my business and apply it to your own business, your own projects, your own things…because the principles are all transferable.

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So about five years ago, I had the flu and was really sick. A friend of mine, Sera Hopkins Johnson, sent me a bottle of Thieves oil (which is an essential oil blend from Young Living essential oils). I had been to the doctor and since I had a virus they had nothing they could do for me. I applied Thieves oil to my feet, put it under my tongue and diffused it in the air. That night I could tell I was getting better. I recovered in record time and was amazed. I joined Young Living because they are a wholesale membership club like Sams or Costco, only for essential oils. They had over 400 different oils that did different things in the body and I wanted to know more. While Young Living has a multi-level facet to it, there is no pressure to ever sell anything or any requirement to do anything so I felt safe joining. I was pretty much against anything mult-level and just wanted to order the oils for myself and my family. For the next three years I fell in love with Thieves oil, Eucalyptus oil and Peppermint. I was able to bring down fevers, open up bronchial passageways and help our bodies in the fight against viruses with these three oils. I experimented with a few other oils but these were my staples.

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Then about 2 years ago I was sitting at my desk working away and the Lord spoke to me unexpectedly. “Do you want to make Young Living a business?” I stopped typing on my computer. “What?” “Do you want to make this a business?” The question resonated in my mind in that all familiar voice of my Lord.

I had never even considered it seriously as a business. Some of my family members and friends had signed up to be distributors under me, but only because they wanted to be members to get the discount. They weren’t planning on selling it either.

I didn’t answer with a resounding yes. I had been burned out and turned off from multi-level companies from a bad experience in the past. I really didn’t want to be “that person” who was bugging all their friends to try to get them to buy overpriced products. The idea turned me off in many ways. But I did love the oils. I really loved them. I loved them so much that I had been willing to sign up as a distributor/wholesale member so that I had access to discount prices. I loved that they seemed to kill viruses, fungi, bacteria, and supported the body’s immune system in a major way. I loved that I could help people who were looking for answers to their health issues. I couldn’t prescribe or tell them what to do of course, I’m not a doctor… but I could teach them how to become their own health detective. How to research and find the answers they were looking for.

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So while I had a building excitement that God was challenging me to build a business, I had reservations.  “I want to build a business with you, but,” I said to the Lord, “I don’t want to have home parties and I don’t want to bug my friends to buy. You have to show me how to find the people who really need these products. Show me how to use marketing and social media adequately enough to find people I don’t know who really need the products and I will work this as a business Lord.”I knew if He was asking me to consider it that He was behind it and that it was a challenge I should probably take. I just needed to take care of my reservations first.

He then said, “This is going to be a fun journey of faith for you. I’m going to show you what it is like to partner in business with Me. The first thing you need to start doing is to ask Me for things. Come to me daily and ask Me for direction. Ask Me for contacts. Put it on record in heaven that you asked by speaking the words out of your mouth and ask me to bless your business. As your faith grows, so will your asking and so will your business. Partnering with Me in business is the best thing you can ever do for your business.”

And so for the first month, my faith was small. I asked the Lord to lead me to one person who would be interested in signing up for the wholesale membership that Young Living provides. One person that I didn’t know did come into my life and did sign up. I was amazed and put my faith out there for two people for the following month. Then that month two people signed up. I still couldn’t believe it. As I increased my faith each time, the ideas started coming and people kept signing up! Now two years later I have a distributor support team called Faith Builders (TeamFaithBuilders.com) and over 150 people under me in my organization and am averaging 15-20 people signing up each month! And we aren’t nearly done yet! The Lord keeps reveling new plans of action and things to do to increase. It truly has been journey of faith and amazement as I see God provide at every turn. I’m in a business partnership with the Lord and He’s using it to teach me about Himself and about including Him in every aspect of my life!

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I make it a point to meet with Him several times a week in the mornings, asking for direction. This morning His word was SO GOOD. Let me share with you what He said. Here is a portion of my journal entry for this morning:

……Father I need direction in my business. Sometimes I feel like I have tons of ideas and other times my well of creativity has dried up. I’ve been weary physically lately from travel and from a sickness I’ve been getting over. My creative well is dry and I need your ideas, your inspiration…..

 

Wendy,

Dear child you are on the mend. Restore now in Me, Refresh now in Me, don’t come back to business through your mind and in thinking, but through the Spirit and in worship. Worship Me, listen to Me, hear Me and all of the ideas you need will pour out of your spirit on to the page and you’ll not be able to contain the ideas to bring you to your goals.

There are two fountains from which you draw. The physical, mental fountain that is your brain where logic resides and you try to process your issues and problem solve to find the answers. Without infusion from My Spirit this fountain runs dry. Why spend your time trying to drink from something that barely trickles when the other fountain, my Spirit is a roaring river? My fountain of life fills every crevice and every crack and overflows to the dry ground. My fountain is filled with faith, gives life, quenches thirst, solves problems, provides life and fills you up. Instead of thinking hard, come to me with worship and praise and spend time in my presence. Let my Spirit rise up within you and bubble out and with it the ideas will come. With it direction will come. My precious lamb, come and drink. The fountain is available to you and all who will come to Me. Drink.

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What a fantastic reminder! I know every word of this is true because I have experienced this river of life that brings supernatural ideas before. God wants to partner with us in life and in our businesses. He wants to be invited in wherever we will let Him in. We were created from the beginning to be in fellowship with Him. This is shown to us in Genesis through the picture of Adam and Eve walking in the garden with God. We weren’t supposed to be separated from Him, we were supposed to learn from Him. He created the universe, He knows how everything works. After Adam and Eve chose the fruit of good and evil (evil just means without God)… They chose to gain wisdom without God…without His insight…without His mentorship…. they chose to live life the hard way. Instead of learning through insight of their Father, they chose to learn by the school of hard knocks. And that has been the plight of humankind ever since. We have the option of walking through life without Him if we want to. We can learn from logic alone or we now have the option (thanks to God sending His Son Jesus to offer that relationship back again) to restore that relationship and HEAR the voice of our Father once again. You can hear His voice if you want to! It will take practice, because hearing Him defies logic. But scriptures say that “My sheep hear my voice and they know Me.”

If you have any thoughts and want to email me personally about this, I’m happy to continue the conversation. I want people to experience the freedom and love of God like I have and to know what it is like to have God as your business partner. You can email me at WendySelvig@gmail.com.

I’ve been on a 20 year journey of learning how to hear this voice and the Lord led me to write a book about it so hopefully others will have confidence that they can hear Him too. Hundreds of people have told me that the book has really helped them to hear His voice better. If you’d like to get a copy, you can order it from Amazon, Barnes and Nobles or HERE.

My heart cry really is about hearing Gods’ voice. I know now that we can hear Him daily and it makes a huge difference in how your life turns out! We only get to live this life one time. We only get one shot. Wouldn’t you rather walk with someone who can see the path ahead and who can gently lead you away from trouble and towards the good things? Learn to hear His voice dear ones. This is the key to a successful life!

Here are my 2 most recent favorite worship songs. I’ve listened to this all morning as I was journaling and seeking God about my business. I hope it draws you closer to his heart as well. My prayer with this blog is that you are challenged to invite Him to be your business partner.  Whatever vision you are pursuing, whatever dream you are building, ask Him to be your partner and then spend time with Him and draw from the never-ending river of creativity and ideas that come from His Spirit which He places inside of you when you initiate a relationship with Him.

 

 

God bless you on your journey to do life with Him! May you hear His voice ever so strongly!
Wendy

We are supposed to hear God’s voice

We were intended to hear His voice from the beginning. I am sure of it. Wisdom was perfect before the Fall and we see it played out with Adam walking through the Garden talking with God. When we invite God back into our lives, that conversation with Him can continue. We have to learn to hear His voice so that He can give us insights as we travel through the days of our lives. Invited, He comes and gives us INSIGHT. Blindly we walk in a broken world, but He gives us INSIGHT to keep us from falling.

One of the ways He brings insight is by bringing the same message across our path over and over. I’ve been seeking the Lord for a specific healing in my body.I have literally been healed three times in this area where I receive prayer and the pain goes away and for 2 or 3 days it is completely better and then the pain creeps back in. And I’ve sought God for answers on this because I know that He wants me healed, and I know that I’ve experienced those healings, but I feel like there is something else that is keeping me from staying healed. And I’ve not been able to figure it out. So, I asked Him. I asked Him to reveal this and I’ve been wanting to know for ages about healing and how it all works. I know the body is fearfully and wonderfully made and that our mind, bodies and spirits are connected. I know that I’ve seen miraculous healings and I’ve seen some people not get healed and I’ve been asking God to reveal to me why different people have different reactions. I believe God is GOOD and I know from my scripture and study that He wants people healed and whole. I do believe we are in a broken world and we walk blindly and we need HIS INSIGHT into all of this to understand. So, I’ve asked and have been waiting for His words and insight.

Yesterday He brought 4 people who do not know each other into my life who gave me the same message. Three of them came through phone conversations (1 from Colorado Springs, 1 from Arizona, and 1 from Texas) and one in person. These people called me for various reasons but they all happened back to back in the same afternoon.) The message they each ended up mentioning in our conversations is that when there is a persistent medical issue that won’t get healed, there is often emotional trauma involved that is associated with it. Seriously four people told me this over a period of 12 hours.This is one way that God speaks and I’ve experienced this before many times. Especially when I ASK Him for an answer and then it comes like this, it’s so cool how He works.

I think I have some praying and emotional releasing to look into. Studies show that our bodies are like a computer and that information can actually be stored in our cells – CLICK HERE FOR A HARVARD STUDY. Holistic health practitioners say that we store trauma and emotions in different organs of the body, and that is why some organs are susceptible to sickness. This is all a little “out there” for me but as I continually research things like this and see that Harvard backs up that every cell of our body could be used as a hard drive…. things like this make a bit more sense.

Recently I’ve also learned that certain essential oils help our body release trauma too, as well as promoting healing in our bodies. He’s teaching me by His INSIGHT. I’m in the middle of this and don’t have the final answers yet, but I’ll let you know when the issues are healed and what I’ve learned!

 


Wendy Selvig is the author of Snatchproof, The Art of Hearing God’s Voice. Westbow Press is the publisher. To get your copy, order it here.

Why Some People Get Healed….Day 2

If you didn’t read day 1 of this post, you’re going to need to go back and read it first. CLICK HERE.

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If prayers aren’t answered and your loved one dies, is it because of your lack of faith? Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. I’m not blaming anyone. We do live in a fallen world with broken systems and broken bodies that all lead to death. Without intervention there are many of us who are going to die prematurely. There are things that don’t work out like we hoped. This is the way of life on planet earth. Nobody should be surprised at a cancer report. There are hundreds of thousands of people if not millions asking God to intervene in their natural death process. I’m not sure He is moved to intervene in most of them. Not because He doesn’t care, but because it is the way of things in this dispensation of life. We’re still in the middle of it. Christ has not returned. Sin still remains. Brokenness hasn’t been fixed yet. Sickness and disease happens, even to those He loves.

Yet some people still do get miraculously healed. In my church there is a man who has actually certifiably raised several people from the dead, including his own son who had been in the morgue for 12 hours. So what do you do with that? That’s stronger than a miraculous cancer healing even. Why do some people get healed and some do not? I really do not believe it is a matter of justice. None of us “deserve” to be healed given the time and place in life and history that we live – and the state of the broken bodies we live in. There is more to the question of why some get healed and some do not.

My bold question to you is this…. what makes your prayer stand out to God?

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Why do some prayers get answered and others do not? Is life really about us and our character? If so, why don’t we see more scripture about that topic? Is God really so concerned with developing our character and seeing how we handle loss and disappointment? I challenge that way of thinking and feel strongly that God is moved by prayers that come from faith AND that glorify Him. 

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First of all, the Bible says that “without faith it is impossible to please God.” Faith is His language. It is the currency He works in. He is pleased by our faith. What is faith? Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” To me, faith is believing that God is for me not against me. It’s that simple and that profound. There is a lot that falls together under that idea. He is for me, not against me and He wants to know I believe it.

Here are a few other scriptures about faith that show God responds to it. So no, it is not a bad thing to believe that God moves on behalf of those with faith. These scriptures speak more to me about His concern with my faith than His concern with my character.

Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered and said to them, Truly I say to you, If you have faith, and doubt not, you shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if you shall say to this mountain, Be you removed, and be you cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Luke 7:50 And he said to the woman, Your faith has saved you; go in peace.
Luke 17:6 And the Lord said, If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you might say to this sycamine tree, Be you plucked up by the root, and be you planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Matthew 9:22 But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well.

Matthew 9:29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.”

Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.

Matthew 17:20 And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

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These are just the first scriptures I pulled in a 5 minute search of scriptures on faith. There are a TON more. And I have always been amazed at how EVERY time someone asked Jesus to heal them the answer was always YES. Never was it recorded where Jesus answered, “well, you know my Father is more concerned with working on your character than making you whole.” Never. Ever.  IF that was true, it would have been recorded at least once in the New Testament, right?

Luke 11:9 says, “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” He challenges us to ask. He is calling us to pray. Certain expressions of God’s power really only come in response to prayer. God won’t do it unless we ask for it and often I think God is uninspired with our prayers!

Do you know what prayer I personally dislike? I personally can’t stand the “if it’s your will” prayer. Most often these prayers are prayed out of sincere hearts, so I don’t mean to put anyone down who has prayed these prayers, but I only mention it to help bring people out of it. I’m not sure God is inspired by these prayers. Personally, If I were God (and thank our lucky stars I am not) and people kept saying, “If it is your will, please heal so and so”… I would think, “Well, is it my will or not? Do you know my Word? Do you know what I say about healing? Why don’t you know? Stop praying mamby pamby prayers and ask me like you mean it!” I hear the Spirit of God crying out “INSPIRE ME with your faith in Me! Do you believe I am for you or not?!”

No, God is not a genie in a bottle and our “wish” is not His command. But having faith and praying big audacious prayers begins with discerning what God wants and what He wills in your life and knowing what His position is towards you. Knowing that God is for you is the first step. Knowing what His Word says about your situation also helps. This is difficult for many who come from denominational backgrounds that teach healing is not for today. Thank God my friend who raised his son from the dead didn’t listen to that teaching! Whew!

 

Will your prayer bring Him Glory?

God’s glory is a big deal. John Piper, author of over 50 books, wrote a blog post in 1984 on the Glory of God. I want to share a bit with you from this blog post that inspired me so much.

“Why did God create us? Isaiah 43:6-7, “Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth (says the Lord), everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory.”

Why did God choose a people for himself and make Israel his possession? Jeremiah 13:11, “I made the whole house of Israel … cling to me, says the Lord, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise and a glory.”

Why did God rescue them from bondage in Egypt? Psalm 106:7-8, “Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider thy wonderful works…but rebelled against the Most High at the Red Sea. Yet he saved them for his name’s sake that he might make known his mighty power.”

Why did God spare them again and again in the wilderness? Ezekiel 20:14, “I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out.”

Why didn’t God cast away his people when they rejected him as king and asked for a king like the nations? 1 Samuel 12:20-22, “Fear not, you have done all this evil yet do not turn aside from following the Lord … For the Lord will not cast away his people for his great name’s sake.”

Why did God use his sovereign power to bring back his people from exile after punishing four generations of sin? Isaiah (48:9,11) put it like this, “For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you … For my own sake, for my own sake I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.”

HERE IS THE LINK TO READ HIS ENTIRE BLOG POST ON THIS TOPIC

In this blog John talks about how God’s chief goal is to glorify Himself. It sounds so conceited. It sounds so not-loving. It sounds like God is self-centered and self-righteous. People typically don’t like other people who are enamored with themselves so this poses a problem with a God who wants all the glory for Himself. THIS is the point I want you to hear from his blog: “Here is the answer of which I want to persuade you. Since God is unique as the most glorious of all beings and totally self-sufficient, he must be for himself if he is to be for us. If he were to abandon the goal of his own self-exaltation we would be the losers. His aim to bring praise to himself, and his aim to bring pleasure to his people, are one aim. They stand or fall together. I think we will see this if we ask the following question.

In view of God’s infinitely admirable beauty, power and wisdom, what would his love to a creature involve? Or to put it another way: what could God give us to enjoy that would show him most loving? There is only one possible answer, isn’t there? HIMSELF! If God would give us that which is best and most satisfying, that is, if he would love us perfectly, he must offer us no less than himself for our contemplation and fellowship and joy. “In thy presence is fullness of joy. In thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.” (Ps. 16:11)” (end of quote)

YES!!! Can you hear my heart resonating with this from the top of Pike’s Peak??? YES, YES, YES. God must be glorified in what we do and what we ask for!!!  I am convinced that two different people can ask for the same thing and one person’s prayer will be answered while the other one’s prayer is unanswered? WHY? Because one prayer would result in God being glorified and the other is being asked out of self-glory.

So how can you get God’s attention when asking Him for something? Ask it in faith and tell Him how it is going to bring glory to His name. Seek Him in prayer, seek His will for you in His Word. Ask according to His Word and in faith knowing that He is for you. When He is glorified people are drawn to Him. Ask in such a way that HE is glorified! And then stand. Wait. Trust. Hope. And then, you will have done everything to stand. Don’t give up. He will answer. He will step into the broken and fallen dimension we live in and answer with whatever answer glorifies Him the most. I am convinced that you do have to ask, you do have to have faith, and you do have to desire that He is glorified in whatever the outcome. Then you can be sure that whatever outcome you see is the BEST answer. Will your prayer be answered according to your will? Is God a genie in a bottle? God will answer according to how He will be glorified. And the more you know from His Word about His position on your situation, the more confidence you will have in asking for big things.

Look at the following two prayers prayed for the same person. Which one do you think would get God’s attention?

1. Will you heal uncle John? I just can’t live without him. I just don’t think I can make it through life if I lose him. Please don’t take Him, I’ll do anything for you if you let him live.

2. Lord, John is a man who has been given a death diagnosis. You are the only one who can intervene. You healing him would defy the doctors who have declared death as his sentence. Everyone who hears that John has been healed miraculously will know that You and only You have done this. Your name will be glorified and lifted high so that men will see that you are the source of life and that you love us. Your scripture has shown us example after example of people who came to you and you healed them. We follow that example Lord set in your Word and we ask You to intervene. Let your name be glorified by the healing of Uncle John. I will publicly praise your name and bring glory to you. His children will be able to proclaim that the Lord Most High has touched our lives.  Now we ask and wait and thank you that you love us so much to give us Yourself. Thank you for working in Uncle John’s life.

I’m not trying to give you a formula to manipulate God. I’m trying to help you see that God responds to faith and to His name being glorified. Things aren’t going to always work out the way we had hoped but we can know and trust that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He doesn’t change. His name must be glorified for us to find pleasure in Him and He seeks ways to glorify Himself. He glorifies Himself out of His love for us – to be all that we need Him to be. He wants us to have faith and He wants us to seek His glory. I challenge you to dream big and ask audacious prayers with the purpose of seeing God glorified. Your life and your prayers will never be the same.

Mark Batterson, in his book, The Circle Maker, says that if you don’t believe that God is for you you will pray small timid prayers; if you do believe it, then you’ll pray big audacious prayers. And one way or another, your small timid prayers or big audacious prayers will change the trajectory of your life and turn you into two totally different people. Prayers are prophecies. They are the best predictors of your spiritual future. Who you become is determined by how you pray. Ultimately the transcript of your prayers becomes the script of your life.

As Mark says, “Until His sovereign will becomes your sanctified wish, your prayer life will be unplugged from its power supply.” Getting what we want is not the goal. The goal is glorifying God by praying boldly for the promises, miracles and dreams He wants for us.

 

I highly recommend The New York Times Best Seller, The Circle Maker, Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears, if you are facing mountains and need encouragement in your life.

 


 

Wendy Selvig is the author of Snatchproof, The Art of Hearing God’s Voice. Westbow Press is the publisher. To get your copy, order it here.

Why Some People Get Healed and Why Some Do Not…

God has been speaking to me about dreaming big and asking for big things. I believe that bold prayers honor God. I also believe that God honors bold prayers! I don’t know where the idea came from in the church that God is offended by our biggest dreams and boldest prayers but I want to shout from the mountains to people to stop thinking that way! Actually, I do think I know where this defeatist idea came from and I feel it needs to be discussed. The side you fall on will determine the trajectory of your life in a big way, so it’s worth talking about.

First, I believe that faith starts like a tiny ember. It can be cared for, blown on and turned into a roaring fire. It also can be snuffed out with a little dirt thrown on it, a foot to step on it, or the care not taken to baby it when it is small…

There was a time when people in the church challenged others to have faith for big things. At least in the charismatic church, I can look back and see that. Some people got answers to their faith and others did not. For the people who did not, they blamed those who told them to have faith. They said that “God obviously doesn’t work that way.” Many of these people turned to Calvinistic views that suggest God is not interested in answering our prayers the way we want them answered and they took the burning ember of faith and dunked it into a well of defeatism.

These are the people who talk about the sovereignty of God all of the time. They think that people with big faith are selfish for wanting good things in their lives. They accuse people with faith for treating God like a “genie in a bottle”.

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It really is the pendulum swung in the opposite direction of faith. I think the “character building” idea comforts people who didn’t get their prayers answered and it explains God for them in the only way they know how to explain that He is good. Surely their faith didn’t have anything to do with it. Surely God was just more concerned with their character than answering their prayers. They think they shouldn’t have been so bold as to ask God for such a miraculous thing. Maybe He was offended that they even asked. And so the thought process goes that leads to defeatism and tiny prayers. And I wish I could just take off the black tinted glasses and show them the lies they have believed. Lies designed to bind their hands and make them ineffective and small for the rest of their lives.

I’m not setting out purposely to offend people but this is going to be the final comment that probably will do it. The people I know who think this way are no fun to be around. Seriously. Small thinking. Small asking. AFRAID of God and afraid to believe in anything. I want to help these people come out of this pit, but many are resigned to live in it and somehow feel safe in it. I am not going to tiptoe around these people any more. They are not going to suck me dry or douse my faith.

This is a really touchy subject, I understand. And those people I just described are going to get angry. They typically accuse anyone who challenges them of the most grievous of sins. What is this sin? They think people are blaming their lack of faith as the reason God didn’t answer their prayer. God forbid we cross that line. God forbid we hold them responsible. And what is more, I am not accusing anyone of that, but anyone who dares to challenge the sovereignty of God argument gets looked down on for ‘heaping blame’ on someone who doesn’t deserve it. (Sigh.)

This has become a reason why people in the Church can be afraid to ask God for big things. In some circles it has become politically incorrect to ask for big things because you might offend anyone who hasn’t had their prayers answered. And this is the bucket of water these people use to douse everybody else’s ember of faith. “Are you asking God to heal you of cancer? Well, you better not do it because I already prayed a prayer like that for someone I love and He answered according to His sovereignty, not according to what I wanted. He’s more interested in your character than your healing or happiness.” This is a stronghold the enemy has used to douse faith and keep us stagnant. It keeps the people in the “just barely making it” through life frame of mind, not daring to ask, not daring to believe….trying to live with good works so they are good enough to please God and stay out of hell. Focusing on God’s grace only and not His provision or intervention. This is a doctrine that came from the pit of hell itself and it’s time to let it go.

If prayers aren’t answered and your loved one dies, is it because of your lack of faith? Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. I’m not blaming anyone. We do live in a fallen world with broken systems and broken bodies that all lead to death. Without intervention there are many of us who are going to die prematurely. There are things that don’t work out like we hoped. This is the way of life on planet earth. Nobody should be surprised at a cancer report. There are hundreds of thousands of people if not millions asking God to intervene in their natural death process. I’m not sure He is moved to intervene in most of them. Not because He doesn’t care, but because it is the way of things in this dispensation of life. We’re still in the middle of it. Christ has not returned. Sin still remains. Brokenness hasn’t been fixed yet. Sickness and disease happens, even to those He loves.

Yet some people still do get miraculously healed. In my church there is a man who has actually certifiably raised several people from the dead, including his own son who had been in the morgue for 12 hours. So what do you do with that? That’s stronger than a miraculous cancer healing even. Why do some people get healed and some do not? I really do not believe it is a matter of justice. None of us “deserve” to be healed given the time and place in life and history that we live – and the state of the broken bodies we live in. There is more to the question of why some get healed and some do not.

My bold question to you is this…. what makes your prayer stand out to God?

And, because this post is getting very long, I’m going to continue on tomorrow to finish this thought… stay tuned!


Wendy Selvig is the author of Snatchproof, The Art of Hearing God’s Voice. Westbow Press is the publisher. To get your copy, order it here.

 

Hearing God Through Circumstances, Serendipitous Moments, and Recognizable Patterns

Science lovers may like this post.

This week I have heard from several people about how my book, Snatchproof, the Art of Hearing God’s Voice has made a difference in their lives. Actually, hearing these stories makes me feel really good because writing a book of this nature is intensely personal. Especially to an introvert. I may not seem like it, but all the tests say I’m an introvert with extrovert tendencies. A lot of my stories were very personal, so I have had some fear of rejection or misunderstandings, but so far everything I’ve heard has been good. I wanted to share one of the stories that came in just this week.

One lady sat me down yesterday and told me this story:

“A few weeks ago I got your book when I was going through a difficult time. I felt like God led me to your book because it really encouraged me. My brother was staying with us and he is a recovering alcoholic. He disappeared for a week and we didn’t know where he was. Fear was overtaking me. Thoughts of finding him under a bridge or even dead continually bombarded me. As I read your book I realized that all of those thoughts were fear based and were not of God. I didn’t have to listen to those and dwell on those. I had read the section of your book that talked about God speaking to us through patterns in our day and I would never have looked for Him to speak this way, but He did. I walked into my backyard and our Aspen tree had just bloomed with green leaves all over it. As I looked at the bright green leaves a white leaf floated down right in front of me. I sensed the Holy Spirit say, “Peace”. I continued to walk in my yard to a bench and I sat down. A white butterfly landed on my knee. I heard the Holy Spirit say, “your brother is OK, be at peace.”  And then a little later, I saw another white thing and thought…  “peace…it is well.” Even a few days later when we found out that my brother was fine, I never felt as much peace as I did in those moments of seeing the white objects. I knew in my heart that my brother was OK.”

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When God speaks to us through our circumstances, it’s hard to believe He is doing it. We aren’t trained to look for Him to speak this way but I find that He often does. This is a really neat way to experience His voice if you are open to it. There is a chapter in my book that talks about God speaking through Patterns and I’m going to put this one section here for you to have a sneak peek. I’m hoping it will open your mind to hearing God because He is indeed speaking. This is just one of the ways:

He Speaks Through Circumstances, Serendipitous Moments, and Recognizable Patterns.

If you’re scientific-minded, this method of hearing God may be easier for you to understand than others. This method has actually been given a name by scientists. It’s called Design Inference and is used to recognize intelligent patterns in nature where there shouldn’t be any.

The idea of Design Inference, in layman’s terms, is that we can distinguish between events that are caused by intelligence and undirected natural causes. Design Inference reveals intelligent causes (i.e. God) by recognizing specified events of small probability. Just about anything that happens is highly improbable, but when a highly improbable event is also specified (conforms to a pattern), undirected natural causes lose their explanatory power. In other words, we can see God work when He uses something ordinary in our lives and creates an unordinary pattern out of it.

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An example is Mount Rushmore. You can look at any of the hills of South Dakota and see weathered patterns carved into the rock, but when you look at Mount Rushmore, you see designs that match a recognizable pattern. You recognize the faces of the four famous presidents and know those faces are there by design, not by chance. When we look at Mount Rushmore, we see an indication of intelligence that is not put there by the wind, rain, and elements. The sculpture of the recognizable faces indicates intelligence.

I’d like to apply this same Design Inference to the idea of hearing from God. When things start jumping out at you in your life and you start to recognize a pattern in what would normally be random life happenings, it is an indication that God wants you to notice something is different. It’s then that you ask yourself, “What is God trying to speak to me about?”

Which reminds me of a very personal experience I had with God involving owls. I may risk sounding a little crazy by telling you this, but it’s a perfect example of how the Lord can speak through patterns.

First of all, before this owl day, I had never noticed owls. Other than Winnie the Pooh or Snow White in a scary forest, who does? They seem smart, usually show up at night, and their call sounds like they only want to know who’s there. But in my day-to-day life, I just don’t encounter them very often.

It all started when my son came home from school and handed me a sculpted owl.

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“Did you make this at school, honey?”

“Yep,” he said, all smiles.

“Thank you so much! You did an awesome job.” I put it on my desk, proudly displaying his artwork.

That afternoon, as I was trying to help my younger son find his favorite cartoon, I saw a trailer for “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.”

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No big deal and kind of random, but my brain made a connection. I didn’t think much of it.

Then, as I was going through my daily email, I came across a greeting card from a friend. This, too, had an owl as part of the image. All three occurrences were random and I still wasn’t thinking that God was speaking to me but my brain did pick up on the pattern of owls showing up in my day.

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But all of this was nothing compared to what happened later that night. As I turned out the lights and got into bed, I heard a strange sound coming from outside my window. As my brain processed this sound and realized what it was, I did a double take and looked to the window to see an owl, sitting on my roof right under my window, staring and hooting at me like he’s trying to get me a message.

(This is just an example, not the actual photo of the owl at my window.)

(This is just an example, not the actual photo of the owl at my window.)

 

Here was an undeniable pattern with a dramatic ending. God wanted to tell me something.

Even though I can’t prove anything except circumstantial evidence, I am aware that something was different and it concerned owls. This may sound crazy to someone who has never experienced God speaking this way, but it is this pattern that caused me to take notice.

In this situation I called my brother who I like to talk with about these kinds of things. My brother was a pastor for over 20 years and is very sensitive to hearing the Lord speak to him.

He said, “That’s neat that you’re seeing owls. Lots of people I know who walk in the prophetic are seeing owls lately. As a matter of fact, I was just at a conference where there was a big discussion on it and what it means. There is talk that God is speaking to us about owls because owls are called the eagle of the night. Owls can see clearly in the dark and America seems to be plunging into darkness right now. If you are seeing owls, you can see in the darkness and you can demolish your prey with no trouble. As a matter of fact, the owl’s favorite meal is serpent.”

I love the idea of destroying the work of the enemy! I had been praying about some things and asking God about writing this book with the purpose of helping people see in the dark by learning to hear His voice. His answer was so distinctively Him, full of creativity and it had a wow factor that helped me know it really was from Him. It was a confirmation to me that I should go ahead and write this book!

Because I know God speaks this way, I’ve learned to sit up and take notice whenever a pattern emerges where there shouldn’t be one. When this type of thing happens to you, ask Him to reveal the message or whatever He is trying to speak to you about. Usually within a day or two, I have my answer, and I’ve learned something amazing from God. Again I am reminded about how involved He is in the details of my life and how magnificent He is.

Here is a hypothetical example of how God may speak to you in this way. Maybe you are wondering If you should find a new job. You ask God for wisdom and direction and to help you know if you should change your vocation. Then over the course of the next week the following things start to happen:

Every time you turn on the radio you hear a commercial for an online job search service. Then, a friend asks you out of the blue if you are going to be staying with your current job or not. You hear a song on the radio that has the line in it, “Get a job.” Your mother calls and asks if you’ve ever considered another vocation. Your boss lets you know that over the next year they will be downsizing.

All of these things on their own mean little, but when they start accumulating, you start to take notice. Now sometimes these things could be coincidences, but if you are aware of the pattern developing, He might be getting your attention. It might be time to pray about it and ask Him to reveal what He’s showing you, if He’s showing you something.

My dear friend Cha (pronounced “Shay”), who was a chaplain friend of mine in college, wrote to me about how she hears God through these patterns of life and she calls them “serendipitous moments.”

“I’ve been thinking a lot about how I hear God and if I hear Him at all. What I know is that I have experiences daily that I need to talk to God about and want to hear what to do, or what next step to take. I have yet to hear an audible voice tell me what street to stroll down, corner to turn or path to take. But strange things happen as I take the next step that seems before me; serendipitous things start to occur.

“I see the billboard, while driving home from work that leads me to that very thing I have been praying about. Or, I meet that person that introduces me to a supplement that addresses a health issue I’ve been putting before God for some time.

In the ether of life, as I walk, pray and talk with God . . . as I try to be everything He dreamt and everything He wants me to be, I see Him unfolding His voice in the motion of my days. You see, with great finesse God speaks to me in the magical movement of life. I used to get mad that I didn’t hear Him. I used to pray and try to invoke the God of the Old Testament that speaks to people in a voice of thunder on mountain tops. I use to do all of this until I realized that I SAW His voice. My life mirrors conversations I have with God. He makes my life look like what we chat about all the time. . . yes indeed, the serendipitous voice of God. “

 

Wendy Selvig is the worship leader for Women Belong, the women’s ministry at St. James Church in Colorado Springs, CO. She also has a degree in Music Ministry from Manhattan Christian College and a degree in Music Composition and Technology from Oral Roberts University. Her book Snatchproof, the Art of Hearing God’s Voice came from a 20+ year journey of learning to hear God’s voice. To order your copy, VISIT THIS PAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Craziness, Hearing God and Book Reviews

The end of May is just crazy. It’s crazy for me and as I am gathering, crazy for many other people.

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Yesterday I was in the car from 2:30 until 7:30 picking up kids, dropping them off, taking them to lessons, taking them to end of school year parties… I joked with my husband that being in the car that long made me want to slit my wrists. We have a graduation this weekend for my exchange students, lots of rehearsals, parties and goodbyes. My children finish school Thursday and have just as many activities as well that are ending. I’m just hanging on for dear life until the weekend is over.

Yesterday I was a mess. I was grouchy. Hot cars make me grouchy. My car’s air conditioner doesn’t work. Five hours driving loud kids around to lessons and parties in the hotness brings out ugliness in me. My poor husband got yelled at. (Sigh) My poor kids and exchange students got a grouch mom. (Another sigh). It just wasn’t pretty.

This morning started out in another whirlwind. About 11:00 am I stopped everything. I decided that I’m not going to do this again today. Not going to lose it with my husband. Not going to be grouch mom. I need to call on the ONE who can give me strength and wisdom and peace.

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I stopped everything I was doing and put some praise music on and raised my hands to heaven and connected with the One who holds me up during these times. This was the best thing I could have ever done. The random song that came on my iTunes was the perfect one. It starts off with, “God I look to you. I won’t be overwhelmed…” I told Him how amazing He was and meditated on His goodness. Slowly the stress started to fall away. I’m not saying it is all gone, I just feel better prepared for the day.

So this post isn’t going to be a long one. I know a lot of other people are having difficult weeks as well. I just wanted to encourage you to take 10 minutes and shut everything else out. I’m including a link to the song I used today to connect to the One who loves us so much. Go to a place (even if it is the bathroom – I have done this!), plug in your headphones, raise your arms and surrender it all to the One who already knows. Let Him fill you with strength and peace and let Him give you what you need to make it through weeks like this. He wants relationship with you. He wants to pour into you. He wants you to come to Him….  How easy it is to forget.

 


Update on Book

The Spanish version is almost finished. It is in final proofing right now! Yea!!!

I’ve gotten a few uplifting testimonials this week that I thought I’d share:

1. “I read the rest if your book on the plane and bawled!!! Well, as silently as I could with my head turn toward the window of the plane and my hair covering up the side of my face so no one would see the tears constantly streaming down my face while reading your book! You are such an eloquent writer and conveyed exactly what The Lord wanted you to and did it so beautifully! As I was reading it, I saw a vision of my husband and I reading it through with the children…. and then I came to the part at the end where you actually talked about reading it with our children!!!! I cried even more as that was instant confirmation from the Lord! At lunch with the kids after I got home, we talked a LOT about your book and how we hear from God. The children are excited to read your book, too! So I will be ordering several more. Thank you for writing it! And for being obedient to His call!

 

2. NWP Books Reviews Christian books and puts links up to download the books. The guy who ran it just sent me this text today:

NWP BOOKS

 

To get a copy of Snatchproof, The Art of Hearing God’s Voice, CLICK HERE!

Why A Broken World Proves God Is Amazingly Good.

 

God help us.

As humans, we are so blind. I recently heard a person say that if God was real, he didn’t want anything to do with Him because he didn’t know how a good God could create a world like this one. This is a common argument amongst people who reject the existence of a God. People blindly look at the brokenness of this world and say it is evidence that there is no God. If God were good, He wouldn’t have created a world like this.

I say just the opposite. If you know the whole story, the brokenness is actually proof that God is very good.

11915396-shaking-earth-earthquake-world-planet-catastrophe-flood-apocalypse-crisisDon’t you yearn for it? For goodness? Don’t you wish there was no sickness, no hatred, no war, no selfishness? There is proof that all of humanity yearns for this. We see it in the themes of our movies. We see it reflect in our television programs. A good movie typically has a good ending. There are certain formulas that Hollywood producers follow to make the movie more popular and successful. Why is that? Because we all know somehow the way it is supposed to be.

The world we live in is not in the state He originally created it to be in. This broken thing wasn’t the perfect design. The perfect design is said (In Genesis) to be “good.” Life as it is now could have been very different. We were supposed to grow as a race in relationship with our Maker, discovering science and all the arts WITH Him. He created everything with mysteries that I believe can only be found out when revealed by the relationship of Father teaching the child. I personally think He designed this creation with thoughts of how exciting it will be to reveal to mankind how marvelous the creation actually is. I think He was excited to show us how the mysteries worked. But He never got a chance.

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Genesis tells us that before the fall of mankind, everything was “good.” Adam and Eve were enticed by the serpent to gain wisdom on their own, without the relationship with God. They chose the tree of “good and evil” wisdom. Evil just means without God… They chose to gain knowledge without the relationship, without God’s revelation, without His insight. They chose blindness. And with that, I believe, by being kicked out of the “garden”, something happened to all of creation. Romans 8:22-23 states that someday ”the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.” So all of creation, including the state of our bodies, was affected by the actions of Adam and Eve.

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Now this is all speculation, but play along for a paragraph or two…

Could all of creation, including mankind, have lost access to another dimension? That choice to get wisdom without God we know separated us from God. What if He physically was more connected with creation and our bodies? What if we were spiritually and physically in some way clothed in that “dimension?” After being ‘kicked out’ of this dimension, Adam and Eve look at themselves and the glory and presence of God that once clothed them and see that it is gone. They suddenly needed to cover their bodies in shame that the presence and covering of God was gone.

I propose that the reason people generally want to cover up their bodies is to hide the shame that the glory of God no longer clothes us. Just as we know inherently how movies should end because we know how things are supposed to be,  we recognize that something is missing from our bodies (the glory of God) and so all of mankind covers himself. He doesn’t know why, he just feels better clothed.

Something happened to all of creation that makes it groan, waiting for redemption. We may not know what perfection looks like, but we long for it because we were created for it. Something is broken and we long for it to be repaired.The earth is broken. Sickness, hatred, strife…all symptoms of a broken world. It’s broken because of us, not because of God. If Adam and Eve had chosen the relationship with God and shown trust – instead of choosing to learn and get wisdom on our own without Him, we may have never had to walk through this brokenness.

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So in leaving the garden (which represents relationship with God through symbols of a walk in the garden with Him),something happened to us physically. We lost our covering. We lost (I believe) the glory of God that covered us. We lost the ability to walk and talk with God physically. We lost the ability to see Him with our eyes. This explains why we are so “blind” spiritually, why we “see only a reflection as in a mirror,” and why it is that now we only “see in part.” (1 Cor. 13:12)

The good news is that God has a plan to restore the human race to it’s former glory, but we are still in process. On the timeline of eternity, we’re somewhere in the middle. The finished plan has not yet all unrolled. In fact, “Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”(1 Corinthians 15:20) Christ’s risen body is an example of what our bodies will be like. (1 John 3:2-3)Because this post is getting long, I’ll write another day on what scripture says our bodies will be like (it’s exciting – kinda like superman! We get physical bodies that can yet walk through walls – a hint at what Adam and Eve’s bodies were like before the glory of God left them)…

But the point of today’s post is to point out that all of humanity recognizes (whether Christian or not) that the world is broken. We all inherently know how things ‘should’ be. We recognize the horror of sickness, death, selfishness and strife and long for those things to be gone. We desire the goodness of a God who won’t allow these things, and there is the rub. Without understanding that we are living in a plane where God is physically absent, we think that evil points to the idea of no God. When we know the true story, we can see that the presence of evil points to the absence of God, showing that God is purely good and that we so desperately need Him and should be able to trust Him in His goodness.

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Those who don’t want to believe in God because of the state of brokenness we live in don’t know the whole story. Their accusations reveal this truth. They think this world is “it”. They think there can be no God because a good God wouldn’t create evil. But follow the logic to it’s conclusion and you’ll see that if God is truly good, in His absence all that is left is brokenness and evil. And that is where we are currently. We live in a world where God is physically absent. Either God removed Himself or we were “kicked out” of the dimension He was in, but physically we cannot see Him.

Because of this, we have to learn to hear His voice in our minds and in our lives. He sent His spirit (the Holy Spirit) to be in us and to speak to us. He overcame that physical barrier by sending the Holy Spirit to communicate with us. We truly are blind spiritually. It’s the condition of the world we live in. This is why it is so critical to learn to hear His voice. Scripture says that His sheep hear His voice and know Him.

We may still be walking blind, but in our blindness we don’t have to stumble and fall. You can learn to hear His voice (John 10:27-28) and walk through life avoiding pitfalls. When we listen to His voice, He leads us beside still waters (Psalm 23:2). He helps us avoid the pitfalls in life. Hearing the voice of God enables you to walk through this life so as to win the race (1 Cor 9:24-25).

ONE PARAGRAPH RECAP: In the absence of God, evil and broken things exist. God is so very good and when He withdraws, evil is the natural by-product. He withdrew from the physical realm (or we were lowered in dimension out of His realm). We were removed from where He was (the garden). The Glory that clothed us was no longer there. The state we are in is a broken one because of the choices of the human race, not because God didn’t design it to be perfect. We rejected the perfect design and now must walk out life in brokenness. The good news is that He is so good and He loves us so much that he has a plan to redeem us all at the end of the timeline. He’ll redeem creation and He’ll redeem our bodies, but we’re not in that place on the timeline quite yet. We must initiate the relationship with Him. We must override the decision of the general human race and decide to trust Him for ourselves. When we do that, He comes into our lives and promises to lead us and guide us in His goodness. Though physically we are still blind, His voice in our lives will guide and lead us to win the race and acquire the prize. Our job is to reject the human race’s decision to walk through life without Him and to come to Him and accept Him as the Father He always has been.

 


 

May 7, 2014
Dearest Jesus,
I love you. Holy Spirit I love you. Father I love you.

I mourn for those who have been lied to and who don’t know the truth. I hate that we live in a broken world and that we live blindly. I can’t wait for the day when perfection comes. I hate doctrines that disable people and lie about your character. I’ll fight for you to the end of my days to help pull down the lies that kill, steal and destroy. I want to shout from the mountaintops to people that You are good! I want to tell people that yes You are sovereign, but that you are also good! You desire to lead us beside still waters and you work all things together for our good. Help me to show others how good You are Lord!

Your daughter,

Wendy


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