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Pete Kersker - Apr 19, 2024

The LORD communicates with us in a way we can understand. God communicates directly in person or through the Holy Spirit. God also communicates through messengers like angels, seers, or prophets. The LORD always makes sure we can discern whether or not a message is from God.

If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, "Let us follow other gods" (gods you have not known) "and let us worship them," you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 13:1-4 NIV).

It's important to recognize when the LORD is the one communicating with us, because God is good all the time (and all the time God is good). God tells us what is good so we can experience good blessings in our lives, too.

Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “It has nothing to do with me; God will give Pharaoh an answer for his own good” (Genesis 41:16 NASB).

God wants us to live. This is why the LORD created the heavens and the earth and put everything right where it needed to be. God created the environment that would sustain life before breathing into us the breath of life. In the days when Joseph was sold into slavery and ended up in Egypt, God was orchestrating things to prepare everyone for the upcoming famine. The LORD wanted them to live.

And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you (Genesis 45:5 NIV).

The LORD wants us to live. God's interactions with Adam & Eve, Cain, Noah, the people of Babel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph all teach us this same truth: God wants us to live. When we listen to God's communication, it always points us to life because God, the creator and giver of life, wants us to live.

So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in obedience to all that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess (Deuteronomy 5:32-33 NIV).

Do you recognize when God is communicating to you?
Do you listen to the LORD so you will live?

 

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