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Noah Lang

How do you know when God is calling you to be his or to do a particular service or ministry?

“One little boy describes it this way”, our pastor said, “It’s like fishing. You can’t see the fish or hear it, but you feel it tugging on your line.”

God’s call is like that.  When he’s calling, you may not see or hear anything new or different but you feel Him tugging on your heart.

— fritz
Related Post: “What’s My Calling” – June 27, 2010
Related Post: “Itchy” – January 11, 2012

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Recently and close more than 140 cars piled up in an accident. Fog was so thick one could see no more than ten (10) feet ahead but they were traveling at highway speed anyway.

In a sense we are all like that. None of us can see what is in front of us in time yet we can not stop. Like it or not we are careening forward in that fog making decisions only guessing what will happen next and hoping for the best.

But while we have no eyes to see the future we were made to hear. Jesus said,

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27)

We have the capacity to hear God. When we give ourselves to Christ we begin to “hear” his peace in our inner being.

Christ’s sacrifice not only saves us into eternity, it removes the figurative “wax from our ears”. We start learning to “listen” to his peaceful urging how to live, when to act, when to wait, what to do.

As we learn to listen we crash less and discover God sees, he cares, and he speaks.

Prayer: Jesus, like your apostle John leaned on your chest at the last supper to hear your heartbeat, so I desire to “hear” you moment by moment.

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God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son — Hebrews 1:1-2a

Many claim to speak for God and in the past many have but the Bible tells us something changed when God sent his son, Jesus.

No more Old Testament type prophets are needed to represent God to us low-lings; everyone and everything since is focused on Christ — who he is, what he has done, what he is now doing, what he shall do when he returns. In fact, the whole gift of Prophesy is now changed.

[H]e that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort – 1st Corinthians 14:3

Prophesy since Christ, as my old preacher friend said long ago, is to “Build up, Stir up, and Cheer up” — and everyone can do it (1st Cor. 14:31) because the Holy Spirit is given for all who receive Christ as their savior.

Stay clear of those that want to speak to you for God, all his sheep can hear his voice.

— fritz@langgang.com

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God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. – 2nd Corinthians 6;16b

We need to change our thought processes about hearing from God.

In the Old Testament, hearing from God meant going to a holy man who had the Holy Spirit. But something wonderful happened at Pentecost! Now, when someone asks to receive Christ, He comes to live on the inside! The children’s verse, “Come Into My Heart Lord Jesus” is not a euphemism but reality – the Bible says so!

So why do we think that unless we hear something from outside us we don’t hear God?

With Christ on the inside the speaking will be from the inside, too. You can tell his thoughts from yours – his are accompanied with great peace!

– fritz@langgang.com

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“And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been. Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” – Genesis31-2-3

It’s easy to hear God say what you want to hear – but easy is not always wrong.

Jacob, keeping his father-in-law’s sheep, noticed a strain in their relationship and he longed for home. God often works in these circumstances, like a mother eagle pulling feathers out of her nest so the little chicks become uncomfortable and want to fly.

So how does one know if the time is right for a change?

Two indicators:

  1. If the change requires manipulation of people or systems or a compromise of principles, be cautious. Most things I had to finagle ultimately turned out to be mistakes.
  2. If an opportunity is accompanied by an inner peace and a sense of excitement, God is probably involved.

If your circumstances become difficult, God opens the door, and you have peace about walking through,  take the step and don’t even look back.

– fritz

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I am enjoying a little book by pastor Bill Hybels1 on hearing God.

Not every impression has God as its source. Pastor Hybels has five tests to decide whether an impression is, truly, from God or somewhere else.

Test #1 – Is it consistent with God’s character? In Christ God’s prophetic words always Build up, Cheer up; and Stir up2. Even God’s discipline in Christ is encouraging – this is how he works. Nothing discouraging is from Him nor for His people.

Test #2 – Is it scriptural? The Bible is God’s revealed and inspired word, He would not give another word contradicting it.

Test #3 – Is it wise? God is the very creator of wisdom, he would never ask his children to do something stupid.

Test #4 – Is it in tune with your own character? God’s whispers to each of us align with our unique character and internal makeup. Our personalities are our own unique expression of Christ. His whispers will resonate within.

Test #5 – What do people you most trust think about it? Take time to develop trusted friends and counselors in Christ.

– fritz
1 – –The Power of a Whisper, Bill Hybels, published 2010 by Zondervan
2 – Related Post: Spiritual Gift of Prophesy – January 10, 2011

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[T]he bush burned … and … was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him – Exodus 1:2b-4a

Moses heard from God like we do, today. Events are different but the process is the same – Moses noticed something unusual (the burning bush), he turned aside to see, then God spoke.

This is how we, too, hear from God. Reading the Bible, hearing a word from a friend, pastor, or co-worker, even sometimes a thought from “out of the blue” – something “lights up” though we may not even know why.

That’s the time to stop and investigate. It doesn’t always happen at a convenient time or place, but when we pause, then and there to wait and listen, God speaks.

– fritz

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