God Still Speaks!

Are you listening?

Does God still speak to His people? The real question might be ... do you believe that He still speaks and do you take the time to listen?

More and more in my prayer time, I am taking some time to sit and listen. Recently, I heard a message that challenged me ... the speaker said that we go before the Lord and talk the entire time and then condescendingly we say, "Thank you, Lord ... I believe that I receive what I have prayed." then walk out of the room or continue talking without taking the time to hear what His answer might be. He wants to talk to us even more than we want to talk to Him but we run from His presence without listening. Why? Is it because we don't really expect for Him to answer us? Or could it be, that we are afraid to hear His answer because it might not be what we want to hear?

Recently, my daughter and I had to move due to the flooding of our basement apartment. The Lord had told me months ahead of time that the time was coming for us to move and that He was going to move us. Then cometh the flood ... our entire basement apartment under a foot of water. We had to move. Now, you may be thinking, "How terrible!" We are now displaced without a place to live. But God ... He had a plan beyond what we could see or fathom.

We temporarily moved in with our ministry leaders. We had the benefit of having our spiritual headship speak into our lives and pray with us about our circumstances. It is a beautiful thing when you are a part of a body that acts like the body of Christ is supposed to. Taking you in, stepping up to the challenge of supporting and helping you. Fasting and praying on your behalf.

My daughter and I asked God, where would you have us to be? The first place we went to visit was perfect in every way. We were overjoyed and had started decorating in our minds and then as we were walking around ... I heard the still small voice of the Lord say "No." As you can imagine, I was struggling within myself with whether or not I heard the voice of God. I mean why would He say no to such a wonderful place. As I am standing there quieting myself to hear, my daughter says, "Mommie, you know God said "No." right?" I said, "You heard that too?" God confirmed what I was hearing through my daughter. He then said, "I have something better for you ... just be patient."

Well, we continued to look ... place after place ... soft "No" after soft "No." Now, it has been a few weeks and despite myself I am becoming anxious. And I don't mind telling you feeling a little silly because I kept telling people God was saying no. At one point, I almost signed a contract when God said, "Before you do that read it carefully." It had a few unusual rules and regulations that were completely not the norm. I didn't sign it and went back to looking. I found another place that appeared to be perfect and then my little girl who hears God's voice clearly said "Mommie, God said "No." By this time, I am frustrated and I rebuke her because we haven't even been to see the place. That night, I am talking to our ministry leaders and my pastor says, "That's not the place." and his wife says, "There is danger there for you." Well, needless to say I repented to my daughter and cancelled the viewing.

In comes Promove, I decided to enlist the aid of a professional apartment locator service. Our rep was fantastic and found us several places to review. We went to the first place, and the answer was "No." We went to the second place and didn't hear anything .. so we toured and viewed. It was a definite "Yes." We were in awe of what God had for us ... and we praised Him that we waited. Our new home is like a resort on park land, surrounded by rolling hills and sitting above the Chattahoochee river. The complex has 7 pools with flowing waterfalls much to my daughter's delight. A new clubhouse with three levels opens in March. It will have an indoor basketball court, a social room with a fireplace, a movie theater, yoga, state of the art exercise equipment,and a indoor track for walking. They have a personal trainer on site that only charges $15.00 for a half hour session and they offer free sessions on the weekends. God showed Himself true to His word once again. The real kicker ... you would normally pay $1400 or more for an apartment in a place like that but we are only paying a little more than half that amount because they are renovating and we got a premium unconverted apartment. Our place overlooks the Chattahoochee with a sun room that faces the beauty of the trees, The leaves are turning and falling in this season and as the trees clear ... we will have a view of the river. And in the cool of the night, a fireplace to sit by as we sip our tea and worship God for the gift of our new home. Precious Lord, I give you praise!

I shouldn't be surprised ... He did say that He had something better if I would just be patient. He promised in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord plans not to harm you but to give you a hope and a future." He is not a man that He should lie. He also said, "I have good and perfect gifts for those who love me and are called according to His purpose."

It took a flood to move me to a better place ... Look at God!! Wonderful are your ways. Magnificent are your thoughts toward us. Thank God ... He does speak and if we listen we can be blessed with a gift from Him that is abundantly above anything that we can ever think or imagine. Lord, I worship you for you are my God and you love me with a love that overwhelms me.

Listen ... Can you hear Him? He has something that He wants to share with you ... Won't you listen?

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Comments 17 comments

Sean 7 years ago

I'm glad of your eagerness to listen to what God has to say =)


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

Precious Pearl,

Delightful story! And yes, God does speak to us! His WORD is ALIVE, quick and POWERFUL... We just have to learn to "BE STILL and KNOW..." Yes, we must take time to listen and say "Speak Lord!"

It is so like God to take an unfortunate situation and work it out for your good. Yes, He always does have something better. We just have to keep looking to Him and trusting in Him! What a wonderful example you a setting for your daughter you are instilling FAITH in her as well! Wonderful! "Praise God from whom ALL BLESSINGS FLOW... " Yes, again God is always speaking we just have to get better at listening! Thank you for sharing, Blessings!


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gracenotes 7 years ago from North Texas

Pearl,

From the other end, it works the same way! I have been a landlord (not right now, but in the recent past). My husband and I had a few rental houses.

Let me assure you, a Christian landlord prays for the right tenants. We were blessed with many believers as tenants, even if some weren't ideal. We prayed that they would respect our homes; one time I prayed for six weeks for one lady to find a way to stay in her house, because my husband was planning quite a sharp rent increase for that house that I didn't agree with. I just prayed, and she found a way to stay!

I am convinced that those who didn't work out were still important in our lives to build our confidence, wisdom and experience. Eventually the Lord brings the right tenants! And your story is certainly unique and powerful. Thanks for sharing. Praise Him.


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Precious Pearl 7 years ago Author

Thank you for all of your comments and encouragement. HOW AWESOME IS OUR GOD!! He cares about every detail of our lives. Ask and you shall receive.


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Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

Interesting that even from the mouth of babes God speaks! What an inspiring story. Engaging and trusting God for his provision of a home. Thank you. I stand encouraged.


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Precious Pearl 7 years ago Author

Thanks, Gicky. Stay encouraged. He is a God that speaks ... listen for His still small voice. Blessings to you.


JimLow 7 years ago

I've heard the still small voice many, many times. At times I have not followed its leading (his - the Holy Spirit) and when I haven't, it has always caused me to go in wrong directions. This has been the case with jobs I have taken for example that I knew God was telling me to refuse and to wait for his guidance to take the right one and they would end with negative results. In cases like those I was allowing my fear to dictate my decision.

On more rare occassions, God has dropped a very clear, more specific word in me, as if being spoken audibly but for the most-part the still small voice has been his offered-guidance!

Thank you for the Hub!


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Precious Pearl 7 years ago Author

Thank you JimLow. Your comments were helpful to me as I am making some major decisions regarding transitioning positions. God speaking through one Believer to another ...look at Him!!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

You are so right about being quiet and waiting on the Lord. Why should he speak to anybody who won't make time for Him? I love the story about your ministry team. You're right: that's how the Body of Christ should be. God Bless 'em! When God led you to the right place, I almost welled up with tears. This is a beautiful story. Thank you.


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Precious Pearl 7 years ago Author

James, I always appreciate your comments. Thank you. Blessings to you and your lovely wife.


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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

What a great hub on "Does God Still Speak to People Today"!

Learning how to be still before the Lord is important in hearing God voice. Once we have finished praying,be quiet and be still. He will answer!


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fits4life 6 years ago from Richmond

This is a wonderful hub. And yes, he does speak to us. I seek him. And I've never seen the righteous forsaken. Sometimes we need him to tell us what to do. And sometimes we need him to just do it for us. But either way, we need him, and he is ALWAYS there.


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Precious Pearl 6 years ago Author

Thank you ... 2besure and fits4life for your comments. What an AWESOME God we serve .. He is true to us and His Word. Blessings!


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Freedom Carrier 6 years ago

Praise God that He still speaks today. We would despair if He didn't. We need His voice. I am thankful that I primarily hear it through His Word, the Bible. Keep on keeping on in His grace.

Your Mentor


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Precious Pearl 6 years ago Author

Thanks, My Sweet Mentor!! You are such an encouragement to me. Blessings & Love! Pearl


EnglishM 6 years ago

Precious Pearl. A gift from God that is abundantly above anything that we can ever think or imagine, is not as good as a gift from God that is NOT abundantly above anything that we can ever think or imagine. Hope you don't mind me pointing that out?


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Precious Pearl 6 years ago Author

Hi EnglishM ... I appreciate your point. Any gift from God whether imaginable or not is AWESOME!! Thank you for your comments.

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