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August 9 2016 at 7:19 PM
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Boyd Allen  (Login boydallen)
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Been having interesting conversation with Greg about listening the Holy Spirit or hearing God's voice. I am familiar with it and have had occurrences of this, but like many, not very often. Even to the point of doubting my spiritual growth. But I begin to realize that any doubts about God is always from the Evil one, Satan. God is quite capable of talking to us and not letting us get caught up with Satans chatter.

Having said that, we do need to realize that God is a lot quieter. We hear the "small still voice" rather than the loud noise that seems to crowd our minds. It takes quiet time and place. Not that God can't speak loudly, but that is how He prefers to talk to us. Maybe we have been hearing God all along and not applying that to this gift.




    
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Greg
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August 16 2016, 7:21 PM 

"Maybe we have been hearing God all along and not applying that to this gift."

Yes, I believe so. Same with the enemy, too. Many of the evils in the world are the result of listening to an evil spirit rather than the Holy Spirit. Likewise, much of the good is from listening to the Holy Spirit or the holy spirits (holy angels -- we all have at least one assigned to us for life who know us better than anyone else).

 
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August 16 2016, 7:45 PM 

Food for thought...

Jesus said, "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." John 14:26

"Teach you?" "Remind you?" How does He do this except by speaking to us in some way? And note that He teaches us "all things." What does that mean? It means that any good thing we know, any right thing, any true thing, He taught us.

Jesus said, "When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come." John 16:13

"Guide you?" "Direct you?" Again, only by speaking in some way and it literally says He speaks when it says, "He will not speak on His own but only what He hears.

Just something to think about.

Here's more...

Romans 8:14 says, "Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God."

What does this imply? It implies, IF you are NOT "led" by the Spirit, you are NOT and child of God. The point here is, this is how important listening to the Holy Spirit is. In fact, 1 Corinthians 12:3 says, no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. In other words, you can't even know the Truth without the Spirit -- without listening to and obeying the Spirit.

 
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Boyd Allen
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August 19 2016, 4:59 AM 

That is very true. It's like the President of the country, who has children. They have direct access to the President and the President will teach the child directly. We don't have that access even if we desperately want it. Even if we got that access, it is only for one time and very short. His own children has access every day nearly any time they want or need it.

We are like that with God. We don't get that access because we "earned" it or asked for it, but because we are His children and God is our Father. So the reason we have access is not because we actively sought it out, but that God actively sought us out and made us His children.

Then God "sent" the Holy Spirit who teaches us all things as God wills us to learn.

Of course, like little children, we are easily distracted by the things of this world and tend to not listen very well. So we do have to learn to pay attention and to make our little efforts to go to our Father often.

Only a little bit, in fact, rarely did Jesus teach us in the Temple. He spent most of his teaching time in the field, on the road, kicking back in life, sitting around the camp fire, eating, walking, and while doing work.


 
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