Monday, November 19, 2018

Reflection - God's Call - Hearing the word of God II

Source (book): "God in Pursuit", Chapter 1, Question 4, Page 16.
By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012


Reflect on your experience of hearing the word of God II.
PHOTO: Reflect on your experience of hearing the word of God II. When and how did it come to you?
When God choose us (John 15:16) as His sheep, and by speaking to us to give us messages, or messages to convey to others, we will experience hearing His word (John 10:27).

But how do God speaks to us? According to Rebecca Barlow Jordan, crosswalk.com, there are 8 ways God speaks to us today.

1. Through His Word in general.
2 Timothy 3:16 says that all Scripture is "God-breathed." His Word sometimes gives us a warning, a word of encouragement, or a lesson for life. It’s "His-story" – written with love as God’s guide for life, "so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

That means God is whispering, and sometimes shouting, all through His Word, giving us instructions and principles for life. As we interpret Scripture by other Scripture, we avoid the false logic and misinterpretations that sneak into our world. If someone claims about worshipping other supernatural god or goddess as part of a religious ceremony, and whose dwelling place is originated on a mountain in a specific country, then that "voice" does not belong to God. Through the Bible, God speaks to us, against worshipping other gods. Jesus is our only true God.

Scripture also warned about God's disapproval to worship other gods, like Baal, Asherah pole, and Ashtoreth the goddess of the zidonians. God is also against people worshipping idols, starry hosts, and practicing divination, sorcery, sacrificed sons and daughters in the fire, or sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord. (2 Kings 17:16-17). This is important to know in our confusing modern days, when people use man-made gods and detestable ways to capitalise on our weakness.

2. Through His Son, Jesus Christ
The New Testament was the fulfillment of God's special plan. It’s the gospel: the good news of Jesus Christ. "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe" (Hebrews 1:1-2). Through the words of Jesus in Scripture, we can "hear" God's heart and God’s voice – and know what God is truly like. For example, God speaks to warn us about earning money through dishonest, greediness, coveting, and other biblical-conflicting means. God may choose to speak to warn us not to succumb to temptations when we are desperate to overcome financial problems.

3. Through Nature and God’s Creation
"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." (Romans 1:20). By observing the ant’s strength to store up food all summer long, we learn about wisdom and industriousness. God designed, and speaks to us about making efforts to have proper activities to led a righteous and healthy lifestyle, especially during our retirement journey.

4. Through Other Believers
Hearing God's "audible" voice would no doubt cinch His reality in an awesome way. But I've never heard God through an angel's message. I have no taped recordings to tell you what God sounds like.

God may use a friend, a teacher, a parent, or a preacher to convey His message of truth to us. Their words may come as a warning, a blessing, or as a prophetic truth about our lives. I have heard God "speak" through Bishop Robert M. Solomon's books; "God in Pursuit" Lessons from the Book of Jonah, "Faithful to the end", A Preacher's Exposition of 2 Timothy, and "Finding rest for the soul" Responding to Jesus' Invitation in Matthew 11:28-29. During my lowest moments, when out of employment, I am still blessed to "hear" God speaking to enrich me spiritually, through the Bible and books by Christian authors.

5. Through Music
The words and the notes bring a soothing comfort, excitement, and passion that open our ears and heart and lift our spirits immediately. At times, music can be inspirational. Among other things, I was able to express my feelings in a more presentable way. I too, when facing depression and difficult trials is unable to find the words to best describe about something. God knows what I want to say, and He gently guided, and "whisper" the correct words to use, with the spa-like music in the background. Encourage by such success can further propel us deeper into the topic. Before we realise it, the description is adequately done, by the words “heard" from the Lord.

6. Through Circumstances

I did not opt for retirement from work. However, after being retrenched, my career was unable to pick up.
Although I managed to find a job just before my retirement, I hesitate to accept because there were some "voices" warning me of the difficulties. However, I still go ahead to agree with the employment conditions, and joined the company as one of the staff under probation. True enough, I was unable to cope, and had to leave the company after a short while. It could be God's plan to have me leaving the workforce and concentrate on other things in my retirement journey.

I am conscious about the imminent saving depletion, and the coming financial difficulties to support our livelihood expenditure. But I discovered that God uses my "unfortunate" circumstances to develop my faith. Although financially we are still in a worrying state, we have some subsidies for our costs of living.

7. Through His Spirit
We are made in the image of God, and when we confess Jesus and follow Him as our Lord and Saviour, His Spirit comes to live in us (John 14:17, 1 Corinthians 3:16). God’s Spirit speaks to us through our conscience, helping to make the right decision. When we're tempted, that same Spirit warns and nudges us to do the right thing.

Most of the time when doing reflection blog, like this one, I depend on God’s Spirit to give me direction. The ideas come into my mind after pleading for God's help. I have the initial start to answer the difficult questions as accurately as possible.

8. Through Prayer
God often speaks to us through His Spirit, through prayer. We may not know how to pray, but God’s Word tells us His spirit makes intercession for us (Romans 8:26-27). We may not hear God’s literal voice, but His Spirit confirms a certain direction, or answer for us. After prayers pleading for His help, the thought comes, although it may not be immediately – that gentle "whisper", accompanied by His peace.

Praying for wisdom, and for Him to handle problems in our daily life may be frowned upon by others, but with God's unlimited patience, He continues to speak to us whenever necessary in a way we may not expect. When unable to be in gainful employment, we prayed earnestly for financial aids, but God answered in another way. Through the Health Promotion Board (HPB) we were encouraged to participate in healthy activities. We then managed to stop our aging body from deteriorating too fast, and thus spending less on medical costs. Although the cost of living went on its rampage, we learned to manage with the little we have. Life may be difficult but we still have our moments of real happiness, especially when we get to meet elderly uncles along the Park Connector Networks (PCN). They shared with us more tips on maintaining our body health. God may not pour money onto us, but enabling us to have good health is better than having good fortune.


How and to whom did God send you?
It is comfortable to know that problems are not impossible for our Lord to handle, if he will. He will, as He loves us unconditionally, but may not be in the way we expected. He may "not answer our prayers" because He wants us to have things far beyond all comparison. The demise of our loved ones is a way of God speaking to us about setting our hopes on what is above, not the earth. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). What we see in this world is not eternity but a temporary state of things.

We were foreknown and predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus. (Romans 8:29-30) God’s desire for us is that we gain divine nature, which is eternal life. We are to overcome all sin, and in that process build the body of Christ, the church, which will be to His glory both on earth and for all eternity. This is the very reason that He formed us so fearfully and wonderfully. God first trains and develops us, and then send us to spread His messages, to as many as possible (Luke 9:1-2).

The Bible had stated the above messages. Through the Scripture, we can "hear" God’s heart and God’s voice – and know what God is truly like. These words were not written for just a few, select individuals. Everyone in Africa, in Germany, in China, in Alabama, and others, can "hear" God's voice by reading the same Bible.

Through the demise of our loved ones, and the Bible, God is speaking to us about setting our hopes on what is above, not the earth. This message is meant for us to send to as many as possible, to our loved ones, former colleagues, youths, elderly uncles and aunties, and Internet netizens.

What are you doing about it?
As we have the opportunity to meet the elderly uncles along the Park Connector Networks (PCN), we can share the good news about eternal salvation with them. They may be atheist or believe in other gods, but our Lord will have ways to bring them back to Him.

The Internet has been popular in our present day. It can share information with high transfer speed and reliability. We could create salvation messages using blogger and share them through the Internet. It is also available 24/7, convenient, and easily accessible. With its modern day’s translation ability, people of different languages can convert the message to their own language for easy understanding. In this way God's messages can reach out to the masses almost instantly.

We have the opportunity to benefit from Christian Ministries, like Our Daily Bread. These ministries have been helping many to grow in their faith and drawing them closer to God. They have been active in translating the good news of salvation into many different languages to reach out to as many people as possible. There are even events for helping care-givers to cope with their difficulties as their provide comforts to those in need. It would be meaningful to support those ministries in their efforts to spread the words of God.


How do you deliver good or bad news?
Whether the message is stern or kind, the important thing is that the messenger must remain true to God. He must deliver the message faithfully, no matter how unwelcome, and he must deliver it with a heart that is faithful to God and reflects His holiness. A preacher, for example, has to remind himself not to let his sermons degenerate from spiritual messages into spiritual massages. He must resist the temptation to please his listeners by giving feel-happy messages that are easy on the ears. And he must remember that God is both stern and kind.


What can we learn from the prophets in the Bible?
When a prophet received a revelation from God, he was obligated to share the message with the intended audience, which could be for contemporaries of the prophet, or for people hundreds or even thousands of years into the future. Many of the prophets recorded the words they were given, and some of these writings God preserved as Holy Scripture.

The prophets of God often faced opposition when they were instructed to deliver messages of warning, but they were not permitted to shy away. The prophet Jonah had serious shortcomings, but he still demonstrated a heart of repentance and obedience. He showed obedience in delivering the good news to Jeroboam II, even though this may have made him sound like a false prophet seeking to flatter his audience.
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Reflect on your experience of hearing the word of God II. When and how did it come to you? How and to whom did God send you? What are you doing about it? How do you deliver good or bad news? What can we learn from the prophets in the Bible?

Reflect on your experience of hearing the word of God II. When and how did it come to you?

Throughout the history of Israel, God chose specific individuals to be His prophets. They came from a variety of backgrounds and possessed a range of qualities. Some, like Elijah and Elisha, were formidable characters who performed miracles and bore an aura that commanded fear and respect. Some, like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, came from priestly backgrounds. Others, like the shepherd Amos, came from simpler backgrounds. All, however, had this in common: God spoke to them and gave them messages to convey to the people.


God chose specific individuals to be His prophets
PHOTO: God chose specific individuals to be His prophets
They came from a variety of backgrounds and possessed a range of qualities.  All had this in common: God spoke to them and gave them messages to convey to the people.
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When God choose us (John 15:16) as His sheep, and by speaking to us to give us messages, or messages to convey to others, we will experience hearing His word (John 10:27).


When God choose us (John 15:16) as His sheep, and by speaking to us to give us messages, or 
messages to convey to others, we will experience hearing His word (John 10:27).
PHOTO: When God choose us (
John 15:16) as His sheep, and by speaking to us to give us messages, or messages to convey to others, we will experience hearing His word (John 10:27).
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But how do God speaks to us? According to Rebecca Barlow Jordan, crosswalk.com, there are 8 ways God speaks to us today. Often when people ask this question, they are talking about an audible voice. Why then, can't I hear God speak to me audibly, someone might ask? We can't answer questions that the Bible does not make clear. And the way God works is one of those questions. We do think "hearing God speak" may mean different things to different people. We Are Unique.


  But how do God speaks to us?


PHOTO: But how do God speaks to us? Often when people ask this question, they are talking about an audible voice. There is no easy answer, and the Bible does not make clear. We do think "hearing God speak" may mean different things to different people. We Are Unique.
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Regardless of the way God chooses to reveal Himself or "speak" to us today, remember one truth. He will never contradict His Word, and the message He gives will always bring glory to God. The Bible warns about adding anything to the already written, God-breathed Word of God, or accepting any other messenger who claims to be superior to Jesus (Revelation 22:18-19; 2 Corinthians 11:4).



Regardless of the way God chooses to reveal Himself or 'speak' to us today, He will never contradict His Word.


PHOTO: Regardless of the way God chooses to reveal Himself or "speak" to us today, He will never contradict His Word.
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The following are the 8 ways that God may often uses to communicate with us. [2]

1. Through His Word in general.
2 Timothy 3:16 says that all Scripture is "God-breathed." His Word sometimes gives us a warning, a word of encouragement, or a lesson for life. It’s "His-story" – written with love as God’s guide for life, "so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."



God may often uses to communicate with us Through His Word in general.


PHOTO: God may often uses to communicate with us Through His Word in general.
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That means God is whispering, and sometimes shouting, all through His Word, giving us instructions and principles for life. As we interpret Scripture by other Scripture, we avoid the false logic and misinterpretations that sneak into our world.
If someone claims about worshipping other supernatural god or goddess as part of a religious ceremony, and whose dwelling place is originated on a mountain in a specific country, then that "voice" does not belong to God. Through the Bible, God speaks to us, against worshipping other gods. Jesus is our only true God.


That means God is whispering, and sometimes shouting, all through His Word, giving us instructions and principles for life.


PHOTO: That means God is whispering, and sometimes shouting, all through His Word, giving us instructions and principles for life. As we interpret Scripture by other Scripture, we avoid the false logic and misinterpretations that sneak into our world. Through the Bible, God speaks to us, against worshipping other gods.
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Scripture also warned about God's disapproval to worship other gods, like Baal, Asherah pole, and Ashtoreth the goddess of the zidonians. God is also against worshipping idols, starry hosts, and practicing divination, sorcery, sacrificed sons and daughters in the fire, or sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord. (2 Kings 17:16-17). This is important to know in our confusing modern days, when people use man-made gods and detestable ways to capitalise on our weakness.



Scripture also warned about God's disapproval to worship other gods, like Baal, Asherah pole, and Ashtoreth the goddess of the zidonians.
PHOTO: Scripture also warned about God's disapproval to worship other gods, like Baal, Asherah pole, and Ashtoreth the goddess of the zidonians. God is also against worshipping idols, starry hosts, and practicing divination, sorcery, sacrificed sons and daughters in the fire, or sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord. (2 Kings 17:16-17).
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2. Through His Son, Jesus Christ
The New Testament was the fulfillment of God's special plan. It’s the gospel: the good news of Jesus Christ. "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe" (Hebrews 1:1-2). Through the words of Jesus in Scripture, we can "hear" God's heart and God’s voice – and know what God is truly like. For example, God speaks through Scripture to us the message: "Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow." (Proverbs 13:11). "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." (Matthew 6:24). God speaks to warn us about earning money through dishonest, greediness, coveting, and other biblical-conflicting means. God may choose to speak to warn us not to succumb to temptations when we are desperate to overcome financial problems.


 'In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe' (Hebrews 1:1-2).

PHOTO: "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe" (Hebrews 1:1-2). God may choose to speak to warn us not to succumb to temptations when we are desperate to overcome financial problems.
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3. Through Nature and God’s Creation
"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." (Romans 1:20). By observing the ant’s strength to store up food all summer long, we learn about wisdom and industriousness. God designed, and speaks to us about making efforts to have proper activities to lead a righteous and healthy lifestyle, especially during our retirement journey.


 God may communicate with us Through Nature and God’s Creation.


PHOTO: God may communicate with us Through Nature and God’s Creation. "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." (Romans 1:20).
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During the raining season, God may warn us about walking in the open or near forested area, and take the safe linked-way around our place of residence, for our morning walk. This is to avoid the danger of lightning, falling trees due to strong winds, and slippery wet surfaces. Sometime it is very obvious that going to the open is not appropriate, when God causes flashing lightning and loud thunders, with raindrops falling on us the moment we step out of our house. Added to this is the reddish, thick cloudy sky, which could be another way that God is announcing the imminent downpour, when we start our predawn walking exercise.



God may communicate with us Through Nature and God’s Creation.


PHOTO: God may communicate with us Through Nature and God’s Creation. By observing the ant’s strength to store up food all summer long, we learn about wisdom and industriousness. God designed, and speaks to us about making efforts to have proper activities to lead a righteous and healthy lifestyle, especially during our retirement journey.
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4. Through Other Believers
Hearing God's "audible" voice would no doubt cinch His reality in an awesome way. But I've never heard God through an angel's message. I have no taped recordings to tell you what God sounds like.

God may use a friend, a teacher, a parent, or a preacher to convey His message of truth to us. Their words may come as a warning, a blessing, or as a prophetic truth about our lives. I have heard God "speak" through Bishop Robert M. Solomon's books; "God in Pursuit" Lessons from the Book of Jonah, "Faithful to the end", A Preacher's Exposition of 2 Timothy, and "Finding rest for the soul" Responding to Jesus' Invitation in Matthew 11:28-29. During my lowest moments, when out of employment, I am still blessed to "hear" God speaking to enrich me spiritually, through the Bible and books by Christian authors.



God may communicate with us Through Other Believers.


PHOTO: God may communicate with us Through Other Believers. God may use a friend, a teacher, a parent, or a preacher to convey His message of truth to us. I have heard God "speak" through Bishop Robert M. Solomon's books. During my lowest moments, when out of employment, I am still blessed to "hear" God speaking to enrich me spiritually, through the Bible and books by Christian authors.
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5. Through Music
The words and the notes bring a soothing comfort, excitement, and passion that open our ears and heart and lift our spirits immediately. At times, music can be inspirational. Among other things, I was able to express my feelings in a more presentable way. I too, when facing depression and difficult trials is unable to find the words to best describe about something. God knows what I want to say, and He gently guided, and "whisper" the correct words to use, with the spa-like music in the background. Encourage by such success can further propel us deeper into the topic. Before we realise it, the description is adequately done, by the words “heard" from the Lord.



God may communicate with us Through Music


PHOTO: God may communicate with us Through Music
The words and the notes bring a soothing comfort, excitement, and passion that open our ears and heart and lift our spirits immediately.
At times, music can be inspirational. Among other things, I was able to express my feelings in a more presentable way. Encourage by such success can further propel us deeper into the topic. Before we realise it, the description is adequately done, by the words “heard" from the Lord.
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6. Through Circumstances
Through Moses, God used circumstances (plagues) to convince Egypt’s leader to release God’s people from slavery. Although Pharaoh wouldn’t listen all the while, he finally "listen" and let all go.

I did not opt for retirement from work. However, after being retrenched, my career was unable to pick up. Although I managed to find a job just before my retirement, I hesitate to accept because there were some "voices" warning me of the difficulties. However, I still go ahead to agree with the employment conditions, and joined the company as one of the staff under probation. True enough, I was unable to cope, and had to leave the company after a short while. It could be God's plan to have me leaving the workforce and concentrate on other things in my retirement journey.



God may communicate with us Through Circumstances


PHOTO: God may communicate with us Through Circumstances
We may hesitate because there were some "voices" warning us of the difficulties if we continue to proceed as planned. If we ignore and still go ahead, we may be unable to cope. It could be God's plan to have us stop and concentrate on other things.
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I am conscious about the imminent saving depletion, and the coming financial difficulties to support our livelihood expenditure. But I discovered that God uses my "unfortunate" circumstances to develop my faith. Although financially we are still in a worrying state, we have some subsidies for our costs of living.

7. Through His Spirit
We are made in the image of God, and when we confess Jesus and follow Him as our Lord and Saviour, His Spirit comes to live in us (John 14:17, 1 Corinthians 3:16). God’s Spirit speaks to us through our conscience, helping to make the right decision. When we're tempted, that same Spirit warns and nudges us to do the right thing.

Most of the time when doing reflection blog, like this one, I depend on God’s Spirit to give me direction. The ideas come into my mind after pleading for God's help. I have the initial start to answer the difficult questions as accurately as possible.



God may communicate with us Through His Spirit


PHOTO: God may communicate with us Through His Spirit
We are made in the image of God, and when we confess Jesus and follow Him as our Lord and Saviour, His Spirit comes to live in us (
John 14:17, 1 Corinthians 3:16). God’s Spirit speaks to us through our conscience, helping to make the right decision. When we're tempted, that same Spirit warns and nudges us to do the right thing.
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8. Through Prayer
God often speaks to us through His Spirit, through prayer. We may not know how to pray, but God’s Word tells us His spirit makes intercession for us (Romans 8:26-27). We may not hear God’s literal voice, but His Spirit confirms a certain direction, or answer for us. After prayers pleading for His help, the thought comes, although it may not be immediately – that gentle "whisper", accompanied by His peace. [2]


 God often speaks to us through His Spirit, through prayer.


PHOTO: God often speaks to us through His Spirit, through prayer.
We may not hear God’s literal voice, but His Spirit confirms a certain direction, or answer for us. After prayers pleading for His help, the thought comes, although it may not be immediately – that gentle "whisper", accompanied by His peace.
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Praying for wisdom, and for Him to handle problems in our daily life may be frowned upon by others, but with God's unlimited patience, He continues to speak to us whenever necessary in a way we may not expect. When unable to be in gainful employment, we prayed earnestly for financial aids, and that costs of living could decrease. However, the costs of living kept on increasing although the most precious commodity, oil, has fallen in price drastically. We have sustained electricity price but other goods and services are still increasing frenziedly. Our saving started to deplete quickly, bringing fear of being unable to meet the livelihood expenditures.

God answered in another way. Through the Health Promotion Board (HPB) we were encouraged to participate in healthy activities. We then managed to stop our aging body from deteriorating too fast, and thus spending less on medical costs. Although the cost of living went on its rampage, we learned to manage with the little we have. Life may be difficult but we still have our moments of real happiness, especially when we get to meet elderly uncles along the Park Connector Networks (PCN). They shared with us more tips on maintaining our body health. God may not pour money onto us, but enabling us to have good health is better than having good fortune.



God continues to speak to us whenever necessary in a way we may not expect.
PHOTO: God continues to speak to us whenever necessary in a way we may not expect. God answered in another way to problems in our daily life. Through the Health Promotion Board (HPB) we were encouraged to participate in healthy activities. We then managed to stop our aging body from deteriorating too fast, and thus spending less on medical costs. God may not pour money onto us, but enabling us to have good health is better than having good fortune.
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How and to whom did God send you?
It is comfortable to know that problems are not impossible for our Lord to handle, if he will. He will, as He loves us unconditionally, but may not be in the way we expected. He may "not answer our prayers" because He wants us to have things far beyond all comparison. The demise of our loved ones is a way of God speaking to us about setting our hopes on what is above, not the earth. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). What we see in this world is not eternity but a temporary state of things. [3]



It is comfortable to know that problems are not impossible for our Lord to handle,

PHOTO: It is comfortable to know that problems are not impossible for our Lord to handle, if he will. He may "not answer our prayers" because He wants us to have things far beyond all comparison. The demise of our loved ones is a way of God speaking to us about setting our hopes on what is above, not the earth. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). What we see in this world is not eternity but a temporary state of things.
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We were foreknown and predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus. (Romans 8:29-30) God’s desire for us is that we gain divine nature, which is eternal life. We are to overcome all sin, and in that process build the body of Christ, the church, which will be to His glory both on earth and for all eternity. This is the very reason that He formed us so fearfully and wonderfully. God first trains and develops us, and then send us to spread His messages, to as many as possible (Luke 9:1-2).

That’s why Paul exhorts us to "Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:1-6. In that way, we keep our eternal calling and election sure. (2 Peter 1:10-11) [4]


 How did God send you?


PHOTO: How did God send you?
We were foreknown and predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus.
(
Romans 8:29-30) God’s desire for us is that we gain divine nature, which is eternal life. We are to overcome all sin, and in that process build the body of Christ, the church, which will be to His glory both on earth and for all eternity. In that way, God first trains and develops us, and then send us to spread His messages, to as many as possible (Luke 9:1-2).
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The Bible had stated the above messages. Through the Scripture, we can "hear" God’s heart and God’s voice – and know what God is truly like. These words were not written for just a few, select individuals. Everyone in Africa, in Germany, in China, in Alabama, and others, can "hear" God's voice by reading the same Bible. [2]

Through the demise of our loved ones, and the Bible, God is speaking to us about setting our hopes on what is above, not the earth. This message is meant for us to send to as many as possible, to our loved ones, former colleagues, youths, elderly uncles and aunties, and Internet netizens.



 How and to whom did God send you?


PHOTO: How and to whom did God send you?
The Bible had stated the above messages. Through
the demise of our loved ones, and the Scripture, we can "hear" God’s heart and God’s voice – and know what God is truly like. God is speaking to us about setting our hopes on what is above, not the earth. This message is meant for us to send to as many as possible, to our loved ones, former colleagues, youths, elderly uncles and aunties, and Internet netizens.
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What are you doing about it?
Perhaps God is sending us to a loved one, relative, friend, colleague, or fellow church member with a message from Him today. It might even be a difficult message. How are we delivering it? Are we procrastinating, or even outright ignoring God's task for us? And what can we tell others that will lead them to walk closer with God today? [1]


Perhaps God is sending you to a loved one, relative, friend, colleague, or fellow church member with a message from Him today.
PHOTO: Perhaps God is sending you to a loved one, relative, friend, colleague, or fellow church member with a message from Him today. It might even be a difficult message.
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As we have the opportunity to meet the elderly uncles along the Park Connector Networks (PCN), we can share the good news about eternal salvation with them. They may be atheist or believe in other gods, but our Lord will have ways to bring them back to Him.



We can share the good news about eternal salvation with  elderly uncles along the Park Connector Networks (PCN).


PHOTO: We can share the good news about eternal salvation with  elderly uncles along the Park Connector Networks (PCN). They may be atheist or believe in other gods, but our Lord will have ways to bring them back to Him.
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The Internet has been popular in our present day. It can share information with high transfer speed and reliability. We could create salvation messages using blogger and share them through the Internet. It is also available 24/7, convenient, and easily accessible. With its modern day's translation ability, people of different languages can convert the message to their own language for easy understanding. In this way God's messages can reach out to the masses almost instantly.



The Internet can share information with high transfer speed and reliability.


PHOTO: The Internet can share information with high transfer speed and reliability. We could create salvation messages using blogger and share them through the Internet. It is also available 24/7, convenient, and easily accessible.
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We have the opportunity to benefit from Christian Ministries, like Our Daily Bread. These ministries have been helping many to grow in their faith and drawing them closer to God. They have been active in translating the good news of salvation into many different languages to reach out to as many people as possible. There are even events for helping care-givers to cope with their difficulties as their provide comforts to those in need. It would be meaningful to support those ministries in their efforts to spread the words of God.


 Christian Ministries, like Our Daily Bread have been helping many to grow in their faith and drawing them closer to God.


PHOTO: Christian Ministries, like Our Daily Bread have been helping many to grow in their faith and drawing them closer to God. They have been active in translating the good news of salvation into many different languages to reach out to as many as possible. It would be meaningful to support those ministries in their efforts to spread the words of God.
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How do you deliver good or bad news?
Are You God's Messenger? [1]
Whether the message is stern or kind, the important thing is that the messenger must remain true to God. He must deliver the message faithfully, no matter how unwelcome, and he must deliver it with a heart that is faithful to God and reflects His holiness. A preacher, for example, has to remind himself not to let his sermons degenerate from spiritual messages into spiritual massages. He must resist the temptation to please his listeners by giving feel-happy messages that are easy on the ears. And he must remember that God is both stern and kind.


Are You God's Messenger?
PHOTO: Are You God's Messenger?
God's Messenger must deliver the message faithfully, no matter how unwelcome, and he must deliver it with a heart that is faithful to God and reflects His holiness. He must resist the temptation to please his listeners by giving feel-happy messages that are easy on the ears. And he must remember that God is both stern and kind.
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What can we learn from the prophets in the Bible?
When a prophet received a revelation from God, he was obligated to share the message with the intended audience, which could be for contemporaries of the prophet, or for people hundreds or even thousands of years into the future. Many of the prophets recorded the words they were given, and some of these writings God preserved as Holy Scripture. [5]


 What can we learn from the prophets in the Bible?


PHOTO: What can we learn from the prophets in the Bible?
When a prophet received a revelation from God, he was obligated to share the message with the intended audience, which could be for contemporaries of the prophet, or for people hundreds or even thousands of years into the future.
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The prophets of God often faced opposition when they were instructed to deliver messages of warning, but they were not permitted to shy away. The prophet Jonah had serious shortcomings, but he still demonstrated a heart of repentance and obedience. He showed obedience in delivering the good news to Jeroboam II, even though this may have made him sound like a false prophet seeking to flatter his audience.


What can we learn from the prophets in the Bible?
PHOTO: What can we learn from the prophets in the Bible?
The prophets of God often faced opposition when they were instructed to deliver messages of warning, but they were not permitted to shy away.
The prophet Jonah had serious shortcomings, but he still demonstrated a heart of repentance and obedience. He showed obedience in delivering the good news to Jeroboam II, even though this may have made him sound like a false prophet seeking to flatter his audience.
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 What can we learn from the prophets in the Bible?


PHOTO: What can we learn from the prophets in the Bible?
Many of the prophets recorded the words they were given, and some of these writings God preserved as Holy Scripture.
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 Dear Lord, we learn that only when you have chosen us, and speaks to us, then we can experience hearing your words. As we are unique, you speaks to us differently from one another. Regardless of the way you choose to reveal yourself or 'speak' to us today, you will never contradict your Word, and the message you give will always bring glory to God. And the Bible warns about adding anything to the already written, God-breathed Word of God, or accepting any other messenger who claims to be superior to Jesus.<br>We also learned that you may answer our prayer not in a way that we expected because you want us to have things far beyond all comparison. You want us to realise that what we see in this world is not eternity but a temporary state of things.<br>We were foreknown and predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus, and it is your desire for us to gain divine nature, which is eternal life. We are to overcome all sin, and in that process build the body of Christ, the church, which will be to your glory both on earth and for all eternity. Perhaps you are sending us this message to convey to others. It could be a difficult message and we may hesitate, procrastinate, or even outright ignoring your task for us. Please help us to learn from the prophets in the Bible, to have a heart of repentance and obedience, and be obedient in delivering the news regardless of whether it is good or bad.<br>Help us to resist the temptation to please the listeners by giving feel-happy messages that are easy on the ears. But help us to deliver the message with adequate explanations for the understanding of the listeners. We pray that the intended receiver will accept and obey the message.<br>Please encourage us by reminding us that although you are stern, you are also kind.<br>Through Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen!


PHOTO: "Dear Lord, we learn that only when you have chosen us, and speaks to us, then we can experience hearing your words. As we are unique, you speaks to us differently from one another. Regardless of the way you choose to reveal yourself or "speak" to us today, you will never contradict your Word, and the message you give will always bring glory to God. And the Bible warns about adding anything to the already written, God-breathed Word of God, or accepting any other messenger who claims to be superior to Jesus.

We also learned that you may answer our prayer not in a way that we expected because you want us to have things far beyond all comparison. You want us to realise that what we see in this world is not eternity but a temporary state of things.

We were foreknown and predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus, and it is your desire for us to gain divine nature, which is eternal life. We are to overcome all sin, and in that process build the body of Christ, the church, which will be to your glory both on earth and for all eternity. Perhaps you are sending us this message to convey to others. It could be a difficult message and we may hesitate, procrastinate, or even outright ignoring your task for us. Please help us to learn from the prophets in the Bible, to have a heart of repentance and obedience, and be obedient in delivering the news regardless of whether it is good or bad.

Help us to resist the temptation to please the listeners by giving feel-happy messages that are easy on the ears. But help us to deliver the message with adequate explanations for the understanding of the listeners. We pray that the intended receiver will accept and obey the message.

Please encourage us by reminding us that although you are stern, you are also kind.

Through Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen!
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Reflection - God's Call - Hearing the word of God II
Question from source (book): "God in Pursuit", Chapter 1, Question 4, Page 16.
By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012





Also from the same author, Robert M. Solomon

"Faithful to the end", A Preacher's Exposition of 2 Timothy, @ 2014 by Robert M. Solomon

'Faithful to the end', A Preacher's Exposition of 2 Timothy, @ 2014 by Robert M. Solomon<br>
Reflection - Faithful to the end (Links)
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2017/06/reflection-faithful-to-end-links.html



"Finding rest for the soul" Responding to Jesus' Invitation in Matthew 11:28-29, © 2016 by Robert M. Solomon

Reflection - Finding rest for the soul (Links)
Reflection - Finding rest for the soul (Links)
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2018/10/reflection-finding-rest-for-soul-links.html




Reference
[1] From "God in Pursuit" Lessons from the Book of Jonah, Copyright © 2017 by Robert M. Solomon, ISBN 978-1-62707-801-6, Part I: Jonah 1:1-17, Chapter 1 "God Calls", Page 4, 15-16.

[2] Rebecca Barlow Jordan, crosswalk.com, 8 Ways God Speaks to Us Today, posted on 11 July 2012, https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/8-ways-god-speaks-to-us-today.html

[3] Steve Rudd, Why did God Kill My loved one? (Understanding death and human suffering), http://www.bible.ca/f-death-why-did-god-kill-my-loved-one.htm

[4] William Kennedy, ActiveChristianity, Why did God create me? God has wished me alive, but for what reason?, https://activechristianity.org/why-did-god-create-me

[5] Chris Moen, Prophets of the Bible, https://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/prophets/prophets-of-the-bible/


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Jonah 1:1-17 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jonah+1%3A1-17&version=NIV

Luke 9:1-2 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+9%3A1-2&version=NIV

Matthew 6:24 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A24&version=NIV

Matthew 11:28-29 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+11%3A28-29&version=NIV

Proverbs 13:11 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+13%3A11&version=NIV

Revelation 22:18-19 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+22%3A18-19&version=NIV

Romans 1:20 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+1%3A20&version=NIV

Romans 8:26-27 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A26-27&version=NIV

Romans 8:29-30 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A29-30&version=NIV