Thursday, March 31, 2011

How can we know if God speaks to us?

Hello everybody! Today is a good day. Well I am here to talk about something that is often asked. HOW CAN WE KNOW IF GOD SPEAKS TO US? God speaks to us and in this post I will focus on how He does and how we can notice His answers.
We should first recognize that the Lord will speak to us through the Spirit in his own time and in his own way. … We cannot force spiritual things.

“In most cases, ‘His own way’ is not the thunderous interruption or the blinding light, but what the scriptures call ‘the still small voice’ (Kings 19:12). The still small voice does not scream in our ear or cause confusion in our heads. Our God is not a God of confusion but a God of order.He gives us the still small voice to help us in our lives. He gives us the Holy Ghost to help give us direction in our decisions and there for safety. God loves us so He would give us something to help us in our lives. 
In Galations 5:22-23 it states

22But the fruit of the Spirit is lovejoypeacelongsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
 23Meeknesstemperance: against such there is no law.
When it talks about fruit of the spirit it is representing some of the ways we will recognize it such as the feelings above. When you read from the Book of Mormon, Bible or when listening to a modern day prophet or apostle speak you may have calm feelings and that is the spirit talking to you. Whoever speaks truth can speak by the power of the Holy Ghost. The spirit is there to testify of truth and so that you can gain a testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ and many other things. The Spirit may cause a burning in the bosom and that is also manifestation of truth. 
Have you ever had a thought come to your head and not know why but you follow the promptings? If the thought is good it comes from the Holy Ghost. I have heard of different stories of when people were driving down the road and they had a thought to stop and they did so. After they pulled of the road there was a car that went flying by and would have hit them if they stayed traveling on the road. That proves the Holy Ghost is there to protect us and keep us safe. There are millions of these stories and all thanks are to God. 
One important thing to realize is that there is a difference between the GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST and the POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST
When people speak of the Power of the Holy Ghost it talks about a power that all men may receive for short times. They will not have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. Which means the Holy Ghost will not be with them at all times and all places whereas, the Gift Of the Holy Ghost is given as a constant companionship. As long as the person is worthy of the gift from God.  
The Gift of the Holy Ghost is given by priesthood power (the authority to act in God's name). In the New Testament Acts Chapter 8 it shows how the Gift of the Holy Ghost is given. It is given by the laying on of Hands just as Peter and John showed us. This is the only way we can receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
One of the most important things we need to look at is how we pray. Do we pray just to pray? Do we pray only when we need help? Do we pray at all? Do we pray in the name of Jesus Christ? We need to look at these things. Do you honestly only want to talk to somebody just when they come for help or would you like to have a good relationship with them? Well God is the same He wants us to talk with him at all times and in all places. He wants a relationship with us. He wants us to tell Him what we are doing what we are in need of. We need to thank Him for all that He does for us. After we look at these things, prayer will bring us closer to God. Family prayer will build a relationship with our family stronger than anything else can. I will talk about prayer in another post but we need to pray sincerely with all purpose of acting on the answer we receive.
I know that Gods speaks to all of His children. Whether it be through a prophet, a friend, scripture or a thought. God speaks to you. God Loves you. As long as we are doing our part He promises He will do His part. "I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise" D&C 82:10. God is there for all of His children and will always be no matter what we do.

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