GOD USES FLASHCARDS, 08FEB
“His name is LOVE, a LOVE that always finds me.”
God looks for us, God chases us down, God IS Love. Don’t you just LOVE that?
ALL good things come from God. He called us VERY GOOD. So Him calling to us now, seeking us out and seeking us in, is also VERY GOOD.
I had a discussion of spiritual gifts. (Hey, question, can one be the “Jack of all spiritual gift trades, Master of none?” LOL) So, my friend and I were speculating about God’s gift of “tongues”. I can speculate that phenomenon could be anything being used by God to say something that touches someone’s ears JUST RIGHT, and also could be us hearing something that strikes us as coming from Him. This concept may seem so foreign to us OR could be happening all the time. The tongues spoken by disciples at Pentecost were direct languages that the others visiting in Jerusalem for a pilgrimage could understand, yet I will stretch my opinion (maybe ignorantly) to include many mysteries of His communication…
I said to myself, visual learner that I am, ‘maybe God makes it more simple for teaching and reaching me – He probably uses FLASHCARDS’.
And why wouldn’t God used whatever method that reaches us best – some are visual learners, some auditory learners, some kinesthetic learners, etc… and some “Jack of all learning styles, Master of None”.
Yes, sounds funny, but ain’t that the truth that God will search us out; He will use anyway that reaches us. When we start to recognize His signs, it is our belief in Him and His Love that means the most to Him. We should vet out the signs we see and seek the truth in our understanding. But back to the basics, He just wants us to believe in Him and believe in the one He sent, Jesus. “Seeing is believing.” Faith is believing even when you are not seeing.
In all this, our belief has to come not from others telling us, our faith must be experienced. Yes, it’s us that has to say “Oh, that was God.” Give credit where credit is due. And remember the simple truth that all good things come from God… (Just this week I know that He helped me find the good window of opportunity to travel to my parent’s home, and then back to my home just before they got a foot of snow.)
I have seen some doozies of serious physical signs, as well as silliy-nesses that touch my heart (seriously driving under that turnpike sign that said “EXPRESS” that day when I doubted my drive to write and share, is a favorite meaningful sign!). Surely I’ve had stern warnings, even God giving me hard NO’s!!! Haven’t we all? Tough love and righteous love. I have seen windows of opportunities and thoughts put in me like flashes of brilliance that ONLY the Lord could have created. I have watched circumstances click into place, drop like from heaven into my life. People too. Signs are all around that God is in charge and He wants us to be all ears, open ears. And yet remember when faith may seem like personal interpretation, it has to ring true with TRUTH. All must worship in SPIRIT and TRUTH.
My visual flashcards would be different than your flashcards. Our experiences might find parallels and yet we all have tangents that only the Lord could reach us on – those moments when it’s UNDENIABLE that God sent you a message (or at least tried to) – those FALL ON YOUR KNEES moments. How best to just believe in His Ways – not our belief in earthly things. Although earthly things are tools, it is our belief in connections to the heavenly realm, that will really speak to us – our turth comes simply and complex as us just knowing God.
In all, we know more if we study more. The bible stories are our roadmap to our minds, souls, hearts. We need to walk the WAY of Jesus seeking out people, study His encounters with people like us. Jesus wants us to know Him over any of His works. Just know.
In the wisdom writings of disciple John, Jesus points out that the crowds are looking for manna bread from God, looking for signs, not understanding that Jesus Himself is the bread of life, the Way, the path to the Father. They often will get signs, interpret them as another prophet, but oh how Jesus really wishes for them to have believed what the scriptures foretold. Jesus spoke directly to the Pharisees (who should have been up on their scriptures) to say, ‘you know the signs of the weather, but do you not understand the “signs of the times”?’ Jesus was looking for BELIEF, a desire to learn. He wants connectivity firing in our brains, for us to see where God has revealed truth. Like when Peter believed in Jesus and could verbally affirm his belief and love (John 6, Matthew 16). Jesus says ‘you believe in me because God has revealed this to you’…
LET’S PRAY ALL WILL OPEN UP TO THE LORD.
Each person has to find their own spiritual belief, which is revealed to them by the Father. Herding cats, herding children who run everywhere, herding sheep who don’t know any better. How much better it is for us, WHO KNOW BETTER, to WANT to KNOW MORE!!!
Our God is good, all good things come from God. How good is it that we get the opportunity to believe in Him? VERY GOOD. God blessed us to be created by Him in order to believe in His love for us and to love Him.
Oh that’s so VERY GOOD.
6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues ? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.
1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified. 6 Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction? 7 Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 9 So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me. 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church. 13 For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.