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This week we are continuing on with part two of the message “God do you hear me?” Just to refresh our minds, last week we looked at God’s perfect nature and the blessing blocker, sin. This week to conclude I want to further discuss God’s way of doing things, His great love for His children, how He speaks to us, and the ungratefulness of believers.

God’s Way:

Last week we talked about God’s perfect nature. We explored some of what God reveals about Himself through His Word. This week I really want us to get a good grasp on how God’s thought process differs from ours. By gaining a greater understanding of how God thinks, we will better understand His actions.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8, 9)

God does not think anything like we do. God’s reasoning is far more complicated and superior than our minute intellect. In fact His reasoning is perfect. In our mortal minds and thinking we don’t even scratch the surface of God’s unfathomable, immeasurable knowledge and wisdom. We are not omnipresent or “everywhere at the same time” like God is. We cannot see the future like God can. God always knows what’s best for us, and it is His will that all of us live victorious lives in Christ, Jesus.

Remember that God’s character is love. To put it better, God’s character isn’t just love, but God Himself is love. He doesn’t just love us, He doesn’t just express love, but He is the very fountain and essence of Love itself.

God truly wants what’s best for us and sometimes that means denying our prayers. There are many things we pray for that we think we need. There are many things we ask God for because we think they are in our best interest. Unfortunately we actually pray for many things that wouldn’t benefit as much as something else God has planned for us. We sometimes pray for things that, in the end, wouldn’t benefit us at all or even could harm us. The fact is, God understands what we need more then we do ourselves.

Like a human father, God also wants us to learn from our mistakes. A human father wants their children to grow to a point where they can one day make the right decisions for themselves. Sometimes a father has to let their child make a mistake here and there so that they can learn from their mistakes and grow. It is in this manner that success can be obtained.

In the same manner our Heavenly Father must sometimes let us suffer the consequences of our mistakes before He saves us from them. For example, some people jump into marriage without consulting God first and they end up marrying the wrong person. This can make a marriage a disaster. If that person goes to God however and admits they jumped the gun and brings their marriage back to God desiring to make things right, God will not turn a deaf ear to them. He will hear them, and He will still allow a way for joy to abound. There still may be a lot of work to do within that marriage, but having God inside the marriage is what will make it successful.

God may have let that person endure struggles within their marriage so that they came to understand this: when you step outside of His will you’re not going to get the best in life. A miserable marriage is like burning your hand on a stove as a child, you only have to do it one time to learn that you never want to do it again. (That is, to go it alone without God again.)

The point here is really this: God isn’t always going to end the storms we have in life. In fact the majority of the time God will not end the storms in life, but He will always guide us through them, if we seek His help.

Many of us have also forgotten the authority God has given us; the name and blood of Jesus. Jesus is not any old ordinary name. It’s a name of supreme power and authority. God gave us the name and blood of Jesus because there are things in this world that He wants us to do ourselves. I would imagine there are many things people pray for that God thinks to Himself “I gave you authority in Christ so that you could do it!” I’m not saying don’t look to God when you face a problem, I want you to understand that wielding the name of Jesus and pleading His blood is looking to God.

When circumstances come against you, pray by all means; prayer is still necessary. However you must also take authority over those circumstances (whatever may be happening in your life) and say “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I plead His blood over these circumstances, I rebuke them and refuse them! Satan, they are not mine, they are not going to take root in my life, and I am not having them!”

Ungratefulness:

Have you ever gone completely out of your way to do something for somebody and they were so ungrateful and unappreciative of what you did it made you angry? Well if you have ever felt taken for granted imagine how God must feel. Just think of how many people are blessed each day that don’t even care for God. Many of them even curse God, yet still He will even bless the ungodly. As I’m sure you’ve all experienced, when someone is extremely grateful and thankful for something you’ve done for them it makes you want to bless them more! It makes us feel good to receive praise from others.

God deserves a lot more praise then many of us give Him. He has given us life itself after all! Our appreciation for the blessings of God reveals the condition of our heart. A truly glad and appreciative heart will receive all good things with thanksgiving, appreciation, admiration or approval. A hardened heart will be unappreciative and ungrateful. Unfortunately many of us truly are very ungrateful people, though we may not realize it. Many of us wake up each morning forgetting about all the past blessings God has given us. Instead of thanking Him for all that He has given us already, we secretly murmur and grumble against Him for what it seems He has kept from us.

I will tell you a truth. In reality we ourselves are mostly at fault for sealing off the blessings of God. We many times remain in sin, and give into the will of the devil, yet wonder why God isn’t blessing us.

How many times have we asked for protection over ourselves or loved ones? How many times have we asked God to bless our food? How many times do we ask God to provide for us? We truly have no idea how many prayers God has actually answered! This is because when He does answer one, it many times goes unnoticed. As soon as we don’t get something we ask for however, we want a 911 emergency call to God, and we want answers right away.

Instead of focusing on our blessings we look to our lack. Friends this is a mindset of negativity that has been brought upon by the devil. It is a mindset of selfishness, greed, ungratefulness and arrogance that will once again put up a divide between us and God. Again, from this we can begin to see that over half the time our prayers aren’t being answered it’s because we’ve separated ourselves from His blessings, not because of God. How can God bless us if we keep turning away from Him?

Give thanks and glory to God in all situations, good and bad, for what He has done for you. You must also have faith and realize that a bleak or bad looking situation doesn’t necessarily mean a bad outcome is guaranteed. Many times the outcome of a situation is dependant upon what we do in the moments of hardship. Give God a chance to work! Prayer is to be accompanied by thanksgiving. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6) An unappreciative attitude toward God may very well be the reason for His slow response to your requests.

God is speaking, but are you listening?

When we’re looking to hear from the Lord, we must be aware of how He responds. God does answer prayers directly; however He also has many other facets of blessing. God is not confined to blessing us in one manner. God is not confined to operating how we think He will.

God many times speaks through other people. If you are struggling in your life somewhere and all of a sudden you keep hearing a pastor or preacher talking as though his message was specifically designed for you, guess what? God is speaking to you. If you are praying and praying for help and begin to read your Bible and come across a scripture that seems to offer the solution to your problem, then God just spoke to you.

If you have an extreme “gut” feeling about something that just won’t let up, many times it’s the Holy Spirit talking to you. We must learn to really pay attention to what’s happening around us at all times, because if we’re not careful, we could miss the very answer we are seeking.

Things to remember:

"The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower." (Psalms18:2)

I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Joshua 1:5)

God is bigger then your financial situation. God is bigger then any sickness or disease. God is bigger then your circumstances. God is bigger then any trial, tribulation or storm that the devil will send your way to throw you off of your walk with God. When you are asking God for something the devil is going to try and make it seem as though you’ll never see what you’ve asked for. Time is something satan uses very well. We are by nature impatient people, and if satan can hold something off long enough we many times give up on it convinced God is not going to give us what we asked.

Don’t let satan convince you out of you blessing. Don’t let satan convince you out of your faith in God. Thoughts like “maybe these scripture don’t work” or something even more ridiculous and drastic like “maybe God isn’t real” is definitely from the devil. The Bible tells us to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. A scheme is a plan; a scheme is not something written in stone. Your faith in God will bury the devil's schemes and put them to rest.

Trust in God, have faith in Him. God loves you and wants to bless you abundantly! I leave you today with this scripture: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Hold on to this scripture and let it settle in your spirit. Let this word from the Lord be brought to your remembrance daily, so that you’ll stand strong in faith during times of tribulation, knowing that though circumstances still arise, our Lord Jesus Christ has already overcome them, therefore, they will not last forever!

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