What is important to you that you can offer to Jesus? What’s valuable to you that you should be offering to Jesus? You know what? If you’re wise, you will be seeking Jesus, and if you’re wise, when you find Jesus, you will worship Him, and if you’re wise, you will, then, offer Him out of that treasure that is yours, a gift. What’s valuable to you? What can you give up for Jesus, to be that gift to Him? He still, I think, desires to get gifts. I mean, I still like getting presents on my birthday. I just know that the gifts that He desires are the gifts that come from inside of us, not those things that we can give on the outside….
I hear all these excuses why people can’t serve God, and why people don’t hear God, and you know what it is? We’re just too distracted or unwilling to hear God when He speaks to us. I find many times we don’t hear God because God is asking us to do things we don’t want to do, asking us to give up things that we don’t want to give up, asking us to change our lives in ways that we don’t want to change, and so it’s easy to say, “Well, how am I supposed to know when God is speaking to me?” Well, first and foremost, it’s laid out right here for the most part. Everything that I’m supposed to do with my life, how I am to live my life, I can find in written form. I know I’m not supposed to steal. I know I’m not supposed to hurt other people. I know I’m supposed to love my neighbor. I know I’m supposed to do things that are good instead of bad. These are no-brainers. How do I know that God is speaking to me? Because He’s given it to me in written form, and then sometimes He confirms what His word in written form says by giving us His Holy Spirit that will speak to us. He’ll send an angel to speak to us. He’ll give us a sign that’s supernatural, and He’ll speak to us. But it is always, always going to tell us what is already in God’s Word. It will confirm that for us. To say “I don’t hear God” means that you’re not reading or studying His Word whatsoever. If you have opened God’s Word and read it and studied it in any way, I guarantee you, you have heard God speak to you, and you have no excuse. None…
The study of God’s Word is so important because it not only establishes a foundation for God to give us the understanding of what’s right and wrong, but it is that foundation for us understanding when God speaks to us personally, when His Spirit whispers in our ear, when we have that dream at night, when we hear the voice in our head. I don’t know how God speaks to you. I know how God speaks to me and I know how others have told me God speaks to them, but it is always confirmed by God’s Word, and it is important that we know that we can hear God, just as Joseph heard God. We can be right with God, just as Joseph was right with God. And just as Joseph responded we, too, need to respond to God when He speaks.
Pastor Dave Elkins