7 Ways to Distinguish God’s Voice from the Circumstances of Life

Every believer wants to hear from God.

Why would you attempt to follow God closely if you didn’t want to know His voice or hear what He has to say?

Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice.” (John 10:27)

That’s especially true in the circumstances of our life. When life is happening — we want to know: Is this God? Is this what He is telling me to do? Is God trying to get my attention?

And, I believe, sometimes life if just happening. It’s not at all that God isn’t interested or in control. He counts hairs on our head and stores our tears in a bottle — He cares. But, sometimes life is life. Things happen. Doors open. Doors close. Jobs are lost. Health changes. The deal on the house we wanted falls through. We don’t get the scholarship we hoped we would. Life happens.

And, yet, I do believe God will use our circumstances to speak to us. He used a burning bush to speak to Moses.

I wish He’d use one to speak to me sometimes. I think I’d pay attention to that.

And, I think that’s part of the problem.

One thing I’ve observed is that we often expect God to speak in the grandiose voice of God. And, sometimes God speaks that way, but many times — at least in my life — God is more subtle than that. Often God speaks through those quiet moments, through other people, and through ordinary life’s circumstances.

In a crowded world of noise and life distractions sometimes it’s hard to understand what God is saying. Isn’t it?

How do we — in the midst of our circumstances — as mixed up and confusing as they can be — figure out what God could be saying to us?

First, I have to say this — it begins and ends in a relationship. If you don’t have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ — start there. (Read Romans 10:9 and if you have questions, email me.)

But, for those who have a relationship already — which is the majority of my readers — how do we hear God’s voice through our circumstances?

Here are 7 thoughts on hearing God speak through the circumstances of life:

Mirror your circumstances with the truth of God’s Word

God will never contradict Himself. He will never speak to us — even through our circumstances — in a way that will contradict His written word. I hear people at times claim God is telling them to do something that is in violation with what God has already said. That’s never God.

God uses people to confirm His voice

Even in circumstances, in my experience, God often sends people into our path to confirm His will for our life. People who attempt to follow God with their life can help us to hear from God.

Every time God has called me to something there have been others to confirm they are hearing the same calling. I’ve often had to cycle through the naysayers to hear them, but they are there. I seek out wisdom of others.

When we went to plant a church — I thought that’s what God was doing — the doors certainly kept opening, but one loud voice of God were the number of people who kept bringing it to my attention unsolicited — including one prophetic pastor (who claimed to not be a prophet) who spoke directly to a 10 year old vision of the plant exactly as God had originally shared it with me. That was my burning bush, but they don’t come along often. Probably only when you’re as stubborn as I am.

Recognize that God operates from a plan

Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Rick Warren has sold millions of books telling us that we should live our life with a purpose. God’s purpose.

Looking back over my life, I could never have scripted it, but I see how God has used me according to an overall plan. He’s used my life experiences to shape me for where I am today.in church planting He used my business entrepreneurial experience. In church revitalization, He’s used my business transition experience. God knows how to use a past for His good.

Examine your circumstances in light of God’s overall plan

When trying to hear from God through the circumstances of life, we should not try to make a decision on one event or set of circumstances. Circumstances may or may not be God speaking to us. We should look at our life over a span of months or years.

Jeremiah 29:11 indicates that God has a definite plan to proper us and give us hope, but it would take the people 70 years to get there. (We often miss that part when celebrating that verse.)

When we look at our life over time we will be able to see what God has been doing. When the circumstances of life consistently line up over time with God’s overall plan it is possible that God is trying to speak through those circumstances.

How many times do we have to hear the same thing — or experience the same circumstances — before we recognize and obey the voice of God?

Before God called me into ministry the voices speaking into my life were many. I was available at the time — in between business careers, there were tons of confirmations and signs, and I had to view my life in the context of God’s master plan — of what He had been shaping for years.

Don’t allow circumstances to keep you from hearing or obeying God

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 16:8-9 (NIV) “But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.” The common sense thing to do when everyone opposes you would be to leave, but Paul knew the circumstances were not indicative of God’s will for his life.

Sometimes our circumstances may look gloomy, but we haven’t heard the truth of our circumstances until we have heard from God. God has typically spoken to me clearest during my darkest days — when He has my closest attention.

Fear is a great tool of the enemy. The devil can use circumstances also to lead us away from God. This is where the Scripture and other people you trust can help you discern.

Ask God to show you His perspective on the circumstances

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV)

As followers of God we will spend our whole life trying to discern the will of God for our life; listening for His voice. If we desire to hear from God through our circumstances we must intently listen for the voice of God.

Hearing from God is not always easy. When life is coming at us we cannot seem to understand what is going on, we shouldn’t be afraid to ask for clarification. We should feel free to ask, “God what did you mean by that?”

Many times I think I know what God is saying, but it’s in the seasons of questioning that I am more intentional to go back to Him for clarification. I’ve even taken days away to intentionally listen during the confusing times.

Remember: God’s primary desire in speaking is for eternal purposes

We limit God to this finite world when we fail to remember He is an infinite God. When we are trying to discern God’s voice through the circumstances of life we should consider how what is happening around us fits into God’s eternal plan to save a lost world from destruction and to mold His children into the image of His Son.

God’s primary activity will be in these areas of our life. I’ve always been able to see how God’s specific plan for me lined up with His desire to invite a world to know Him. If what I sense He is asking me to do would help people know Him or know Him better it is much easier to recognize and affirm the voice of God in my circumstances.

Hearing from God is critical for the children of God to know God’s will for our life.

Our mission is to learn how to hear His voice. We must listen intently and carefully for His voice through the crowd of noises in the world in which we live. Thankfully God has not given up on us, but is still speaking to His people today.

Are you in a season of trying to hear from God?

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226 thoughts on “7 Ways to Distinguish God’s Voice from the Circumstances of Life

  1. God always answers me,right from childhood. no matter what I ask,I get it somehow. my dad fell really I’ll,and slept. I fell ill first around 2nd/3rd of this month too,2 days after I left the hospital, he fell I’ll too. I left 2 drips untouched,plus the one I was receiving, half. only to return home and find out he also left two untouched. we had similar diagnosis, but I told the nurses and doctor that I’ve had enough of the sickness and I was ready to go home. I returned from school the next week worried, coz I couldn’t reach him on phone, only to hear he slept. I was shattered,I cried,but the next day,something gave me courage,I started praying. last Sunday service,I was touched to read some passages which I did,lots of things came to me,and I wrote down,I did all I was asked. 1.win a soul. 2.fast,watch and pray. 3.pray and make peace with family members and aunties. I did all,yet haven’t seen result. I’m still waiting and hoping its all a dream

  2. Hello…my name is watson from kenya.used to be born again but i backslided.have been fearing the worst for three years,the devil has been tormenting me with fears of Being sick hiv.i honestly have faith in God n i believe he can do the impossible ,i feel like he been trying to talk to me that he can heal me i have like this crazy faith he is still doing miracles to this day n even dreamt that he want to heal many through me and just few days ago i had a dream that i went for vct test and i was negative but fear n doubt still shrouds ma mind..how can i truly know its Him cause i still keep hearing some negative voices “like what if i go and actually find am positive”. ” no watson you are positive”, “why would God heal me” .i truly need God intervention in my life cause i feel like am losing it.am going to confess i have not been walking right with God for i strugle with sex.may God help me.
    God bless you all

  3. Prayer request for salvation

    hi Father.

    please pray a lot for these three persons Leo Sue and Ziv.

    Focus on Ziv in Particular as he is Jewish and Became atheist.

    these three are atheists. may the Lord touch their hearts and reveal himself to them so they come to him.

    please leave their names on the altar.

    with thanks and appreciation

    R. G. Sydney

  4. I don't know if God is talking to me… I think He is but maybe it's just my own thoughts popping up in my head telling me what I want to hear. how do I know if God is speaking to me? my relationship with Him has really improved in the last few months. what i think God says to me, isn't against His word, I mean. it's good things. but how do I know it's God and not just my own thoughts?

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  6. What about, deaf person, i have heard his voice once, but as i know, ine inward person in us is important to. Listen, to the HOLY SPIRIT!, GOD SENT THE" HELPER" IS NOW IN US, FROM THE FATHER, WHEN JESUS ASK AND PRAYED, BUT ARE WE TO ASK THE SPIRIT MORE OF GOD IN US , AS THE SPIRIT HEARS OUR PRAYERS REQUEST!, AS IT STATED IN THE BIBLE??, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT, EVEN IF IT IS QUIET?, CAUSE ,EVEN, TOO, THE HOLY SPIRIT DOESN'T SPEAKS ON IT"S OWN?? YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT, IT IS IMPORTANT THAN EAIT FOR OUR GOD? The Holy spirit is here in you, don't silent or quench the holy spirit!! Wow, see that?? U miss that ,part!, I am deaf all my life born w/ german measles/ rubella!, So, the BIBLE SAYS TO: LISTEN TO YOUR " INWARD" "HOLY SPIRIT"- AMEN!.. LEARN THAT? READ SND FOLLOWD WHAT IT SAYD CARRFULLY? THE HIDDEN AGENDA! FOCUS CLEARLY. !.. WATCH OUT FOR THE FLESH MISSING FIGHT ON US- SPIRITAULLY WISDOM! , NOW TELL ME THIS??? I PRAY ,BROTHER,AMEN!! BRETHTEN! GOD BLESS!– I AM ( SPECIAL EDUCATED), GENERAL MAIN STREAM IN SCHOOL YEARS AGO 33 YRS!) SMILE IN TRUTH WITNESS TO GOD!

  7. I’m not God but listen to your heart. He’s there and if you try hard enough you’ll hear His Voice of reason and comfort. Maybe staying in Egypt wasn’t the best thing because honoring our wives with love and support (not just financially) is Scripture. The Lord expects husbands and wives to be mutually loved, honored and respected. Maybe you should’ve sent her flowers or why don’t you just tell her how you feel. Listening and communicating with God would’ve certainly helped you speak to her. Love God, yourself and fellow man my friend.

  8. When at a crossroad in life how do you decide which is the path God wants you to take? Especially when situations are not a clear textbook case where you can simply refer to the Bible and know for yourself that this is or is not from God.

  9. This has been very helpful to me. God bless this Ministry! My older son has turned away from God. I continue to prayer for his return. But I still go through some times when I want to know if God is hearing me. I had suffered abuse in my childhood as well as early adulthood. But I always believe that the hand of God has kept me from destruction. But now for my children to go through hardships?

  10. Hello, I have been seeking Godly wisdom for sometime and have gathered a lot of insight from reading posts and responses here. My relationship with God with strengthened after my Father passed away in 2009, I was drawn into a deeper faith and understanding of God as our heavenly Father and my life began to change. I prayed and trusted God with everything, From the closing of a business to ending an abusive controlling relationship( I believe I heard God say if you leave I will take care of you and he did.) I encountered may challenges however I still trusted. Going back to my business.. I had a very close and loving relationship with all of my clients and I shared my faith with them all..it was probably one of the best times of my life I truly felt like I was serving the Lord.

    Moving to my current situation, after moving out of state to take time to heal I began praying and earnestly seeking God's guidance for a Christian husband, someone from my past entered my life again I'd had feelings for him in the past and those feelings quickly resurfaced and I thought this was God answering my prayers. He is also a Christian and seems to be a caring man. I continued to pray about things however I know that I'd already made up in my mind and heart that he was the man God had sent me. We live in different cities and after sometime of communicating with him I began to put my feelings for him before my love for God.. looking back I can admit that. Moving forward things didn't work out for us ( he wanted intimacy too soon I felt and things took a wrong turn and I wasn't able to save the relationship) and I tried…even relocating because I was so sure he was my husband. Through all of this I believe God gave me a message to Surrender… I honestly didn't know what that meant and I started researching what it means to Surrender to God. I am so accustom to controlling my life…in surrendering now I am just confused some days on what God's plan is for my life verses my dreams. I continue to pray daily however some days I am sad and feel lost…the close relationship I once had with God feels distant . He did show me why I'd never fully surrendered my life to him, he showed me my past and my childhood and how I'd pretty much raised myself and that's why I trusted myself over him. I am working on surrendering while still trying to believe God is a God of the impossible. Working to strengthen my faith again…
    Thanks for taking time to read.

  11. I have learned so much this morning. I needed to read The 7 Thoughts on Hearing God and all the other topics I read today. This was sent to my email and I am so grateful that I took the time to read it in its entirety. What a blessing I received. Than you for sharing this was has truly been inspirational. To God be the Glory!!!!

  12. Hi, I wanted to reply to you and tell you, that I went through a bad child hood, with abuse, that lead me to make a lot of bad choices, and kept me feeling angry, bitter, and mad. But God showed me, after several years, that he was there with me during all those bad times as a kid, that he cried with me, that he hurt when I was hurt. And I know it sounds unbelievable, but his love healed me, and when I really listen to him, and follow what he says, I am calm, filled with peace and happy. He loves you with a love that you can never fathom. Stay strong and God bless

  13. I’m not commenting to disrespect God, the Arthur of this post, or anyone. The truth is that I’m a believer in God. I’m even currently the youth director of my church. My problem is that every, and I mean every time that I’ve claimed to hear from God, it’s come back to bite me HARD.

    I almost lost my wife and kids in a time in my life where I thought I was doing or being lead to do God’s will. I was made a complete fool and embarrassed another. And again now. I’ve been prophesied to by 2great men/Bishops (one a prophet) who we’re both guest speakers from out of state two different occasions who almost gave identical prophesies to me during service and both with deadlines of when it was going to happen. At the time I rejoiced because it was confirmation to both me and my wife of what God had already showed us in visions. Well over a year later past their given deadline, nothing has changed. Matter fact our situation has even gotten worse, direly worse.

    I’ve lost the respect of my wife because how can she trust that what I’m so called hearing from God is true when EVERY time I thought I was, it’s lead us to failure? So our marriage is on the brinks, and I don’t blame her one bit. I don’t even trust myself. God could sit next to me in plain sight right now while I’m typing this and talk to me, but I’ve been played so many times that I wouldn’t believe it.

    I don’t understand. God knows my heart and how much I desire to do true kingdom work, but yet I keep falling like this and it not only cost me but my wife, and my children who are totally innocent in this and totally dependent on me.

    So I read this to find help. Find what am I doing wrong. And unfortunately( and I don’t mean this maliciously) I just found what I’ve read so many times before. I’m not a new Christian so it’s not like I just don’t know anything. I’ve totally submitted to him, I make time to just hear from him, I make it my goal to continue to go to a higher level in my relationship with him, and so on and so on.

    But yet and still, the same results. It has me questioning God. It has me wondering “is this the kind of God that I serve?”. And so much more but yet here I am with all these different emotions, and I’m the appointed Youth Pastor that has to lead them in the direction that I’m not even sure of anymore.

    He said he’d never leave me nor forsake me, but my life has shown otherwise. The bible says “though he slay me, yet will I trust him.”. I know God is real because I’ve had experiences in my life when I was younger that say so. But,… I don’t even know what else to say. Please, someone out there just sincerely pray for me and my family.

    • Surely I will pray for you brother. I don’t know the words that you need to hear right now but please know that I will pray for you and your family.
      And please remember always GOD LOVES YOU

    • Be encouraged my brother. Remember, it’s about God’s timing and His will. Things come about to test our faith. God, wants to know are you still going to trust me when you can’t trace me. Usually during our difficult times He’s preparing and strengthen us. God is not a man that He should lie or His word return void. Also, remember in Habakkah when the Lord said “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it will surely speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it…” The blessings is in the pressing. It’s not about you, but our Father. I’m praying for you. God knows and loves you.

    • Often times the enemy will have us feel as if we are the only ones who are facing hard tests and trials. I know Oh too well how you must feel. Just last night I had to say Lord why am I going through so much when I try so hard to live right. Nonetheless, in 1 Peter 5:10 it says…But the God of all Grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

      After I read this scripture and dissected and studied each word this really helped me quite a bit.

      Tho he slay me, yet will I trust in him. May the Lord keep you in perfect peace as your mind is stayed on him. Don’t waiver, stand strong like the tree planted by the water

  14. Hi! I’m so glad I found this. Here’s my situation. I grew up in a violent home. My mother loved me but was an alcoholic and my father(stepfather) hated me. Or at least that’s how it felt. I spent so much time in fear and solitude. So as an adult I can’t function correctly. There’s this part of me that wants to cling to God, and wants to feel Gods love and this aching for his love and approval. Then there’s this other part of me that wants to fit in with the world. To have a nice home (my home is barely livable right now), and to follow my dreams, travel, explore. And then I have this really wild side.. Like I want to do crazy things, like party and model and drink or just be crazy. The sad truth is that I’m not doing anything. I hide in my home. I’m miserable, depressed, and I’m getting older and older. My mind is like a 16 year olds and I’m almost 40. When I have turned to God I feel isolated and lonely. I know this is a little or a lot off topic I just am stuck. No joy, no improvement, no goals, no motivation,no hope! Im a pretty crappie mom. I lack discipline, organization and any form of authority and structure. All that I lack also makes me s pretty bad wife also . I just can’t get myself together . All I know is that I’m miserable. The world doesn’t seem to want me and I think God is so distant. I try to go to church hoping maybe I’ll be invited to things or people will talk to me. But I feel like they don’t understand my lack of spiritual growth. Honestly I don’t understand it either. People say like they feel different when they come to know God. Peace and Hope and Joy. All I ever feel is shame and fear. And what I don’t understand us God says he loved us even as sinners.. I don’t feel his love. Is it me, am I that unloveable?

    • Our stories are extraordinarily similar. I’m 33 and from a broken home. Ive gotten over it to a point where I can function with a career but emotionally feel 17. Sometimes I get stuck wondering whether or not there was a divine purpose in regards to what we’ve went through. Could it be God speaking or just random horrible, entropic chaotic acts without focus or purpose. Email me if you want to talk.

      • Our stories are extraordinarily similar. I’m 33 and from a broken home. Ive gotten over it to a point where I can function with a career but emotionally feel 17. Sometimes I get stuck wondering whether or not there was a divine purpose in regards to what we’ve went through. Could it be God speaking or just random horrible, entropic chaotic acts without focus or purpose. Email me if you want to talk. Honky587@gmail.com

      • Hi, I read your comment, and wanted to say, I to came from a bad background, and abusive child hood. After many years of bad chouces, anger, and blame, I’ve come to realize, when I was a little child, and scared, hurt, and crying, God was there with me. He showed me that he cried with me, he was there, and hurt that I was hurt. I hope and pray God shows you, and others like us, that he was there with you during the bad times, and loves you with a love that you can not even fathom. Stay strong, and God bless.

    • Well I do believe that u are a man of God and what ur experienced is a time out from God he does this to us to test our maturity to stand on ur own two feet and so far u have done exceptionally well , you need to focus on how u can bring people into gods light ur wife loves u . But u are not god she needs to put more trust in god and not u , since our love ones look to us for inspiration and guidance we need to look to god for that same comfort but not always will he be the life jacket we so desire we need to learn how to swim on our own . God is saying to u that he loves you enough to make wise decisions with out him showing u a sign u are no longer a baby eagle u can now fly on our own and keep shining the past failures are just stepping stones to ur success do not give up but press on ur miracle is moments away one love my brother . Cindy Paul.

    • I saw your post. I too suffered with depression. I have been healed of it but it took 3 years. I want to tell you that when you’re depressed, you can’t think clearly, you hate yourself so u think that nobody could possibly love you. Depression makes everything you do harder and worse. Try to remember that is the depression and not you. Focus on God no matter how much it hurts. No matter how much you feel like he doesn’t hear you. Keep your focus on him and think positive. Those things helped me.

    • Hello me says, I was touch by your realness and complete honesty to were you are in life and how you are feeling. The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness and all things will be added unto you. Study your Bible pray before you read and ask God’s guidance in what He wants you to study, pray for understand of what you are reading. Keep a notebook write down questions you may have. With technology being the way it is you can get answers to any questions and scripture to back it up. Write the answer and scripture in your notebook. You can even write out your prayer to God this will help you to commune with Him daily. Just take life one day at a time but it’s better when you are walking with Jesus. God knows what you are going through but Hd wants us to talk to Him. Let God know you are lacking understand of Him, wisdom, joy, love, and peace. Pray that God will send true believing Christians to come into your life to help you. When we are seeking God He will honor our request. You seem to have the heart to really want to serve God. I will keep you lifted up in my prayers that God will show you the plans He has for your life which will give you all you are seeking. Allow your life to line up with God’s word and plans for your life as the reading material shared. Stay focus on God.

  15. I have a dilemma. I have been helping a friend with her son. My friend is mentally ill and doesn't speak English well. Her son has failed 7 terms in high school with no one doing anything about it. When her son told me he was failing I stepped in and started to help him. I did this as a gift. In the meantime I've been my friends caregiver due to her mental illness. I have been spending more and more time helping her son without getting paid. She told me to put down her hours when helping him so I can get paid. I called her case worker and she said that I can only get paid for helipng my friend and not her son for payment. I feel like God is telling me not to put down her hours for helping her son. I know God says to follow and obey our government. I know I already know the answer to this. What do you think?

      • It seems as though you know the answer. I hope you are helping him still. Be glad God is using you. You are not only helping this boy but perhaps others will see how your doing it out of kindness and love.. And that light your shining might be the spark to someone you might not even meet to turn to God.

    • Helping her son is ministry. God will reward you for having the heart to want to help. God’s reward is better than what this world offer. Stay in prayer about what plans God have for you helping out this family.
      I will be praying for you.

  16. I don’t understand that in times where I need him to speak to me and guide me I just get myself trying to tell me otherwise. Let’s do an example, so if you know where something is and you just are to frustrated to find it yourself you ask God for help and you think he answers but your not sure if it was your inner self telling you what to do instead of God. So it’s like your brain is telling you what to do. Telling you where to go.

  17. I also understand there is a waiting time AND sometimes God is waiting on us too. I know read believe and speak the word understanding that adverse circumstances do not necessarily mean God is not answering. He needs time to change my heart, circumstsnces and others hearts
    I just dont want to be in presumption all these years. God is everything to me, Savior, Lord, my healer, all sufficient one etc. Scriptures given to me in my journey is jer 29:11-14, Joel 2:25, mark 10:8,9, isaiah 55:6-11, isaiah 54:4-10 and so many more.

  18. Hello. I am born again since 1980. I have repented years ago for divorcing my christian husband. He lives in a different state now for over 25 yrs, remarried an unsaved woman and now separated for 3 yrs from her (may be divorced by now idk). For years and years i have believed and had scriptures regarding restoration of my marriage. To explain generally how it feels…”its like the love we have for our children, its just there and never goes away. Like a gold chord connecting and running from god (heaven) thru me, thru my husband, thru my children. Is that God or just presumption, vain imagination or wishful thinking? I dont make myself think of it, its just always “there”. Pls respond
    Its been 27 yrs.
    ove h

  19. This article has help me just from reading it and especially being backed with God’s scripture. Looking forward for more.

    Sincerely

    Thank You

  20. I feel god has abandoned me,The doctor gave me a sleeping pill for 4 yrs and I started having strange symptoms like my left side going numb stuck and leg turning in went to ER and the ask why I was taking this medication and they found out it was for sleep im disabled from this now and My husband left me ,lost my job,lost my home my car and I don’t understand why he has abandoned me.

    • I can't answer while all this has happened to you but I can promise you God has not abandoned you. I certainly understand how you could feel that way but emotions are not necessarily reality. I suggest you read Psalm 22 which is also a foreshadowing of Christ on the cross. Jesus was abandoned on the cross so we would never be abandoned. We live in a very messed up fallen world. We cry out to God knowing this world is not our home. Someday God will right every wrong. Praying for you.
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

    • Hi everyone who reads this.
      By reading all the comments here, I think God has sopoken.
      Shawn, I think that god speaks to us, but we just don’t want yo do what He tells us.
      I see many exposing their problems -even I though I could finally get an answer.
      But now I think I have to tell you this:
      I don’t know simce when you know God, but if you couldnt sleep its because a though in your mind, you musted have trusted god, leave your anxiety before god as Peter says with no pill.
      And there is the responsability that every each have on make the right decisions, remembering our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and we must take care of it. Those pills can not be taken for so long withuot damage in your body. That could make your issue even worst. May be you should see another doctor.
      Well, what I mean is that God can speak yo us, but if we don’t obey, why do we wanna know anyway?
      We must give steps forward, one at a time, wisely (according yo the word of God). He will keep speaking to us as we obey.

      If I’m wrong please let me know, Pastor Ron.

      The lord of ununderstandable peace is with all my brothers and sisters in
      Jesuschrist over all the world. Amen

    • God has not abandoned you. Sometimes we go through circumstances to see how strong we are and if we will continue to lean and depend on God. Continue to reach out to Him. God has a blessing coming your way, hold on continue to believe God’s word He said He will never leave us nor forsake us. God is still with you. This is your silent period as the article explain but we must stand still and listen for God’s direction and guidance. I will keep you lifted up in prayer.

  21. Hi my name it Krystal, I am 24 and a firm believer in my lord.

    Last night I could not sleep, I was being pulled to my tv to watch “the bible” series . I know it’s because I can’t comprehend my bible when I read it. So I was watching it until 230 this morning, when I finally could not stay awake any longer. But then when I went to bed, I could not sleep. I kept waking up.

    Then this morning as I was working, one word, ‘ Mordecai ‘ came to my mind. And I know it’s God talking to me, but I can’t figure out what he is trying to tell me. I looked it up, and the meaning is The name Mordecai is a Hebrew baby name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Mordecai is: Warrior. Follower/worshipper of Marduk (Babylonian deity).

    But i still do not understand what this has to do with me. Maybe I am rushing it, and I need to slow down, and wait for it to be reviled to me, or maybe I’m not understanding something my lord wants me to get.

    Are there any other meanings of the name? Is Mordecai mentioned anywhere else in the bible other than the book of Esther??

    • Hi April,

      God will meet you where you are at. I, also, often know God is speaking to me through something but at that time it isn’t clear and is just a puzzle piece. God gives many puzzle pieces and just at the perfect time He, all of a sudden, puts all the pieces together to make a beautiful picture. It will amaze you, you wait and see!

  22. Am in a so difficult situation and i try to here the voice of God, and my challenges become strong day to day n am so confused ' cuz am a son God n Abra mic seed so n i always ask my self is there any thing i missed? till no voice n i become….

    • Jousha, unfortunately challenges are apart of life and if we face them with a clear mind we will learn from them. You may not hear from God during these hard times Jousha but he is with you and sees your struggles. God allows us to learn lessons the hard way because he loves us and knows that this is the only way we really learn. Continue to talk to God about your struggles and don’t lose your faith in him.
      It took55 years, many of them filled with tremendous suffering, admitting that my way was not always the best way before God literally spoke to me. When God spoke to me it was undeniable. God speaks to people differently, some feel him in their heart, some hear his voice while most people realize that God speaks to them through circumstances and through people in there lives. Sometimes God even uses strangers to relay his message:) God loves you Jousha so stay strong …. God Bless You

  23. Hi I have been saved for years now but I’m struggling to hear the voice of God.I pray and fast often BT nothing is happening.I need help.Thanks

  24. Hi! My name is Joseph. Im almost 37. Within the last few months of my life things have drastically changed. I got online to see if I could figure out if many other people are currently changing their lives because they feel they’re trying to be contacted by God. For the last 20 or so years I had lived a very selfish, drug fueled existence. In the last 5 years I met a woman and had a baby boy. In the last few months I’ve changed my ways almost completely. In a deep depression (from a drug comedown), I slammed my head into the wall a few times because I wanted to hurt myself. I truly, in my heart, believe this was my cry out for help. To God. 1 week after that happened in started reading the bible and praying daily. I also started attending church which I hadn’t done since I was in my young teen years. I also switched jobs, which inadvertently put a pastor and a few other church goers in my company every weekday. I talk to them regularly about God. I also believe God has sent me several subtle signs that he is there. I now have no doubt that he hears our prayers and answers them. He proved this to me when one of our cars died a week ago. My family counts on 2 cars and we had no idea what we were going to do. I started praying for help finding a car that was good for us and that we could afford. And that it happen soon. 2 days after finding the car we liked, it was in our possesion. We had only been looking for 3 days total before we had a new car. Insurance is cheaper on the new car. And the car payment is under what we set as a cap for our finances. The day after we got our car something crazy happened. A tow truck was turning a corner in front of our house and the car that was on it rolled off. The really crazy part, it missed my car that was parked out front by about 15 feet. If that car would have rolled off 10 seconds later, it would’ve landed directly on top of my car. Not our new car, but my older one. These 2 things showed me all I need to know. These weren’t the only signs I had received. They were the most significant though. I am becoming convinced that God got me to change my ways now. Before it’s too late. Just thought I’d share. That was really long, lol. Sorry about that. God bless 🙂

  25. I’m having a hard time.Have been jobless for awhile and have been deeply discouraged and so so sad. I’ve cried many times,I used to be in the Navy got to travel the world and see many things and had a good job,circumstances changed and I got out initially I was doing well had two jobs was going to ITT and life seemed fine.I fell into the trap of worldly desires and last alcohol and drugs.ive since stopped the fornication the drugs and alcohol and pray daily read scriptures and hope that God shows me a way out or way to pull myself out of this mire I’m in. The world is getting worse and it’s never been harder than now to make it in America but at the age of 27 I pray and believes the best is to come I just feel so lost bills like many have,debts like many have and I know one day I will be able to pay everything I owe I’m just so scared and I know my fear is doubt in God’s abilities I need help lord I need help I see the errors of my youth and couldn’t imagine doing the things I used to do just so confused unsure and scared of what to do or how to do in a way that honors gods word.God bless the world.

    • You are in the palm of God’s hand and every word you say to Him is heard, so hang on in there and don’t despair! Through these difficulties you have grown closer to Him. Nothing is beyond the capabilities of the All-powerful Father who created and maintains the Universe in motion and every heartbeat of mankind — power beyond what even the best of our human intelligence can imagine! Trust Him. Life has peaks and troughs. You will be happy again and you will appreciate it all the more because you have experienced the opposite. God bless.

  26. I am offered early childhood education course but I'm still not quite sure if I should accept it or apply for other courses.I have prayed about it and is waiting to hear God's voice but I can't really hear so I dont know how I will know if its the course he wants me to take.Please pray for me thanks:)

  27. Hello My Name is Tracy….. I Am 42 Years Old And I am Having A Hard time dealing with life…….I was introduced to a new job through a good friend of mine…but I have been getting the run around with the head person that's in charge of the department that I should be working in… I am confused…. I don't know if god is saying no… because it seems that way….. I am not the type to give up easy, but I can't see clear……I am just having some many issues at once,even in my relationship….. everything is out of order…….I need help

    • I wouldn’t worry whether or not God is on your side. He’s put His trusty in you so don’t give up on trusting His plans for you. As for your job, tell whoever’s giving you the runaround with confidence directly what you’d expect from them. Become a valued employee showing you’ve earned the job they gave you. Never let an employer intimate you. That’s how they’ll take advantage of you. God is always with you ever when you can’t feel, hear or see his work. Hope both improve for you. Never lose faith and God bless you and yours.

  28. Hello,

    I have a question what if you married in the world u were both unbelievers or really didn’t follow christ God’s way for our life, but then you get saved jesus does say long suffering patience truth and love, but he also says do not be unequally yoked, I been listening to the voice of God or at least trying to and having the holy spirit guide me into all truth it’s been two years I have been trying to make things work in my marriage but as I read you blog, it’s like God’s brings these situations to me that are unhealthy in the relationship so what if it’s not God’s plan for me to continue to be in the marriage and when I talk to people from church they say we’ll God wouldn’t say get a divorce, I know God didn’t intend for it to be how it is I know man created divorce it wasn’t like that in the begining but we have it for maybe situations once we see we want to live a clean life holy for God and God’s word say touch no unclean thing, God way of marriage the man being the leader following christ and loving the wife like christ love the church and the wife being submissive to that, but that’s not going on so if it’s not of God its of the evil one, we don’t fight against flesh and blood but principalities and powers in high places so what so how do I know for sure that the holy spirit isn’t trying to tell me to get a divorce because God is with me and has a plan it’s just like people say as if the holy spirit wouldn’t tell me to do that and I sure know it’s not my idea because it’s uncomfortable so I know it has to be what God wants who am I to say no I’m going to stay in this marriage and I’m going to continue going through what I’m going through and it’s not peace and jesus gives peace do u have any advise on this thank you God bless

    • You can't confuse two Biblical truths. He said don't be unequally yoked – but that was advice before marriage. Then we have lots of advice for being married to an unbeliever. Read 1 Corinthians 7. And, Jesus' teaching on divorce. Your best plan is to pray for your spouse daily. God wants to save them too. Praying for you.
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

  29. After reading i still feel confused! I am a 16 year old and I love God with everything but I want to be on fire for God! I want to choose his path! However, I don't know what that is for me! I have had many struggles and am still struggling but I can't understand it!
    Thanks.

    • Torrey, I love your heart so much. I think you've found God's path – to love Him and long to know Him more. For you to be at this place as a 16 year old is amazing. I'm 52 and sometimes have to wonder God's plan. You will seldom have all the answers – if you did – you'd quit having to run daily to your Father, God – which is ultimately what He wants from you. Keep asking, keep trusting, keep seeking. You are indeed doing the Father's will and as you do, He will guide you as He desires – and you'll know it. But, don't expect Him to show you very far down the road. It's a daily trust He's seeking.
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

  30. God is a myth I have tried in vein for years to belive in a higher power to have all my prays ignored and if he is real he is a cunt. he ignores me and turns my life to shit so fuck God and his whole bulshit book that makes no sense. I hope other people have a better experience with him but I gave give up

    • I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, and I’m always willing to understand the Lord’s and hear what His will is to be done through me but right now I’ve came across people that i feel that they may have no hope. If we are God’s people is it possible that devil may have his own and those people DON’T even know it? They search for love and hope but they seem to override it by the “poor me spirit” my friend calls it. Which i agree with her that it is demonic. we all have hurts habits and hangup. The Lord has blessed me with my addiction to drugs and alcohol. Why is that blessing seem impossible for some it’s like they won’t accept the Lord’s love and Grace. Are they truly seeking the Lord. Will others that hate God always be on the Devils side like puppets always seeking love and hope but never actually finding it? Is it possible that some are just not chosen to be Gods children?

      • Why would u give up, the things bad in your life will work out for your good but that’s what satan wants for u to give up because he knows jesus God has a great plan for your life and real peace and love if u open your heart God bless you and God didn’t say it would be easy nothing is easy we work hard for things in this life, that will perish so why do we give up on God even though u may give up he doesn’t give up on you and he will still be there with open arms when u are ready to trust him he gives us that choice he doesn’t force us to love and follow him it’s not for his benefit it’s for our benefit that we recognize how much we need God we are nothing without him

    • Don’t give up, God may be building you up for something bigger. Everything has an opposite. Ex: If you never knew hate, how could you know love.

      • I’m pretty sure people can be taught hate without realizing they’re negatively. Hate can be let go as soon as you’re hip to it. Like ripping off a bandaid. I’m sure we all know and feel love. Blinded by hatred makes us forget how to love and be loved. So, I agree if you haven’t experienced hate you probably don’t realize the precious gift that is love.

    • Why don’t you start reading about the positive deeds God does in the better times of your life. It’s easier to see His power when happy and easier still to seek His advice during times of parallel. Don’t give up because tribes are tough. Good is here and had always been. Start with the poem entitled”Foot prints.” I’ve always found out helpful and comforting. Hope you’re able to see things in a better light. Never give up!

    • So God is a woman whom you’re not happy with. Harsh words on a biblical site. Think about why you came here or what you hoped to find. Maybe God and the Lord Jesus Christ is what you need. Believing is Faith in God and that’s Love. A higher power we can hand our troubles to especially in the worst of times will bring you comfort and understanding. He or She I guess enables us to open hearts finding love dissolving anger. Let your higher power do the heavy lifting for awhile. Spiritual living is freedom to experience happiness.

  31. Nice try. I've tried for years to live for him, but He just doesn't listen to my prayers. The bar has been set too high for me. After not supplying my needs and desires for years, and then throwing me to the demons, I'm done. I hope everyone has better luck than I did.

    • Dear Mark, I felt( in the past) the way you do now. Our Father has never been about “luck”, nor does he operate through us in that. Our Father is way above such things. What you are experiencing is our Father calling on you to not only change your mind about how you see him in your life,but to let him in so that he can change your life. You see, when Jesus asked the man” Will thou be made whole?”, he is saying that you have to be willing( whole heartedly) to seek him,and to live him. Live within the plan that he has for each of us. Those plans include things that seem great to us and not so great. To allow us to learn to praise and worship him through all of it and grow strong in spirit because of all of it. Every circumstance molds us, so that we can live above the petty circumstances of this world. And help someone else along the way as we Minster to them about the experiences we’ve had. To help them,like Jesus helped us and many others. You are going to have to be willing to get up and touch the hem of his garment. Only then will he know that you truly care to know him and seek him out. You can overcome All things through Christ Jesus. Pray everyday Mark. Let your request be known and then act on those prayers through Faith. Get up, shake yourself off. Trust in the Lord again. May Father bless you richly. He will : )

      • Michelle thank you so much for taking your time to speak to Mark even as I was reading your post it makes me trust God more I’ve only been saved for an year and this is one race that I plan on staying in the devil wants people like Mark and myself to have that doubt and give up The devil comes to steal kill and destroy that is his job So please continue to reach out to us Not just Mark but a lot of people thank you so much Linda

    • Did you ask God for forgiveness or pray with a true heart. I’d think about what we do as individuals when we don’t get what we want. A relationship with God is the same as any other. Easy to blame the other but we have to put in the work He needs to see results. Maybe you should pray louder and don’t stop. Giving up on communication amongst other things kills relationships. I often ask myself where I went wrong and it feels better taking responsibility instead of blaming. Knowing ones mistakes means they’re fixable and won’t happen again. Good loves you. I seriously recommend connecting to your higher power.

  32. Hey there ,I’m from Germany . I grow up in a good family, all are believer’s ,saved by Jesus. I’m so hungry and tired being blocked by noises. I’m known by millions of people over her . I’ve slept with a woman that told me later she has HIV . never had a nerv racking like that . I still have to go and get my self tested ,soon. Everyone knows because she told someone else that is involved in my social network. I think it’s really private . I hope I’ll have a family one day ,u know. To all that sleep around. U’ll know by than what it means to wait for the right one . How do I stay strong ,in faith even though it could be … Or not be…. . God ,father give me wisdom ,refresh my thoughts. I’m bothered , need to be free !

    Thanks to ronedmondson.com for sharing … If some has a prayer or a scripture for my hard ,mind, soul . I’ll be glad to take it .

  33. Hi, I’m eleven and I’m confused. I love God and pray to him but I don’t seem to get an answer out of him,why? When he talks to you does it actually mean you literally hear his voice?

    • No dear, you will not hear an actual ” God ” voice, but rest assured, your prayers are most definitely heard and welcomed by Him. He speaks to you through good people in your life — people who help and guide you — perhaps even occasional people like me now! (I am a semi-retired lady teacher, so don’t be anxious –) God gets his message through in good things that we hear and read and different circumstances that come into our lives. Another thing– He answers always in your very best interests. If He knows something would not be a good plan for you at this moment. He may appear to be answering ” No ” to something you are craving for. Be patient and you will see how His plan for you unfolds. You are amazing! Keep praying.

  34. Hi, im a backsliding christian for a while now,every time i go to sin i hear a voice in my head saying dont do it , come back to me.i think its god calling me back to him , what do you think?

    • As a Christian you know what and can clearly feel what sin is. Although you’ve slipped to and from trusting God there’s evidence to the contrary. He is in your heart and He’s always been. Trust your judgement. Obliviously you know the path to follow.

  35. Been having really bad anxiety for a while like I was gonna die soon. It became something I worried about a lot Im not a real religious person although I do believe in God and have some knowledge on the subject. Anyway I have ask God to help with my anxiety and worrying and the other day in Walmart eating in their subway I seen a guy I knew but haven’t seen In a while and really never knew he was so into church or God. We got to talking and he ask me to come out to his truck he wanted to show me something. I said ok and he ask if he could read the bible to me so I said yes. He read several scriptures about being saved and not fearing death and having eternal life and how we need to live our lives better bc we never know when that moment will be. He also said he used to worry that something was gonna happen to him years ago until he turned it over to God. I felt like this was a sign bc I never said anything about my problem. I’m wondering now is this a sign that I need to stop fearing and live my life which I think and hope or was it saying you need to get your life straight bc something bad is about to happen. It has releived and also scared me. He said he reads this to a lot of people from time to time bc he feels like he needs to spread the word.

  36. Hi, ive been back sliding for a while now, but every day i hear a voice saying come back what your doing is wrong,

    Would that voice like thing be god calling me back ?

    • I agree God works in mysterious ways. If you got the message to change your life then I’d take the advice. As far as worrying about future events of doom and gloom it’s wasting your mental power to do what He has planned. Only God knows what’s happened and what’s to come. Stay strong and explore your Faith.

  37. Hello. I've have been wishing to speak to god but in the past I regrettably said some bad things about him. It was before I became a true Christian. Does this mean I'm not saved? Can I still speak to him.

    • Well I have some good news. God wants to talk to you also. The Bible is very clear that nothing in us promotes God's activity in our life. It's all grace. God sent Jesus to the cross for all the things you've done wrong. He paid your price. He gives you access to God by faith in Him.  Read Epesians 2:1-10 Then start talking. God is listening and waiting. Start with telling Him how wonderful He is, then tell Him what you've done wrong. Ask forgiveness. Then keep talking. You'll have His full attention 
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

    • God is always listening to His children. If you’re feeling guilty about unkind remarks than tell your friend directly how much you regret slandering them. You should still turn to God even if you’re unable to make amends with them. God is love and His forgiveness saves our troubled hearts.

  38. My grandfather who is 81 recently had open heart surgery on Sep.8.15. He is a diabetic, also he has dementia so recovery has not been easy. Our family, is not the best. Lots of greed and selfishness. My grandfathers wife has battled cancer for the last 7 years. Me myself I lived 70 miles away from them. When I saw him at the hospital I was overwhelmed to be with him. This great great feeling not to leave his side. He got out of the hospital oct.12.15. Something kept pulling me to him and out of no where I had this feeling this thought that wouldn’t go away. It was to quit my job and move in with them and my three kids and take care of both of them. So I left my apartment put all our stuff in storage, changed my 3 kids school and now I am my grandpaws nurse and his complete care giver. He would not be here right now after getting out of the hospital if it wasn’t for me. So I’m asking and trying to understand, was that thought, that feeling I had deep down in my gut, was that God talking to me. Was that god directing my path and leading me? I want to know and believe it was. Help me understand this please

    • I don't know if I can answer whether or not God is speaking to you. I am certainly not a prophet. I would say, however, it seems like you're being used of God and it seems like something God would do. I wonder if he you should not try so hard to figure out the exact plan God has and simply trust him day by day. He is not the author of confusion. But sometimes he wants us to trust him in what we know to do today and he will give us father instructions when we are ready.  
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

      • Thank you for getting back to me. As a response to what you said I do feel as if God uses me to do good things. This isn’t the first time. 2years ago I took time off from work, due to an apartment fire a block away from my house. 4 families were displaced. I single handly ran a donation drive for all 4 famlies. Not for money but for clothes furniture, toiletries, tv’s, kitchen stuff. I stored everything for the famlies until they got another roof over their head, which took a while to do. I did all that because this deep feeling to do something. I was on the local radio, in the news paper and everything. People was dropping stuff off under my car port, for months. I helped 4 famlies complete strangers. All because I felt like I had to. I was told by this thought in my head step by step what I had to do to help them and everything. I know then that was God leading me to them and telling me what I needed to do. For this time with my grandparents I feel and know that was God speaking to me and guiding m to be with my grandparents. My papaws been out a couple weeks now and his dementia has gotten ten times worse since his surgery. My . Grandmother who is 80 has been so sick from chemo she can’t get out of bed half the time. His doctor has told me if it wasn’t for me my grandfather would have died with in days of getting home just from his diabetes alone and not being able to walk on his own. My job is to keep him alive until God decides it is time for him to come home.

  39. I had a dream that was out of body. I was up in the air with someone(im assuming) bc they responded to me when i asked a wuestion about what i was seeing my husband and i dining in the dream. It was completely dark and my husband and i were sitting down on something, maybe a couch. I dnt know what we were looking at or who we were listening to bc it was complete darkness in front of us. I DID hear us say, “woooooooow” together or at the same time. My husband appeared sadly “wowing” and i was shockingly ,wowing”. So i asked(me who was up in the air), “what are we saying “wow to” and LOUDLY AND CLEARLY IN MY LEFT EAR. I heard, “Rodrica’s having a miscarriage”. Then i woke up from my dream. I have researched for quite some time now and only two ppl heard of my dream but dont believe. Rodrica is my husbands mistress and now babymomma. I had bn praying on this situation since i was aware of the affair my husband was having and from a few months after finding out about the affair, she becomes pregnant. I habe spoken with her and my husband enough to feel i knew what to pray for and a miscarriage would actually be best for everyone involved. Im not sure if it was my own mind or whatever playing games with me or not. I found scripture in the book of Hosea and seen where miscarrying wombs cn be allowed or permitted to take place ny God Himself. Then theres another one from David and Bathsheba. Im okay with the baby being born if my husband and she cn be trusted to know that we are working on our marriage and thw adultery needs to no longer happen. Even still my husband wants to move out of the state away from her(since he has repented)for healing and to run from the fact that the other woman may try to keep him from his child, but he understands that this would be a consequence he would have to accept due to his adultery and then getting the woman pregnant. This miscarriage would help all parties bc the other woman wanted no more kids and esp one by a married man with no job or any type of income. We didnt need another one bc of our finances and we had just gave birth to one(whom was told to my husband that we were going to have) right when the other woman became pregnant. So i cn even see how this would help the other woman in her faith with the Lord bc she let my husbands lies and her lust for him get her life out of whack even with losing her job and still being homeless. She has left the city to live with her mom who has custody of her two oldest children since their birth and my husband came back home a month before she moved. My husband lately and this other woman have been wishing thia never happened and my husband is looking for a sign to help him know if coming home was the right thing to do bc we have had a rough 11 year marriage and he feels guilty for the lies and entrapment he caused the other woman. Even tho she found out that he was married and pursued him even the more and she got a voice from the Lord that told her if she kept messing with my husband she would get pregnant and she ignored it. Mind you this other woman was not saved when she met my husband. He helped her to get saved and then allowed the devil to enter him to lead her to destruction. All parties are where they need to be but i am curious about this dream bc it would help all as well as all would really want that now and im just wondering would God speak such to me in a dream like that or was that my conscious speaking. After i heard the words,”Rodrica’s having a miscarriage”, i instantly woke up and bn praying about it simce as to what it meant. Ive bn getting or receiving things that line up with it being God who spoke to me but im just wondering again bc the other woman is 9 months plus pregnant already. And i hope that i didnt speak falsely to my husband and his mother about God speaking to me in a dream. Which they dnt belive came from God anyways but again, would God speak something as such? Thank you very much and i wait on ur answer.

    • Dementia is a tough thing for families to whiteness and experience together. If he’s hospitalized needing full time care and everyone wants him home God will lay the path before you. I’m sorry your grandfather is ill and feel the pain your family experiences. Trust in God and He’ll reveal a solution somehow. Don’t forget to pay attention to the signs for their subtly opportune missing the answers you seek.

    • I believe God speaks to us always if we’re listening we hear Him. I’m sure your dream makes sense but Im unable to follow it clearly. Besides I’m not God or can advise on His behalf. If your girlfriend is overdue them I’d expect a baby any second. Maybe dreaming of miscarriage is just your fear of becoming a father again. I believe the Lord guides us and you should take comfort in knowing it’ll work out. Just don’t give up on God or your new family. Congratulations.

  40. I have a question. I was at my mother’s grave planting flowers on mothers day when my car died at the grave site, in that moment I heard a very clear voice say ” this is the last day of your life” I knew it meant an emotional death, since that day my life changed so dramatically for the absolute worse, help me to understand that that voice was not of God and that voice has no control over my life. Thank you and God bless.

    • I do not know how to do that honestly. I think you have to continue to apply truth to your life on a daily basis until the “voice” disappears. I'm not sure there's a formula for that. You may want to sit with a strong Christian friend and talk it through with them. 
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

  41. My daughter escaped from home and travelled to the USA after a boy she loved and wanted to marry….I cant live with this …..she betrayed all our live and care….God communicatec with me telling me she will return…….help me with prayers…I am from egypt

  42. Why keep stressing on sin? Has not Jesus nailed them to a cross? We, instead, need to stress on thanking God and prayers/ meditation. The Buddhists came with gifts to Jesus’ birth to pay thanks, not to ask for forgiveness as they already had it. Thanks.

  43. Thank you for these powerful words of encouragement thank you.very much.could you write something to me on a day to day basis.i believe in the lord and very much know that sometimes im distracted with so much.i know my circumstances that god spoke in it because i was on drugs for a very long time and one day i couldnt get anymore drugs from the drug man .i cried on my knees and ask god to help me and the next day i went to jail.i did 18 months i prayed while i was in jail and i ask god if he give me another chance to be free i will live for him ..i got out. In 2000 and never looked back at that lifestyle again today i can honestly say im drug free i have 16 years clean from drugs and the horrors of the lifestyle that could cost me my life 3 times so god was telling me in those circumstances that i was on the wrong path and i needed to be on the path he has for me ..i am in church. And in chior ..food ministry but it feel like im not getting fed in bible study but pastor told me give it 6 months to see if bible study would be better,,i use to go to a pentecostal church and this is a methodist church very diffrent from my fist church ..i love the feeding program .they gave me the coordinator position feeding the homeless i love it and i feel that is where god want me .but the bible study ..thanks for listening

  44. God came to me at time knew was gonna die from shooting pains he said to me u taught me something about people thought all came sinners was gonna end earth but u just saved all on earth and figured new way to go bout fixing the people to get out time of spiritual dutys u also played god on earth people have hurt u done u wrong and thiefs came stealing and yet u still let em in ur home and u heal and brung up thier spirits in seconds to the top when they had low down feeling helped give were needed and u died from the hurt they all done so u done everything like me so i give u relive as u but gods spirit in u asked me to get baptised write book from time he came to me on all seen and showed and tell priest they are teaching wrong and all are brainwashed by the wrongs and most info to earth bout god is false. I give u the rest of live left of wealth happiness and good luck mediate pray and what u want just go towards it and it will be at hands. Spent my whole life being wronged by the people dhs and courts and police for no good prove reason never had proof of anything they pinned me for mostly and going threw it again took my kids on allegations no prove all lies cant be heard guilty to them even have proof god gave me they still wont hear me god says cant fight them without me just wait til my arrival to earth and all will know truth and the sins will be punished my spirit. Also delivered the devil to god to be tortured for two thousand hundred years than he is to be killed no more hell i will be reconized to all and in the books for what god reveals and im failing task set to do but not understanding em so not doing what need for things that have already been set also informed me we are on last task than god comes he gave me secret info and insight on new future and what society is being punished for doing on earth etc please need guidance to understand what i need go do in human life for him and get my kids back from the corupted evil ones on earth amen

      • How would the Bible be false. I don't understand. The Bible teaches that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The Bible would be false if you couldn't be forgiven by God. That's the whole reason Jesus came. 
        Twitter: Ronedmondson

        • No worry for me. I just don't want you to ever think the Bible claims you can't be forgiven. In fact, I think that's the whole purpose of the book – to convince you of God's love for you, His plan to offer you eternal forgiveness. In Jesus Christ.
          Twitter: Ronedmondson

  45. I have had a very trying year. I have prayed everyday to repair a broken relationship. To no avail. Sometimes, my faith gets week. However throughout the year I have a similar thought that I have not acted upon. Is this reoccurring thought God speaking to me? How do I know?

    • Does it honor God and His word? Does it help others? Does it make sense — in a big picture perspective — of what God has already done in your life? Is this what He's been preparing for you? Would you give Him all the glory? Not sure I can answer your question but maybe more questions will help I always say if you're gut is being built by Jesus you can trust your gut. 
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

        • That maybe my prayers aren't going unheard. My faith is weak. I have been told it is just my ego wanting to reconcile with this man. But if that is true, why is the love I hold for him still so strong? Why would the Lord put me through so much agony?

    • Stop praying for God to repair your relationship. Instead pray that God’s will be done. Pray that God will come guide you on the path he wants you to take.

        • I wish there was an easy answer. Jesus said my sheep know my voice. There is no quick solution. It's like building any relationship. It takes time and commitment. But God does want you to be hear. So, as you keep listening eventually He will speak. 
          Twitter: Ronedmondson

    • You can’t miss God’s voice. He’ll keep talking until you listen and obey. Sometimes, it seems He’s contradicting Himself. It’s OK. We’re not supposed to u.stand God’s ways, let alone judge Him. He’s forever our solid rock. Learn to pay thanks and obey.

  46. prase ,Jesus I am preaching on the door to door and street for 7 years but I feel in my heart burning to set up atent preaching in my city ,but even one of my learder stopped me . iwould like to know what is really Gods desire in this situation.

  47. I have to go to court on the 31 for trial should I take 6 yr if I Lois get 20 I am scarred of all that is going on with the world don’t want to leve my family I can’t help them

  48. What do you do when God tell you clearly what he wants but in involves another person who doesn't agree? This has left me in limbo and questioning if i have ever heard God in my life. My pastor agrees what I heard was right. Others have backed it up. Will God just go around it and find another way or do I have to live in uncertainty indefinitely?

  49. Dear Pastor,

    I am dealing with such a heavyheart.My husband,now x husband and I have been split apart since last Augist,We eere trying to patch things up he was staying in another part of the state with bia sisyer and her family. During that time

    we were trying to mend our relationship.He was trying to renuildy yrust in him again when I find out yhat he had been seeing this other girl and got her pregnant. The ,other of the child cannot ave any co.tat with this baby nor any of her other children and the baby actually was born premsture but since then they have given custody toy X. He does not have a.ywhete to raise the baby because his sister who he is presently with doesmt want to be botheted with a newborn and really the only o.e that has thete own place is me. I have a very syable life. Because of all the hurt and ,isyrust my husband has csused me I still feel that God needs me to be available to him and his son and to open ,y home to him and not leabe hi, ha.gi.g. I still jave some type of feelings for him but there is absoluyely no yr

    trust. Can you please pray for me my xhusbands name is Eddie,

    Tha.k ou,,

  50. I am so confused at this point. I need a break. I have been through so much from failed relationships, failed careers, or lack of financial supports to pursue my dreams, no support system what so ever. I kept praying as if I was just making noise in a forest where no one can hear me. I am 35 year- old woman who lives alone, unmarried, not in any relationship and no children. I am currently studying to better myself; as things were going great for a while but my loans are currently not going through. I feel like my prayers are getting weaker and weaker although I do every day. I seek His words for comfort but still feel empty inside. I don't know clearly what the devil is trying to do but I believe that he has been and is currently fighting me with everything that I am doing. Please help me pray because I need strength to carry on.

  51. In the bible, it is mentioned many times that He will be with you, but how do we not know that He was not just talking to Joshua, Peter, etc. We read the words as though they apply to ALL christians, but what even indicates that? It seems that He is just talking to those in the bible. If it is about all christians, then if we blow horns around the city of Jericho, walls should come down…bad example, but hoping you see where I’m struggling with that…The Lords supper, eat drink my body and blood…how do we know that was not just for the 12 that were there? etc,etc…

    • I struggle with this exact same thought! I am in a difficult season, and many well intentioned people have quoted bible “promises” to me that got them through hard times. I have asked the same question many times, how can I apply this to me when God was speaking directly to a different person? I’d like to, but when so much time of claiming these promises goes by without the realization of them you just start to wonder if you’ve just got to let go of hope in some areas instead.

      • Stop telling God what He’s supposed to do. We’re not supposed to know God’s ways. Most of all, stop judging God using Bible.

  52. Such a great post, and a needed one too! Thankful for this today!

    I'm 3 hours from you – one of these days, I'd love to talk with you about being a bi-vocational pastor in a small rural town, serving a church of 50 people. I'd buy the coffee! 🙂

    Thanks again for all you do to help our Leadership!

  53. Hi there,

    I’ve been going through something for the last 6 months that I’d like to share with you. I’m thinking perhaps The Lord has spoken to me through this situation, but I’m not too certain. This is a long story. The beginning is just some background info.

    I have a very special park that I used to like to go to that’s about 2 hours away from my hometown. I don’t go often because it’s far, but it’s certainly worth the trip. It’s a place I go to just to soak in the beautiful landscape and views and spend some time with myself. Sometimes I’d go and read the Word. Sometimes I’d go and listen to music and rent a bike. It’s a lovely and peaceful place. Last Spring I’d go there and say “one day I’d like to come here with someone special. We’ll sit and look at the water and eat ice cream”. I said a quick prayer about it and went on my way. I’d continue to go back with the same hope in my heart that one day, someone special will take me here…hopefully.

    Around that same time, I was in the process of transferring from one school to another. I said to a friend of mine, “if I go to “college A” I’ll probably end up marrying a Pastor. If I go to “College B”, I’ll probably end up marrying a doctor”. The second school isn’t really known for their medical program, it was just a random thing I said. At least, I thought it was random. This school is more so known for it’s Film and Business programs.

    In a conversation I had with another colleague I said, “you know, I just want to meet someone as soon as I start school. I hope I do. Maybe by the time school is over, we’ll get engaged or something”.

    This was throughout April and August.

    Earlier in the summer a friend from work suggested I try online dating. I scoffed at the idea, thinking it was corny and desperate to say the least. I tried it out and actually met one guy. We went out on one date but I knew it wasn’t going to go anywhere. I was disappointed but thought we could at least be friends. Apparently, that option wasn’t on the table. Around that time, a friend from church recommended I join a dating app she’d been using. Still a little skeptical, I figured what’s the use, I hadn’t been meeting guys otherwise. I’d been praying for years that I’d meet someone but nothing ever panned out and the doors would closed in ways that were quite clear. I’d just let God do His thing after a while.

    As I mentioned earlier, I was in the process of transferring to another school. I got into all the schools I applied to, and ended up choosing the aforementioned “College B”, a prestigious school in the city that offered me a scholarship.

    Late August hopped around and school was about to start. I got a message from a young man on the dating app that my friend suggested. I didn’t think he was all that attractive but after taking a good look at him, I sensed that he was a gentle and warm person. He asked if we could meet to chat. I figured, why not and agreed to meet.

    We met my second week of classes. We’re from the same state but different town. And guess what he’s studying to be? A doctor! In fact, he’s just months away from his degree. Our first date was nice, but at the end he asked if I’ve ever been to the park I mentioned earlier. My eyes lit up! I said I had, but I’ve never been there at night, I’m sure it’s beautiful, and to that he said, “how about I just take you there!”

    We went and had a good time. We even ate ice cream. Yet, after that he left to go back to school in another state. Ever since he’s been gone, I’ve been pretty sad. We’re not a couple, but I’ve been wrought with worry and paranoia.

    It seems like the worry, paranoia and doubt started as soon as he left. My thoughts raced throughout my mind. My friends understood at first but when they saw the toll it was taking on me they, and many others, told me to let him and the whole idea of him, go. I wasn’t open to doing that. My friends didn’t seem to understand how significant this situation was to me. My mother, a fellow believer, would tell me to pray about it but I was too steeped in worry, doubt and skepticism that prayer didn’t seem like much of an option either. All I could do was judge him and complain about him not texting me enough.

    One day, I had to deliver something to my professors. All of my professors had been fond by this time so I left the letters with their receptionists. One receptionist struck up a conversation with me. She shared that she’s a believer. During the conversation that was completely unrelated to my situation, and looked at me intently and said “you can judge people and what they give you. If you ask a millionaire for money and they only give you $20, don’t judge them for not giving you more. You never know what they need that other money for. You just be thankful and serve The Lord as He’ll have you to serve”. I knew that was a Word from The Lord but didn’t really expect it to be confirmed. The very next day I texted the guy to ask how his week has been, still holding a very judgmental attitude towards him in my heart. He took some hours to respond (which was typical considering the nature of his work) but finally did saying that his week had been busy and his relative passed away. He was at the funeral as he sent me that text. Guess God really wanted me to see that I shouldn’t be judging him so critically.

    Not too long after that, my mother suggested I place the situation in The Lord’s hands. I was reluctant but I did. All throughout that time many of my friends were telling me to let him go because he wasn’t reaching out to me and didn’t try to hang out with me over the holidays. I was sad and frustrated and all sorts of emotional and doubtful. I was worried about the all the time that had been passing by and I didn’t have a chance to see him. After praying about it for sometime, strange things started to happen.

    One night I woke up at 2 in the morning and heard quite clearly, “God controls the time”. I figured it was my sleep paralysis and went back to sleep. The following day, as I was writing in my journal about God’s character, trying to calm myself down from worrying about the time, I clearly heard something that stopped me in my tracks, “why are you worried about the time? Last he was here you spent 2 days with him. How much more will I bless you?”. I was shocked! But I didn’t hold on to that for much longer because I started to get consumed with worrying and fear and doubt again. That Saturday, I awoke at 2 in the morning again. Immediate as I awoke I heard, “Be still and know that I am God”. I said, “okay Holy Spirit”, and was led to write a looonngg poem about being still before The Lord. Afterward I fell asleep. When I woke up, I checked my email and found an email my cousin sent me. She rarely emails me. The email was a devotional from a famous Pastor’s website that spoke about being still before The Lord as He speaks to us. That day, I ended up having a horribly emotional day. I cried nonstop as I felt like I was under so much pressure of doubt and worry fearing that God wasn’t really talking to me, my mind was just playing tricks on me.

    I hadn’t been still, nor did I consider how in fact God was controlling the time, until I ended up in the hospital for a week. I left the hospital and, after much thought and strong suggestion of the staff at my school, I was placed on medical leave. Now, with an extreme amount of time on my hands, no school, no job, no treatment program, my friends all scattered about, no schoolwork. I have nothing but time to be still before The Lord. I can’t say that I have been still however. In fact, I’ve still been consumed with doubt and skepticism thinking that it can’t be possible that The Lord is speaking to me so clearly.

    Recently I asked the young man what his honest opinion was of something I told him that he didn’t respond to. He was kind in his response, and basically said he’d like to keep in touch with me but wasn’t looking for more than that right now because he’s got a lot going on and things are unsettled for him right now. I figured that was the answer I needed to hear, but still felt it was a mystery. A week after that my brother, who rarely emails me, sent me something that basically said we often question why we have to go through so much. Our situations may seem pretty bad on their own, but when God puts it together, we see that He works things together for our good. I took that as another message The Lord wanted to convey to me. Though I’m still skeptical, I do believe that God has been speaking to me. I’m just afraid to trust Him because I don’t want to be led in a weird direction. I’m still asking God to make things clear to me and show me what He means about the things He has spoken. I feel like things have been rather clear, but I’m still afraid that maybe it hasn’t been Him because I don’t know… I’ve asked if it wasn’t His will for me if He would show me that clearly or close the door as He has done in other situations. He’s always let me know if some guy was wrong for me. But, that hasn’t happened with this and I’ve asked so many times. I don’t know. Maybe I’m being too doubtful. What do you think?????

    • What a great story. I think you’re lucky to have such a mom and meeting your soulmate. But he needs time and are you willing to pay the cost of being married to your soulmate? You need to publish your story.

  54. I’m seventeen years old and around November I identified myself as bisexual. I went through a terrible breakup with my girlfriend because of this and it has left me to different things. I tried weed for the first time and smoked it occasionally. I recently did tonight, but tonight was different. God talked to me. And throughout this night more things are coincidental now that he talked to me and is making me realize to have stronger faith. After tonight I’m changing my life around and living for God.
    John 16:13 – Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

    Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

  55. I’m in my third year of college & I catch myself second guessing myself about my major which is Health Care Management. I did want to go to school for Radiologic Science but I met someone who had a Master’s in Health Administration and I immediately did some research and wanted what she had. I would even catch myself liking and wanting things that other people had. How do I stand fast and focus on what God has for me.

  56. am confused ! cos am always hearing a voice inside me , i mean my heart or mind and always having a chat wen praying or asking GOD for something so i dnt knw if its GOD or jus my imaginations.

  57. Hi Good day to all. i just want to share my story that God actually talk with me but I ignore it.

    It was the middle of sept. And Im in singapore that time for work then my Gf sent msg. In Fb that there is a better work in the Philippines and once I get back we can immediately start. My brother and family didnt want my gf to be my wife in the future, and Im not sure what to pray that time.

    So what I pray to God is I ask him if it is good to accept the job shes offering or to decline on it along with that would be an end to out relationship.

    After a month a call center company offered me a job, and yes I really like it. So I do havr two option now. I really dont like the job that my gf offered coz I dont like to work with here coz we see each other everytime and that means we can have s*x everytime and I dont want her to be pregnant.

    So time comes when I go back to Philippines, my mom told me not to accept the job that my gf offered coz its to far from our home. And the call center job is better. But I refuse to listen.

    I accept the job that my gf offered coz she cried when I said no at first.

    Right now I regret everything. My gf is pregnant. The job that we had didnt give us a nice salary. We starve sometimes and now I realize that those warnings from my mom, a job offering from a nice company is Gods way of saying dont take that Job. Because it is not good for you.

    Sometimes the answer was there but we refuse bcoz we dont listen to Gods will.

  58. I didn’t,t try to get close to until my wife died in 2009 then I started reading the bible I am a slow reader and it is hard for me to understand but i keep on reading i cant rememerwhat I read but I am still reading i want to be with god so much how do I know when he is talking to me I pray every day and night I read a daily verse every day I am oldand trying to get as close to god as i can please can you help me. Joe

    • God hears you N understand you thats all that matters he know your heart N know that your desperate for his love that he is desperate to give he is there all the time the more u speak out n reach out to him the more he will come closer to you N the more things will b clearer n easy for you to understand N im sorry for your lost i lost my dad a year ago n it still feels like yesterday

  59. pl at times i will feel a sound in my ear and at times it will be a sudden shake on my body and it will settle in my heart as a load. Is this God trying to speak to me because i do hear from God before now. pl help.

  60. pl at times i will feel a sound in my ear and at times it will a sudden shake on my body and it will settle in my heart as a load. Is this God trying to speak to because i do hear from God before now. pl help.

  61. Someone tell me I’m not wrong

    For the past year now I’ve been finding myself in trouble more than I have in my entire life. I graduated high school with my diploma and applied for my nearest university. I was denied for missing 1 point on my scopes. I decided to stay home and go to school at a local community college. I hated it but I valu education but I had the feeling this is not where I needed to be. My mother is out of a job and can’t leav to find one because my father is ill. My younger brother is growing up steadil and only has my son to be seen as his brother. I started working for an assistant living facility for 2 years. I couldn’t pay for college by grants so I had to pay out of pocket and with not much money to provide for my child. I’d pray and press on but I later then had a car accident. All the money I spent over a year saving was gone instantly. I prayed again and heard a voice say “Go” I worship an all knowing God but I didn’t believe it was him at the time. I blamed I was stressed. But I kept hearing from many people in my life asking why I refused to move if I hated my situation so much. why am I trying to fix a mess and just making it worse? I grew depressed I couldn’t afford school anymore I narel could supply for my family. My parents don’t believe in me. But I believd God was telling me I needed to move. I went to church and two women prophesied God was telling some to go and let him guide the way. I known then, but I had no plan or help I had nothing. I made one mistake one night for the holidays by dropping off my elderly client back home to the facility. It wouldn’t be opening officially until later that evening and I had my brother and son I had to take home. I left no more than 30 mins and I pulled up to police at my job. They had to report to DCF I left my client unattended/neglected despite my efforts to explain. I feel terrible I feel worthless I FEEL LIKE ALL MY EFFORTS TO HELP EVERYONE ARE POINTLESS. I made a mistake that could shut down the faculty and have my client on the streets. I feel like I’m a terrible child who’s parents are ashamed of. I feel like a terribl mother because all my efforts to supply for my child have been in vain. I feel defeated. I’m considering joining the air force. Something I’ve never imagined. It would pay for my education and help finance my son and family. I need God and I believe he’s been trying test my faith. I have no other options. Please some just tell me I’m not wrong

    • Dont feel bad about the police incident because our laws and stuff are extremly liberal now. Just calm down and listen to God. And also test God on giving to the church… its the only thing in the Bible that God says you can test him at… he will give it back to you then some.

    • I truly hope things have been better for you! Just always remember God is a good god and he loves you more than you can imagine. Press into the word and I hope you will find your path. He has a plan for you, dear sister

  62. Hello everyone, please am in a big state of confusion and i need your help. I am a nigerian, i graduated from secondary school(high school) recently and since then it has been so difficult for me to get into the university. I want to be a medical doctor and God has blessed me with a retentive memory and i do well in academics but the problem is ever since i finished my high school i try to secure admission into the university but its not working even when i pass the exams the school i apply for wont offer me admission. this would be my third year at home and i’m tired, i just bought a new form recently and i want to apply again but this time i fasted and prayed for God to reveal to me which university i should apply. i prayed and cried to him to show me but i have not seen anything so far. All my family members said i should apply for a university down here called university of abuja but my mind is telling to apply for a university called university of nigeria nsukka, am afraid because if i follow my mind and it fails my parent will be disappointed in me and blame me for acting on my own. Pls i need your advice and prayers, pls help me.

    • Hi Joe, i will pray for you. The thing that helps me most is to wake up and ask God to put me where he wants me today. Then say the Lords Prayer. I am not saying that is what to do just telling you what works for me. God will bless you if you seek him every day. There is no wrong way. That is what i think. God Bless You Always

  63. God and angels did speak to me and i don't know how to comprehended it. I wan to talk to someone some how this day was a blessing and hell for me and my family… i want to understand wht and why it happened to me… or do i leave it alone… wht do i do

  64. Hello. Like one of the previous posters, I am also struggling with the idea that God may be asking me to move to a different college. I am pretty upset by the thought of this because I really do like the school I'm at now and the program I'm in, and I'm stressing about it pretty badly. I was gone for a year because of money issues and now that I am back, if only part time because I'm making up missing credits, it seems like it will be taken away from me again. The voice in my head is telling me that God will be angry if I don't transfer, and is saying that I better "hurry up and apply", and has me feeling very guilty for not wanting it to leave…..all the while there is the doubt in the back of my mind asking if I'm sure this is God speaking to me……I know that just because I don't want to do something, it doesn't mean that it isn't God wanting me to and He will not say yes to everything I want. But if I am being called to move, why am I struggling so hard against this, and how will I know if God is confirming my suspicions to me without the filter of my own unwillingness?

    • I'd call in a few friends and ask them to pray with you for 30 days, with an open mind, hoping to hear from God. Come back on in 30 days and pray there is a clear voice. 
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

    • I have had a fair amount of experience with discerning internal voices and would like to tell you God would not threaten being angry over a choice of school. There are other ways He would guide you if you didn’t listen. He is gentle yet strong and always loving toward you when He speaks ti guide you. Just picture the perfect Father and it is Him. The best measure is by using the Bible to make sure the message matches His messages in the Bible. Anything to knock you down and make you feel worthless is NOT of God. Yes He wants you humble but He also wants you to love yourself. In the Bible it says, referring to messages, hold on to what is good and I quite agree. May God bless you friend 🙂

  65. I try so hard to know what his plans are for me it’s been six years … See ever since I was thirteen I wanted to be a singer but I thought it was just a gimmick so I waited it out but I still want to be a singer now almost six years later but on the other hand I’ve always liked to draw ever since I was young. So I don’t know which one to choose also I don’t live in America so opportunities aren’t there but I still dream of being a singer so what should I do how do I know which is my ambition which is gods ? Help me please it’s been almost six years I can’t take it anymore

    • Dear Julie, (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV) he Will answer, You just Got to decide which is more important to you, Becoming a singer or Hearing from GOD…..I can promise you…If you Seek him, all Great things will be added unto you.. have you asked? Because if you did ask …then it shall be given…But you have to believe even in dark times that GOD will see you through… ( without Complaining ) and when you least Expect it….You will be rewarded

      From
      A guy who wanted to be a Singer for many Years
      And (Couldn't Sing)
      and Now Does it As aProfession Everyday
      (my Email is dane.francis@ymail.com)

  66. I am currently going through a divorce that I feel the need to stand for restoration. The Bible says that God will answer all prayers that line up with his will. I can find nowhere in scripture where I should give up regardless of my spouse’s desires to end the marriage.

  67. Thank you for this post. I have difficulty balancing my life and keeping focus on what god is saying to me.

  68. I have turned away from evil about 3yrs ago. Although, I had left all the people that was not to go with me into this new chapter in my life, I was still doing things my way. About a few months ago I gave up and stop doing things my way. For the past 2 months or so I have been experienceing strange events and it all seems to be connecting. I got a feeling to look for for father, I found him. But then he starting telling me of some help my family was needing. Crazy as it my sound I ran into a guy at work who buys the product in which my family is having the issue with. I really think God what’s me to help them. I have not been in contact with them in 20+ yrs. Does god work this way? I feel a little crazy

  69. I a strong in my faith, or at least I believe I am. Why then does it feel like the harder I try to provide peace and security for my wife and children that we are financially struggling? I try to hear Him through my trials but yet I am human and feel I am not understanding or worse forsaken. Am I not hearing the right message or even more scary not understanding?

    • I'm praying for you brother. It's so incredibly difficult to make sense of our trials sometimes. I went through a long season of that almost a year when God called me into ministry. But the wait was worth it. The resolve you must have on this side of gods answer is that you will trust him until he provides it. That's faith. Praying for you. 
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

    • Hello Jim, I have done the same thing endlessly. I have found that I cannot provide peace and security for my family that it is something only God can and does provide. I have sought after what to do within my life and looked to the bible for guidance. God says to be a servant and listne and obey and not to worry that it will be on him. This way you should not worry and try to understand how you are to support your family that God will provide, it is a stubborn sense of pride that we say we will support our family, but it is faith in God that he will support you and your family.

  70. I wish it were easier knowing that these signs are from god. I was told that the devil also uses "signs" making us believe its from god. How do you decided which is which? I am waiting for a sign or word or something from god right now whether or not to move? Im confused. I'm looking for signs but nothing yet.

    • I filter them through my experiences, other voices, the situations in my life, and my own personal walk with God. It's not foolproof, because His ways are not our ways, but it's like discovering any relationship, the more I know Him the easier I know their voice.
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

  71. I was called to "unite the churches." I died on August 6th 2013.. I'm so thankful God forgave me of my sins because I was not a true Christian. He let the will of thousands to be done, and brought me back to life. Our story has been told on Fox News and it was a true miracle. My body was dead, there was no hope for me, my brain was also allegedly dead. I have come back to preach the Good News and unite the churches as I was instructed. The successfulness of my mission has been amazing. I never thought of it as an impossible task because i knew God wouldn't ask me to do anything I wasn't capable of doing. Slowly but surely the Catholic church is changing… please keep an open mind about this. I have seen many revelations and have brought it to a local level to many churches. It may take 100 years, but I know its in God's plan till the very end. I do not get upset when people do not believe me, although its something I usually do not announce. I use the creative ways that God has told me to use to preach the Good News, and to never judge or discount anyone, no matter what. God Bless You All.

  72. I have been trying to hear God's voice concerning whether the man I want to be with will be my husband. I know full well that God gives everyone free will and I accept that. What I do not get is when His Word says that God will give you the desires of your heart and that if we desire something we should ask, seek, and knock. Because I have not received this relationship I have been asking for and wanted clarity from God, I prayed that He would show me a sign. I know the Bible says the wicked man seeks a sign, but God also showed numerous signs to Gideon. I asked God to show me if this man is for me, then to show me a yellow rose and that same NIGHT I saw a yellow rose! Can I ask for a sign? I have been doing this for years! I try to force myself to accept that His answer is "no" and that I have to move on, and when I get to this point…a yellow rose will show up. It's in art, in pictures, in words, but it's there.

    Is this God saying "yes but wait for my timing" or is He saying "no" and I am just seeing this sign because I'm subconsciously searching for it even though I am carrying on with my daily activities without actively seeking out roses?

    • The answer to your question could be so long or so short. When you meet the man your supposed to be with, you will know it if you are acting as a holy person, I can promise you that. If you are having many doubts, those doubts have been created by a reason. Also, do not let old belief system get in the way of listening to your modern day holy heart.

      God Bless You

    • I know exactly what you are or were experiencing. Your scenario is like mine only I see hearts , the number 24, and a certain type of car. Sometimes I think I'm going crazy and I just look for them but, its a bit difficult to ignore them when I'm about to get ran over by that certain car or when I see a giant heart shaped hot air balloon. I know God has answered a lot of my other prayers but, this specific one just doesn't seem to be answered. People have told me that God will tell me directly which only makes me go a bit more insane.

      The only thing I have concluded and gives me comfort is knowing that time will tell (I'm a very impatient person). If that someone whom we're praying for really is our significant other than it's going to take time for God to mold them into the person they are suppose to be for us. In the mean time God might be saying just be patient it'll come. In the meantime I know he's walking right next to you (us). Because he obviously knows how much heartache this causes us. So there is nothing left to do except pray persistently and walk with God one day at a time.

      • I too hope that you are correct…..god knows the inside out of us….

        he do places certain desires in our heart if we have chose to walk in his will…so if still we have a longing for person….
        god will bring that person at the right time….just remain in prayer n be assured that we wont be missing the blessings he has placed in our life…amen!!!

  73. I have never been good into listening into Gods voice. It is hard for me but I do want to try and believe with all my heart. Currently I am studying to be a Digital Artist it is not the most stable career which does worry me. I have great passion for art but at the same time have doubts about the path I am taking. I love the college I am currently in the people are very interesting, open and nice but I can't help to think that god intended to have me do something else with my life. It doesn't help that most of my family were against my choice but I had this huge pull in my gut that I should do it. I can't see myself doing anything else but…what if I fail? What if this career is a joke like they said? Please help….

    • I don't know that I can help from here, but I think you keep doing what you know to do unless God makes it very clear otherwise. Proverbs 16:9 says “In his heart a man plans his course but the Lord determines his steps.” Don't worry about naysayers. God allows you to make decisions for yourself based on the experiences and passions He has placed within you. Don't feel He's a micro manager.
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

  74. I am so torn right now. I was in nursing program & I didn’t do too well so I got kicked out. I am at a new school & met with an advisor who told me that the chance of me getting in the new nursing program is small. Now I find myself asking if that’s God telling me to do something else. All I want is to be a nurse. I don’t believe that God will bring me this far just to leave me now but I have doubts as to what he wants me to do. Please help.

    • I can never answer for someone what God is telling them to do. If you feel God led you to this place, He will make a way. Only you can answer that. I know God is mostly concerned with your character…even more than He is where you go to school or what career you have. But I also know God wants to bless you. I would press into your prayer time. If you don't sense God releasing you, and you still want to be a nurse, keep going.  “You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength”
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

      • Thank you because I do believe that. I also know He didn’t promise us an easy life but He did promise that He will never leave us. God bless you & thank you again.

        • Emmy, I'm so glad you've asked this! Nursing is an admirable profession, and one that not only does much good, but can provide you a great platform to shine the Light upon others! I have no doubt that you genuinely want to be a nurse, and that you feel that God has given you the heart for the task.

          With that said, you made the statement, "I didn't do too well so I got kicked out" of your initial nursing program. I think that's a very important statement, but first, while I firmly believe that God can help guide us in a good direction, I do not believe that every decision we make is within God's will (clearly, as sin exists and we choose it every day), nor do I believe that we only have one option available to us, and if we choose wrongly, we are outside of God's will (i.e. – you want to be a nurse or a Kindergarten teacher, both options are available, which do you choose?). Nursing, while a good profession and one that I'm sure you feel lead to be in, will require much work. If you truly "didn't do too well" and so "got kicked out", and now are having difficulty getting into the second nursing program, I wouldn't be so quick as to say, "God is closing this door. What do I do?" Without passing judgment on your potential, perhaps the reason the door is closing is because you "didn't do too well", and not because God doesn't want you to be a nurse.

          Look at it this way: If God gives me the gifts to be an incredible preacher/pastor, as in I exude charisma, am well spoken, have an excellent memory, and have a passion for the well being of people in general, what good does it do me if I never step foot in a church or read the Bible? Would I not be squandering the gifts? Didn't God equip me to be a pastor? Absolutely. He sure did. But without discipline, those gifts can be wasted.

          Let's look at it in Scripture, where God has revealed His character to us.

          Luke 19:11-27 gives us Jesus' amazing Parable of the Minas, otherwise known as the Parable of Money Usage (this verse is in no way, shape, or form about money, just to be clear). I would encourage you to read it so that you can be a good Berean (Acts 17:11) and see for yourself. The gist of it is this: Jesus has given people spiritual and natural talents, or giftings, and we are to use those giftings in the very best way to glorify Him. We are commanded to do so. Why am I bringing this up? Because in my hypothetical illustration of God gifting me to be a pastor/preacher, I asked what would happen if I never cultivated those gifts, to which the answer would be, I would be a lousy pastor, if I ever got the job at all.

          How does this apply to you? Simple. If you want to be a nurse, you have to work at it. If you are not able to pass the exams or complete the academic side of your training (if this is the case, you didn't specify why you "didn't do too well"), then I would say perhaps nursing is not where you are best equipped to ply your gifts.

          But I can promise you this: God has given you gifts, and He meant for you to use them in a way that best glorifies Him. Ask God to show you what those gifts are and how best they can be put to use, then seek out Godly counsel and get input from a mature, trusted Christian. There's plenty of hope ahead, so keep trusting in Him.

          • Absolutely, Ron. I can't even remember how I found myself on this particular page this morning, but for whatever reason (providence, naturally) I hope that some good came of it to the glory of God.

            On a totally unrelated topic, I was browsing your website, and I saw your page, "7 Way Wives Hurt Their Husbands…", and I realized that a Facebook friend of mine posted that exact article yesterday afternoon. Small world, yeah? God bless, Ron. Keep up the good work.

          • Hi Jordan,

            Thank you so much and wonderful advise. I didn't do too well because I procrastinated and waited until 2-3 days before exams to study and the passing grade was a C+ and I was getting C's. For one exam, I started to study 2 weeks before by going to the library instead of studying in my bedroom with the TV and guess what Jordan, I had a B+. So, if I commit to a studying schedule, I know I can pass each exam with at least a B. So, I have been praying God for guidance and for a 2nd chance. I talk to Him while I am driving, at the Y and at work. My pastor is amazing, although I have not discuss that issue with her yet but I will. Again thank you Jordan.

  75. I feel as though God may be leading me to a different college. However, I can't tell if this is just based on my own human emotions…the connections I feel to this place and the people around it. I just started a club at my current college and it is going well, but will need continued direction. I just got comfortable at my current college…I know that sometimes that is when God really tests us by pulling us out of our comfort level, but I don't want to make a mistake by leaving…it's very hard for me to become comfortable in places. I would regret leaving the club at such a rocky stage too…as well as leaving my family, which is close to my current college, and all of my friends. Also, I have been trying to work out changing colleges and it has been extremely difficult. I have been praying hard for guidance, but I…am having a hard time finding it. What am I supposed to do?

    • First of all, there's no way I can answer what God is trying to tell you. You'll have to discern that with Him. It would be unfair for anyone to tell you that. You have a personal relationship with God.That said, I can say this. You may be putting more pressure on yourself than is warranted. What if God is more concerned about something else, than He is about which college you choose? What if He would allow you to go wherever you want? That doesn't mean it will be easy necessarily, but when it comes to applying, etc, those are things of man. God can intercede, but often doesn't. What if God said, Abby, go wherever you want to go, but wherever you go, I want your whole heart. I want you to surrender everything to me.That seems to be the message God shares with His people more than any other message. Read Proverbs 16:9.Praying for you as you discern His voice.
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

  76. I am glad God lead me to the post. I am having a difficult time hearing God in a life situation. I belong to a church that I have always loved. my husband does not care for the church so he doe not go. I have been asking God if I should find another church so we can worship God together. I'm very torn. I feel the presence of God every time I walk into my church. I believe my pastor is truly anointed but I also want to see my husband find salvation. I have prayed about this but not sure if it is God or thee circumstances talking.

  77. Am glad i came across this.i have difficulty in differentiating God’s voice from my life circumstance.i have been praying over my choice of a Life partner for 3yrs now.am in a 3yr realtionship with one particular man i Love so much, whose treatment towards me drew me closer to God.3 different brethrens(i was told they are Men of God)have confirmed him to be the one while Another man of God said he is not.i have prayed over it and usually hear this quiet voice telling me to hold on,don’t let go.though somethings about us are improving as i pray,bt some major things are still lacking and i dont know what to listen to and what to believe anymore.i need a true confirmation from God to know the wisest thing to do because age is no longer on my side. pls help me out,am going crazy.

    • For me, when I can Be Still and not worry about so much confirmations from humans, I feel I am on Gods path.
      I cannot help wonder why this partner was put into your life. Maybe a little faith and surrender to Gods plan will bring your peace. Surrender to God and to your partner and quit worrying about your decisions…let God be in charge of your path. Pray to him every day that he will show you the way…then go about your business and let him be in control….just have faith and keep praying…….just what works for me….God bless and keep you in his care.

  78. It is very true i used to be depressed and even almost committed suicide but i got over it on my own now that i am older and i look back i realize god put me through that to strengthen me now i am never depressed and when i am feeling sad i can get over it really fast because of god.

  79. I've always known how to hear God but now I get confused if it really comes from God because I don't see anything happening right now. What should i do? Should I wait until God moves?

    • You should move on what you already know to do and wait on those that you don't. The Bible is clear on many things we can be doing (love our neighbor, feed the poor, etc.). Plus, God has given you a mind and freedom to dream and explore. If it's not sinful, you don't sense God saying no, you can probably move forward with where you are feeling drawn to go.
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

    • Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  80. I am a Catholic hermit and you speak very close to my heart. I worked in theater all of my life, I am 53, and throughout my life there was a continuous emptiness. At age 49 I began to feel the a definite call to solitude and the the life of a hermit. That does not mean I live in a cave, it means that I live in greater solitude and pray night and day for the salvation of the whole world. You use of the scripture is what I call Lectio Divina, a close, careful, and prayerful reading of the scriptures in order to hear what God wants me to learn and do. Great post. 🙂

  81. Ron

    Thought this site might be a benefit to those desireing to “Hear His Voice.”
    http://web.me.com/love101/Love/His_Voice.html

    Just click on the rectangle with “His Voice.”

    And you’ll find (4) four pages of only scriptures about “Hearing His Voice.”

    A free PDF download. Free to use. Free to give away.

    You can read these scriptures over and over again until you believe them.
    You can read them over and over again until you believe God.

    If God can create everything by speaking it into existance…

    Then speaking to “His Children,” “His Sheep,” would be easy…

    Out of heaven he made you to “hear His voice,”
    that “He might instruct you.”
    Deuteronomy 4:36

  82. the written word is okay, but the living word is superior.
    The Bible is not the full revelation of God, Jesus is.
    With that in mind, hearing God's voice is a simple matter, read the gospels.
    good luck heeding his voice.

    • I love that first line…I do believe the written is living, but it's great to see and hear the voice of Jesus!
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    • You have positively affected my life today by this your post. I wish every Christian would have this kind of understanding about the Bible, Jesus and God the Father. It will go along way helping us not to be misled by those who use the Bible (without the Spirit of Jeus Christ and God the Father) to deceive the world. When anybody has Jesus, those false prophets will hardly have their ways into his/her life.

      God bless you for these words of wisdom.

      John.

  83. For me it started with taking my eyes off Him, although I didn't know it at the time. My life got crazy and depressing and hard and I kept wondering where He was; why this much "suffering". When in reality it was my own doing. I think that we sometimes lose sight that perhaps He isn't silent, it's that we refuse to listen because we don't see that we've wandered far from the path.

    All of this has resulted in problems in my marriage. He has been merciful and faithful and has brought me back to where I need to be and I am so grateful, but now my wife's heart has been hardened against me and I deal with this. So I spend a lot of my time listening for Him; wanting to do the right thing always and not fall away again and to be the man my wife deserves.

    Sometimes it is very very silent and this focuses my prayers. But I do long for that word that I am going in the right direction. And I can see in scripture where I am, but since my wife has free will she can choose to not follow along and that is hard. Occasionally I get a "wink" from God. They are nice, but too few and far between. Still it gives me hope for a complete restoration of my marriage. And I can see clearly in my life in other ways where His hand is at work and I am so grateful for the help and direction that He gives.

    I do have to say, though, that there are times I really just wish He would come and sit beside me and tell me yes you are doing right, or no, you're missing the mark…sigh.

    • Jon I was wondering how your situation turned out ,I am currently in the same and for some reason I was led to this site and your story caught my eye mayb its him talking to me.

      • I was wondering the same thing. I am and have been in a dark and difficult place for years- then my world gets totally rocked when my spouse said he doesn't know if he wants to stay with me. I thought I was doing everything right.

        • I dont think your spouse ever has the right to say that he doesnt want to be with you. God does not like divorce, and does not encourage it at all. Many couples out there suffer through alot – but their faith in the Lord has also strengthened and allowed their relationship to be recovered . It's not easy, because we are still in living in the flesh, we will always argue and battle and fight against each other. But you and your spouse need to pray together. In the flesh we can do nothing, not even the best couples can be completely at peace. But when we are connected to our spirit (by prayer), then Christ comes in and just over supplies the right thing to each of us. Marriage is a picture of Christ as the Husband with his Bride, the Church. This is our goal and destiny, you and your spouse need to get this fundamental truth INGRAINED into you. It is absolutely essential, then you will be in the same page.

    • I love your comment!! Hang in there, my brother…all will be well. 🙂 I feel sometimes, also, that God is very silent concerning my circumstances. But I just continue to have faith and patience knowing and believing that "He's working it our for my good."

  84. "I’ve always been able to see how God’s specific plan for me lined up with His desire to invite a world to know Him."

    Thanks, I often forget that it's not about me.
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