I love that the God who spoke creation into being wants to speak personally with me!
In the Garden, Adam would walk in the cool of the day with God. This is a powerful picture of the relationship and communion God always intended for us to have with him, yet we know what happened next in the story…
The devil seeks to subtly undermine our confidence in what God says. His first recorded question posed to Eve was “Did God really say…?”, sowing seeds of doubt in order to fracture their relationship with God – this is his goal.
Yet despite this God has never and will never give up pursuing relationship with us. He never stops communicating his love, desire and purposes, and they are always good!
Often we hear his voice through the Bible and prophetically through other Christians. In Ephesians we read that prophecy is a gift for the church, so having prophetic people around us is great, inspiring and helping us to hear God. This is why on Sunday 4th March we have invited Angela Kemm, based in Cambridge, to come and share with us. Angela has a recognised prophetic gift and serves as part of the Relational Mission family of churches led by Mike Betts. She is particularly gifted at speaking God’s purpose over people’s lives and in seeing breakthrough. I want to encourage us to come expectant to hear God speak.
The most significant decisions in my life have been predated by God speaking to me, including the move to Hope Church. I have found hearing God is more of an art than a science. There are times when God is speaking but sometimes I’m not quite listening. Equally there are times when I don’t quite hear right or think I’m hearing him when perhaps I’m not. But that’s ok, God is big enough to handle all this and his response is…
“For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29.11