If You're Angry With God, You're Not Listening

If You're Angry With God, You're Not Listening

Trying to hear God and listening to God are two different things.


Last night, I was reading a devotional on my phone called "Whisper: How To Hear The Voice Of God," and it asks the reader when the last time was that they invited the Holy Spirit to talk to them, or even the last time they invited God to talk to them. As I thought about this, I began to pray.

Come, Holy Spirit.

Come, Holy Spirit.

Come, Holy Spirit.

Talk to me; let me hear God's voice.

Of course, me being an extremely impatient person, I only waited about two minutes until I couldn't handle the silence anymore. So then, I began talking to God again, beginning my road to my latest revelation. Personally, I'm a big believer in connectedness (read more about collectedness here). Essentially, I believe that everything happens for a reason and that we are all connected in some shape or form; we are all a part of a larger picture.

For me, I think God is the artist of this larger picture. When I was explaining all of this in my prayer to God, I realized that He could be communicating with me and I'm just not using the proper method to listen to Him. He could be talking to me through the raindrops falling on my skin or the sunlight shining on my face.

Taking a moment to think about this, I turned my head to look out of my bedroom window. I noticed an abundance of fireflies glowing back and forth to communicate. Suddenly, it all hit me, and I said to God,

"God, maybe we're meant to communicate like fireflies."

Right after saying this, I felt this warm feeling in my heart, like the glow of a firefly, and I knew God's heart must have been glowing, too.

Often, I think Christians tend to get frustrated with God because we think He is ignoring our prayers. However, I don't think that's the issue at hand whatsoever. Rather, the problem is that we forget the difference between hearing and listening; listening can be hearing but hearing isn't always listening. So then, we are left angry with God for not talking to us, but the reality is that we're oblivious humans.

How can we expect to listen to what God has to tell us if we're only using one of our senses to do so?

If you're one of those Christians or, heck, maybe you aren't even a Christian, angry with God for giving you the silent treatment, I don't give up on Him. Find somewhere quiet to talk to God, and pray for him to heighten the activity of all of your senses. Pray to be more in tune with His presence in your surroundings. I promise you, you'll hear God everywhere after.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit


1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay


Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible


Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit


God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others


We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop


Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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