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The Effects of TV – Carl Nunnery

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“The Effects of TV”
By Carl Nunnery
Farmington Correctional Facility, Farmington, MO

Have you ever thought of the single thing that is used most to induce bad habits or to corrupt moral standards? I’m talking about TV. Back in the day, TV was a good instrument used to educate and inform us of news, sports and weather. TV has also shown us a variety of wholesome movies and humorous comedies. It used to be very enjoyable for all ages. The actors and actresses dressed appropriately, there was good use of language, it wasn’t suggestive of sex, the main theme was not death and killing, and it was family-oriented.

As the years passed, it became bolder, crude, lustful, enticing and lewd. The programs became progressively acceptable for viewing. As we look back over the years, we can see the change in programs that has taken place. For example, Touched by an Angel (past), Naked and Afraid (present); The Waltons (past) and Amber Rose Show (present); Highway to Heaven (past) and Skin Wars (present); Little House on the Prairie (past) and Sex Please (present), 7th Heaven (past) and Dating Naked (present). We went from no nudity to now being viewed in just about all TV movies. It went from wholesome to whoredom. We see vulgar language, nudity, murder, rape, sex scenes, violence and hate.

Crime statistics have elevated over the years, with TV’s contribution. Robbery, theft, murder, rape, hate crimes, sex crimes, drug crimes, divorce rate, men and women in prison and death rate for crimes are all up.

We must be aware of the fact that what is shown on TV has far reaching implications. It reaches the young eyes of our children and plants an evil seed in their minds. The Bible tells us in Prov. 22:6 to train a child in the way he should go.” Following God’s word in training our children includes not only what they do or how they do it, but what they see as well.

While we train our children, some of the material shown on TV can destroy the work you have done in raising them. It confuses them in how they perceive what they see on TV as good, enticing or proper. Have you heard the saying “children repeat what they hear”? The same is true with “a child does what they see.”

People must realize the power of TV and the power it has to influence not only young minds but the adult mind as well. The producers, writers and creators put forth only that which will be appealing. So what “sells” on TV today? Sex, murder and drugs. Sad isn’t it?

Now let’s turn our attention to even the TV commercials. Let’s look at all the fast food commercials that show a female wearing skimpy clothes or even a bikini eating a burger. How they lick their lips. I ask you, does that have anything to do with the way that burger tastes? Of course not. They want you to look at the girl, wanting her or desiring her, to get you to buy the burger.

In reality, it is causing you to sin in lust. This same use of advertisement is used in nearly all the commercials today — fast food, cars, vacation spots, pets, clothes, weight loss, exercise, sports, alcohol sales, bed and furniture sales, dating online ads, shoes, Viagra commercials. The list goes on to include nearly every commercial on TV today. My question is, why do TV commercials feel the need to show male and female bodies that are borderline nude? Appearing in little clothing, skimpy clothing or acting seductive to sell their products?

Where are our minds at? My friends, in early TV it was considered lewd or unacceptable to even show the belly of a female or for a female to wear a dress above her knees. So what’s happened? Little by little, TV has ventured more toward nudity or lewdness to sell their products or programming.

Mathew 5:29 says, “if the eye offends thee, pluck it out and cast it away from thee.” No, that’s not saying if your eye sees a sinful thing for you to pluck your eye out, but rather showing you how you view things or accept them, knowing it is a sin against God and it is not permitted in His kingdom. God says it is better to enter into His kingdom with no eye than to let it cause you to sin. So what does that say? Plain and simple, just because they show it does not mean we have to watch it. It is your choice in your home what you choose to watch or allow your family to watch. It is no different from other sins of the Bible if you choose to view pornography, judge people, hate, curse, fornicate, take God’s name in vain, commit murder, lie, covet or false worship. If you had a pornographic magazine, would you have to look at it? Of course not. It would be your choice. The same is true in TV You don’t have to view it. Let’s face it, we all know right from wrong, good from bad. We know what is acceptable in the sight of God.

Think about this. If in the things you see or do, would you do them if Jesus was standing next to you? While you may not see Him there next to you, He is.

I’m not saying to turn off your TV and not watch it, but be careful to check the contents for nudity, language, sexual content and violence. We have to be smart in the things we see and do. Life is full of dangers. Some are seen and some are hidden. We have to be on our guard and be wise in our decisions. Your eyes are for seeing, your head is for thinking and your heart is for the truth. Don’t be deceived or misled by TV.

The Devil and Hell, Are They Real? – Carl Nunnery

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“The Devil and Hell, Are They Real?
By Carl Nunnery
Farmington Correctional Facility, Farmington, MO

Have you ever wondered about hell? Wondered if there really is such a place, if people go there, what causes a person to be a spirit there, where hell came from or who the devil really is?

After you read this, it should leave little doubt as to its realism. Before I begin telling you about hell, let me tell you why there is a need for such a place. The need starts from man’s willingness to sin and his disobedience to God. In 1st John 3:4, sin is identified as any transgression of the law. This might be done by human, natural or spiritual laws. When did sin begin? Oddly enough, it started from the very beginning of creation, not by God, but by someone who thought they could be God – Lucifer. Yes, the first sin was committed in Heaven.

Lucifer was created as a beautiful angel of God. Lucifer’s own pride and self-exaltation against God caused him to be cast out of heaven and become an enemy of God’s to this very day. 1st John 3:8 says, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.” Lucifer was a created angel being, that would make Satan or the devil likewise a created being of God. Lucifer/Devil has many names such as: Satan (2nd Thess. 2:9), devil (Eph. 4:27), serpent (Gen. 3:1), deceiver (2nd John 7), liar (John 8:44), adversary (1st Peter 5:8), destroyer (Rev. 9:11), God of this age (2nd Cor. 4:4), ruler of the air (Eph. 2:2), murderer (John 8:44), and prince of demons (Matt. 12:24).

It was the serpent/snake who caused the sin of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:13. It was that sin that still affects us to this very day. In Romans 5:19, it says, “as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners.” Because of Adam’s sin, we are all now born with a sinful nature. It is this sinful nature in everyone that Satan uses to attack us.

All kinds of evil and wickedness began to spread throughout and Satan’s work was evident everywhere. In God’s effort to rid the world of sin, God came to earth in human form. That’s right, God became man, a God man in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14).

Now it was the work of God, through His Son Jesus, to preach the repentance of sin which was no small task. So Jesus appointed 12 men who He called his apostles to help spread God’s word of the forgiveness of sins (Matt. 28:19 – the great commission).

Sin is the major cause of suffering and always leaves a trail of tears. The apostles preached everlasting life to those who turned from their sins (repented). The apostles warned everyone of certain death if they chose to remain in their sins. Romans 6:23 says, “the wages of sin is death.” Rev/ 20:15 says, “anyone not found written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire, which is hell.

When Jesus uses the word hell in the New Testament, he was referring to Gehenna, because hell is the Greek word translation of Gehenna. Gehenna was a valley located south of Jerusalem called the Hinnom Valley and later called the Gehenna of fire. In this fire is where dead bodies, trash and refuse were dumped, and this fire was kept burning to reduce the odor.

In Matt. 5:22, it refers to being cast into a hell-fire and although the word Gehenna is not used, this is what the Apostle John refers to when he speaks of “you shall be in danger of hell fire.”

Hell is translated into three different words: Gehenna and Hades (both in the New Testament) and Sheol in the Old Testament. Hades and Sheol are defined as “the place of the dead” (grave). When you are referring to either Sheol or Hades, although it is translated into the word hell, they are not the final punishment but an intermediate state between death and resurrection.

Actual names for Hell: Hinnom Valley (a deep ravine southwest of Jerusalem); Gehenna (the Valley of Hinnom (Molech worship); Gehenna of fire (the fires that were kept burning everlasting); Lake of Fire (the New Testament equivalence to Gehenna of Fire); everlasting fire (the fire that is unquenchable); Hades (the New Testament place of the dead); Sheol (the Old Testament hell place of the dead); the underworld (speaking of hell below Satan’s world); and the ground (in your grave).

When you die, you go to your grave (Hades/Sheol). This is where you will stay until the second coming of Christ, called the Rapture. On judgment day, those found guilty of their sins and their names not found written in the Book of Life will be cast into hell, the lake of fire, for eternity.

Rev. 2:11 says, “he that overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.” The second death is the result of staying in your sins. It is your choice to make. The second death is the final death. Game over.

Remember, the choice of good and evil started with Adam and Eve in Gen. 3:5. Now through Jesus, it has been given to us, the choice of life or death. God does not want anyone to perish but to have everlasting life (John 3:16). So, yes Hell is a real place with real pain, real sorrow and real death. Believe it.

Suicide Prevention – Carl Nunnery

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“Suicide Prevention”
By Carl Nunnery
Farmington Correctional Facility, Farmington, MO

One day while watching a TV program, it came time for a commercial break. Although I don’t usually pay much attention to them, this particular one did catch my attention, and it caused me to think, the commercial was about “suicide prevention.”

Regretfully, suicide is a real problem we have in this day and time. I thought, what causes someone to take their own life? I came up with some possibilities: loss of a loved one, loss of their job, feeling unloved or useless, induced by drugs or alcohol, feeling life is not worth living, an emotional breakdown, unable to cope with situations, mental instability.

The truth is no reason you could come up with would justify taking your own life. I can tell you with all confidence that there is not one person on this earth who has not experienced some type of grief, tragedy or loss. We should never choose death as a solution to a problem that you may be going through. God gives us life and it is a precious gift. That’s why when I saw the advertisement “Suicide Prevention” I thought to myself, “Wow, God sent his son Jesus to die for us so would not die a certain death!

Think about this:

To refuse to accept Jesus as your Savior is “suicide”! You are choosing eternal death. God sent his son Jesus to be our “Prevention”! Jesus died a death so we would not have to.

So when I thought about what suicide means, which is to take your own life (or) cause their own death, I thought that is exactly what someone is actually doing when they choose not to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they are in reality choosing a death for themselves!

In 2 Corinthians 1:9-10 it says, “We had the sentence of death in ourselves that we should not trust in ourselves but in God, who delivered us from so great a death.” So what does that say to us? It means we have the power to choose within us, life or death. This power comes from what Jesus Christ has done for all of us.

When you refuse to accept Jesus as your savior, you are in essence committing suicide. Not a physical death but a spiritual death. So what is the difference between a physical or spiritual death?

Physical death happens to all (Heb 9:27). Spiritual death is separation from God (your Creator) and cast into the lake of fire for eternity (Rev 20:15).

Let me put this in perspective. The life we live on this earth in this body is temporary, this is physical death. The spiritual death is the final death!

Physical death – even though you die – you shall live! Spiritual death – this is the 2nd death in hell forever! Your choice!!!

Just as sure as leaping off a tall building will cause your death so will refusing to accept Jesus Christ as your savior.

Don’t take the leap of death but the leap of faith!

Feeling Betrayed – Carl Nunnery

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“Feeling Betrayed”
By Carl Nunnery
Farmington Correctional Facility, Farmington, MO

Try to think back to a point in time in your life when you thought you had the perfect and ideal friend, the one friend you just knew would always be by your side. The kind of friend you had no doubt would be there when you needed them most. I’m sure it wouldn’t take very long and you could come up with a time that your trust and feeling of loyalty in a special friend was destroyed and shattered in a matter of a blink of an eye. Your memory can vividly recall how you felt and how it made you feel inside, the variety of emotions you may have felt — hurt, broken, used, bitter, mad, alone, hardened, lied to and angry.

These are just some of the raw emotions that you could experience when you are betrayed. Let’s face it, you feel as if you were just kicked in the stomach by a mule, the wind has left you, words don’t come out of your mouth and it feels as if part of your inside has just died. You sit and wonder how or why this could ever happen to you. You just keep repeating to yourself, I trusted that person. What did I do to deserve this? How can I ever trust anyone again? I never expected them to do that to me.

You try to make sense out of this assault against you and the pain it caused. The fact is, the damage has been done. Now it has made putting trust in someone difficult. You have become more apprehensive or maybe even a little bit suspicious of sincerity.

In 1st Cor. 12:17 it shows the doubt and the caution of David to trust someone. David was quoted to say, “If you have come to me in friendship to help me, then my heart will be knit (tied together) to you, but if you have come to betray me to my adversaries, though my hands have done no wrong, then may the God of our ancestor see and give judgment.” So what did David do? David put his trust not in man but in the living God (1st Tim. 4:10). David trusted God for direction and his decisions with all confidence as the God of love, peace and truth.

What does it take for someone to betray the trust of a person who is trusting them? The truth is, we never know what goes on in the mind of another person or their deep-seated reasons to betray the trust of someone. Let’s look at just some of the reasons that could enter the heart of a person: their own selfishness, hateful desires, resentment, greed (to better themselves), to cover their wrongdoings or jealousy.

To betray someone, you have to cast aside all your feelings for that person. You will disregard all that is right and moral, thinking only of yourself. After all is said and done, the residue of betrayal remains — broken friendship, hurt, untrusting and wanting to get even.

Have you ever wondered if this only happens to you? We can look back in the Bible to answer this question. I will give you five examples of betrayal and why they were betrayed. Two were for money, two were against their own king and one against his own dad, who was also a king.

The first act of betrayal was recorded in 2nd Kings 9:14-27. Joram, a king of Judah, was betrayed by Jehu. The next king to be betrayed was Joash, recorded in 2nd Kings 20-21 by some officials while he was king of Judah. Next we have David, the king of Israel. In 2nd Sam. 15:10-16 David was betrayed by his own son, Absalom. Absalom was the third son of David by Maachah. It is here we see the results of betrayal. In 2nd Sam. 1:14 we read where Absalom was killed by Joab for betraying David in his plot for the throne. This act of betrayal hurt David because of Absalom being his son and because his son was killed for his betrayal. All acts of betrayal against the kings were the result of their own rebellion, conspiracy and treachery.

Next we read about Samson. In Judges 16:16-21 it tells us Samson had massive strength. Samson was a Nazarite from birth. This means he was consecrated to God’s service by a vow. Only three men in the Bible had this vow, Samson, Samuel and John the Baptist. The vow included abstinence from wine, the unclean and from cutting their hair or beard.

So where did Samson get his strength? It was from his uncut hair. Samson was a judge of Israel for 20 years when he fell in love with a Philistine woman, Delilah. Her act of betrayal came from the Philistines wanting to know where Samson got his strength. An offer of 1,100 pieces of silver was made to Delilah if she would find out the source of Samson’s strength. Samson loved Delilah so he told her the secret of his strength. It was clear to see she betrayed someone who obviously loved and trusted her very much. This was greed at its best.

Next we come to the Bible’s most well-known act of betrayal, that being of Jesus by Judas Iscariot. First we ask ourselves why was Jesus, the Son of God, betrayed? It was first due to greed of one man, Judas. Judas is not to be mistaken from seven others named Judas in the Bible. Judas was the son of Simon Iscariot. Judas betrayed Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane for 30 pieces of silver to the chief priest to point out Jesus to them so they could arrest him. Again, greed is displayed.

We ask ourselves, since Jesus was the Son of God, why did he allow His betrayal to happen? This was due to prophecy in Isaiah 9:6, Zech. 14:1, Malachi 4:1-2 and Obadiah 1:15. So what happened to Judas? He repented (Matt. 27:3), took the money back (Matt. 27:5, hanged himself (Matt. 27:5) and the chief priest used the money to buy the potter’s field (Matt. 27:7). The potter’s field is also known as field of blood or Aceldama (Acts 1:19). The field is located in the Hinnom Valley.

Yes, we have all suffered some form of betrayal in our lives, but as I have pointed out, we were not the first to experience it and we should consider the betrayal of Jesus who died willingly in his betrayal for us.

Yes, Jesus was betrayed and in the worst of ways. Keep I mind the deity of Jesus. He was God in human form, so He could have brought death to his betrayer (Judas). He could have avoided standing in front of a large crowd who were yelling “crucify him” (John 19:6). He could have avoided being nailed to the cross in such pain and shame (John 19:17, John 19:24). He could have called an army of angels to his rescue (Matt. 26:53).

One now would ask, why would anyone intentionally put themselves through all this? Mainly it was out of love for you and I, but Jesus knew something the rest of them didn’t know, and that is why He did allow it to happen. He was sent by God for a reason. His betrayal was prophecy. Jesus would rise from his death in three days. Jesus wanted to show us we can have life, too. Jesus would return back to His Father.

Jesus told his apostles of His coming death and resurrection by foretelling it three times in the book of Mark: Mark 8:31, Mark 9:30 and Mark 10:32. Is it a coincidence that He told it three times? According to the numbers and their meaning in the Bible, the number three means resurrection, divine completeness and perfection.

Jesus came to show us many things and to reveal His Father to us. Jesus revealed His Father to us through his miracles, teachings and healings. This demonstrated God’s mercy and power as well as His abundant love for us. 1st John 4:8 tells us God is love and how God sent His only Son to us out of love (John 3:16). God sent His one and only Son to be betrayed and sentenced to die on the cross for our sins. God sent Jesus to be our savior.

Remember how you felt being betrayed? Yes, it hurt. Yes, it was painful. Yes, it was heartbreaking. But one thing I can tell you is we could never begin to know the pain Jesus felt, inside and out, after He had been betrayed and rejected. He knew He was the Son of God, He knew He was sent here for us. He knew He would be hated. He knew He would endure many things for us. He knew He would die for us.

Knowing all this, Jesus went to the cross to die for us. He knew all this, but we didn’t. That’s why on the cross Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them for they do know not what they are doing.” They had God’s Son (our savior) nailed to a tree.

My friends, the things that happen to us happen for a reason. We may not like it or we may not understand it, but God’s Word says, “His ways are not our ways nor are His thoughts our thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8). We must trust in God. Titus 1:2 says, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s own life for another.” So next time when you think of the pain and hurt you felt when you were betrayed, think of the ultimate betrayal of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Yes, Jesus was God, but while on earth God dwelled in a human body (Jesus) and, in such, He had flesh and bones, drank and ate, had a beating heart, felt pain, had blood in his veins and had emotions. Jesus felt the pain of rejection and betrayal. It hurt Him in very much the same way you felt when you were betrayed. It’s true what Jesus said, “They know not what they are doing.” But you can be assured of one thing, we know what they did.

We also know why Jesus died for us. He died for our sins so that even in our death we shall live (Psalms 118:17, 1st Cor. 15:21).

All we need to do is share in the pain Jesus felt in betrayal, accept the truth that Jesus is our Savior sent by God. Accept the truth, Jesus died and was raised on the third day. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9).

You will be saved.

Don’t Live in the Past – Carl Nunnery

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“Don’t Live in the Past”
By Carl Nunnery
Farmington Correctional Facility, Farmington, MO

During your life, you can probably recall some unpleasant things that you experienced which either affected the way you live or you find it hard not to keep from thinking about it. This can be harmful to the way you should live your life and may keep you from receiving the full you out of life.

The truth is, we all have had some bad things happen that we wish we could forget. As we know, trying to forget something bad that may have happened to you is nearly impossible to do. More times than not, it seems like something will happen to trigger the memory of it. What we have to do is figure out a way to deal with it. You cannot let the past control your life. You cannot change the past, but the past can change you, either for the better or worse. The past can be a rudder that guides you or it can be an anchor that hinders you. Leave your past mistakes or experiences with God and look to the future by faith.

The past is something that has already taken place and is now a memory. Let me give you something to ponder. The past is a canceled check. It is of no value except to see what it was spent on. The future is a promissory note. It is not a guarantee of anything due to you. Today is what you have on hand. This is the present account of your life. When you look at that, what is it saying? Simply don’t worry about what was (past), don’t worry about what could be (future) and focus on what is (today).

Living in the past is no help to you in the present. Matthew 6:34 says, “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.” That means living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry. That pretty much says by worrying or living in the past can add problems that may present themselves today, making your life even more difficult.

Just as you can’t change the past, you can’t worry about something that has not happened yet. By living in the past, you are depriving yourself of your potential and from obtaining even greater things in your life if you continue to live in the past. Your future is hampered by you dwelling on that past and by doing so can be a direct result of one or more of the following: not wanting to deal with the bad past, unwilling to change directions from that past, afraid to change, thinking the past bad experience will get better by itself, not recognizing what caused that bad experience, blocking out all rational thinking and not accepting their responsibility for the bad experience.

You have to be willing to take that bad experience and turn it around to make it better. Change is hard for some to accept, but change is just another word for opportunity. While you cannot change the past, you can use it as a guide or path to change. This is done by being able to look at your faults or mistakes and being able to say: I can’t believe I lived like that, or I can’t believe I did that, or I won’t put myself in that situation again, or I want to make things better for myself and ask God to help you. He is waiting to do so.

I’m not going to say all past is bad, but rather is the bad past that leaves the scars of pain or hurt. There is a good past as well as a bad past. Let me give you some examples of good and bad past. Good past: going to school, old friends, childhood growing up, birth of a child or vacations. Bad past: bad relationships, drug and alcohol use, divorce, sinful life or criminal activity (being locked up).

In the past, you may have lived your lie for self. That means living and doing things you wanted to do without thought of it being right or wrong or without any regard to its consequences, just living for your own desires and wants. This is the kind of life that will more often than not create or give birth to your bad past. In Ephesians 2:2 it says, “wherein time past you walked according to the course of this world (self) and according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan).”

Living like that sounds hopeless, doesn’t it. It’s not. Here is the good news. Christ has already defeated the Satan of your past. In 2nd Corinthians 5:17 it says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old (past) has been cast away and everything has become new.” This is the change from a bad past and starting over fresh.

Think about it, your past sins are no more. Don’t let your past ruin your life in the things you love. You ask, “Is that possible?” Absolutely. Your past can cause you not to love, not to trust, not be happy and die in your sins. If you met a nice person that could make you a nice companion in life wouldn’t you like to be able to try it without fear of failure, hurt and arguing over the past? It is possible.

While we are talking about the past, I would like to point out some of the past of one special man —Jesus Christ — how he was treated, hated, beaten and betrayed by his own. If anyone had the right to be bitter, resentful and remember the past, it would be Jesus.

Can you imagine how our life would be if Jesus harbored ill feelings of his past memories? How about if Jesus was unwilling to let them go? My point is, we have to let our bad past go to make things better. We have to ask God to cleanse our heart and allow him to show us the goodness He has stored up for us. Yes, bad things do happen, but not all things are as bad as they appear, you make them out to be or can’t be made better.

God can change bad experiences into blessings. God can comfort and strengthen as well as renew your thinking. In James 1:2 it tells us the trials you go through should be counted as pure joy because it will test your faith which produces endurance. That is the faith that helps you forget the past that may have caused you to store up those bad memories or hidden anger.

Yes, love covers a multitude of sins, but it also purifies your heart to be conformed to a new image and a new way of thinking. Remember this, things happen for a reason, so don’t take your past as bad but as part of God’s plan for you (Jer. 29:11).

God’s plan doesn’t involve your past because God is concerned about your future. From birth to death, life is a series of weanings and God never takes anything away from you without giving you something better. You may weep and try to hold onto the past, but God will tenderly lead you toward the future.
As Corrie ten Boom said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

Do You Hear Me Talking to You? – Carl Nunnery

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“Do You Hear Me Talking to You?”
By Carl Nunnery
Farmington Correctional Center, Farmington, MO

Do you remember as a young child growing up, your parents, if they wanted your attention would coin the phrase, “Do you hear me talking to you?” You would most often feel the fear inside you through the stern voice they projected toward you. It wasn’t until I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior that I realized God talks to us every day! It was only because I couldn’t hear his voice with my ears; I was unaware that God “could” and “does” talk to us.

When God talks to us, his words are not audible. They are not heard with ears, but with your heart. You see, God does not speak at you as your parents did. God speaks to you.

Let me try to explain. God’s word is powerful. He spoke the world into existence (Genesis 1:3). God spoke to men by inspiration (Spirit). In 2nd Peter 1:21 is says, “No prophecy ever came by human will, but by men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” God spoke to us through Old Testament Prophets and New Testament Apostles. God can speak to you through an unknown stranger. God spoke to us through his own son, Jesus Christ.

God speaks to us without a voice just as babies speak to us and get our attention through their crying, or how the deaf speak to us using their hands called sign language. We can’t read the sign language unless learned, much like we can’t understand the “signs” God sends us; unless trained or learned, you won’t be able to communicate.

So how does God speak to us? We know God is spirit (1 John 4:2). He cannot be seen, but we can hear him and feel him in our heart. When God created man, he was created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26). Since God is spirit, therefore we, too, are spirit, God’s created beings. We were made alive by God’s breath, “the spirit of life.” The spirit God breathed into us is his spirit. This spirit is joined in the body with our soul forming our trinity. Each one has a function, without one or the other, we could not communicate with God. You see, we live in a created body, made alive by the spirit, given our mind and inner thoughts by our soul.

Sometimes your soul and spirit are in conflict with each other. How? God communicates to us through his and our spirit, our soul is our mind and free choice, and this is where Satan will attack us, causing the conflict. It is your soul that will ultimately decide whether it is God speaking to you or Satan, and which they chose to listen to.

Our spirit is of God, and from God, regardless of what happens to your soul at death, the spirit will return to God. God is spirit and dwells in the heart of believers. This is how God talks to us, and this is how we talk to God.

Spirit is talking to spirit.

This conversation is as real and personal as it was when your parents were sitting face to face with you. God spoke the world into existence, why would it be difficult to believe God could talk to you?

In 1 Samuel 16:7, God is talking to Samuel. He said, “He does not look at appearance, he does not see as mortals [humans] see, mortals look around and see outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

In Psalm 139:4 it says, “Even before a word is on my tongue oh Lord you knew it completely.” God even knows what you are about to say before you say it.

My friends, it doesn’t get more real or personal than that! God is a personal God, he talks to you one on one!

Are you listening?

So what is it called when we talk to God? It is prayer. Prayer is man’s communion with his creator. Being able to talk to God is not a new found ability, being able to talk to God has been done since Adam and Eve.

Sometimes God talks to us and wants to make us hear him. God gets our attention by sickness, through friends, through strangers, and yes, even jail.

Trust this, if God wants to get your attention, he will! You will hear him, and you will most definitely feel his presence. God does talk to us through his and our spirit, but your soul (mind) makes the choice. Some hear him, some don’t know him, some refuse him.

You can choose to hear God talking to you or you can refuse to listen to him, but remember this: you will at one point be face to face with your Creator, God will bring you close and say, “Can you hear me now?”

When you meet God face to face, ask yourself these three questions:

1. What excuse will you give to God for not listening to him?
2. What will you say when God asks you, didn’t you hear me talking to you?
3. Should God listen to you on judgment day?

Don’t you think it’s time to be hearers of the word?