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21 Days to the Manifest Presence of God: Day 11 (True North)

This entry is part 12 of 22 in the series 21 Days to the Manifest Presence of God

Welcome to Day 11 of my series about developing an awareness of God’s presence! You can refer back to Day 1 if you’d like to know my backstory for the series.

I encourage you to read all the posts in the series if you are just joining usEach day’s assignment builds on the previous assignments, and they are all vitally important! (Be sure to subscribe to receive my daily posts so you won’t miss anything.) Find the table of contents here.

Today, we are going to learn a check-and-balance that you need to know to be sure you’ve heard from God.

This is very important. It’s one of the most important things you’ll learn about hearing God.

And it’s a key to the heart of God.

Here is the principle:

When God speaks, He does not condemn you. Instead, He always gives hope, direction, guidance, and encouragement.

He does convict you when He needs to, just like a good parent would.

But when the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin, He will first show you your sin, then He’ll show you how to say you’re sorry. He’ll show you how to change.

You’ll feel a sweet relief, knowing that it’s time to get rid of this sin and that you can be forgiven. You’ll feel His joy and anticipation of a new beginning. Then when you cooperate with Him and repent, you will have HUGE LEVELS OF HOPE and joy.

You’ll feel brand-new. This is so important.

You’ll know you’ve been forgiven, and you’ll sense His presence with you. You’ll feel His love and His joy in you. Your Daddy God is so proud of you when you are sincerely sorry, and you turn back to Him!

What God DOES NOT do:

God does not condemn you, making you feel like you’ve failed and there’s no hope. EVER.

He never says things that will make you afraid.

John 3:17 says:

Start-quoteFor God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

So if you are feeling or hearing something that purports to be God, or that you think is God–something that makes you feel condemned or without hope–IT IS NOT GOD. It’s the devil, and it’s a lie.

Galatians 6:22 proves this:

Start-quoteBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

This means that, whenever the Holy Spirit is doing something, or saying something, or producing something in you, it will result in love, joy, peace, kindness, etc.

Let the fruit of the Spirit be the “true north” on your compass. If something isn’t full of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, then the Holy Spirit ain’t in it. Period.

God is your Heavenly Father.

He’s a  perfect Father who is both just AND LOVING. So He always will correct you when you need correcting, because He’s just. But He’ll help you and love you throughout the process, because God is love.

Child of God, even when you do something wrong, your picture is still on God’s refrigerator.

So here is your assignment for Day 11:

Think about the things you believe God might be saying to you right now.

Open your Bible like you did yesterday, ask Him to speak to you, and see what He says.

Then double-check. Is this verse speaking joy, faith, encouragement, direction, or hopeful conviction to you?

If so, then you can know for sure it’s God. God’s manifest presence always produces the fruit of the Spirit. Wherever God is, He produces love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, and every other good thing.

If it’s not, then what you are sensing is not God.

Start today to make this check-and-balance a habit in your life. By comparing what you think is God to what you KNOW is God (as shown in His Word), you can learn to discern what IS from God and what’s NOT from God.

What is God speaking hope and faith into you about today?

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9 Comments

    1. Hi Pam! Thanks! It has sure helped me a lot! Especially with tough decisions. I’m so grateful God doesn’t leave us to fend for ourselves in this crazy world, aren’t you? 🙂

  1. Hi Jamie, It was my understanding that the Holy Spirit does not “convict” the believer of sin, but that He reminds the believer of his Righteousness because of the work of Christ on the cross. I am already forgiven of all my past,present, and future sins.There was a time when I was sooo sin conscious, always asking God for forgiveness. This made me feel like I was never right with God , always failing Him.Many,many times I felt so frustrated. I did not know my true identity in Christ. Now, I think different. I am learning to be more Christ conscious. Think more of His finished work at the cross.”IT IS FINISHED, THERE REMAINS NO MORE SACRIFICE’. I feel more freedom now, no longer bound to dos and don’ts.

  2. FYI, the link that takes you to the next day in the series, actually takes you to day 14 instead of day 12.
    Thanks again for this amazing series!

      1. It’s not a big deal for me but thought you would want to know. As for me, my family & I are now going through this series AGAIN! We love it.

  3. Joshua sweatt says:

    Hey Jamie I’ve been trying to learn how to hear from God but I always get confused or frustrated. Now I have this wonderful blog in my life to help break it down for Thank you.

    1. Thanks so much for reading, Joshua. Praising God with you! If you happen to want to get an amazing book about this subject, I highly recommend Mark and Patti Virkler’s book called “Dialogue With God.” It’s an awesome book and very helpful in this area.
      Have a great day!

  4. Maria Dimba says:

    Wow, this is wonderful telling God to hear my prayers and give answers, something I have been crying for today. You know when you are praying for something and when it seems God is not listening to you, that is what was happening to me but today I know God has heard my prayer.

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