Divine Experience or Hopeless Distraction

Divine Experience or Hopeless DistractionIn scripture, we read over and over of God speaking directly to His people. He walked with Adam and Eve in the garden, Jacob wrestled with God in the desert, Joseph understood His will through dreams, He spoke to Moses through a burning bush, an angel of the Lord appeared before Gideon, and the list could go on through the New Testament. How did they know it was truly God giving them direction and not the devil seeking to distract them?

Let’s take a quick look at one person who gives us the clearest picture of God’s direction, Gideon.

God appeared to Gideon in Judges 6 and calls him to deliver the Israelites from the “Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples” vs 33 whom joined forces. First, Gideon asks the Lord for a sign confirming God’s direction. God affirms this request not once, but twice for Gideon. Once Gideon is certain this call is indeed from God, he follows God’s every instruction from that point on, defeating the Midianites with only 300 Israelite warriors.

Many today will argue that God no longer speaks to His people in such obvious and powerful ways. I beg to differ. God is still active in the lives of His people. What I have to offer is one of my most recent experiences.

I was sitting in the back of the She Speaks banquet hall, filled with over 650 women with a common desire. We each desired to serve God with the gifts and calling He had given. We sat listening intently to Liz Curtis Higgs as she reminded us to give our audience ourselves and above all God’s love, no matter who they are. At the close of her poignant and hysterical talk, she began reading a few verses from Jeremiah 1:6-9:

“Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth.”

As she spoke those final words from God, I felt God press His hand on my tongue. At first, I was startled by the sensation. I quietly asked God if it was really Him. Immediately the tears began pouring like a flood. My body felt like something was swelling inside, radiating from every pore. The tears came in heaves. I knew I needed to get to the Prayer Room and meet with God.

As He and I spoke through prayer and through His Word, I asked Him to confirm what I believe just occurred. I needed to know this was not exhaustion, hormones from being 18 weeks pregnant, or simply being in the moment. I also asked Him to help me be receptive to what this all may mean. Though I understand the verse, I wasn’t sure how He meant for me to implement it in my life. Confirmation came quickly and in such a way I knew it was from Him.

My dear friend Stephanie, who had been sitting in front of me in the hall, happened to be walking by the Prayer Room as I emerged. We talked for a few minutes about what happened. As I told her, Stephanie shared that she’d heard me crying and wanted to go to my side. However, Stephanie said that God told her to stay in her seat, He was speaking with me. He spoke to the both of us, not just me; this first confirmed for me that it truly was His hand pressing on my tongue. Later, He revealed the meaning.

On my flight home, He revealed the message He wanted me to one day share, though it is not something to be imparted just yet…So now I wait patiently for Him to prompt my next step.

How do we know if what we experience is direction and not distraction? Pure and simple, we must seek confirmation. God provides us with a number of ways to do just that.

  1. Prayer: Enter into a conversation with God. Ask Him to confirm with you His Call. We recognize the voice of our friends and family because we speak with them often. It is the same with God. The more you speak with Him, the easier it becomes to recognize His voice. I call on you, O God, for You will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6
  2. Signs/Dreams/Visions: Gideon was deliberate, asking God for a specific sign. He wasn’t testing the Lord, desiring only to know it was the Lord giving him directions. Once God confirmed through the fleece, twice, Gideon followed God’s direction without hesitation. Don’t be afraid to ask God for a clear sign, one you will recognize as coming from Him alone. Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights. Isaiah 7:11
  3. Scripture: Does this call match scripture? If there is anything which goes against His Word, even if it’s only one element, discard it immediately. This means we need to take the time to, Test everything. Hold on to the good. I Thessalonians 5:21
  4. Godly Counsel: Seek out the godly advice from someone who is walking with the Lord. Are you connected with a Bible study or prayer group whom you can seek prayer and counsel? Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Proverbs 19:20
  5. Be Patient: Do not act until you receive confirmation. God’s timing doesn’t match our own, therefore we must be patient. His initial sign may simply be His way of helping us open our hearts and minds. He honestly may need you to be receptive to whatever He desires to reveal next. Dig into His Word, spend time with Him through prayer and…Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him. Psalm 37:7a

Have you ever had a divine experience? How did you seek confirmation from God? I would love for you to share your encounter with us here.

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9 thoughts on “Divine Experience or Hopeless Distraction

  1. Heather can I tell you how powerful this post was for me?!?!?! This sent chills up my back (in a good way) and I think it’s a tap on the shoulder from God as an answer to one of my prayers. Thank you for being a godly influence and inspiring me so much on my walk.

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  2. I have to agree with Veronica Heather! Thank you so much for sharing this story with us. You have such a heart for God and for others. I know that God is going to use you greatly. You will be in my prayers. This also solidified some of my prayers regarding in which direction I’m being called. I loved how you broke “direction vs distraction” into a set of steps. I think all of us who are on that journey to see how God wants to use us need to follow that path biblically. God will work out the details as we follow Him and His instructions. Love you girl! Have a great trip!

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  3. WOW…I so needed to hear your words. I read this on the 30th and it helped clear my head and inspired me to post a new blog on my blog spot. Thank you so much for your Inspiration and Your Heart for God.

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  4. ❤The wise man built his house upon the rock
    The wise man built his house upon the rock
    The wise man built his house upon the rock
    And the rain came tumbling down
    ❤Oh, the rain came down
    And the floods came up
    The rain came down
    And the floods came up
    The rain came down
    And the floods came up
    And the wise man’s house stood firm.
    ❤The foolish man built his house upon the sand
    The foolish man built his house upon the sand
    The foolish man built his house upon the sand
    And the rain came tumbling down
    ❤Oh, the rain came down
    And the floods came up
    The rain came down
    And the floods came up
    The rain came down
    And the floods came up
    And the foolish man’s house went “splat!” 
    So, build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ
    Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ
    Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ
    And the blessings will come down
    ❤Oh, the blessings come down
    As your prayers go up
    The blessings come down
    As your prayers go up
    The blessings come down
    As your prayer go up
    So build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ.
    So i read about how ***HE touched you Heather at “She speaks, and how you KNOW❤❤❤ it is HIM, ❤❤❤
    I was woken up tonight during a terrible rain, hail thunder storm and gripped with fear I started to pray and THEN the tears came as HE quietly gently reminded me that I build my house on the ROCK!!! 
    Thank you for a world class team!!!
    Yes, in the WORLD!!!!!! ❤ I am in South Africa and alone with a little 2 year old for company, and I  get to go online any second day or night with Melissa’s WORLD CLASS online team, and at every second –ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS — there is a word for me in season and a SISTER who is obedient writing down every word given to her by our Lord Jesus, factual, honest, from the heart❤ word, cutting deep, Yes THANK YOU!!!!’ my friends xxx

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  5. Thank you for being a part of the Proverbs 31 team and for all your encouraging posts, and keeping things current with facebook and twitter. Your prayers for all of us doing the Bible studies is so appreciated.

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  6. I am such the one trying to clean my room and becoming buried under Barbies!!! I really need to check out Glynnis’ book and I would love to win Unglued!
    One of the things I am working on is rewarding myself, celebrating doing my “one thing” God nudges me to do each day. Sometimes it’s a few extra minutes on Facebook or immersing myself in the Olympics. I even got a pedicure or two this summer!!
    Glad to be here 🙂

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