Does God Speak to “Fruitcakes”?

July 15, 2012

Westboro Baptist Church

God gets the blame for ALOT of dumb things that humans do.  Jim Jones had people drink poison Kool Aide because “God” told him to do that.  “God” regularly tells the Westboro Baptist Church “Wackos” to protest at funerals of our country’s heros.    I’ve heard of pediphiles say that “God” told them to molest the kids that they harmed.  Did God REALLY tell these FRUITCAKES to do those things?  How do we know?

Sometimes my wife will speak a sentence to me and I know EXACTLY what she means because I’ve known her since college and we’ve been married long enough to have a 19 year old child.  I understand where she’s coming from.

I also have a couple of old friends that come to my church.  Sometimes we might say something in reference to an adventure that we had in our college years and the other one will “get it”.  Other friends standing nearby may hear the same words but won’t “get it” until we explain what we meant.

What makes that understanding possible when such few words are exchanged?

We understand each other.  We have a history with each other.  We also know the personality, passions, and hearts of each other.

Hearing God is like that too.  That’s why it is SO important to know His word when listening to Him.

I once had someone tell me that it must be God’s will that they continue the affair that they were having with a married man.  They had prayed, “God, take these feelings that I have for him away.”  When the feelings didn’t leave, she reasoned that it must be God’s will for them to be together.

She would never had thought along those lines if she had known God better through the pages of the Bible.  If you think you’re hearing from God. there is a test to measure it by.

If what you’re hearing conflicts with clear instructions in His Word or His character, it’s not God.

The 66 books of the Bible tell us what God is like.  We learn His passions, what He loves, and even some things that he doesn’t like very much.  The Bible tells us things that we shouldn’t be involved in if we want to know Him.  It even gives us some instructions on how to know God’s heart.

It’s hard to hear and understand someone that you don’t know very well.  It’s also hard to understand what someone means when you don’t know their background.

If you’re REALLY interested in hearing from God, get to know Him through the Bible. Then when He speaks, you will be prepared to better understand Him.

He will also speak to you through the Bible when you prayerfully read it in the quiet.  Make a habit of it!

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5 Responses to “Does God Speak to “Fruitcakes”?”

  1. Michael Wilson said

    Thanks for the reminder about God’s word. Be blessed today. God is with you man of God.

  2. Linden Wolfe said

    Well said. If God’s word doesn’t confirm it then we need to be very careful.

  3. Barry Steelman said

    Good word Eddie. It’s important to know when it is God speaking to you and when it is Satan, as they will both be speaking to you. That’s why it’s important to have a personal relationship with him and know his word. Thanks for sharing, always enjoy reading your blogs. Maybe a good topic would be, “Does God speak audibly to me?” Many people don’t know how to hear from God, but he is always trying to reach us.

    • eddiepoole said

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Barry! Always encouraging talking to you!

      You make some good points. You’re right! He’s always speaking and always at work.

      Hmm… I’ll give that suggestion some thought!

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