Faith & Spirit | 5 Methods God Uses To Get Our Attention


1. A Restless Spirit
Ester 6:1 Develop an uneasiness

2. Words From Others
2 Samuel 12:1
The Lord sent Nathan to David
God will send others to speak His words to you.
** However, you must be careful of this ~ It is highly possible to receive wrong council
Rehoboam (2 Corinthians 10) listened to counsel from men who were not in right standing with God.

1 John 4:1
"Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world."


3. Unanswered Prayer
When our prayers are hindered or "unanswered."
Just as a child and her mother ~ If the mother does not respond to her child's request,
the child will wonder "What did I do?" which causes self examination

Reasons for unanswered prayer:
-Motives (James 4:3)
-Disobedience (1 John 3:22)
-Outside of His Will (1 John 5:14)
-Sin (Isaiah 59:1-2)
"Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: [2] But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."

God says that our sins separate us from Him. He cannot hear our prayers, He cannot speak to us through His Word, unless we first repent—change our lives—from the way of sin.

Sometimes God knows if He answers our prayer and 
gives us what we ask for, that it will do more harm than good. 
Turning us from a mind of dependence to Independence:

2 Corinthians 12:7 ~ Unanswered prayer brought Paul into a new dimension of dependence on God.
-from focus of the problem, to the understanding of His grace.

4. Disappointment
Job 2: 9-10
Disappointments make us yearn to hear God's voice, for understanding and direction.
The greatest disappointments are God's greatest attention getters.

5. Unusual Circumstances
Financial Collapses
Tragedy
Sickness & Affliction


*Bonus*

Blessings
Romans 2:4
God blesses us in the most unusual ways.
Blessings that can not be attained on our own are from Abba
It gets our attention.


* Reference: Charles Stanley, "How To Listen To God."

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