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Topic: hope (03/29/04)

TITLE: It's So Wonderful When God Talks to
By Barbara Wise


Before Jesus died for our sins and the Holy Spirit began dwelling in the souls of those of us who accept Him as our Lord and Savior, God oftentimes spoke to His creation with an audible voice. In fact, there are many places in the Old Testament describing the audible voice of God as the “sound of thunder.” God also used prophets to deliver his message as well as selected angels to appear to chosen people giving them a commandment from God or prophetic messages such as bringing tidings of great joy.

However, after Jesus died and rose from the dead so that we may have eternal life with Him, God’s chosen form of communication is normally conducted through prayer. Unfortunately, many of God’s children today are so busy with life’s problems they lose touch with the “inner voice” God uses to talk to us. It is very sad when we come to this point; because without Jesus Christ guiding us through life and helping us to make the correct decisions, we end up in total chaos. Instead, we tend to push Him back and ask for help only during times of crisis. I am guilty of doing this myself. But I do recognize my sin, confess it and ask God continually to keep me humble and on the path of following Him.

However, today something really magnificent happened that prompted me to write this article. Several months ago God put a thought in my mind to develop a website containing the entire text of the King James Bible. I did as commanded and developed the ServantofJesusChrist.Com website. This website not only provides the entire Old and New Testaments for online viewing, but it also contains a PDF download of the entire Bible so anyone can print out a free copy anywhere in the world. I also found that I use the website quite often myself. Every time I need a Bible verse to add to an article or publication I am writing, I go to this website and find them.

Well today was different. I went to the website to find a Bible verse. I closed my eyes and asked God to guide me to the right Bible verse to publish. He immediately told me to go to the book: 2 Corinthians. When I clicked on the first chapter I noticed there was absolutely no text on the web page. After further checking, I discovered that I had mistakenly left the entire book of 2 Corinthians out and nothing appeared on the website except the template I had used to design the pages.

Now I realize there will be skeptics reading this article and it will appear to be unbelievable to them that God would actually be concerned about something this small and insignificant. Some people will actually discredit God by saying this was all just a “coincidence.” But you tell me – out of 66 books in the Old and New Testament, what are the chances that I would be led to the exact book the first time? And because I found this mistake I checked every web page and found that I also had not completed the books of Joel, Micah and Ruth. If I had not found the problem with 2 Corinthians, I would have never found the other three.

Of course I stopped what I was doing immediately and promptly fixed the problem; but after it was all over I really stopped and thought about the whole matter. God actually talked to me today! The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the highest power in existence actually talked to me today! I am here to tell the world that God is alive and He is returning soon. If you are not saved, I strongly urge you to find out who Jesus Christ is, admit you’re a sinner and believe in your heart that He died for your sins. The age of Grace is almost over.

Barbara Wise is a retired homemaker, now widowed -- who dedicates her life to the study of God's word and how it relates to the end time prophecy.

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