They heard the Lord’s plans

“So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth! “Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives.” (Genesis‬ ‭6:13-14, 17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

“During our stay of several days, Agabus, a prophet from Judea, came to visit us. As a prophetic gesture, he took Paul’s belt and tied his own hands and feet with it as he prophesied, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘The one who owns this belt will be tied up in this same way by the Jews and they will hand him over to those who are not Jews.’” (Acts 21:10-11 TPT)

God reveals His plans for us through Scripture, dreams, visions, prophets and direct communication.

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They heard the Lord’s instruction

“The way you counsel and correct me makes me praise you more, for your whispers in the night give me wisdom, showing me what to do next. For you bring me a continual revelation of resurrection life, the path to the bliss that brings me face-to-face with you.” (Psalm 16:7,11 TPT)

“All at once their eyes were opened and they realized it was Jesus! Then suddenly, in a flash, Jesus vanished from before their eyes! Stunned, they looked at each other and said, “Why didn’t we recognize it was him? Didn’t our hearts burn with the flames of holy passion while we walked beside him? He unveiled for us such profound revelation from the Scriptures!” (Luke 24:31-32 TPT)

Scripture May seem as difficult to understand as the Bible in Welsh pictured above but inviting the Holy Spirit to be your guide and teacher can change that dramatically for the better.

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They heard the Lord’s direction

“The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.” (Genesis‬ ‭12:1, 4‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Living in Damascus was a believer named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling his name. “Ananias.” “Yes, Lord,” Ananias answered. The Lord said, “Go at once to the street called Abundance and look for a man from Tarsus named Saul. You will find him at Judah’s house. While he was praying, he saw in a supernatural vision a man named Ananias coming to lay hands upon him to restore his sight.” (Acts 9:10 TPT)

Choosing to practice hearing God when we are not under pressure not only builds faith and relationship but creates a confidence in hearing God for direction when times are difficult.

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They heard the Lord’s warning

“”Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”” (Genesis‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

“As Paul spoke about true righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became terrified and said, “Leave me for now. I’ll send for you later when it’s more convenient.”” Acts‬ ‭24:25‬ ‭TPT‬‬

How have you heard the Lord’s warning?

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They heard the Lord’s blessing

“The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”” (Genesis‬ ‭12:1-3‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

““Shortly after I began to speak, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon them, just like what happened to us at the beginning. And I remembered the words the Lord had told us: ‘John immersed you in water, but you will be immersed in the Holy Spirit.’ When they heard this, their objections were put to rest and they all glorified God, saying, “Look what God has done! He’s giving the gift of repentance that leads to life to people who aren’t even Jews.”” Acts‬ ‭11:15-16, 18‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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They heard the Lord seeking them

“Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”” (Genesis‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

““So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭2:36-38, 41‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

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They heard the Lord’s Presence

“When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden.” (Genesis‬ ‭3:8‬a NLT‬‬)

Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! When the people of the city heard the roaring sound, crowds came running to where it was coming from, stunned over what was happening, because each one could hear the disciples speaking in his or her own language. Bewildered, they said to one another, “Aren’t these all Galileans? Yet we hear them speaking of God’s mighty wonders in our own dialects!” They all stood there, dumbfounded and astonished, saying to one another, “What is this phenomenon?” (Acts 2:2,6-7,11-12 TPT)

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