Sunday, August 25, 2013

Don't Ignore The Nudge

Have you ever felt a "nudge" to do something? You know what I mean - that little voice inside of you or that overwhelming feeling that you just must act.

For a Christian if we stay attuned to the Spirit within us, we will receive nudges.

One day I was particularly busy writing and revising some of my work, but I had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to email an author/friend. I could have ignored it, but I heeded the nudge. I wrote a simple note explaining that she was brought to my mind, and I was praying for her. She immediately responded, thanking me. At that moment she was really depressed over some circumstances in her life. She was able to get some things off her chest, and I was able to encourage her.

Now, what if I had ignored the nudge? I would have missed out on an opportunity to lift up a sister in Christ. I was humbled yet encouraged that God would use me in such a way.

"Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is."
Ephesians 5:15-17

The Spirit resides in us when we become a Christian - God's deposit in us. As the verse above says, we must live wisely. To do this we have to study God's Word and communicate with Him through prayer. We shouldn't just be satisfied knowing we are saved; we should discover the will of God for our lives. We have to make the most of every opportunity whether big or small to tell the lost about Christ and encourage our brothers and sisters who are Christians.

When we stay focused on Christ and pay attention to His Spirit within us, we may experience a nudge to act. We shouldn't ignore this opportunity to partner with God and what He is doing.

Have you experienced any God-nudges? Isn't it amazing that the God of the universe uses us to accomplish His purposes?

Just felt a nudge to share that with you today - wink.


Anonymous said...

Good blog. I wasn't raised to pay attention to nudges. Too bad. I think sometimes as Christian we are in the world too much don't pay attention to God's nudges.
-Brooke Cox

Gay Lewis said...

I also pay attention to nudges. God uses them to clue us in. Thanks for sharing.

Karla Akins said...

I hope I never ignore a nudge! But I do recognize them most of the time. :-) I love it that He cares enough to give us a poke or two!