Colossians 4:6, "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone."
When we read the Bible, we come across many great conversations. We know whenever God speaks there is always a release of the supernatural infused in the conversation. God still wants to have in-depth, instructive, comforting, edifying and exhorting conversations with us today.
Conversations can be casual, but they can also be life changing. Think about conversations you have had that were positive and life changing. My first audible conversation with Christ, “You are not going to die!” My first prophetic word from a mentor, “God is going to do great things with your life.” Those were outstanding conversations, but they would not have become real if I had not believed them.
Conversations are the most incredible and extraordinary means of communication, especially when they are with an all-knowing, all-powerful God. So, we start with “Hey God, can we talk?”
God answers, “Hey if I say yes, do I get to talk too?" Or "hey if we talk will you listen”? We must make it a point to listen more than we talk. Two way conversations are His way of giving us comfort, direction, instruction, information, and advice.
Hearing from God is not a skill or talent. It is not only for certain people who are gifted. It is not only for emergency use. It is to help us grasp what God created us for, which is fellowship through communication and interaction.
A conversation is not a command. In the Bible, there are many times when God commanded someone to do or not to do something. For example in Genesis 2, the Lord commanded the man saying from any tree of the garden you may eat freely but from the tree of the knowledge you shall not eat. A command is when there is no request for input or feedback.
A conversation is not a monologue. A monologue is like a lecture; when someone speaks to you and there is no room for your input or feedback. The sermon on the Mount was a monologue.
So, then what is a conversation? A conversation comes from two Latin root words that mean “to take turns together.” If human conversations can facilitate deep connections and exchanges between humans, how much more will our conversations with God serve to deepen our relationship with Him. The ultimate goal of the art of conversation is that we grow closer and more intimate with Him and each other.
In His Name,
Pastor Jo Ann Angelo