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Good morning. It is Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
I have been invited to speak at an outdoor church event in Eugene this weekend. One of the pastors in that area saw my testimony on tv and asked if I would speak.
As I was preparing for that, I thought of the many times I have heard God speak, and I thought about a comment I heard recently from a young man.
This young man was born on August 14, 1987. He is an American football tight end who is a free agent.
He is better known in football for his career as a quarterback. In that position, he played college football for the University of Florida where he won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and appeared on BCS National Championship-winning teams during the 2006 and 2008 season before playing for the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets.
He is also a former professional baseball player who has played in the minor leagues as an outfielder in the New York Mets organization.
He became the Florida Gators' starting quarterback during the 2007 season, when he became the first college sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.
In 2008, he led Florida to a 13–1 record and its second national championship in three years and was named the offensive MVP of the national championship game. The Gators again went 13–1 in 2009, his senior year.
At the conclusion of his college career, he held the Southeastern Conference's all-time records in both career passing efficiency and total rushing touchdowns, appearing second and tenth (respectively) in the NCAA record book in these categories.
As a member of the Denver Broncos, he started the last three games of his rookie season (2010) and became the team's full-time starting quarterback beginning in the sixth game of the 2011 season. The Broncos were 1–4 before he became their starter, but began winning with him on the field, often coming from behind late in the fourth quarter.
With this young man as the starter, the Broncos won their first AFC West title and won their first playoff game since 2005, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime.
During the 2012 offseason, the Broncos traded him to the New York Jets. He received little playing time and was released after the 2012 season. He later signed with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles but did not play in any games for either team.
In 2016, he decided to pursue a career in professional baseball. He signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets and played in their organization as a left fielder and designated hitter, until retiring from baseball in 2021. He subsequently returned to football as a tight end this year when he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was released after one preseason game.
Who am I talking about?
I knew none of that until 3 weeks ago. The only thing I knew about Mr. Tebow was that he was very outspoken about his Christian faith and he was the guy who took a knee on the field. But why did he kneel?
In 2018 Tim was interviewed by USA Today Sports and is quoted as saying this “A lot of people…think it was a touchdown celebration.’’ “I never did it to celebrate a touchdown. I have done that from my sophomore year in high school all the way through the NFL, that before and after games I would get on a knee to thank my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and put things into perspective. …”
It was because of this reason that I started following Tim on social media a couple of years ago. I admired the man; still do!
Tebow is known for his outspoken Christian faith. In the Philippines, he preached at schools and villages, and assisted with medical care. Tebow supports more than 40 national evangelists working in that nation. In the United States, Tebow has shared his Christian faith in prisons and schools, to church and youth groups, and at meetings and conferences.
Tebow is a strong advocate for faith-based abstinence, and has publicly stated that he had maintained his virginity before marriage. Tebow is a group leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an organization which mandates that all leaders sign a Statement of Sexual Purity which states that sex outside marriage and homosexual acts are unacceptable to God. (source: Wikipedia)
Imagine my shock then when not too long ago he said “I have never heard God speak.” Blew my mind!!
I thought everyone had heard God speak! I don’t feel that I am special. I certainly have done nothing of my own merit to garner that kind of privilege.
But let me ask you, have you heard God speak?
The more I thought about Tim’s comment, the more convinced I am that God does speak to everyone, but not everyone knows what to expect. Not everyone hears His voice. Not everyone understands what is happening.
Have you ever had the urge to call someone? To do something kind for someone? To delay a plan? To perform an act of kindness? To tell the truth when a lie would be much easier? To stop an injustice? To quit a bad habit?
I believe that is the voice of God!
"The Spirit shows what is true and will come and guide you into the full truth. The Spirit doesn’t speak on his own. He will tell you only what he has heard from me, and he will let you know what is going to happen." John 16:13 (CEV)
Ashley is a blogger at undoubtegrace.com and she wrote: “With this scripture about God’s voice, Jesus was encouraging the disciples prior to his final ascension. He was letting them know about the gift that would be given to them during Pentecost, a helper we know as the Holy spirit. In order for the spirit to speak in our lives, God has to have given Him words to say. So the feeling of the holy spirit speaking to you, that is GOD!”
Now, I also believe Satan can talk to us and his voice says just the opposite. Lie, it will not matter. Cheat, no one will know. Get angry, they deserve it! Flirt with that married man or woman, it will not hurt anyone. Do that drug; drink that drink; smoke that smoke. Pop that pill.
It is important to know our Bible because the voice of God will never contradict what the word of God says.
Do you see the difference?
Romans 7:18 NIV “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”
2 Corinthians 3:5 NIV “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”
I cannot explain it other than that. God has used me; spoke to me; answered my prayers and interrupted my thoughts. I know it sounds foolish to non-believers, but you know…1 Corinthians 1:27-29 tell us that “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen…”