In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares an encouraging sermon titled, “God’s Prompting.” Join us as we read how God prompted Nehemiah to handle populating the city of Jerusalem in Nehemiah 7:5 and learn how God can speak to us by putting ideas into our hearts. Our prayer is that this message would deepen your understanding of how God speaks to us through His prompting.
prompting noun /’pra:mp.ting/
* to cause someone say or do something:
• Kids of that age really shouldn’t need prompting to say thank
you for things.
• Amazingly – without any prompting – my husband actually said
how nice I looked in my new dress!
Nehemiah 7:5 ESV
Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy.
Nehemiah 7:5 NLT
So my God gave me the idea to call together all the nobles and leaders of the city, along with the ordinary citizens, for registration.
Nehemiah 7:5 NLT
So my God gave me the idea…
Haggai 1:14 NLT
So the Lord sparked the enthusiasm of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the enthusiasm of Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the enthusiasm of the whole remnant of God’s people. They began rebuilding the house of their God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies…
Cautions on Promptings
1st They are not infallible
2nd They are not immediate
3rd They are not information downloads
So how can you know if God is prompting you?
1. When I am in God’s presence and out of the blue a thought comes to me and continues.
2. When I have a prompting or thought that clearly falls into line with God’s Word. ie: to encourage someone, reach out to someone, buy a meal for someone.
3. When I receive a specific direction from the Lord about something I wasn’t even thinking about.
4. When I am reading Scripture and a verse jumps off the page and I can’t get it off of my mind even if I’ve read the verse many times before.
5. When a thought or feeling pops into my mind and it sticks – I can’t shake it. ie: Talk to that person, pray for that person, do something specific.
6. When the prompting keeps coming to my heart and mind – and what I am being prompted to do makes me uncomfortable!
7. When a prompting is confirmed by my spouse or through random conversations from people in my close circle.
8. When the prompting is brought to my mind 3 times.
9. When the prompting comes with a sense of urgency or some other strong emotion like sadness or a burden.
10. When the prompting comes while I am praying and I feel the need to write it down.
11. When it’s the first thing I think of when I wake up.
12. When it comes up in different unrelated conversations.
13. When you have repeated interaction with the person you have been prompted about.
14. When an overwhelming peace follows obedience to the prompting.