Has God Been Trying to Get Your Attention?

Written by Karen Schenk

soulcravingsattentionWhen I think of moments when God has tried to get my attention,  at first I think of times when difficult things happened. I would turn to God in a dramatic manner and seek his help in my life.    But as I think about it more,  I realize that the times he has really gotten my attention were not big and dramatic moments.  Rather it was the  times where I sensed him being with me and possibly even giving me a sense of the next step to take in a complicated time.

If I’m really honest, I think God tries to get my attention everyday. I can be fiercely independent, but then I have this sense that I’m not alone and as I turn to God I realize he truly wants to walk the road with me.   His way of getting my attention is that of a caring friend who is with me guides me through each day.  I need to become more sensitive and in tune with him.

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26 Responses to “Has God Been Trying to Get Your Attention?”

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Karolina, I think you will find that Chris is correct . . . read on below . . .

    Prior to the time of Jesus, water baptism was a Jewish practice that signified that the sins they had been cleansed of were left behind in the waters, a purification ceremony known as mikvah.

    However, John the Baptist said of Jesus, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Mt. 3:11) and for followers of Christ, this changed the meaning of baptism. At Mt. 28:19, Jesus told His disciples to “Go and make disciples . . . baptizing them . . . “; in this way, Jesus associated baptism with the disciple-ing process, the process by which one becomes more Christ-like.

    Jesus’ baptism “with the Holy Spirit” is explained at 1 Cor 12:13 in that “For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body”, that body being the body of Christ (For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ – Gal 3:27) Thus we are (spiritually) baptized into Christ by the Holy Spirit and water immersion is not a necessary part of this process.

    Paul, the greatest evangelist ever, affirms this at 1 Cor 1:13-16 when he talks of how few people he baptized and goes so far as to say that “Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel” in verse 17! Clearly Paul did not view baptism as necessary for salvation – he did see it as an act of obedience (the disciple-ing process ) for the redeemed but not as a part of the redemptive process.

    The most obvious example of “salvation without water baptism” is that of the thief on the cross to whom Jesus Himself said “Today you will be with Me in Paradise” and this man was never baptized . . . he simply saw Jesus for who He was (called Him Lord) and placed his trust in him (remember me) for salvation (into Your Kingdom) when he said, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom” (Lk 23:42)

  • Karolina says:

    i just don’t understand how God would want to put baptism all over his bible and not mean what he actually is saying. God is perfect. he doesn’t play games and try to trick people. you know what, Chris, i encourage you to pray to the Lord and ask him to guide you to the truth. i believe its a sign from God so that you can open your eyes from Satan’s evil schemes. Perhaps studying out the scriptures on baptism and salvation would help. Chris, I’m going to make it crystal clear again. Baptism does not save you nor does faith alone. You need faith and baptism to be saved. BOTH are essential for salvation. baptism means immersion. The definition of immersion means to be covered completely. ANNNND in this case, what would be covering you completely? Water of course.
    26-28 Later God’s angel spoke to Philip: “At noon today I want you to walk over to that desolate road that goes from Jerusalem down to Gaza.” He got up and went. He met an Ethiopian eunuch coming down the road. The eunuch had been on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and was returning to Ethiopia, where he was minister in charge of all the finances of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He was riding in a chariot and reading the prophet Isaiah.

    29-30 The Spirit told Philip, “Climb into the chariot.” Running up alongside, Philip heard the eunuch reading Isaiah and asked, “Do you understand what you’re reading?”

    31-33 He answered, “How can I without some help?” and invited Philip into the chariot with him. The passage he was reading was this:

    As a sheep led to slaughter,
    and quiet as a lamb being sheared,
    He was silent, saying nothing.
    He was mocked and put down, never got a fair trial.
    But who now can count his kin
    since he’s been taken from the earth?
    34-35 The eunuch said, “Tell me, who is the prophet talking about: himself or some other?” Philip grabbed his chance. Using this passage as his text, he preached Jesus to him.

    36-39 As they continued down the road, they came to a stream of water. The eunuch said, “Here’s water. Why can’t I be baptized?” He ordered the chariot to stop. They both went down to the water, and Philip baptized him on the spot. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of God suddenly took Philip off, and that was the last the eunuch saw of him. But he didn’t mind. He had what he’d come for and went on down the road as happy as he could be.

    this scripture is talking about actual water. it is not a symbol whatsoever. there is only one interpretation in the bible. if you don’t understand the one and only truth then you are just a fool. think about it. if you are teaching and twisting God;s word, you will be judged harshly. those that teach and deceive people have the darkest hell.

  • Chris Chris says:

    karolina…again you are equating salvation with baptism which is a grave error called baptismal regeneration. only the holy spirit regenerates our human spirits to be alive in christ. any earthly substance, be it wáter or whatever has no power to change us much less recreate us. romans 6 is referring to baptism as a symbol of what we already have in christ, not what we get by being baptized. if that were true then any person who became a Christian by receiving christ but were either martyred or killed before being baptized would not be in heaven right now as happened down through the ages. John baptized unto repentance to prepare the people for christ. Christian baptism demonstrates to the world we are identifying with christ and his church. just as the church doesnt save us, neither does wáter baptism. the root of believing in wáter cleansing sin goes all the way back to rome. the bible is clear, only the blood of christ cleanses which we receive by faith in his name. romans 3.25

  • Karolina says:

    You need faith and you need water to be baptized, because if not what would be the point?
    here are scriptures about actual water baptisms not parables like you assume.
    John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said to me, On whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with the Holy Ghost.
    John 3:5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
    John 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
    Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
    Acts 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, to that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
    Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added to them about three thousand souls.

  • Chris Chris says:

    karolina…the fact that jesus does command baptism doesnt negate the fact that his salvation is free the moment we believe as described in John 5.23 to 24. in John 3, jesus however isnt talking about wáter baptism but a new birth. just as we are born through the watery placenta of our mothers naturally, so too do we need to be born from above, from on high, or born again, not baptized again. the new birth is a spiritual experience that has nothing to do with wáter. we see that from acts 10 where the house of Cornelius became christians and were filled with the spirit without having been baptized. if baptism were necessary for salvation, the holy spirit would not have filled them since they wouldnt have been saved yet according to your thinking. we will never arrive to heavens gates and proclaim…i am saved because i believed on christ and i was baptized since baptism is a work and no flesh will glory before God in his presence over their own Works as 1 cor 1.29 clearly states.

  • Karolina says:

    well, I can clearly see that you believe in God. so now you have to agree that the bible is the principle of God’s teachings. You see, Gods words is god-breathed, therefore everything in the bible is inspired by God (comes from GOD). john 3:1-73 1-2 There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. Late one night he visited Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we all know you’re a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren’t in on it.”

    3 Jesus said, “You’re absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.”

    4 “How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?”

    5-6 Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.

    7-8 “So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.”

    you can clearly see that not only does it require FAITH but WATER. Baptism does not save you alone you need faith and water and of course repentance.

    Romans 6:1-4
    6 1-3 So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? I should hope not! If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!

    3-5 That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.

    i mean….it can not get more CLEAR than this! lol
    i just can’t process things such as praying jesus into the heart and stuff..nowhere in the bible have i ever seen that. It could only be applied to people who have already been baptized and received the holy spirit..

    MY QUESTION FOR YOU IS..what do you think about when the bible says something like “repent and get baptized in the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit to receive the holy spirit”??? please answer this. Thank you.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Karolina, I appreciate your passion for helping people know what Jesus said and live it out. I agree that sometimes the words that we use to describe our relationship with Jesus can be misunderstood. “Praying Jesus into your heart” is one of those phrases that can get confusing.

    In Luke 7:36-50 we read of the woman who washed and anointed Jesus’ feet in the home of Simon the Pharisee. Jesus’ statement to this woman was, “Your sins are forgiven…Your faith has saved you; go in peace” It wasn’t the action of worshiping Jesus with the washing and anointing but it was her faith that saved her. What was her faith in? Jesus. She knew that she had many sins. Jesus knew that she had many sins. She knew that there was no way that she could do anything to erase the sins she had committed. She saw that her only hope was Jesus. It was that faith in Jesus’ ability to deal with her sin that saved her, according to Jesus.

    Jesus, in this situation, points out the contrast to the others in the room whose faith was in their ability to atone for their own sin. Simon, the Pharisee, revealed in his lack of love for Jesus that he didn’t feel the need for his sins to be dealt with by Jesus. He felt he could handle that on his own by doing the ‘right things’. Yet in Matthew 5: 20, Jesus said “unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Simon the Pharisee felt that his sins were few and would not get in the way of his entrance into the kingdom of Heaven, but Jesus said that a person needed a righteousness that went beyond that. What righteousness was greater than the Pharisees? Jesus’ righteousness fulfills the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17) That’s what the woman was putting her trust into: by faith receiving Jesus’ righteousness. That’s why Paul wrote, “God made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin, to become sin so that we could clothed in the righteousness of God.” (2Corinthians 5:21)

    So you don’t “pray Jesus into your heart” but by putting your trust in His sacrifice on your behalf rather than in your own ability to atone for your sins, you receive His righteousness. And when Jesus clothes us in God’s righteousness He then leads us to live a life that reveals that righteousness transfer. A follower of Jesus doesn’t just sit and continue to sin without repentance but their faith in Jesus is revealed by their following Him and living right. James wrote, “I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18) That’s why Jesus said, “I am the vine and you are the branches; the one who abides in me–and I in him–will bear much fruit…and apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) We need to be permanently connected to Jesus and have Him living in us in order to live a life that is right.

    I don’t think I am twisting any of these Scriptures. If you think they mean something different I am open to hearing your thoughts.

  • Chris Chris says:

    karolina…a distinction should be made between working out our salvation, phil 2. 12 to 13 vs. working for it. ephes 2.8 to 9 is clear, that our salvation is by grace through faith so that there is no glorying on our part. avoiding sin, doing what is necessary to spend quality time with christ and being faithful to his Word is one thing but saying that we must work for our salvation when the bible says its a free gift in romans 6.23 specifically and in other places, is a grave error.

  • Karolina says:

    There is no such thing as praying jesus into your heart. Stop leading people to hell! It makes me so mad when people distort the word of God to their liking where in the bible does it talk about praying jesus into your heart? Over and over again jesus talks about baptism! And to work for your salvation // Matthew 28 18-20. How pleasant would it be to receive eternity by just sitting and continuing to sin without true repentance
    False doctrine is scary. Read your people bible it’s your salvation on the line. Don’t get led into emotional mumbo jumbo.

  • Chris Chris says:

    Olivia…i am sorry that you have passed through a time of confusión in your life but i can assure you that God has a clear path for you to walk in based on his many promises he has made us in the bible, the Word of God. you see, now that jesus has come, you dont have to try to earn your salvation by being good or keeping commandments. jesus did that all for you by living a perfect life and dying in your place on the cross so that you, by simply receiving jesus into your heart, can be forgiven instantly and forever by jesus and his wonderful unmerited grace. if you would like to know more about how to receive jesus personally as your savior and lord you can log on at…knowingjesuspersonally.com. why wait any longer? there is no need to be confused about what God has made so clear in his wonderful words of life we know as the bible. . . i pray now that jesus would reveal himself to you know as you seek him and be freed from all confusión and misunderstanding that christ has come to remove from you and give you the clear understanding of his simple plan of salvation by simple faith in his name, jesus christ. blessings Olivia!!

  • Olivia says:

    I need help. So I have been seeing the numbers 53,54,55,and 320 constantly I mean day after day for like six months. First it was just 54 but now its all of them. Today I haven’t seen them though now that I think about it. I have been wondering if God was sending me a message. I’m confused and I need advice. Also today I was taking a shower and I was singing “Halleluiah” Because I had earlier watched this video about how to go to Heaven because I’m scared I won’t I really want to but there are so many commandments, what if I Break them? I’m very young well younger than 15. But as I was saying when I was in the shower I got scared and I was singing “Halleluiah”! As I was singing I was looking and all a sudden the earth moved. There was no earthquake! At first I thought I had just imagined it but then I realized the whole earth had moved I was freaked out and wondering if that was God telling me something. I’m confused all help/Advice I will glady take. :(

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    cory…the first step to truly living is by receiving christ as your personal lord and savior into your heart. when you do, then stay in his Word and with his people, so that the curse of sin can be removed once and for all from your life blessings!

  • Abe says:

    I have been in church my whole life and know the bible & know of Jesus.

    John 4:48
    So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”

    I’m seeing them, and I do believe. I believe God is telling me something very important.

  • Cory says:

    Hello hi Kirstin..for years people have been tell me God is trying to tell me something and wants my attention but I ignored them up until 8 weeks ago I decided to go to church and been going every week and reading the Bible..I have gotten the feelings God wants me to turn my life around and change..so do I,everyone that knows me knows I’m a good person and bad things happen to me. In November I lost my job ,license,car,3 weeks ago I lost my apartment. Prior and past years I’ve be in 4 near fatal automobile accidents, I’ve been dragged by car car 300 yards,and I been shot in the back of my head..so now I pray,I talk to Christian’s spiritual people, I pray and now I found you and I’m looking for answers

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    abe…the bible encourages Christian believers to not follow signs but rather be guided by the pure Word of God through the holy spirit. this all starts by receiving christ as ones lord and savior and then being biblically taught in a Christian church. please write back if you have any questions. blessings today!

  • Abe says:

    I have this feeling that God is trying to tell me something. It feels like he is throwing so many signs in my face I don’t know what to truly make of it. For months it seems that numbers are trying to tell me something, I try to understand & in the past week it’s almost like it’s 20 or more signs a day. I keep seeing repeating numbers everywhere I look. Every time it seems I look at the time it’s 3:33PM, 4:44AM, 5:55PM, 12:12PM, etc. Today I went to pay a bill at a grocery store for $160 and with the fees it came to a total of $160.66. I just thought, wow that’s not a good number. Then as we were walking outside they had some of those little machines that take quarters and my fiance picked the one with little animal finger puppets & she got a red snake. I know this means something but I can’t figure out what. I read a page online about the different angels there are and it said the very top angels have 6 wings and they are burning and constantly singing “Holy, holy, holy” to God. Then I started reading about feeling like God is talking to me & one article said to listen so I just started following until I got to this page that said to ask a mentor a question. I said to myself, “Should I ask?” and I knew that I had to after that. Not sure what you will have as an answer, but I know this is where it is.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Kirstin, it sounds like you see your love for Jesus is at odds with your desires for a relationship. Is that true or am I just reading too much into your comment? Do you feel like God has been directing you in a particular direction? If so, what has led you to feel that way? Is it just a ‘gut feeling’ or have there been ‘signs’?

    Here’s what I know: God has a plan for you and He will clearly lead you into that plan. So right now if you are unsure of what God wants you to do there can be one of two explanations: 1) God is waiting for His perfect timing to show you the next step, or 2) God has made it clear but you don’t like what He has said so you are stalling.

    I see myself doing the latter so often, even though I try to convince myself that it is the former. Sometimes what God is calling us to is uncomfortable and we rationalize our way out of it because we don’t want to take that step of faith.

    Let me encourage you to focus your attention on knowing Jesus. Spend time listening to Him and interacting with Him. The better you know Jesus the more clearly you will hear His leading in your life and the more readily you will follow Him. Spend time in prayer, reading the Bible, talking with other followers of Jesus, and find ways to serve other people. When we are engaged in those activities our hearts are focused on Him and we are in a place to hear and obey.

    Lord God, I pray for Kirstin and ask that You would help her to know Jesus better. Lead her into those activities that focus her heart and mind on You and in that refine her relationship with You. I pray that she would know Your voice and be willing to follow no matter how uncomfortable it may be. Amen.

    So Kirstin does that make sense to you? Does that connect with what you are experiencing?

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Kristin,
    If you would like to have an email mentor respond to your question, take a minute to fill in this form http://powertochange.com/experience/talk-to-a-mentor/ and someone would be happy to email you. It sounds to me like you need to focus more on your relationship with God at this time and ask Him to change your heart towards the right man when he comes along.

  • Kirstin says:

    I have struggled in my life entirely too much for a young women in my life. I know Jesus very well and love him with all my heart.But I have this problem of always wanting to be in a relationship. I have been in a engaged twice now and that is way too much. I feel like god wants me to take a chance on someone, but then again I have feelings for an older friend. But then there is another part of me just wants to be free. I enjoy my freedom. In my eyes it is all I have left lately.But if a mentor could maybe help me figure out what to do. I would be grateful. Thank You! And God Bless!

  • Jami Peterson jpetes says:

    Hi Jennelle,

    God speaks to us in many different ways and your experience may have been a clear way for him to get your attention. That’s a really amazing story and I hope that you will continue looking into God and who Jesus is. Since you don’t come from a spiritual background it may be challenging to examine God and Christianity but what I do know is God speaks volumes and he seems to be speaking to you. I’d like to recommend a few resources for you. Here are some articles that may help answer your questions:
    This page explains what Christianity is all about. It will help you get a better understanding of faith in Jesus.
    The following pages will provide you with more information on the subject:
    Who is Jesus?
    Questions about God
    Does truth exist?
    Thank you for commenting and I hope you find this information helpful. If you would like to speak with someone over email about any questions you might have feel free to sign up for a mentor which you can do here.

  • Jennelle says:

    I was in school on Thursday. You know how when a person walks in a classroom, everyone turns their heads to see who it is? Well, this lady walked in and I turned to see who it was, but no one else did. When she walked passed people’s desks, they didn’t even notice her. She came straight to me and asked how my day was and I said good. She handed my this paper called “The Gospel Soul-Winning Script” and told me she thought I might need this. I said thank you and she smiled and left, but nobody seemed to see her except me. Then my mom picked me up from school and she went to the gas station to buy something and I styed in the car. I told her about the paper and school before she went in. She came out and told me I wouldn’t believe it. She handed me a card and told me it was the only card on the counter. It said “Who is Jesus”. Do you think God is trying to communicate with me? I’m not really a Christian. I’m kind of more of an atheist. I’m not sure…

  • Doris Beck Doris says:

    Nicole,
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by. It sounds like you have definitely had some difficult things happening in your life that’s for sure. But just because the road is rough doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be walking on it. Sometimes God wants us to walk it and just be aware that we need His help as we are heading in the right direction.

    Having said that though, God does love you and I don’t doubt has been trying to talk to you…or whisper in your ear as it were. Would you like to correspond privately with one of our site mentors? If so just click on this link and fill it in and someone will get in touch with you by email and walk alongside of you.

  • Nicole says:

    I’m way down in the dumps today – weather, my back, life… pretty much everything sucks. I was in a car accident in February of this year. Previous to that, my paperwork for re-entering school (as and adult) my paperwork got messed up and I had to fight to get into the program; then the car accident; I was unable to continue in the program for the rest of the semester, but was told that I will be able to just sign up for the classes this fall and I would re-do the portion of classes that I had to withdraw from; THEN I got a call this morning that said that I’m NOT enrolled in the program and I have to re-apply and got thru the waiting list again. That’s 3 separate incidents that have made the completion of this program all but impossible. Do you think God is trying to tell me something?

    I know that I’ve lost my excitement for the program, but I don’t know if that’s because of my depression or if I’ve just lost the excitement.

    I don’t know. I feel like my life completely changed since the accident. I don’t feel normal at all, I feel like I’m just blowing in the wind waiting for something to happen. I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know. Everything that used to make sense doesn’t make sense anymore. The constant pain sucks, I can’t sleep, the PT isn’t helping; I spent the day a friend’s house yesterday helping her to get ready for her rummage sale, which required standing all day – I’m paying for it today – I’m in so much pain I can’t get out of bed.

    I thought I would throw this out there – I think I’ve been sent “God Whispers” in the past, and ignored them and I don’t want to do that again.

    I’m open to anything – I already pray, I meditate, I’m working my way back in to yoga. I have called my pastor to meet and speak with him.

    Hopefully I’ll hear something that makes sense – I’m thankful for any help anyone can give me.
    Thanks,
    Nicole

  • Shanice says:

    I want to seek the LORD more & more. I need a healing. I dont want to worry to no more i be in fear, i dont want to be lazy no more,

  • lexie says:

    Reading this has helped me realized that God allow things for a reason, I have just over come some hard times and I realize that God is always here by my side im freshman in collge and is realizing how much I need him daily

  • Hazel says:

    Hi,
    I am craving change from a cancer battle and a marriage breakdown and God is calling me but I am so scared of letting go. Its what I want to do but I keep hanging on. I love God and have started attending church and learning more but a mentor to help me acheive things would just be wonderful

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