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Godly Themes/coincidence/magical thinking

Discussion in 'Obsessive Compulsive Disorder' started by scott P, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. scott P

    scott P Scottiep

    United States
    God often speaks to me in themes. Like things will keep coming up over and over. Does anyone know what I mean?

    Sometimes I feel like I totally don't know what to do though with some of these themes. or example the word "content" will come up. Or certain verses like 1 Peter 5:7 will come up several times per week. i.e. I'll see in on a billboard, or in a text, or online.

    I want to be responsive to God trying to get my attention, but a lot of the time I don't know what I'm supposed to do with what is coming up. Chalk it all up to OCD? I mean it's not just what a psychiatrist might say is a "creative association" or magical thinking your brain is making because it's always thinking about something. It's a verse or word that comes externally. Does that make sense?

    Anybody have some insights on these Godly coincidences. I feel like the Devil can use scripture and confuse obviously.
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  2. ChicanaRose

    ChicanaRose Well-Known Member

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    As long as the content of the message is scriptural, and it encourages you towards good fruit, I think it's God wanting to get your attention.

    If it is not scriptural, or somehow leading you to despair, then I would be cautious.
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  3. devin553344

    devin553344 I believe in the Resurrection

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    If you're focused on a particular word or action, it will come to your attention rather than the randomness of lively experiences. That might just be OCD. It's like a horoscope and looking for the vague declarations to appear. They probably will somehow. That does not mean it's from God. Does it do some good to see something repetitiously? If good comes from it then it is from God.

    Godly experiences are sometimes Holy Spirit based and you can feel them: Galatians 5:22-23. Like filling people with Love and Peace and Joy, etc.

    That said, God does protect us from harm and deliver us our needs and such. So if your needs are met (you have a place to live, food on the table, etc) then I thank God. I also thank God for delivering me from harm. Usually those things are unseen and unnoticed though.

    And God does much more than that :)
  4. scott P

    scott P Scottiep

    United States
    Thank you guys for your thoughts and help. My “coincidences” do cause distress, and it’s hard to discern if it’s Gods Holy Spirit convicting me. Thanks guys!