The Sound of God’s Voice Begins, Where Common Sense Ends

“Write for Me Kevin, and I will provide!”

This was the powerful impression of an illogical God on the spirit of a very foolish man. Yet one who after living by common sense, and losing everything he worked years to achieve, finally decided to stop leaning on his own understanding – to never again be pushed around by what is seen – opting instead to be led by what is unseen.

And by sound of God’s voice, at a time when there was no money for rent or utilities, and little food in the pantry, I began the arduous and unreasonable task of writing my first book–The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends.

As the bank began the process of removing us from our home at Christmas, and taxes threatened to seize what few assets we had – including the computer I would use to write – the good intentions of other believers, including our own church family screamed: Enough! With words of get-a-real-job-now practicality that were impossible to rebut by any form of human wisdom:

“Yes…but these days everyone’s a writer…your real job is to put beans on the table.”

“Sure God is good…but we live here, in reality. It’s just plain selfish to put anything above your family.”

So, by the standards of the age, it was a foolish idea – one that many still believe originated deep in the heart of my own wishful thinking, certain that a God who remains silent beyond the pages of His Word hadn’t spoken such a foolish thing. And perhaps the kind of “foolish” thing that could only be believed or carried out by absolute faith – the kind of faith, ironically, that we find as our example in the pages of that Word – the very same Scriptures where victory was only achieved when human logic bent its knees to the irrational call of God.

Reality Check

Indeed, if faith comes by the hearing of the Word, then living here in “reality” is living by what we find within in its pages, despite what logic dictates. In order to courageously follow the impossible things God uses to test and grow that faith, we must begin by sitting still, and learning to trust the examples He’s already given us – the whole of Scripture – where every impractical story challenges our logic and self-appointed sense of direction. A kind of shepherd’s crook perhaps, to pull the off-course sheep back in the shepherd’s direction, and where the sound of His voice can be clearly discerned and followed with childlike abandon.

Thank you Noah, Abraham, Esther and Gideon, Mathew, Mary and Paul, for listening when it made no sense, and following like a fool at logic’s expense!

So God challenged my faith for the sound of His voice, by challenging me to first believe that the heroes of Scripture – men and women He led to victory – had heard it long before and recorded it, that we may learn to listen as well, and follow courageously against the opinions of apparently wiser men.

In other words, He inspired me to approach the Word with absolute trust, to set aside the dirty spectacles of practicality and human wisdom—to knock with certainty as if it were the door that only His personality could answer. As a result, I began to discern the plagues of my past – of relegating God’s voice to the past and parading its characters and their creator as if only cartoons worth quoting in the present. I began to have disdain for the logical sneaks who hive off chunks of the Word into sentiments and stings, as if a Deity who could speak entirety itself into existence, might struggle to say exactly what He means.

Even by logic, a divided house falls – He either did it all or did nothing at all. Meaning every single word, whether in red ink or black, spoken by prophet, king, physician, fisherman, or a collector of tax, whether from the mouth of Jesus or those inspired by His Spirit, are supernaturally in-tact.  The more time I spent, the more He revealed, the more intimate our relationship became. The more intimate our relationship, the stronger His impressions became.

Until these words: “Write for Me Kevin, and I will provide!” became the ultimate ground where faith and logic collide. Today there is a book being published by a major publisher, and my family still has a home and plenty to eat – something that was impossible for me to accomplish, yet by God’s lead, was impossible for logic to defeat. To God alone goes the glory!

Dividing the Soul and Spirit (Separating our understanding from His)

Lord, remind us again about the Word that was made flesh…Its breadth and dimension are unrestrained by the flattened landscape of paper and ink. Its Jasper walls of everlasting truth cannot be overtaken by the temporary weeds that men call facts. No literary arrow dipped in the flames of contradiction can set fire to this living water or breach the iron gates of its context. Not even the giant void of black universe can block the radiance of one single verse – “Let there be light” from Pennsylvania to Mongolia. It’s a lamp to our feet that now stretches from Amish nightstands to the glowing cell phones of shepherds in the Gobi desert.

O how the Word is alive and powerful, sharper than any two edged sword. Yet we hold it captive – locked in the scabbard – by leaving it unread. And from the comfort of our own understanding we end up leaving for dead, the still-small-voice that speaks so intimately behind every inspired pen-stoke, and corporate slice of living bread.

Help us all to be convicted to a life of resting on every word you’ve spoken, and moving with abandon by every word you speak. May our spirits be ready to listen with ears that hear, and may we pursue your voice with courage through every soulish doubt and its common-sense veneer.

Living Proof

If you’d like to know more about how we learned to truly hear, trust, and follow the sound of God’s voice to a life of absolute freedom from striving, spiritual rejuvenation, and distinct purpose carried out; Our story, chocked full overwhelming odds and miraculous impossibilities, offers an inspiring glimpse and undeniable proof of God’s unfathomable goodness, along with His loving desire for each of us to step past our own understanding, and finally be led by His Spirit.

The Extravagant Fool is about encountering God with an uncommon intimacy. About honing your ability to discern his voice, leading to a revelation of who you are and what you are to do here on earth, plus the provision to carry it out.

Sound impossible?

Hear the living, breathing testimony offered by the extravagant fool, a man who staked his welfare—and future—entirely on the goodness of God.

My wife Holly, and I, hope you will be deeply encouraged by what God has done, and be equally challenged, and inspired by what He will gladly do for anyone willing to rest in His arms like a happy child. Thank you for taking the time to read the rest of our story!

For updates, please join me on Extravagant Fool.com , Facebook, and Twitter

Warm blessings.

 

 

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About Kevin Adams

As a student of God's word, photographer and writer, my chief aim is to help followers of Christ apprehend a real and passionate faith through the study of His word, by simple illustration, and regular encouragement. And by this faith they might catch a vision of who God shaped them to become. This blog is an account of my own journey toward that real and passionate faith, starting at ground zero. I hope it will offer some encouragement to any who've set their mind on seeking God's face, whatever the cost.
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42 Responses to The Sound of God’s Voice Begins, Where Common Sense Ends

  1. bobbalkcom says:

    Bless you and your family, Kevin.

  2. woo hoo….he lives…and He really lives…make sure the publisher and proof reader understands the need for uppercase here…congrats, I’ve been wondering if you had made it through and it appears that you have…God is good no matter what…you’ll have to one day tell me how you bagged a publisher because I struggled with that one for about 18 months…woo hoo though I am excited for you

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Man, it is so very good to hear from you! You know, it’s a crazy thing – impossible perhaps. God just did it! All I did was follow. I hope you and your family are well my friend. Thanks for all your encouragement.

  3. Cheryl Lynne says:

    Congratulations Kevin! So happy for you and your family. He is FAITHFUL!! Looking forward to reading your testimony of walking by faith through His Grace!

  4. silygoos says:

    You have challenged and inspired me in the midst of my own challengers and the naysayers who tell me how I should live my life (even if it contradicts God’s clear leading in my heart). Praying your book inspires many and God continues to uplift you and your family by His faithful goodness.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Susan, you have been such a blessing to me and my family. Your review of the book was really special and something we cherish. Thank you for everything, my dear friend.

  5. Wow, Kevin! Thank you for having faith to follow God in the hard times. Now, not only has your faith grown in an incredible way, but you’ve encouraged so many people by simply choosing to be obedient. I never get tired of hearing faith stories.

  6. I love the story, but fell in love with how beautifully crafted the narrative. You are a rock-star…don’t let it go to your head.
    Many blessings my brother in Christ,
    gideon

  7. Susanne Cooper says:

    God is good and I can’t wait to hear how your book blesses others. Thank you for being faithful and living out faith.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Susanne. It’s been such a long time since I’ve posted that I wasn’t really sure what to expect in the way of response. But hearing from you – a familiar friend in faith – made me want to get back to blogging. Thank you for taking the time to encourage :)

  8. jakey1 says:

    You’re story of faith is truly inspiration. I pre-orderd and look forward to reading your book. Congratulations!

  9. Cindy Mallin says:

    Wow… God is good! My first response is… your story sounds eerily like my husband’s and mine. May God continue to lead you, guide you, and inspire you.

  10. Nicole says:

    Powerful message that I resonate with personally on my own journey a few years ago from ‘safer, logical’ paths to the road less traveled, which is marked by only the voice of the Lord. And like the poem says, it’s made all the difference.

    It is the contradiction between where we are, and what He said that develops in us what is needed to do our work. ‘Write’ on, Kevin, ‘write’ on!

    -Nicole
    @NicoleCongruent

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Nicole, that’s a very honest way to look at this gritty journey of true faith – it really resonates with me. Thank you for your encouragement! Blessings to you my friend.

  11. So so happy to see this post!! I have enjoyed reading about how you’ve lived out your faith and really look forward to reading your book. If you’re looking for people to read the book and offer reviews, I’d be happy to help! :-)

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Rosann for the kind encouragement! And yes! It would be a huge blessing to have you review the book. I will email you. Warm blessings to you my friend.

  12. anewcreation says:

    Hi Kevin,
    I am absolutely thrilled that you are now finally standing in the promised land looking back at that wilderness where your faith was tested to the limit and that you have put pen to paper and recorded for all of us a testimony which will encourage and lift up many who are struggling right through that same wilderness right now.
    Please take this in the spirit in which it is intended. You have known me through the blog and email for quite a while now and must know this is meant as constructive criticism and from the heart of a sister in Christ. There are so many people out there who have been where you are at right now. They come through that Wilderness and God delivers them. They are full of faith and awe towards our Lord and Saviour, and then quietly and progressively almost without them realising it becomes all about pushing forward their writing, the sale of their books, and seeking adulation from readers, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, and no longer about honouring the God who brought you to this point. I see this happening all the time, even in people who right now are regarded as the forerunners of what God is speaking to His Church, to His people. Indeed, it is being in that position that often brings their downfall.
    You are a humble, honest man who has been through far too much in these last few years, and now it is a time to enjoy a land of milk and honey, a land of provision and contentment. My advice is simply be alert now more than ever, be vigilant with every step you take, every word you say that the enemy does not gain ground into your heart, that the writing and its success does not become the prime focus of your life instead of the Lord himself. It is at this very point that I believe an even bigger temptation that you have experienced so far will come along and it will be harder to resist it because it will come camouflaged as praise, recognition, being in great demand, and the thought that you have now arrived (all essentially good things if handled with caution). You are still meant for far greater heights with the Lord. Keep grounded and still. He will let you know where it is He is taking you next.
    Lots of love and best wishes,
    Mercedes

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you my kind friend. I deeply appreciate your encouragement and wisdom. We will do well to continue this journey by faith and focus on God’s glory alone. That is my prayer and hope for whatever He has planned. Thank you and bless you.

  13. Loved the video, Kevin, and I so believe in this book. I have known from the very first time that I read your blog that God would do great things with your writing. How blessed am I that I get to see His plan and be inspired by it. I pray to hear Abba as clearly for my life too and to believe He can move and do more than I can even imagine. :-) Hugs and blessings to you!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Dineen, there is not enough space here to express to you how much you are valued as a friend and sister in Christ. Thank you for walking with me in this journey of faith, and writing. You are and have been a Godsend. Mighty blessings and hugs to you too!!

  14. i am bless with this story. terima kasih (thank you). GOD bless you and your family.

  15. Amazing testimony my brother in Christ. God bless you!

  16. josiebarone says:

    I awoke in the middle of the night with a word impressed on my heart, “Enough”. The next morning I noticed in my email a new follower on Twitter, that being you. Most often I smile at a new follower and move on. But instead decided to find out more about you, and in turn, found this blog. At just the right time. Enough! The word jumped off the page of your post. That word was for me. I am excited to read your words. You are on the perfect platform for true success. One that is based solely on Jesus Christ. I too have been called to write. My story is a bit different, but the same Spirit guiding me toward what the world may say is foolishness. He has a message He wants delivered through your hands! I can’t wait to read the rest of your story.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Josie, that is truly amazing! Wow! thank you for sharing. I deeply appreciate your encouragement as well as where you are in having to decide to follow the illogical path – one that few believers ever seem to take. Your courage will be rewarded for His glory. Please stay in touch. And I started following your blog that I might find even more encouragement, and offer it in return. I pray that we will both keep moving forward, as writing is a high calling. Blessings to you my new friend. Thank you again for the lift :)

  17. HisJules says:

    So glad to see you are still here among the living!. I somehow knew that your silence must mean that God was doing big things. I am glad that I wasn’t wrong. Can’t wait to get the book.

  18. God never ceases to amaze me. I stumbled onto your blog via an email from Twitter today about suggestions on whom to follow…and this post was a HUGE encouragement! I had a great job of 18 years that I’d worked hard for, which was taken away a year ago. As a result of being unemployed, I’ve been unable to return to ministry work in Liberia, West Africa.

    At least, so I thought. The Lord is clearly bigger than any obstacles we face, as your story affirms. It’s amazing how easy it is for us to put Him into a box, if we let the enemy’s lies to creep in. We are overcomers through Him!

    Praise God for connecting people and stories the way He does, I for one am grateful you were obedient to His calling as it’s blessing total strangers across the world. LOVE IT :) Blessings, brother!

  19. Steve Simms says:

    Powerful! Thanks for the inspiration, Kevin.
    6 years ago God led my wife and I to start a church for The Salvation Army in Nashville, Tennessee based on “encountering God with an uncommon intimacy . . . honing your ability to discern his voice . . . revelation of who you are and what you are to do here on earth, plus the provision to carry it out.” Rather than a weekly sermon, we allow ordinary people (as led by the Spirit) to share testimonies, Scriptures, prayer requests, spiritual gifts, confession of sin, prayer, etc.
    It has been an amazing experience! (However, sometimes we do feel like “extravagant fools,” because a lot of people don’t understand why we would let the Spirit lead the meeting rather than basing it on our knowledge, sermons, and personality.)

  20. helldoesntownme says:

    He does live. It’s easy to forget even while God is providing. God bless you and your family. I’ll pray for you, Please pray for me as I write and trust. Drusilla Barron (http://lovedasif.com/)

  21. Lisa Womble says:

    “Thank you Noah, Abraham, Esther and Gideon, Mathew, Mary and Paul, for listening when it made no sense, and following like a fool at logic’s expense!” – Love that line (and many others here). I look forward to reading more of your writing. God bless you more and more.

  22. blessings to you and this ministry God has given you. I’m very encouraged by your journey.

  23. Lauren says:

    Exactly where I am at this very day. Husband passed away last year. Two children. No job. New home. Car note, and God’s promise and vision. This post blessed me already. I’m getting the book.

  24. keijo says:

    Amen for voice of God today to be hearing and be encourage us to move on in new vision in sound the doctrine about Jesus and his victory in blood over us and no other doctrene can save or be accepted by the Father thanks and bless keijo sweden

  25. Paige Givens says:

    Wow…these words were totally placed in my path by my all-knowing Pathmaker this morning. Thanks Kevin for writing for God! Can’t wait to read The Extravagant Fool!
    Blessings!

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