Friday, May 08, 2009

Hearing God’s Voice

Hearing God’s Voice

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him… Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’”
(Isaiah 30:18, 21).

If ever we needed to listen to God and hear what He is saying, it is now. He longs to be gracious to us and show us the way in which we should walk. We need to listen to the heartbeat of God and not to what others are saying in the media or TV. What is God saying about us? How are we to pray? How do we know what He is saying about the times we are living in? We must know how to hear God. This is critical to us. It could save us our life! It saved one man from an awful crash.

The truth is that most of us are just too busy for God. We’re so often making our plans of what we think He wants, but we’re not really taking the time to listen. We quickly proceed with a hurried prayer for His stamp of approval on what we want to do. But let’s stop for a moment and think about our hearing. We don’t want to be like the man who bragged that his hearing aid was the finest one available. When his friend asked, “What kind is it?” He answered, “About 2:30.” He wasn’t hearing too well was he? We so often fall into the disease of busyness. But how did Jesus live His life? He spent unhurried time in the Father’s presence listening, praying, worshipping, and carefully taking instructions every day for God’s perfect plan. He was in constant communion with the Father.

Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing. We must do the same. Many things will look good, but what does the Father want us to do? What is He saying? Listening to God and hearing what He is saying is a daily experience. It’s not something we have to go on a retreat to hear. Those times are good and beneficial, but if we can’t take the time to really listen to God on a daily basis, we have missed the boat. He may be in one place and we have steered out of the center of His will for even a moment and may not even know it. The challenge is going to get greater and the demands will only increase as the days get harder. We have got to learn this lesson now. We have got to stop and listen now.

How can we put the breaks on and really learn to listen? There are certain basic things we must cultivate in our life that will help us to hear God’s voice. Here are a few:

Hearing God’s Voice in Prayer

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches" (Revelation 3:22).
  • We must know God’s Word - God’s will is made know in His Word. It’s our final judge in our decisions. Learn to pray God’s Word.
  • We must look at our circumstances - God’s guidance is often confirmed through circumstances. Bring your circumstances before the Lord in prayer.
  • We must look at our heart - What is it saying? The Holy Spirit is living in you. Examine your heart before the Lord and ask Him for revelation in your heart (John 16:13. 1 Corinthians 6:19).
  • We must meet God’s conditions in our life - God will guide us if we do what he says. Meeting the conditions will unlock His promises to us. Ask the Lord if you have any sin in your life that needs to be confessed.
  • We must have God’s peace - Is there peace in your heart? Even if there is a storm in your life, you can have God’s peace (James 3:17).
  • We must daily humbly seek God’s guidance - Humbly lay your daily and weekly schedule before the Lord. Stay humble and walk day by day with God (Psalm 25:9).
  • We must have listening ears - God often speaks through a still, small voice. He may drop a thought into your mind. He is often guiding us when we don’t realize it. We must listen to these quiet thoughts and ask, “Lord, is this You speaking to me?”
  • We don’t have to know all the details - Many times we will only see what is right in front of us. Ask God to help you walk by faith, and do the thing that is in front of you.
  • We may not always feel good about God’s guidance - It does not always feel good. We have to bear our cross. God breaks us and does not want us to be static. We have to choose his ways. Commit yourself to His ways even when it is hard (Isaiah 55:8-9).
  • When we hear God, we must take action - We must commit what we hear to doing what God may want us to do. The Bible says that we should not merely listen to the world and deceive ourselves. We must do what it says (James 1:22).

We need to develop this skill of listening. We don’t want to miss even a small nudging from the Lord in any circumstance of life.

“As you study your Bible, you may sense that God has something to say directly to you through the verses you are reading. Take a moment to consider the awesome reality that the God who spoke and created the universe is now speaking to you. If Jesus could speak and raise the dead, calm a storm, cast out demons, and cure the incurable, then what effect might a word from Him have upon your life?” Henry and Richard Blackaby

Together in the Harvest,
Debbie Przybylski, Intercessors Arise

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