We hear much about praying and talking to God these days. But, how much do we hear about listening to God. What does that mean? How does that look? Does He really talk to us?
As I write this I must grin. Because, I know so well that He sure does talk to us. Not only does He, but He wants to even more. He wants to talk with us, and share His heart, His thoughts, and His love with us.
So how do I hear from God? It is great you asked. A good way to start hearing from the Lord is to spend time reading His Word first, in a quiet place. Then set 5-15 minutes aside to listen to Him. Have a notebook and pen in front of you, and start with letting God (and yourself) know that you want to be still and wait on Him. Thank Him that you will hear His voice only. I often say, “speak to me Lord”, and wait, knowing that He will answer.
At first you may hear “I love you..” “You are doing great”, or “I have been waiting for you”. Yes, God has been waiting for you. He loves to communicate with us. Keep your mind on a visual of Him, or on the Word you just read and let Him give you deeper insight as you ponder it.
Do not just sit with your mind blank and accept anything that comes in. Remember, you have an enemy. His name is Satan, and his demons. They are certainly able to speak to us as well. But, you have the witness of the Holy Spirit and the Word to help you be sure of God’s voice. Also, if you ask to hear from God and His Holy Spirit, you can trust that God will protect you from any other spirit. If what you hear does not line up with the Word, than it is not God. It could just be your flesh, also. Cast it down, do not be alarmed or moved by it in any way. Then put your mind back on Him, or even say verbally again, “thank you Lord that I hear your voice only”. Sometimes it takes time for your flesh to learn to be still in God’s presence.
An important point to remember is that, as Christians, we have God’s Spirit living in us. It is through Him, the Holy Spirit, that God speaks to us. The Spirit talks to our spirit, which feeds the information to our minds. When you hear God you can often sense it coming from inside. Although, there are times you just look around and are sure you just heard an audible voice. Therefore, when making a decision about something, do not depend on words you hear in your mind only. Confirm that those words are from Him, by making sure it lines up with the Word and then by making sure you have peace in your spirit about it.
You are practicing His presence. It takes time, commitment, and patience. Just as it does when you have to give yourself to someone else, to listen to them and really understand what they are saying rather than just wanting to say what you want to say. This is even more awesome, because He is God, the Almighty God and He loves you so much. One word from God can change your whole life! Enjoy your time with Him!
Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
The Master is Calling by Lynn Hammond
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