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Can You Hear HIM?

SOURCE:  American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)/Tim Clinton

“The holy and most glorious God invites us to come to Him, to converse with Him, to ask from Him such things as we need, and to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with Him.” -Andrew Murray

Conversations with my kids. One of the highlights of every day. Sometimes it is “guy talk” with Zach over dinner, in the gym, or on the way to school. He rarely gets out of the vehicle without a quick prayer spoken over him, followed by a “love you dad” thrown over his shoulder.

Megan and I talk and text every day. Granted, it is often a short phone conversation as she is studying for a college exam, or working on a class project. Usually she calls just to hear me tell her I love her. But even those few minutes are sweet precious moments of joy poured directly into my heart.

I simply cannot imagine going days or weeks without connecting with my children.

God desires no less with His children, which we are — “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”John 1:12 ESV

What’s interesting is that in the English Standard Version of the Bible, the phrase,“The Lord said” is used nearly 300 times. Add to that the similar wording, “The Lord spoke” and the number goes to almost 500.

I believe God wants us to know Him and to be in touch with His ways. Personally. Intimately.

Of course He speaks to us first and foremost through His Word. The Bible is the eternal, unchanging love letter given to us by our Heavenly Father “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

The Hebrew writer declared “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two—edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 ESV

It is interesting that God didn’t just speak to “special people”. He even spoke to everyday broken people like Hagar (Genesis 16) and Ananias (Acts 9).

In Jonah 2:10, God even spoke to a fish!!

Consider the following verses:

“Morning by morning He awakens; He awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.” Isaiah 50:4 ESV

Today, if you hear His voice…” Psalm 95:7 ESV

“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me…and they will listen to my voice.” John 10:14-16 ESV

God is speaking. Can you hear Him? Maybe His voice is drowned out by the noise of what really doesn’t matter. Are we so busy asking for our “needs” that we fail to hear “I love you” spoken by God?

God connects with us through His Holy Spirit. Romans 8:16 ESV reminds us that “The spirit Himself bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God…”

Jesus reassured us that the Holy Spirit would come to be our “helper” and to “teach us all things.” John 14:26 ESV

He often also pours into us through other Christians — “that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador…” Ephesians 6:19-20 ESV

Get someplace alone and quiet with God. Meditate on His Word and pray. Let Him speak to your heart. Come to Him with a spirit of expectation. Let Him fill you with His grace and truth.

Listen to the Spirit call. Surround yourself with others who are apt to teach you the Holy Scriptures and the things of God.

It will turn your life around.

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Take Time To Listen

SOURCE:  Living Free/A Passionate Pursuit of God: Drawing Nearer to Him by Dr. Mike Chapman.

Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God.” Joshua 3:9 NLT

Communication is a vital key to every relationship.

And so it is with our relationship with Christ. Intimacy with God is not possible without communication.

When we pray, we talk to God.

When we listen, God can talk to us.

Unfortunately, most of us spend all our prayer time talking to him, never taking time to listen.

God speaks to us in various ways:

Through the teaching of the Bible. Through Scripture “explosions.” (This is when a verse literally jumps off the page and speaks to us.) He speaks through a “still, small voice” in our hearts and minds. And sometimes he speaks though other people or through circumstances—in these cases, the message will usually be a confirmation of something he has already told us.

Consider this … 
How do we know when we are hearing from God, not the enemy or even our own imagination? First, God comes openly with peace, never causing fear, anxiety or guilt. Second, his message will always line up with Scripture and will build faith. And third, his message will result in more love and more power in our lives—not in confusion.

God loves you and wants to communicate with you.  Learn to listen!

Prayer
Lord, teach me to hear your voice. Help me to talk less and listen more when I pray. Help me to hear clearly from you as I read the Bible. And throughout each day, help me to be more open to hearing you speak to me no matter what else I’m doing or where I am. Teach me to listen. In Jesus’ name …

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