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The Biggest Challenge to Hearing God

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The Biggest Challenge to Hearing God

The problem with God is He’s slow! Have you ever noticed how long it takes for God to work things out? So, I’ve got a remedy for His slowness. I help God out!

Can you relate to what I’m talking about?

We say, “I know God spoke to me and said He was going to do such-and-such, so maybe this is the way it’s going to come about.”

Rather than waiting on God to provide, we jump in and try and fix it ourselves. And then what happens? We mess it up!

The classic example is Abraham and Sarah.

“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal.”[1]

It doesn’t sound like Abraham even thought about it for an hour!

The decisions we make apart from the clear direction of God have longlasting consequences.

The decision Abraham and Sarah made to help God, and the result of that decision, still plagues God’s people, Israel to this very day!

o             Ishmael = the son of the flesh (see Galatians 4)

o             Isaac = the son of the Spirit

Hebrews 6:12 says “Through faith and PATIENCE we inherit the promises of God.”

Sarah and Abraham’s promised child finally arrived 25 years later.

How long are you willing to wait for a clear answer from God? 1 year? 2 years?

 

[1] Genesis 16:1-2

 

Watch the full message on video here.

A Caution about Listening to Others

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A Caution about Listening to Others

 

In an effort to hear God’s voice and be led by the Spirit, we must be careful about listening to too many other voices. What do I mean?

When God revealed His plan to Mary regarding her newborn son, Jesus, the Bible says, “she treasured these things in her heart!”[1]

When you treasure something, you guard it. You don’t leave it laying around or show it to just anybody. It’s precious.

Did Jesus seek the advice of His disciples after God revealed His plan for the cross? No, He didn’t seek their advice. However, they offered it anyway! And Jesus told Peter, “Get behind me Satan. You have in mind the things of MAN, not the things of God!”[2]

When you get advice from others that seems contrary to what God may be saying, who’s advice will you follow?

In 1994, when my wife, Dorene and I came here to be your pastors, we had a dear friend who told us she didn’t think this was God’s will. At first it rattled me, but then I realized God might have been using her to test my resolve. It’s all good. We still love her!!

How do we hear God’s voice? Remember, it starts by wanting to hear him.

“What Do You Mean, I Have to Wait to Hear God?”

Yes, that’s right. We have to wait to hear God’s voice. Sometimes we are in such a hurry that we don’t wait to actually hear from the Lord.

In one of my very first classes in Bible College, our professor said, “When you get into the ministry there will be moments when you have a big decision to make. If there’s a voice that says, quick, quick do it today, that voice is probably not God. It’s probably the devil!”

And then he said, “Most of the bad decisions I ever made came because I didn’t wait long enough for God to actually speak.”

The prophet Isaiah wrote often about waiting on God. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, mount up wings like eagles, run and not be weary!”[3]

He said something very similar to that in – Isaiah 30:15-18:

This is what the Almighty Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: You can be saved by returning to me. You can have rest. You can be strong by being quiet and by trusting me. But you don’t want that. You’ve said, “No, we’ll flee on horses.” So you flee. You’ve added, “We’ll ride on fast horses.” So those who chase you will also be fast. One thousand people will flee when one person threatens them, and you will flee when five threaten you. Then you will be left alone like a flagpole on top of a mountain, like a signpost on a hill. The Lord is waiting to be kind to you. He rises to have compassion on you. The Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait for him.

Then God made a promise. If we will wait, He will lead.[4]

Watch the full message on video here.

[1] Luke 2:19

[2] Matthew 16:23

[3] Psalm 27:14

[4] Isaiah 30:21

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