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Do You Want to Hear God’s Voice? Really?

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Do You Want to Hear God’s Voice? Really?

Since God is still speaking today, how do we hear Him?

First, we have to want to hear his voice.

We are not born with the ability to hear God speak. It’s something we must cultivate as we grow in our relationship with Him.

The story of Samuel is a beautiful example of how we learn to hear God. Samuel didn’t recognize the voice of God. When Samuel awoke in the night to God’s voice, he thought someone else was calling him. He went to the prophet Eli to see if he’d called him.

Eli told Samuel to go lay down, and if God called again he should say, “Speak, LORD. I am listening!”

Eli was teaching Samuel to posture himself to hear God’s voice.[1]

Jesus said we have to do the same thing; “He who has ears to hear, let him listen!”[2]

We must initiate a listening relationship with God!

God loves it when we try to listen to Him. He loves it when we seek to live in a dynamic, fluid, growing relationship with Him.

 

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[1] 1 Samuel 3:10

[2] Matthew 11:15

Ways to Know God’s Will: #7 – Do Not Try To Make God’s Will Come To Pass

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Ways to Know God’s Will: #7 – Do Not Try To Make God’s Will Come To Pass

Abraham and Sarah fell into this trap. God promised them son, and when it didn’t happen, Sarah offered her handmaiden to Abraham. He had a child with her, but it was not God’s plan—not the child God promised.

The plain fact is, God doesn’t need our help. We must let His will come to pass, not try to make His will come to pass. When we try to make it happen it brings disillusionment. We think, “God really messed this up!”

Don’t try to make God’s will come to pass. His promise will come at the appointed time.

God is not a formulaic God. Don’t force it. Don’t help it along. Don’t overreach.  When God is in it, there is peace that surrounds the process.

1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “God is NOT the author of confusion, but of peace!” If there is chronic confusion, you have to ask if you are leading or being led!

We are his servants, sent to His will. We must follow Him.

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Ways to Know God’s Will: #6 – Do Not Be Pressed for an Immediate Decision

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Ways to Know God’s Will: #6 – Do Not Be Pressed for an Immediate Decision

My Bible College Professor in my first class gave me some great advice. He said, “When you get into the ministry and are faced with a decision, if it is presented as quick, you have to do it now, then always put it off for a little while. Don’t get in a big hurry. That’s not God. That’s the devil!”

Do not be pressed for an immediate decision in seeking God’s will.

The decisions I’ve regretted the most were the ones I rushed. God’s way is usually “in the fullness of time.” I’d rather be preparing to do God’s will, than to get ahead of Him and try to do it in my own limited understanding.

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#5 – Be Careful About Interpreting and Assuming God’s Meaning

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#5 – Be Careful About Interpreting and Assuming God’s Meaning

Have you ever had someone come up to you and tell you about some bizarre dream they had and then proceed to give you an even more bizarre interpretation of the dream?

Daniel, who himself interpreted some pretty heavy-duty dreams, said that only God can give the interpretation of dreams.

We must be very careful to not put “words in God’s mouth” concerning His will for our lives, or else we can create a hot mess!!!

Don’t try to make the Word of God say something that’s not there. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

If you think you know the will of God for your situation, it must always conform to the written Word of God. Why? Because the Word and Spirit always agree.

Wait for God’s guidance. If it’s not clear, slow down. Let God speak clearly over time or through circumstances.

 

Ways to Know God’s Will: #4 – Realize Delay Is Not Denial

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Ways to Know God’s Will: #4 – Realize Delay Is Not Denial

When God speaks His will to us, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen soon. In fact, sometimes we have to wait years before the will of God actually comes to pass. That’s not uncommon.

Delay is NOT denial.

We need to wait patiently on God’s will and not give up. Could it be we won’t see the fulfillment until we’ve endured? Hebrews 10:36 says, “For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.”

  • Abraham waited 25 years for the promised child named Isaac.
  • Joseph waited 15 years to become a leader in Egypt.
  • Paul waited 14 years before he became a recognized apostle.
  • David waited 10 years to be crowned King of Israel.

God seems to work at a slower pace than we want or expect, most of the time.

I leave you with this scripture:

The Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says to the people, “Come back and quietly trust in me. Then you will be strong and secure.” But you refuse to do it. Instead, you plan to escape from your enemies by riding fast horses. And you are right—escape is what you will have to do! You think your horses are fast enough, but those who pursue you will be faster! A thousand of you will run away when you see one enemy soldier, and five soldiers will be enough to make you all run away. Nothing will be left of your army except a lonely flagpole on the top of a hill. And yet the Lord is waiting to be merciful to you. He is ready to take pity on you because he always does what is right. Happy are those who put their trust in the Lord.[1]

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[1] Isaiah 30:15-18 GWT

Ways to Know God’s Will: #3 – Seek Godly Counsel

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Ways to Know God’s Will: #3 – Seek Godly Counsel

There may be times when we can’t seem to get clear direction. Maybe we’re not hearing the Lord or perhaps God hasn’t revealed the answer. At times like that, it helps to seek out another Spirit-led person. God often chooses to speak to us through others.

I firmly believe in godly counsel, both through professional Christian counsellors and through mature Christians. We cannot self-heal. Proverbs 11:14 says, “When no wise guidance is available the people fall, but in a multitude of counselors there is safety.”[1]

God often will send someone with the very piece of advice we need, and they may be completely unaware that their words, in that moment, are exactly what we need to hear.

But one warning about seeking outside counsel. It’s a good thing to do, unless we do it just to get a second opinion. Maybe we’re trying to get out of what God has already said! That’s kind of like a kid going to Dad for a different answer after they’ve received already from Mom. God doesn’t like that any better than moms do!

Godly counsel will always confirm the Word of God, and often confirms what God has spoken to your heart.

 

[1] AMP

Ways to Know God’s Will: #2 – Seek The Spirit-Led Life

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Ways to Know God’s Will: #2 – Seek The Spirit-Led Life

Knowing God’s will doesn’t happen automatically. We have to seek His guidance through the indwelling Holy Spirit. We must be very intentional about knowing the will of God.

Galatians 5:25 says, “Since we were made alive by the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.”

There are three types of divine guidance Christ-followers can choose:

  1. Crisis Guidance: We only seek Him when there’s a problem. (Help me! Save Me.)
  2. Occasional Guidance: We seek Him off and on, usually more off than on!
  3. Continual Guidance: We seek Him day in and day out, led by the Spirit of God in everything we do!

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

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