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The Still Small Voice

November 15th, 2016

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The noisiness of your surroundings and the busyness of your schedule will impair your ability to hear the still small voice of God.

“The Lord said to Elijah, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a Voice said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’” 1 Kings 19:11-13 (NIV). Only then did the Lord commission Elijah to anoint a king over Syria, a king over Israel, and to anoint Elisha as a prophet in Israel.

God has a purpose for your life and you will only discover His purpose when you make time and priority to listening for the voice of God, and obeying what He says. God can and will speak whenever He chooses, and whatever your circumstance, and wherever you may be. You and I have to come to a place where we can and will best listen for His voice.

God’s admonition remains, “Be still and know that I am God . . In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Draw aside and alone, and listen with your heart. You will hear God and know His voice.

I pray for you to draw aside today to be alone and attentive before God where you will quiet your heart to listen. God has the answers you seek. He has the wisdom you need. He has the direction you lack.

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A Growing Faith

May 25th, 2012

“Faith comes by hearing . . the Word of God.” Romans 10:17 NKJV

Faith is a spiritual seed that holds a miraculous potential.

My thoughts and comments today are about “a growing faith.”

As oxygen is a basic, physical necessity for your everyday life, faith is absolutely essential for spiritual life. In fact, the Bible explains that “without faith, it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6 KJV. The good news is that we all have faith; you have faith because “God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” Romans 12:3 NKJV. The question becomes this: what are you doing with the faith you have been given?

Faith us not a static quantity, this much and no more. Faith is a spiritual seed that holds a miraculous potential for life and growth. Jesus spoke of individuals who had “little faith,” and of others who had “strong faith,” and ”sincere faith,” and even “great faith.” Your measure of faith grows when it is invested in matters serving the Kingdom of God.

I was recently asked about learning to hear the voice of God. I think sometimes a person is looking for some mystical experience, and I certainly believe there are such moments when God speaks sovereignly to listening hearts. But how do you train your heart to listen?

I have observed that the more familiar you become with a specific voice, the more readily you learn to recognize and respond to that particular voice even in a mixture of noises and voices. Children learn to identify a parent’s voice quickly, just as a mother can hear the cry of her child above the playground noise of other children. I think the same is true with hearing God’s voice. Familiarity is central to knowing God when He speaks. And spiritual discipline and practice are required.

First of all, busy and noisy lives are not conducive to spiritual clarity. God is not silent; people are easily distracted. The issue is not so much about God speaking, as it is about your hearing. God can and will speak to you in your daily chaos; the question is whether or not you can hear in such surroundings. You do not summon God to fit your schedule and convenience; you make your heart available to His presence if you are serious about hearing His voice and doing His will.

Instead of listening for God to speak singularly to you, could I encourage you to take advantage of reading your Bible to know what God has already spoken? Paul explained, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing [comes] by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17 NKJV. Now, I recognize that the context of this verse is describing the place of God’s Word introducing a person into initial faith in Christ for salvation; then would it not be consistent that the same Word of God, essential for one’s spiritual birth, would also be necessary for spiritual growth and maturing?

Peter confirmed this relationship between faith and familiarity with God’s Word. “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:2-3 NIV. My summation of thought is this: the more time you spend with God’s Word, the more clearly you will hear God’s voice in your listening heart, and the more vibrant faith you will experience and express. See 2 Peter 3:18/Ephesians 4:11-15 NIV.

My prayer for you today is that you learn God’s Word so you will know and hear God’s voice.

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Hearing God Speak

January 13th, 2011

“(Jesus’ words were) like a fire burning in us when He talked to us . .” Luke 24:32 TEV

The more room in your heart for God’s Word, the more you will hear His voice.”

My thoughts today are about “hearing God speak.”

Have you ever wondered what God sounds like when He speaks? I always thought God must sound a lot like my father when I heard him say, “Allen Ray . .” Correction was the only time my middle name was used, it seems. There were plenty of times I needed that, but if my Dad had only spoken to me when I needed correction, we would not have had much of a relationship and I would not be any wiser about his heart or about life.

Is God silent, leaving you to guess His thoughts, or does He speak only when He corrects? This is an important question. Your understanding (or misunderstanding) of God, has much to do with your relationship and expectations of God. You cannot live wisely, nor relate to God honestly and confidently, without a true conviction about who God is,

Elijah was frightened and confused. Death threats had been issued by an angry Queen Jezebel, and he fled for his life until he collapsed, too exhausted to run any further. He despaired of life, feeling alone and forgotten. Read 1 Kings 19:1-18. Then God met this fearful fugitive, and Elijah made the effort to place himself where God would speak to him, and God did but not in the way he may have expected.

“’Go stand before Me on the mountain’ . . the Lord passed by . . and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain . . with such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind . . there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake . . there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after . . there was the sound of a gentle whisper, and the Lord said . .” 1 Kings 19:11-13 NLT. The storm, earthquake, and fire would have only heightened Elijah’s fear, if God were to speak through natural elements. And would Elijah have been any more clear about the current moment in his life?

Elijah needed God to speak in a way that he could and would hear Him. God’s voice was gentle, just what a man already overly stressed would need; God’s voice was a whisper, so a man so distracted already would have to listen more closely to hear what God wanted to say to him. God’s words were directional – about his future, not the past – exactly what a man lost in his fearful circumstance needed to hear.

My feeling is that God can be no more involved in your everyday life than you invite and include Him to be. He wishes to communicate with you. He wants you to know Him, and understand His heart and thoughts. The only way that is possible is that He reveals Himself to you. Know this about God: He reveals, not conceals. He is inclusive, not elusive. He gives direction, ahead of correction.

As you read the narrative – Read Luke 24:13-35 – of today’s verse, you may notice that God spoke to these disciples in ways He will speak with you – through others (vs. 22-24), through Scripture (vs. 26-27), and within your heart, “They said to each other, ‘Wasn’t it like a fire burning in us when He talked with us, and explained the Scriptures to us?’” (vs. 31-32). You do not choose the way He speaks; you can choose to listen! Revelation 3:20 NIV. The more room in your heart for God’s Word, the more you will hear His voice.

My prayer for you today is: love God’s Word; listen for His voice; and do as He says.

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Hearing God

March 1st, 2010

One day as they were worshipping God . . the Holy Spirit spoke.” Acts 13:2 The Message

A worshipping heart is the most important key to hearing God.”

My thoughts today are about “hearing God.”

Does God speak to people? Does God speak to people today? Does God speak to ordinary people about every day things? Yes, He does. He speaks through His Word, the Bible. He also speaks inwardly to your spirit in gentle promptings that your heart often recognizes as something beyond your own thoughts or ideas.

But not every one hears God, because not everyone is interested or listening. And not everyone who hears God hears Him correctly. In Scripture, God spoke and those standing by thought that it “thundered.” And not everyone who hears God correctly obeys Him fully.

Some don’t feel any need to hear what God has to say. Others don’t take the time necessary to hear what God is saying. A few don’t hear God any more because they wouldn’t obey the last time God spoke to them. But those who love and follow God’s voice will walk in unusual wisdom and blessing.

The Bible tells you how people hear God’s voice and respond in faith and obedience. Consider Mary, the young Jewish teenager who became God’s way to enter our world. When she heard, she responded, “Let it be unto me according to your word.” Luke 1:38. A heart of submission and trust is a key to hearing God. Understand this, God speaks to include you in what He is doing in your world, not for your amusement or information.

When God spoke to Samuel, a young boy serving in the Temple, he responded, “Speak Lord, your servant hears.” 1 Samuel 3:11. Samuel’s words express his readiness to obey. I find it interesting that the Greek word “obey” is “hupokoe” and comes from the root word “to hear.” That’s why parents often ask a child being slow to obey, “Did you hear me?” The assumption is that if you hear, you will obey. You won’t continue to hear God if you have a history of ignoring Him when He speaks. Willingness to obey promptly is central to your hearing God.

Today’s verse tells you where and when you will best hear God speak. “One day as they were worshipping God, the Holy Spirit spoke.” Acts 13: 2. A worshipping heart is the most important key to hearing God, and knowing His plans, and what you are to do to be a part of that. People who take time to be with God, and express their love and joy in their personal relationship with Him will more frequently understand when and what He speaks.

My prayer for you today is that you take time to listen with a heart to readily obey.

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