Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hearing God's Voice

by Donna L. Watkins

Any time you choose to walk by faith and believe for something you know as Truth in the Bible, a voice inside you whispers, "You must be crazy. You're not capable of making this happen. What you've seen work before was simply luck. Now you're in over your head."

© 2009 Donna L. Watkins - Squirrels on Front Porch - "Are You Listening?"

Don't you know our rational mind will haunt us with practicalities, but God tells us to walk by the Spirit, not by our minds.

Those voices that come out of fear will waken you in the middle of the night, haunt you while you work, and scream louder as you quiet yourself down to relax. BUT! There's another voice that speaks from the heart. God says, "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10).

Tune your ears to God's voice which comes from the heart, not the mind. It doesn't mean problems fly away, nor does the other voice disappear. You will always have to discern the voice of God from your own rational mind. Focus on what God says. Line it up with the Word. God will speak to you through Scripture, through a friend, or through some instantaneous thought out of nowhere. The reason we often attribute those instantaneous thoughts to the devil is because they do not rationally make sense, so we logically want to dismiss them. But God's ways are not our ways, so we must tune in. His promise is that "Your ears will hear a voice ... saying, "This is the way; walk in it" (Isaiah 30:21).

One word from God can change your entire outlook on a situation. Don't let doubtful others keep you from hearing God's voice. Some will tell you that God does not speak to us today. We often don't know what direction to take or how to get something done. We need wisdom and God tells us that "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and without reproach; and it shall be given him" (James 1:5).

Isaiah 58:11 says, "The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail." There's an unfailing supply of wisdom and direction from the Lord. You just have to turn off those doubts and beliefs that you can't hear from our Father. Papa says, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you" (Psalm 32:8).

Hearing God's voice is what most Christians long for and God is ever ready to speak to us. The book that has taught me so much about listening and hearing is Mark Virkler's workbook called, "How To Hear God's Voice." You can read or listen to the four keys to hearing God's voice on the Virkler's ministry website. Imagine what life would be like for you to always have God's guidance with you each day. It is possible and it's what He desires.

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