Listen! Gods Speaks
“Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand, and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell. And great was its fall.” Matthew 7:24-27
Samuel teaches us about listening to God’s voice:
“Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel! And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” 1 Samuel 3:10
We have to learn the sound of God’s voice.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27
We learn the sound of God’s voice by practicing the presence of God, by making ourselves known to Him and learning to know God.
There is always a choice in how we respond to what God speaks.
“I have many things to say to you, but you could not bear them now.” John 16:12
Learning to hear God takes practice.
“Speak Lord, I’m listening!”
L - LEARN
Let God’s word direct your prayers.
Use Scripture and turn them into prayer conversations.
“Preserve me o God, for in You I put my trust.” Psalm 16:1
I - INCLINE
Incline your heart and set your intention:
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
Plan a daily time to read the Bible and pray.
Declare your intention as part of your prayer:
Lord I am here for you. Lord I draw near to you.
S - SIFT
Sift out the distractions to focus on Him.
“I have the mind of Christ and take my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.”
From 2 Corinthians 10:5
T - TAKE
Take the time to speak, to wait and to listen.
To make a weekly prayer planner.
To wait on God: “Lord, what do you want to say to me today?”
To take it in - reflect on what God is speaking to your heart.
E - EXPRESS
Express: Speak what you believe God is saying to you.
Highlight the significant things to you.
Read out loud sometimes so that you can begin to interact with the word.
Express: Tell God about it.
“Trust in Him at all times you people, pour out your heart before Him, God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8
Express - write out what God is saying to you as a point of reference for the future.
Examine: Examining what our impressions are allows us wisdom to discern what is of God and what is not:
Dallas Willard – 3 points of examining
The quality of God’s voice is that there’s an authority to the word.
The spirit of God’s voice is one of peace and reasonableness. It always intends our good.
The content of God’s words is that it is consistent with Scripture.
N - NOW
Do it now. Don’t delay.
This post is part of a series that was inspired by the following song.