Listening For His Voice
Think of all the noises you sounds you hear throughout each day. Alarm clocks, children, your husband, your friends, nature, tv, entertainment on your phone, and many more things that flow into and out of your ears and mind each day. Listening to the things and people around us comes naturally and is just second nature to us all. There is one voice that we need to intentionally listen for though, the voice of our Father. It can be hard to hear God through the noise, but it is possible.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Some Ways God Speaks To Us
God does not verbally speak to you though which is why you have to intentionally listen for him. There are several ways in which our Father reaches out to us and hopes we hear him.
Have you ever been so deep in bible study and just felt God was answering a prayer that had been on your heart? Making time to delve into his word as often as possible is a good start to listening for his voice.
Often in life you are faced with situations that feel impossible. In reading the word of our Father you can be reminded of so many of his promises. Promises of his love, grace, patience, constant pursual of our hearts, and his willingness to make sure we are always provided for. This can be a great comfort in times of distress and can motivate you to move forward and see the situation in a new light.
God uses his word to let us know exactly what he wants us to hear at the exact right time. Praying about something and then pulling out your bible can lead you to your answer. Take some time before your bible study to ask God to be with you as you read. Or pray about your concerns or joys and see what He has to say in response. Scripture is God’s word and what better place to seek out his guidance and voice than through his own words?
I am sure you have been there… you’re faced with a difficult possibility in life and someone comes to you and miraculously solves the issue before it has even fully arisen. I cannot tell you the number of times that I have been in need of something. Then out of nowhere a fellow sister or brother in Christ gives me exactly the thing I needed.
The Lord gave us a community of fellow christians to lead us, encourage us, and to be the hands and feet of Christ when we need him most. If you ever feel compelled out of the blue to give an encouraging word or to give something physical to another person then the desire is likely coming from our Father.
You never know when he will use you to verbally or physically provide something for another person. You can be sure though that your deeds will be an example of Christ to someone else. Leading other people to Christ is something we should all strive for. If you listened every time you felt compelled to do something, think of all the people who could feel God’s love through your actions?
If you listened every time you felt compelled to do something, think of all the people who could feel God\’s love through your actions?
This one is so big for me. I listen to Christian radio every time I am in the car. And obviously at church I am also surrounded by God through music. Music has always been something that can create so many sensations for people.
We use music to invoke memories, celebrate, mourn, and relax. Going through the bible you can read all the times that music and celebration or music and tragedy go hand in hand.
God uses music to speak to us. I was going through a time of unforgiveness for someone who is family. I was so bitter and hurt by their actions and unwillingness to apologize that I refused to let go of pain and forgive them. I remember driving to work one morning after praying and hearing the song “Losing” by Tenth Avenue North.
I cannot express the overwhelming sensation I felt at that moment. I know that God was speaking directly to me. God was showing me that Jesus taught us to forgive, just as he did, even when our pride gets in the way.
Sometimes we hear and feel God through music in a way that we cannot hear or feel him through other mediums.
Keeping Yourself Open
God is always with us. He is near us through everything and knows all of our days before they have even come to pass. Yet he can only do so much to reach out to us. We have to make sure we are intentionally listening for him at all times.
Taking time out each day, even if for a minute or so to read a bible verse is a good start. Between reading his word and speaking to him in prayer each day we set a good foundation to open ourselves up to our Lord. He can only do so much to reach you, it is essentially up to YOU to have an open and heart and mind for him.
When you are allowing yourself to receive his word on a daily basis, then you will be more likely to actually hear what he wants you to hear.
What are some ways you make sure your heart is always available for our Lord to call upon?
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