Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Listen Longer, Hear More

It is so easy for us to talk to God about we need or want. 
But He is also speaking. Are we always listening? 

Many people I counsel say “I can’t hear God”. But we know from His Word that He is always speaking. Let’s talk about how to fine tune our ears to hear Him.

This is not to say that we must sit for hours in order to hear all He has to say. But we do need to PRACTICE hearing His voice by giving time to Him. We are to praise Him, worship Him, and....listen!

A few years ago there was a popular television ad that featured a man on a cell phone. He was walking around, changing locations, moving in and out of buildings as he asked the question "can you hear me now?” He was trying to find the perfect reception area in order to hear and be heard. 

Sometimes I think God might be saying to us “Can you hear Me now? Do we have a good connection?"

 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27

Since God is constantly speaking to us, then we must learn to clearly distinguish His voice above all others. 

We can practice what I call “purposeful listening”. We can purpose to hear from God. 

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21

The Lord speaks to us in a "still small voice" 1 Kings 19:12. But there are times that the chatter and noise of daily life drown out that voice. 

What can we do?

Remove inner noise, the “chatter” in your mind. Often, thoughts of chores and tasks create distraction. Keep a pad of paper handy to jot those down to get them out of your immediate thoughts. Some people find that playing worship music softly in the background helps.

Remove outer noise. Pick a quiet room or an area of the house where there is less noise distraction. Maybe a time of day when no one else is home, after everyone has gone to bed or before others get up in the morning. Or try leaving your work place at lunch, even if it is only sitting in your car.

Get physically comfortable and calm. Being uncomfortable can be a distraction. Your favorite chair, sofa, or pillow on the floor. Whatever works!

Pray-confess and repent. Then be still and listen. Keep your journal, Bible and pen handy.

Begin to schedule time with God daily to practice listening for His voice. 

This week, begin setting aside part of your devotional time to just sit quietly and listen. Challenge yourself to listen a dew minutes longer every day.

If we listen longer, we will hear more.

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