Absolute Boundless Abandon Week 2- Day 11
Listening to God by Ramona Davis
Monday, May 23, 2016
Absolute Boundless Abandon Week 2-Day 1
Dear Heavenly Father, May we listen to You and not any others. Seeking the whole counsel of You LORD and immersing ourselves in Your Holy Scriptures praying them and waiting to hear for Your instructions, Your transformation, receiving power from You! In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at other times, 'Samuel! Samuel!' Then Samuel said, 'Speak for your servant is listening.'
1 Samuel 3:10 NIV
Have you ever met someone who talked non-stop? Talking and talking, asking questions but rarely taking the time to listen to your answers? Frustrating and annoying, isn’t it?
I wonder if God puts His Holy Chin in the palm of His Hand and lets out a long sigh when we talk and talk, ask and ask, but rarely take time to listen to Him. We should be communicating with God in our prayers. Good communication involves good listening. Listening for His Voice in our day to day tasks. Hearing Him say “I love you”. Hearing Him discipline us. Hearing Him guide us.
Some say it is difficult to hear God’s voice. God is speaking. Do we recognize His Voice? Many are fearful of Him and imagine Him pointing His Finger on their sins as a constant critic. Many are impatient, expecting God to answer immediately.
God doesn’t speak in an audible voice, but He speaks to our hearts in so many other ways...
God speaks through His Word. When scripture seems to “jump” off the page at us, He is speaking.
God’s glory and wonder are displayed in nature all around us daily. He speaks to us through His Creation.
He can answer a prayer and comfort our hearts through the lyrics of a song or hymn.
God speaks to us through our daily experiences. Are we making the connection?
God also speaks to us through others — usually without their knowledge!
The more time we spend getting to know Him and love Him, the more we hear His Voice and learn to obey. The more we obey, the more we will hear His Voice.
God’s Voice is still, never loud or anxious. His Voice firmly disciplines His children, but never condemns or torments. His Voice is loving and compassionate. God seems to speak with fewer and more effectual words, clear and precise.
Coming to the Lord in worship, praying honestly to Him and expecting to hear from Him is such an amazing privilege we have in Christ Jesus! Praise God now and forever, for in Jesus we are eternally connected to the Father who speaks to us!
Ask yourself these questions...
- Do I take time to be still and listen?
- Do I slow down long enough to really seek His Voice?
- Am I spending quality time with Him daily in His Word and in prayer to get to know Him and learn from His Voice?
- Is there unconfessed sin in my life?
- Do I expect to hear Him speak?
- Is what I am hearing “in line” with His character?
- Is it “in line” with His Word?
- If what I am hearing is contrary to God's character or is not In line with His Word… am I turning away from the lie(s) or trying to justify/rationalize sin? (I beg you to turn away!) Lay it down!
Dear God, Please help us to stay in Your Word and wait on You to speak to us. Let us not be deceived and please let us not deceive ourselves. Please help us to come to You for forgiveness and restoration. Always approaching You with clean hands and a pure heart filled with honesty and integrity fully trusting in Your mercy and grace in forgiving our sins remembering them no more. Surrendering our own will and choosing Your perfect will. Fully depending on YOU! In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.
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