One of the most critical things in a Christian’s walk is how to hear God’s voice.
Many times my kids have come into the room and starting speaking to me while I am working. I’m trying to get my work completed but the kids have a dying need as well. “Ok, speak, I’m listening,” is my quick response. By the time they had finished what they were saying and I finally completed my task, I look at them and say, “sorry, can you say that again?” Yup, I wasn’t listening.
In a previous blog, “Is It As You Truly Perceive?” we discussed seeing in the spiritual, today we will discuss, hearing in the spiritual in a two-part series, How To Hear God’s Voice?
Does God Speak Today?
Yes, He absolutely does. Not only does He speak, but He expects us to listen.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. – John 10:27
Listening and hearing are two separate things. I can hear you but may not be listening to you. That’s because hearing comes naturally, while listening takes effort. Yup, listening is work!
To know the needs of my children, husband, boss, I need to listen to what they are saying.
Well, the same with God. We need to be listening to what He is saying.
So Why Are We Struggling To Hear God’s Voice?
This can be many things, but we are going to talk about “The Clog”.
I want you to picture your sink for a minute. If not careful things can end up in the drain and it gets backed up. Now you have a problem, water can’t go down, so you have to get something to unclog the sink.
We need to be open vessels for God to pour into us. Clogs will block the movement of God making it difficult to hear.
4 Things That Block You From Hearing God
1) Mistrust – The quick response we want to say is, I trust God! But take some time to really think about it. Trust operates with faith. The Kingdom of God is all about faith. You can’t even be in the Kingdom of God without it. We need to trust the Word of God is the absolute truth, which says He speaks to His sheep.
2) Busyness of Life – I get it! We all have so many things to do. Do you know God can speak to you during your day to day task? We will talk more about this in my next blog. To hear him, we need to just listen.
3) Rejection – Feeling we don’t deserve to hear from God. This includes feeling you did something so God is not speaking to you. Many have said sin is preventing you hear from God…well…I don’t agree with that. Jesus spoke to many sinners, and his response was to turn from what you are doing. There are many people in the bible God spoke to after they sinned.
4) Stubbornness – Yes, stubbornness. We can be set in our own ways sometimes that we chose not to listen. As we continue to do this we sear our very own hearts that as He is speaking to us, we no longer hear Him.
Do you relate to any of these? This is not the end-all for you if you do. God is merciful. You took the first step by admitting it, now you just have to chose to stop doing it and ask God for forgiveness. In my next blog, we will talk about how to hear from God, so stay tuned!
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