Conversations make up life.
Conversations are give and take.
Conversations are back and forth.
Conversations are always two way.
When conversations become one way, it becomes a monologue. Who likes to listen to a monologue?
As we have been focusing on Risky Prayers for the past three months, have you discovered and grown in your two way conversation with God? Or are you monologuing to God?
Have you taken the daily time to be still and listen to God?
If so, what is He saying?
Job learned to hear God speak, which is an extremely important spiritual skill that needs to be developed – especially when going through challenging times. Job discovered, “God does speak — sometimes one way and sometimes another — even though people may not understand it” Job 33:14 (NCV)
1. Of course, God speaks clearly and practically through the Bible.
Every time we read God's Word, He is speaking to us; sometimes generally (2 Tim 3:16) and other times very specifically (Heb 4:12). The question becomes, are you letting God's Word speak to you? It is always easier to read the Bible when trying to finish a Bible study with your Sunday School class or small group. Or when you are seeking wisdom for some other person. But, do you turn the Bible to your heart, to your soul to have it speak directly to you? What are you hearing God say to you?
2. God also speaks through Biblical teachers.
This is the Biblical pattern. God gives a message to His spokesperson and then they go and share the message. Have you ever been at church or a conference and the speaker or pastor seems to be just talking with you? Does it seem like God is saying something through them to you? Or are you seeking to tune out God's voice through specific teachers for some reason or reasons? Are you humble enough to ask God to speak to you through Biblical teachers?
3. God speaks through circumstances.
Jesus trained His disciples to hear God speak through circumstances in Matt 10:11-14. God's direction will be revealed by how others responded to them. As we walk with Jesus, He has to constantly make course corrections and one way He does that is through our circumstances. It helps to be debriefing about circumstances with close brothers and sisters in Christ.
4. God speaks through impressions or ideas.
Amos 4:13 "For the LORD is the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals His thoughts to mankind." This is always very challenging because there are two extremes. One is that God is speaking clear ideas to people all the time. The other is that God does not speak this way at all. One thing is for sure, God will never say anything that is contrary to the Scriptures. If it is not Biblical, it is not from God.
What is God saying to you?
"Will you confess ______ yet?"
"Will you let Me transform ______ yet?"
"Will you accept My mission today yet?"
Seeking to listen to God together,
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.