Be Encouraged, God Will Come Into Focus

FocusFor all those who wonder if they will ever hear (or sense) God speaking to them, let me encourage you. God is still speaking, even if it feels like God is hiding. Heaven’s radio station transmits all the time. It does require some fine tuning on our part. Over time, you will gradually distinguish the voice of the Lord from all the other competing voices in your life. You can also discover the place where God speaks about everything.

This process usually takes time because God speaks from realms and in frequencies that the normal, natural you, doesn’t readily discern. In fact the Bible states;

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.1 Corinthians 2:14

Unsaved and unregenerate human beings fret against the ways of God.

The foolishness of a man twists his way, and his heart frets against the Lord. Proverbs 19:3

Not only are we are not inclined to listening to God but we hide from the truth in His voice. Hear

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. John 3:19-20

However, once we surrender our lives to God through faith in Jesus Christ, a new spirit is birthed in us and we are given the capacity to hear and receive from God. Yet the self-dependency of our natural thinking from birth still governs us most of the time. We will need to be intentional about steering our wagon out of these mental ruts. As time goes by we gradually recognize subtle indications and unctions from the Lord from all kinds of circumstances in our life. We increasingly become aware of coincidences, impressions and confirming words or signs that keep pointing us to a wiser, loving intelligence at work in our life. If we live in a prophetic community this process of recognizing God’s voice is accelerated.

The truth of the matter is we often simply wear out from resisting God’s way of doing things. We become tired of seeing no fruit from doing things in our strength. In our depleted state of resignation we begin to recognize and acknowledge God’s agenda is marching on… sometimes without us. This awakens us to Who is really in charge of our world and we begin to humbly acknowledge the still small voice of God in our life. Another factor that determines the time it takes to develop a hearing or listening ear is that at each step in our walk we have to choose… we have to volunteer to cooperate when the Lord speaks to us regarding the things that are not pleasing to him. It’s as if there are trees and bushes blocking our “inner satellite dish” that need to be removed before we get the full signal. If we cooperate with the Holy Spirit working in our lives, as months and years go by, we hear and see more clearly.

Help From a 400 Year Old Book

If you would like some practical tips to receiving more from the Lord when reading your Bible, you can do yourself a favor by getting a copy of “Experiencing The Depths of Jesus Christ” by Jeanne Guyon, written over three centuries ago. The first 20 pages will radically change how you read your Bible.  Also “Four Keys to Hearing God’s Voice” by Mark Virkler is one of the best resources available to help you tune into the voice of the Lord. The good news is; if you will give yourself to regularly reading and mediating on the Word of God; if you incline and apply your heart to understanding; you will hear the voice of God. The Lord will relentlessly break though every hindrance and barrier in your life, like a plant pressing its way through a concrete sidewalk. You will begin to see and hear God come into focus.

My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5

9 comments

  1. Jeff~
    Great word! I feel that hearing from God is a crucial part of us growing and experiencing Kingdom living and continual growth in our relationship with Jesus. That is why your post is so important and well done.

    I want to also say that although I am nobody special at all, I most certainly do live my life listening to the Holy Spirit and walking out what He calls me to do! I feel the need to mention again that I really am nobody special. I have a normal job, regular family, not enough time for prayer, and i sure feel like i don’t read my bible enough; probably like most Christ – followers. But for me, the key to hearing Gods voice is to genuinely seek Him. I pray for God to speak to me before reading my bible. I get up every morning and pray with my wife; mostly just re-surrendering our lives. We offer our bodies (our mind, will and emotion) up to God as a Holy sacrifice. And we pray that God would always help us to be immediately obedient to His voice. We always try and put his word above our desires.

    We could talk for a long time about how to begin walking an amazing and fulfilling life in the spirit! There really is NOTHING better under the sun/son :).

    But the point of my writing is to encourage all of your readers that this kind of life is more than attainable! And it is so very worth chasing after! I encourage you to start by telling God you thirst for Him. Read with expectation and if you think you might have heard from Him, immediately lean into that word. do something in agreement with it and the Lord will richly bless your spiritual life! With practice and hunger for more, YOU WILL find yourself walking and talking with our creator and it will be more fulfilling than your mind can grasp! you can do it, and we will help where we can! Thirst, thirst thirst!
    Al – Soli Deo Gloria

  2. One of the benefits of devoting ourselves to a daily quiet time with the Lord and begin saturating our minds and hearts with His word, we learn to listen for His voice in the midst of distress and discouragement. Recently I found myself facing a crisis point in a relationship and called out to the Lord, “What do You want me to do with this?” His reply came swiftly and softly: “Draw near to Me, and I will draw near to You.” It’s been a challenge to continue doing that in the face of despair, but He has been faithful in guiding my mind and my heart. Some days are harder than others, and I find myself slipping back at times. But as long as I continue fortifying myself with His truth, I will never again let myself fall back into the pit of depression. My “bad” days will never be as bad as they used to be because He has brought me too far and I’ve learned too much to let mental illness reclaim my mind.

  3. Concerningtheking, You are so right…Drawing near to Him is our best choice. 10,000 lesser problems are solved when He is first place in our lives. Peace, Jeff

  4. Amen, Jeff! What a good and relevant word.

    “Lately” – the title track for my upcoming album to be released at the end of summer, is all about this sense that we often have, that God is not speaking because we aren’t hearing His voice… and our role in the resolution. The studio cut isn’t out yet but I’ll link you to a YouTube video where I’m performing it live. http://youtu.be/KpT0bDZd0bk

    I think we’re singing the same song here, aren’t we? You have a gift for the written word, thank you for writing!

  5. I have been in a season of intense physical trial this year….I am so encouraged by this even though I have devotions with the King of my heart. I am drawing near and He is hear. Thanks for the encouragement from one suffering but rejoicing because of Jesus.

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