Hearing from God

Hearing from God

Have you ever wondered if God really wants to speak to you? If so, why doesn’t He do it more often? And how does one begin to actually hear His voice?

Jeremiah 33:3 tells us that God will answer us when we call upon Him, showing us things we don’t know, and John 10:27 says that His sheep hear His voice. As these verses make clear, God really does want to speak to you! He wants to guide you, give you wisdom, and show you things that you need to know when you need to know them. To really begin to hear His voice, however, you need to take the time to listen to Him!

How often do we get so caught up in our busy lives that we neglect to spend time with God? And when we do spend time with Him, how often do we pause, just sit there for a while, and listen for His voice? Think about it like this – if a friend kept on trying to call you but you never picked up the phone, or if you were talking to them and never let them get a word in edgewise, how would you ever hear what they were trying to say to you? It’s the same with hearing from God. If we want Him to speak to us, we have to take the time to quiet ourselves and actually listen to what He is trying to say.

Do you want to hear God’s voice? If so, I challenge you to ask Him to speak to you, then take even just 5 or 10 minutes by yourself to just be quiet, and listen for what He has to say.  If you have a difficult time with this, try turning on some worship music to help you to focus on God, and what He wants to say to you.The more you listen, the more you’ll begin to hear His voice, and experience His guidance in your life!

Making Wise Media Choices, and Spending Time In God’s Word

Making Wise Media Choices, and Spending Time In God's WordWeek 33 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was Philippians 1-4, and Colossians 1. These chapters cover Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, and begin his letter to the church at Colossae.

Philippians 4:8 tells us what kind of things to be thinking about – whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. One thing that affects our thoughts in a greater way than we may sometimes think is our choice of media. What are we watching and listening to? What are we reading online? Does it match up with the kind of thing Philippians 4:8 says that we should be thinking about?

What goes in our eyes and ears often ends up in our minds and hearts, and what’s in our heart will come out in our life. Therefore, our media choices often impact us more than we may imagine.

An excellent choice of what to be filling our minds with is God’s Word. It truly possesses all of the qualities mentioned in Philippians 4:8, and Psalm 1:2-3 says that those who meditate on and delight in the Word of God will prosper in whatever they do! Let’s be intentional about making wise media choices, make sure to spend time in God’s Word!