5.22.17







In the book of James 1:19 - it reminds us to understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get ... But let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow unto anger; ...


The worst thing we can bring to any dispute, is anger. ...

Ref: Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep your foot when you go to the house of God, and be more ready …


There are some of us that walk in anger and bitterness and are truly not aware... Hope deferred, often takes hold of us and feasts off our sickened hearts. All we ever see is the scowl that used to be a bright smile.


We also can find ourselves in the place where we stop listening to God. Maybe, if we really thought about what hinders us from listening..? Maybe, just maybe our lives wouldn’t be in the broken state we’ve been found in..? We bog ourselves down with questions like these;

Q: What am I going to do with the rest of my life?
Q: Where should I go to school?
Q: Should I take this job, or is there something better on the horizon?
Q: Who should I marry?


A: Life is a never-ending parade of pick and choose in other words, “choices”!!! Most people would relish having an iron clad way of identifying right choices, others of us would rather consult the horoscope (I’ve been tempted a time or two to seek the aide of a psychic or carrot card reader)!

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Than we find ourselves asking;

Q: Do we go with what the experts are saying or rely on our gut-feeling?
Q: Should we look to the stars - or seek the Maker of the stars?


A: Beloved God wants to speak to us, and yes, you can 'know' that you hear His voice. God wants to fellowship and communicate with us, that's real two-way communication.

Q: Why?


A: You can't have a real relationship, unless there is true dialogue.


Q: How do we get to know a person?


A: By communicating with them, by talking and listening. It's the same with our relationship with God. He talks, we listen. We talk, He listens. God loves us so much, that He sent Jesus to take our place and to die for us. He did this so that we could once again have fellowship with Him.

Ref: In Hebrews 10:19-20a - we see that we can have access to God's very presence, "...having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way..


A: He also wants us to be fulfilled, blessed and successful in the plan that He has established for our lives -- so that we can be a reflection of His love and blessing in the Earth.


Ref: In Jeremiah 29:11- the Lord makes clear His intentions for you and I, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."


Ref: In 2Timothy 3:16-17 - “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”.


6 KEYS TO LISTENING TO GOD

1. By the Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts:

"For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, and everyone his brother, saying, 'know the Lord,' for all will know Me, from the least to the greatest of them" (Hebrews 8:10-11).


2. Through the Prophetic (word of knowledge, word of wisdom, personal prophecy, etc.):

"Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good"
(I Thessalonians 5:19-21).


3. In Godly counsel:

"Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety" (Proverbs 11:14).


4. With Confirmation:

"By the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed" (Matthew 18:16).


5. In the PEACE of God:
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful" (Colossians 3:15).


6. Through Circumstances & Timing:
"After these things he (Paul) left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them, and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and they were working; for by trade they were tent-makers" (Acts 18:1-3).


EX: This relationship between Paul, Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18) -- which happened as a result of circumstances -- became one of the most important strategic partnerships in the book of Acts.


Conclusion

Many times the Lord will confirm His direction to us through three, four or more of these keys -- especially when we are in the process of making an important, life-changing decision.


Pastor Johny Pack here in Portland always use’s a quote that says: “Much prayer much power, Little prayer, little power!” In other words, as we humble ourselves before the Lord, seek His guidance in our lives, the Good Shepherd will be faithful to lead us, "…in paths of righteousness for His name's sake" (Psalm 23:3).

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Final Thoughts
Of course and without a doubt my beloved, you can hear and know the voice of God. It’s because of this, the world is changing and even more than perhaps you've ever heard. But the question still remains…. are you willing to listen?



HOW DID THIS MESSAGE REACH YOU TODAY?





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