Yes…you can!

by Lester Young

Do you ever find it hard hearing from God?  All too often, we’re not quite sure what He wants us to do, or just exactly what it is that we should even be believing Him for.  Sometimes, being able to hear the Lord speaking to us seems like it might be the toughest task in the world.  But, it’s really not too difficult at all.  And, once you realize just what’s going on – and begin practicing it – you’re gonna laugh at yourself (or get really, really upset – depending on which you’re more easily given to).

First of all, we’ve got to believe that it’s God’s will for us to know His will.  We’ve also gotta believe that we can hear His voice.  But let’s not dally around in our heads trying to drum up some mental capacity of faith.  We’ll go to God’s Word and find Scriptural basis for believing.  For our purposes today, Colossians 1:9 and Matthew 13:16 will do quite nicely.  Colossians states: “…to desire that you would be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”  And in Matthew, Jesus Himself is quoted as saying, “But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.”  Pretty much puts an end to all argument on those subjects, doesn’t it?

Well, if all argument is over, then stop arguing (within yourself) about it!  Stop questioning what the Lord’s will is, and wondering why you can’t hear Him.  Accept what God’s Word says about your knowing and hearing, and then you say the same thing.  “I can and do know God’s will, and I can and do hear His voice!”

Now that we’ve got our mind and our words lined up with His (Hebrew 3:1), we can get down to actually finding out what God’s will for us is, on a personal level.  We often think of the Lord as dwelling inside us, and rightly so.  But, we should also begin to give lots of thoughtful consideration to the truth that we also live inside His heart, in the exact same manner He dwells in ours (John 17:11, 21-22).  Seriously, think about that for awhile.  Then, 1 Corinthians 2:9-12 will become much clearer to you.  Who knows what’s inside a man (his hopes, dreams, purposes) more than that man’s spirit?  Well, the same applies to God (we’re made in His image, remember?)  Not only is God in our heart, we’re sitting right in the middle of His!  We can know His desires, what He has for us; He’s revealed them directly to us (verses 10, 12).

Okay, so how do we get them to be understood by our little minds?  Well, do what the Word says and pray in the spirit – that is, in tongues (1 Corinthians 2:7, 13).  But, you’ll have to quiet down your mind and thoughts; you have to shut off that running conversation that’s always going in your head about something (or nothing, or everything!)  Then, just focus on Jesus, on being one with Him (John 17:23).  Now, at the same time, be alert to any thoughts which pop up to you.  Consider them carefully – God will be communing with you, straight from His heart to yours.  You’ll probably notice those thoughts are so good, so wonderful, that it’s difficult at first to take them in, to wrap your brain around them.  But that’s okay; just factor in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 again: “But it is written, That eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him.  But [He] has revealed them to us by His Spirit…”  (Of course, the thoughts may also be to tell you about something you might need to do tomorrow, or about this situation or that, or simply to warm you up with his tender and compassionate love.)

Certainly, you’ll need to consider each thought you get carefully, to see if it’s actually God-inspired (1 John 4:1: “try [test] every spirit”).  I mean, let’s face it; if you find yourself thinking about the next juicy piece of gossip that’s making its way across Facebook…well, if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll be able to tell what’s from Who.

Finally, don’t allow yourself to be tripped up or confused by the infamous “Lord, is that You or is it just me?” tug-of-war.  As a matter of fact, why don’t we just go ahead and answer that question right now: “Yes.”  Yeah, it is you…and it’s Him, too!  We’re one spirit, remember?  (Listen, if bad thoughts are from Satan’s domain, then where do you think the good thoughts originate?)  So, if it sounds like you, don’t get all bogged down by that – it is you, being influenced by the Spirit of your Heavenly Father within you.  Just go ahead and accept those thoughts – by faith!  Determine and choose to believe that they’re actually from God to you.  You have the right and the authority to do that, you know.  Why else would we have also been given the mind of Christ, hmm?

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