Well 7 days into this 31 day challenge, and I have to say I’m losing a little steam. Partly because of my Grandpa’s passing last week and partly because writing everyday just takes a lot of discipline and hard work. But like any other skill, writing requires discipline, practice, and patience in order to improve.
Hearing God’s voice is actually kind of similar. Because most of us don’t hear God’s voice audibly, it really is a discipline to learn how to tune into what Holy Spirit is saying to us. That’s why we can hear from God – not because some of us are super spiritual (we’re all just sheep) – but because we ALL have the gift of His Holy Spirit.
This is SO key to hearing God’s voice.
Here’s why. When Jesus was teaching his disciples about Holy Spirit, and his role in our lives, this is what He said, “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” – John 14:25-26
The disciples had the privelegde of hearing Jesus speak, listening to his teaching and watching the way He lived. However, we have the Holy Spirit who teaches us “all things and reminds [us] of everything [Jesus] said.” So when we ask God a question and wait for a response, it’s not just our own thoughts and imagination that come up with the answers – it’s actually the Holy Spirit speaking to us, reminding us of the truth we already know, and teaching us NEW things.
Sometimes what I hear when I ask God a question isn’t a truth I’ve never heard before, but it’s just said in a NEW way that makes that truth personal.
For example, the first time I asked Jesus if He loved me and how much, I already new the answer was “yes” and “a lot”. But instead of hearing that, I heard Him say, “Of course, baby girl” and then I saw a picture of a huge waterfall flowing down into a beautiful pool of water surrounded by smooth stones. And then He said “I love you more than all the water that ever has or ever will flow over that waterfall, with more power and more force – that’s how much a love you.” In a way this was just a reminder of the truth I already knew, that He loved me a lot, but it was personal. It was the way I needed to hear it in that time and place. It was ALIVE.
Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is alive and active.”
God’s word is alive! It lives and breathes and moves us. It’s actively reaching out to us, changing us, romancing us, calling us back. It’s not stagnant. It’s not old and dusty and boring. It’s real. And when we allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us, when we open oursleves up the possibility that we can actually hear the voice and heart and will of God, our relationship with Jesus comes alive as well! Don’t you want that, friends? I know I do. I want that for myself and I want that for you.