Do you hear God's voice? Some people think that this is a gift to a few people like for a pastor, minister, and so on. But the truth is ... if you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then His Spirit abides in you and you can hear His voice! Even for unbelievers, God's voice can be heard as our conscience although its wisdom is quite limited. We are called not into a religion, but a personal relationship with Jesus. Even our eternal life is to know Him. A two-way communication is certainly the best way to build a relationship :)
How to hear God's voice then? In Habakkuk 2:1-3 says:
"I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the Lord answered me and said, "Record the vision and inscribe it on the tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail through it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay."
Wow.. I think these are really powerful verses! Mark Virkler gives the keys to hear God's voice out of these verses, which are:
1) Stillness - I will stand on my guard post
It talks about our attitude of heart, our readiness to hear from God. It will mean that we will make time for it. We can even seek stillness in the midst of our activities simply to listen what God is going to say for us :)
2) Vision - I will keep watch to see [fix my eyes on Jesus]
3) Spontaneity - He will speak to me
His voice in our hearts often sounds like a spontaneous thoughts. But it is full with wisdom, encouragement, gentleness, and goes along with His Words.
4) Journaling - Then the Lord answered me and said, "Record the vision."
Writing our prayers and God's anwers brings great freedom in hearing God's voice.
I have found that as I apply these keys in my life, I can hear Him more often. And I do have the records! As I look back to the previous pages of my journal book, I am deeply encouraged and amazed on how faithful He has led me until this moment. I believe that this is an experience which every Christian should have to build a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Honestly,I am not a typical of routine-lover so I find difficulty to build this habit daily. Yet, as I am determined to build a greater relationship with Him, I do write more often and take time to listen to Him. Previously, I always wonder why do some people can pray for hours while I cannot stand for more than 10 minutes. Now I have discovered that they can do that simply because they are engaging in conversation with our beloved God. How awesome! What a sweet moment with Jesus. So I would like to share what I have got so far in my little journey in conversation with my ultimate lover and Lord, Jesus Christ :)
-November 17, 2011-
LORD, do You want to speak to me?
"I always want to speak to you. Your busyness often makes you difficult to hear My voice. You always can find Me when you seek me with all your heart. Be still, my child.
Do not worry for the days to come. I am with you always. All you need to care about is fixing your eyes attention to Me. I will supply you with greater riches you can imagine. Your life will be an outflow of My love for you.
My daughter, I am well-pleased with you. You are the apple of my eyes. Draw closer to me and I will draw closer to you. There's nothing that can separate you from My love. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.
I have already prepared all good things for you, dear. I always have. Trust me and take one step at a time. I will surely not to harm you but give you a future and hope. Come, enjoy, and delight in my presence. I am always near to you. Never will I live you, never will I forsake you. I am with you til the end of time."
Of course, God was speaking personally to me at that time. But He can use many things to speak to us. If one of these journal happens to fit with you, it is very possible that He is speaking to you too :)
-November 20, 2011-
TRUST THE LORD
Psalm 37 [CEV]
"Do not be annoyed by anyone who does wrong, and do not envy them.
They will soon disappear like grass without rain.
Trust the Lord and live right!
The land will be yours and you will be safe.
Do what the Lord wants, and he will give you your heart's desire. Let the Lord lead you and trust Him to help.
Then it will be as clear as the noonday sun that you were right.
Be patient and trust the Lord.
Do not let it bother you when all goes well for those who do sinful things. Do not be angry or furious. Anger can lead to sin.
All sinners will dissapear, but if you trust the Lord, the land will be yours. Those who obey the Lord are daily in his care, and what he has given them will be theirs forever. They won't be in trouble when times are bad, and they will have plenty when food is scarce.
If you do what the Lord wants, he will make certain each step you take is sure. The Lord will hold your hand, and if you stumble, you still will not fall. The Lord protects his people and they can come to him in times of trouble. The Lord helps them and saves them from the wicked because they run to Him."
"Come to me for I am a great healer. I am in control. Trust Me. I am at work. Just wait and trust Me. You will see my promise comes true in My time. Everything is possible for Him who believes."
-December 1, 2011-
Dear sweet Lord Jesus,
Here I come humbly to you. Offering this heart to you. Help me to fix my eyes upon Thee. Let Your presence consume me and become the source of my joy. Teach me Lord to be grateful in all circumstances. May I hear Your voice, Lord?
"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world. The joy in Me is your strength. As your eyes and hearts turned to me, all is well. Rest on Me. Abide in Me. That is your only work you have to do . I will open the way in My time. Nothing is impossible for me. Your family are in my hands. Do not worry about them. Trust me to draw them near to Me.
You are my beloved daughter. I always keep watching over you and protect you. You are under the care of Me. Nothing in this world can ever harm you. Do you believe this?
Do not let your hearts be troubled, do not be afraid. Trust and obey. The rest is My part. So that the world may know and glorify Me. I will fight for your sake. I know the beginning and the ending. I hold them, your future, in My hands. And the end of all of these is victory. You are a victor, not a victim. You can love others as I have loved you. Me, Myself, will pour out my overwhelming love to the world. They will see, you will see, that I am your living God. Keep persevering, keep being faithful. I always have you in my mind."
-December 10, 2011-
Dear my Lord Jesus,
I realize that I have become Martha, not Mary. I am so busy like a buzzing bee. Help me Lord to see priority more. Help me to see the way you see it too Lord. My heart aches for this long separation. May your presence fill my cup and may I be satisfied only because of You. May I hear your voice Lord? What do you think about my life?
"True service for Me is a time set-apart with Me. I love your eagerness to do more for My kingdoms. But all your works will be merely work if it does not flow from me. You are my precious daughter. You need not worry to seek for a ministry for I shall supply for you. You need not worry not to meet him anymore. The time will come. Behold my dear! Just sit and spend time with Me. Shift your concern for others and you will find lots of opportunities to serve. To know Me is your everlasting joy. I am your Maker, Father, groom to be. I will lead you along My path. Surrender each day unto my hands. I will make it become a song for others to enjoy.
I love seeing you sing without pressure. I love you the way you are. A growing princess of mine. I will take care of him too. Do not worry. Keep up writing your blog for it will glorify My name to the world. Be strong My dear. You can break the ice and make friends with strangers. Do not be shy anymore. Break all the limits of your thinking and fix it unto Me only.
One step at a time. Bit by bit, little by little. Embrace the
present moment. Take delight in Me. Trust Me. Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. I love you more than you can ever imagine."
Oh anyway, you can also write a love letter to God! He is certainly be pleased ;)
-December 11, 2011-
How great is your way Lord! Though I may not understand, I will never stop trusting You. You know me to the deepest of my heart. You understand when I am weak, You rejoice when I turn to You for a refuge. You created sunrise and beautiful sunset everyday as a reminder of Your love. You made rainbow to remind me Your faithfulness. Nothing above the heaven nor under the sea could ever be suitable to describe Your majesty!
You are the only true God, the Alpha and Omega. You hold my future in your hands. In You only I find my Peace. O Lord, how can I love You as You love me? My love is very constrained. Compare to You, I am merely dust shouts praise.
O Lord never reject my simple offering to You. May You delight in me. May You shine through my life. O Jesus, sweet Jesus, Your company made me strong. You are light, the daily bread in my life. Let me be sufficient with Your presence. May I stop worrying for tomorrow and start living dailu with what You give.
Jesus, You are the One who can intercede everything that happens on earth. You can strengthen my loved ones. O Lord, may we grow into Your likeness. Purify us Lord all the more. Do as You pleased. Thy will be done. For alll the good gift, this beautiful feeling, comes from You. Make him the two, may You be the One. I will trust in You Lord, eventhough I do not understand. Let my heart dwell in You alone. Jesus, I love you ...
-December 16, 2011-
Why is this overwhelming sorrow and bad-thinking coming upon me? Protect my heart and mind Lord from fear and doubt. Grant me Your peace as I wait, grant me Your love to share. Are you teaching me to love You only?
"My child, my child, have faith in Me. Claim your faith. You can rely on My promises. I have so much to give when you are ready. You can never truly know Me, how faithful I am without letting you to walk in uncertainty. Know that I am Immanuel, I am always beside you. I will spread my wings over you and keep you secure. My faithfulness is like a shield or a city wall. Grow in your faith, delight in Me. I keep My people safely under My protection. You may be accused wrongly, but I am Your Defender. I am your God."
Jesus, I long to love You more. Could You bring me closer to You and fix my eyes to Yours?
"You take one step closer to Me, I will run thousand steps to embrace you. Do you feel how big is my love to you? You are My beautiful bride. Do not cry for I cry too. You need to see things just like I see them. Use your faith. Nothing is impossible for Me. Call Me, I will certainly come to you. I am not far, you know. I am in you, watching you, guiding you, protecting you.
A hug is a language of love which gives warmth to the longing soul. Know that My arms are always ready to hug you. Feel this immense love wherever you go, and you will be strengthened. Yes, My love is sufficient for you to do anything. My love empowers you."
-December 28, 2011-
Dear sweet Jesus,
I'd like to give You my present of faith. I want to stop worrying about future and doubting Your guidance. Yes Lord, take it all ... You can do many great things with Your hands. May You grant Me strength and patience to wait for the miracle to come and dreams shall come true.
"I am pleased with big faith. It unlocks my power and treasures in Heaven. You'll never know when or how it may happen, but certainly it will. Too many lacks of patience and have their own way instead of Mine. How sad ... Stay close with Me, drink My living water, eat My bread, and you will live. All of these is your preparation and foundation. People who want to do great things will receive more heat so that at the right time they will be able to withstand greater storm.
I will build My house upon a rock, not a sands. Feeling are sands. Experience, too, are sands. But faith ... is the rock. Let your faith stands firm, immoveable by the winds of the world. You are My chosen ones. Every good desire in your heart comes from Me.I am the one who has the most eagerness to make it comes true. But I have to fight for you so that you know that I am faithful.
Remember, Israelites wandered 40 years in desert because of their lack of faith. I cannot let the, inherit such treasure when they have no rock foundation to manage it.
A good-intention heart, the humble mind, and the submitted life will make all that I have entrusted flourish like trees and bear fruits in its season. Do you know how important the timing is? I cannot use fruit that has not ripen yet. It will be dangerous to elevate someone to the top while he cannot stand on the ground, a solid one. For this purpose, I allow this waiting season for you. Rejoice, My dear, in all circumstances. Pray continually. The taste of ripen fruit is excellent. So does your taste will be excellent in its due time. All you have to do is wait, obey, and I will prune you to make you be more fruitful.
I love you my child, I always do."
The proper foundation to hear from God will always based on the Bible, His written Words. We need to learn to discern between the truth and the lies. Keep asking, "What does God think about this? What does the Bible say?" This journaling time will be like a spontaneous conversation but it is much richer with His wisdom and truth. It is vital to hear more from Him than from the world. We need to let go every lies that enter our mind and replace it with His truth. I am sure you can do this too and I gladly welcome you to a deeper level of relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ :) I'd be so pleased to hear your response ;)
"I love those who love me, and those who seek Me diligently will find Me."