The Blogger Herself

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Are we Listening?

 Watch this video before you read my post. This humorous YouTube video will serve as an illustration for the topic of this post   Both, parent and child are claiming the other is not listening.   My work, teaches me to actively listen to my clients: using rephrasing and restating.  It helps both me and the client to process responses.  Sometimes we ask or wonder if God is listening to us, when the better question is: Are we listening to God?   People speak in terms we are often familiar with, however we may not be as in tune with the voice of the Holy Spirit.  I am learning a few concepts about listening for God's promptings.     
1. God desires and allows us to know and discover his voice...    “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me:" John 10:27.  The sheep represent God’s children.  This verse also states that the sheep know and hear God’s voice,   they are known by God and Christ.  I believe wholeheartedly God is able to speak audibly if He chooses to.  Let’s just be honest I’ve never heard God speak audibly to me.  While I can’t speak for others, I think it would be hard to say others have either, unless of course they lived during the of Jesus’ ministry.  Though not hearing God’s voice does not mean God isn’t speaking, and t we should not listen.  
2. It is impossible to listen to God without spending some form of time in His presence. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jer. 29:12-13. One reason I changed the name of my blog to: From Head to Heart, is because I know it is possible to know God’s word in my mind, but not n allow those words to affect my life and heart.  Unless I allow God’s words to make the way from head to heart, I’m living purely from a legalistic knowledge, and not intimacy with God. The Bible says God rewards those who seek, listen to, and place their trust in him. Hebrews 11:6
3.  One of the primary ways God speaks is through his promises.  I shall delight[in Your statutes;
I shall not forget Your word.
Psalm 119:15:16.  Sometimes, in my own life, because of doubt, or just simply because I’d like another answer, I fail to listen to the truth God has given clearly in a given situation.  If God has already provided the answer in the Bible, the phrase do what has already been stated applies.
4.  God also speaks through our own past and present experiences.  This might be through an answer to our prayer, or a challenge we face.  We may choose to waste our trials, but God never intended that.  I watch on a weekly basis as God redeems the agony of cancer into ministry.  It is often difficult for me to listen and look for ways to use my life experiences, but when I do listen and respond, God speaks and reveals himself. 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in ]any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Cor.1:3-4.   I wonder sometimes if we are not like the child in the video saying Lord you are not listening to us.  I envision the Lord responding graciously yet firmly. No, child You are not listening to me!  God often repeats his message to affirm it to us.  Are we listening? 


Jenn said...

Wow.. i just love your post. So applicable and encouraging. I love this. I especially love the reminder that God speaks to us through His promises. Love it!!

Jennifer Dougan said...


Congratulations from the post below about being part of Jennifer H's ebook! That's exciting! May God use it for his glory. :)

Thanks for your post here about listening to God. I was most struck by your comment that we need to be spending time in his presence to most easily hear him. Yes! Thanks for that reminder.

Re your comment on my post "How God Made a Daughter," thank you. It's nice to have you here. He loves you fiercely too, friend. :)

Jennifer Dougan

Dee said...

Well said TJ....We do live in a world that does not listen at all.... and many will be lost because of it. Thank you for sharing the Jer.29:12-13 was a confirmation for me that the Lord is listening each morning as i spend my quiet time with Him. At first when I began to watch the video I thought the little guy was cute...but then it began to make me feel uneasy...i feel he is mimicking his dad and the fact he called his mom Linda makes me feel he will be a handful as a teen.