When I Know it’s God Talking Part 1

Something’s been growing in my heart and I’m not yet sure of its purpose but I definitely recognize the source. It’s God challenging me to change yet again.

How do I know?

Well, I’ve had a bit of experience. Some experience from the “I’m not listening camp.” Some from the “I hear you but I won’t change department” and then those times when I’ve actually listened to the spirits prompting.

I hesitate because these words tend to be foreign even to Christians. The experience of listening to God lies within that grey area of things we can’t fully explain and sometimes argue over. Trying to explain seemed futile and so for too long I’ve kept it to myself. Fear of being unacceptable to the normalcy that we call life.

boy plugging his ears

The thing is I know when it’s God.

He challenges me on things I would never consider.

Like the time he prompted me for weeks to introduce myself to a neighbor I’d never met and offer to read to her husband. That story begins HERE. I ignored the thoughts, rationalized and tried to explain away my nagging feeling. Over and over, God confirmed that it was Him. I guess that’s key. He is consistent and persistent. When a crazy thought is just mine it’s usually fleeting and inconsistent. I press ahead irrationally and choose to act without patience. So there’s a dance when you’re learning to listen.

I know something is growing that I’m not yet ready to share but it’s there and I’m shifting my perceptions to allow Him in to rearrange that part of me. While I wait, I’m praying, reading my Bible and having regular conversations with my husband. Because those are the ways I’ve learned that the Lord confirms His voice.

How I Know it’s God:

  1. Consistent with his Word
  2. Confirmed through Godly relationships
  3. Often opposed by well meaning people (mostly out of fear and/or misunderstanding)
  4. Not my idea and rarely what I would have done. His way usually requires sacrifice– if only of my pride.

To be Continued…

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11 thoughts on “When I Know it’s God Talking Part 1”

  1. That was well written. It is an interesting topic rarely covered….Hearing Gods voice and yet His sheep are to know His voice and follow it. Sometimes I am very confident in it and other times not so much. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Wow! Thanks Sandy. I sometimes want to balk away from those “rare topics” but God keeps pressing and in the end it’s usually the one’s people are most appreciative of. It is a hard topic and it can be so individual. Though God is creative and unique He is also constant! I have confidence in that! :)

  2. I love the way that you give reason for the change in you. I wish my faith was as strong as yours. Thank you for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

    1. Ah Jenny, don’t be discouraged. Faith takes time and grows, often through challenges. Like a butterfly. You learn and grow, that’s God’s process if we surrender and ask, He is gentle and LONG suffering, believe me!

  3. I’ve wrestled with how (and how not to) hear God’s voice. So often I envy those in the Bible who heard audibly, those who received explicit instructions. Faith seems so ambiguous now. I say that, but then remember that we and not they possess the written Word of God! How much more explicit can it get than the written Word? Oh, but I still wrestle.

    Here’s a post I wrote about it a while back: http://tanyadennisbooks.com/2011/10/29/dos-and-donts-of-deciphering-the-will-of-god/

    1. Ah yes, I wrestle and often doubt too. But also remember, though some heard audibly they didn’t have the Holy Spirit then. We have Christ IN us. Still, I know what you mean. :)

  4. I used to think I could recognize the voice of God, and sometimes when I reach out and do something I didn’t plan on doing and it’s good and right, it confirms His voice. But what happens when you think you heard His voice and you do something you never wanted to do, but it turns out to be a disaster. Was that God? Maybe, maybe not… That’s where I struggle. Would God allow pain in our lives for a reason? Yes… to help us grow. But what if we thought we heard God’s voice and made the wrong decision? Then what? I think he can use that too and help us through it and maybe if necessary down a different path, if we allow it.
    I still struggle with hearing his voice, and the consistent
    with his word part (what exactly does that mean?)… and if
    Godly relationships give you opposite advice, then what? … I guess, for me, that’s when you have to step out and trust whatever you do, God can use it for good… even if you got it wrong again…

    1. Most likely your story isn’t finished yet. Remember Abraham? That story didn’t look at all like he planned but he still trusted even though it looked tragic. OTOH when he moved forward thinking he’d “help God out” things did get ugly and he ended up losing a son over it. It is sometimes difficult to know but yes pain is always for a reason for those who love him but sometimes it’s not about us. :( Like Job.

      Consistent with his word means you aren’t doing something that the Bible says clearly not to do and feeling like it’s God. He won’t ask for things outside His character and written word.

      YES you are so right about godly people giving ungodly advice. So many times we want to help by fixing someone’s problem or easing their pain but it’s OUR OWN thinking. The Bible warns about that and says over and over that His wisdom is far above ours and many times doesn’t make sense.

      Yes, step out after prayer and with much trembling. In all you do keep praying and keep asking, He isn’t going to leave you out there alone! Might feel lonely but never alone.

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