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.
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:
- Consistent with his Word
- Confirmed through Godly relationships
- Often opposed by well meaning people (mostly out of fear and/or misunderstanding)
- 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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