“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
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Last week I mentioned how one of the things God has been doing in my life is how I can hear God’s voice more clearly. I want to be upfront in saying that I have struggled with this on and off for years. Being a Christian for 20 years, I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. I’ve thought I’ve heard God and it turns out I didn’t or I misunderstood what He said.
There are many things in my life that can cause His voice to be what I refer to as static on a radio station when you are too far away from it’s base. One of the hardest things for runners to do is to listen to our body as we train. It is difficult to learn when a pain is good and when pain is bad, when we should push through a difficult spot and when we shouldn’t. Experience is the best teacher with this.
Jesus promised that, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27) So it is possible to hear His voice.
This is not an audible voice, but rather the Holy Spirit inside us which is often very quiet.
If you want to learn the voice of God, you must read His written Word. The key is to read it as much as you possibly can. Meditate on it’s truths and let it settle down in your heart. The more I spend time in His Word, the more clearly I can hear His voice.
Once thing I have noticed is that if I have un-confessed sin in my life, including bitterness, disobedience, and rebellion, that is when His voice seems to be staticy or unheard altogether.
Remember that if anything you hear goes against His Word, it is not of God. The Bible says to test the spirit whether they be of God or not. (See 1 John 4:1)
“…faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
Take a Step!
If you want to learn to hear God’s voice I challenge you to set a goal for yourself to spend a certain amount of minutes a day in the Bible reading it for yourself. 15 minutes seems to be a common goal, but if that is too much for you, start with 10 or even 5 minutes. Many years ago, I made a commitment to open the Bible for myself everyday and read at least one verse. To my knowledge I have only skipped at most two days.
The Simplicity of Christianity
Making a commitment to read the bible everyday for yourself may be daunting and seem impossible. But it doesn’t have to be that way. For my last training block, God encouraged me to take notes throughout the journey. Then after the race He led me to write a book in order to share it with others.
The main theme of the book is to Change our Life from an “I have to” Christianity to “I get to!”
It’s a seven part e-book on living the Christian life from a runner’s perspective. I combine what God has taught me through my 20 years of Christianity. I’ve lived in different seasons – living my life in rebellion to God, living in depression to the extent I doubted God’s existence, and then living completely surrendered to Him happier than I have been in my entire life combined.
To learn more click here or to download it straightaway go here! It’s free for you to download at any time.
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