LISTENING TO GOD

HINDRANCES TO HEARING GOD:


1. WE DON'T KNOW GOD  (BE IN THE WORD REGULARLY)
2. LOW SELF ESTEEM
     - Many people don't know or feel that they are God's child & often think "Why would
       God want to talk to me ?"
3. GUILT
     - Satan lies and gives a person a false sense of guilt.
4. TOO BUSY
     - The cares of the world crowd God out of our lives.
5. UNBELIEF
     - You need to believe that God wants to speak to you through His Holy Spirit.
6. ANGER AT GOD
     - If you're angry at God you won't want to listen to Him.
7. SIN
     - There needs to be a turning away from sin (repentance)
8. REBELLIOUS SPIRIT
9. YOU REJECT THE PERSON OR CIRCUMSTANCES THAT GOD IS USING TO       
    SPEAK TO YOU
10. UNTRAINED TO LISTEN TO GOD



TRAIN TO LISTEN TO GOD:

  • LISTENING/HEARING IS AN ACTIVE PROCESS (It takes Practice, Time, Effort)

  • YOU NEED TO TAKE TIME TO LISTEN
    (especially when you have decisions to make, or are in a crisis)

         - What are you telling me God ?
         - How does what I sense in Prayer / Circumstances / Godly people Confirm what I
            hear from God's Word ?
         - How can I
do/obey/follow ?

  • ANTICIPATE AND EXPECT GOD TO SPEAK
    (IT'S THE BIBLICAL PATTERN - See HEBREWS 1:1-3)

  • RESPOND TO WHAT YOU HEAR  (BE WILLING AND OBEDIENT)

  • LOOK FOR A CONFIRMATION (PRAYER / CIRCUMSTANCES / GODLY PEOPLE)

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH: HIS WORD, PRAYER, CIRCUMSTANCES, & GODLY PEOPLE. GOD OFTEN USES THE BIBLE AND PRAYER TOGETHER. HE OFTEN USES CIRCUMSTANCES AND GODLY PEOPLE TO CONFIRM WHAT HE IS SAYING, OR TO CONFIRM HIS TIMING.

(EXPERIENCING GOD STUDY)



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