Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Are You There God? It's Me, Rachel.

So I'm starting this new Bible study called Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. So far, I love Ms. Priscilla. She's a great speaker; I love listening to her teach. She's very insightful.

It's an interesting topic, hearing God speak. A good point Priscilla brought up is that some people don't expect God to speak, so they never think to listen for him. Even if God is yelling at you, you won't realize it's him unless you're trying to listen for him.

So true.

Can you hear me now?
I've heard God. Sometimes it's been loud and clear, sometimes it's been faint. There are times I've written in my prayer journal and heard him so clearly that I can write the conversation out like a dialogue. They weren't always times I was expecting an immediate answer, either. And sometimes it's not so much an answer as an explanation. I prefer explanations sometimes. I think God knows that about me.

Tonight I had one of those prayers where I really just wanted to talk at God. I wasn't in the mood to listen, and I told him as much. I just wanted to spill my guts and share my fears and anxiety with him. Heck, I don't want them. He can have them. I wanted the conversation to be purely one-sided. Also, I was driving, so it's much easier to talk than to listen when I'm trying to pay attention to the road.

This is why I don't talk on my cell phone while driving. Ever. But I digress.

There are times I expect God to speak and he doesn't. There are times I don't expect him to and he does. And there are times I don't want him to speak, so I probably wouldn't be able to hear him even if he tried. It's amazing how much of our interaction with God depends on our attitude toward him.

So I'd like you to answer the following questions for me:

  1. Do you expect God to speak to you? When? How?
  2. Has God spoken to you in any capacity?
  3. How did you know it was God?

You can leave a comment here, or you can e-mail me at TheLazyChristian at yahoo dot com. I'm just really interested in your experiences interacting with God!



5 comments:

  1. I completely expect God to answer me, but I know that sometimes He wants me to wait on that answer to come. He speaks "Be still and wait to me a lot!" I'm one of those that prays for patience and I want it RIGHT NOW!
    In times of fasting, when I'm sacrificing for Him, His voice is louder and the conversation is longer. I've had two experiences during fasting that gave me chills. The first, an online friend who I've never met had asked me to pray for her and her husband as they were having a rough time. I didn't know any of the details, but while praying for her, God revealed them to me. I contacted her and told her what I had heard from the Lord, and she confirmed that was actually what was happening. The second instance was also during fasting. An acquaintance of mine had asked me to pray for a friend of hers, and I kept hearing the Casting Crowns song, from East to West. I told my friend that and she was in shock, telling me that that song saved her friend from doing something really bad.
    Most days are much quieter than that, but I always know it's God talking to my conscience. He's so good!

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    1. It's funny how sometimes he's REALLY LOUD and other times he's barely audible. I wonder if that depends on the importance of the decision---like if it's a life-altering thing and he REALLY wants you to choose a certain way he'll be louder than if it's something that could go either way and not make much of a difference to him.

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  2. I've been thinking about this post all day, it's interesting to know how other people hear from God as so often it can feel like a one-way conversation with Him!

    I expect God to speak to me, usually through His word, songs, and people. And often through nature or analogies of ordinary things (ie. looking at the clean clothes hung out to dry reminds me of him washing us clean from sin).

    I usually say God speaks to me, but that I'm rather deaf! I manage to make myself so busy that I don't hear His voice enough. Yet I know when the Holy Spirit is moving in me and pointing something out, but I will often ignore it. I've never heard an audible voice, it's more that thoughts pop into my head and I test them to see if it matches Scripture (which is why I should ready my Bible more!). There was one time someone went up the the front in church with a message from God to someone, and it was so clearly for me that I broke down in tears, and shortly afterwards became a Christian. But that's the only time something like that has happened.

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    1. Wow, the message was for YOU? Man. That's amazing! And I'm glad it led to your relationship with Christ. But it would be scary at the same time. I've never had anyone with a message for me (thankfully). Of course, now that I've said that people will be coming out of the woodwork with messages for me. lol

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    2. Yeh it was weird, as usually I'm very sceptical about that sort of thing. And it was very embarrassing when I couldn't stop crying! But it changed a 19 year old atheist into a full-on Jesus-follower so now I'm so glad God did speak that way.

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