This is just a quick, practical teaching for those who would like to learn how to “hear” from God but may not be sure where or how to begin. This isn’t the only way to hear from God, but it’s a good place to start if you are new to growing in intimacy with God.
As someone who loves to write, I am a huge proponent of journaling! I know not everyone enjoys writing; however, if you want to learn how to hear from God, writing helps in being able to differentiate between your voice, the enemy’s voice, and God’s voice. Generally, as I spend time in the Word, in worship, and in prayer, I write down anything that jumps out at me.
For example: Recently, I have been listening to messages from one of my favorite teachers, John Paul Jackson. I haven’t been chasing any particular topic, but as I go about the hustle and bustle of this busy season, I have been trying to remain focused on Jesus…and one of the ways I do that (beyond my daily quiet time with God) is to listen to messages from various trusted teachers.
A couple of days ago, I came across a message from John Paul on justice. I found it extremely interesting, so I began to pay closer attention to what was being said. I then began jotting down the Scriptures being referenced so that I could meditate on them, further, during my quiet time. But then one verse so stirred something in me that I had to write it down, immediately! That verse was:
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Psalm 89:14
Now, when you read that verse, you may just think that it’s a nice verse. I probably thought the same whenever I read it in the past; however, when I heard it this time, it’s like it grabbed ahold of me and wouldn’t let go. Even as I go about my daily tasks, it keeps popping into my mind.
This means that God wants to show me something.
Whenever I can’t shake a passage of Scripture, or topic (such as love, forgiveness, freedom, etc…), I begin to write down what I believe God is telling me and then I cross-reference that with what is written in His Word. God will never speak something that is contrary to His Word. If I hear something that doesn’t line up with the Bible, then I need to figure out if it is my voice, or the voice of the enemy. Either way, every thought needs to be taken captive and made obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). I also pray that the Holy Spirit would reveal to me the fullness of what God wants me to learn. And it all goes into my journal so that I can go back and re-read everything that I heard and read…so that I can meditate on it even further and eventually put it into action.
And sometimes, I will create what I call a battle board. If I am struggling with something, or need to be able to see the “big picture” I will post the things I “hear” and the Scripture passages I feel lead to, onto a cork board that I have on my office wall (I have friends who have used the refrigerator or bathroom mirror for this purpose).
Here is what my last battle board looked like:
You can get a glimpse into what God was laying on my heart, and some of the things I was struggling with, by looking at the things I posted on my board. Side note: I catch my daughter reading through my battle board from time to time. It has generated some amazing conversations. =)
Just this morning, I cleared off my old, beat up board to start a new journey…beginning with the Scripture that I can’t seem to shake.
And as I look down at the stack of cards that I just removed from my previous board, I will heed the advice that was previously given.
I am looking forward to all that God will reveal in the days, weeks and months to come…especially concerning the topic of justice.
For those of you who hear from God, what are some of the practical things you do to better “listen” to what He is saying?