LISTENING FOR GODNew to this site or the process of Listening?Here’s a short introduction to the topic.Our focus is like a transistor radio, and much as we like to multi-task, we are only effectively tuned in to one channel or frequency at a time.While God is always ready to speak with us, we must be actively seeking to connect with Him. And if we’re constantly tuned in to earthly concerns, we cannot be alive to spiritual ones!To hear Him then, we need to be actively engaged or ‘tuned in’ to the Holy Spirit. James 4:8 assures us that as we “Draw near to God, He will draw near to you.”
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”~ Matt. 7:7-8 ~
How do we begin the process of hearing God?In Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus gives us a vital key to connecting with God and bringing heaven to earth. It is when we ask, seek and knock on His door for an understanding of Him – how He thinks, what He values, how He sees things, the rationale undergirding His Ways, seeking to understand the Truth that is in His Word – that He gives, reveals and opens.
With answers despatched on angel wings, Kingdom truths likened to shafts of light begin to illumine our hearts and minds, and influence how we think, speak and respond to situations.This light transforms our everyday lives to then shine out into the world around us.
ASK. SEEK. KNOCK.
Try out these simple tips on your asking, seeking and knocking journey!
Think of the top 5 concerns in you life right now.
Simplify each concern to one idea or one question and express it in a sentence or two, in writing.
Bring this before Jesus.
Hold these questions in your heart before Jesus, until you get an answer. This could be really quick, or even take years.
No matter what, don’t give up. Be patient. Just know that the answer will surely come.
Practice seeking and asking as a lifestyle. Live and learn like you’re walking with a more experienced friend at your side all the time.
Knocking takes seeking to the next level. It’s when the desire expressed during the seeking process produces a corresponding action.
As with seeking, be patient, measured with your knocking action and don’t give up.
Just know that the answer will surely come, usually at this stage, quite soon.