The “Closer” Challenge (Week One – Thursday)

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Week One – Thursday

“Tuning In”

We have talked alot about hearing from God, yet so many people still struggle with actually hearing from God. We settle that reading His word may be the only way we hear from Him. In a verse from yesterday’s reading, Jesus said in verse 3, His sheep hear His voice. Notice that He didn’t say His sheep CAN hear His voice or SHOULD hear His voice. He simply made the statement that His sheep DO hear His voice.

Most Christians would question the accuracy of that statement since their experiences don’t line up. It’s not what Jesus said that is wrong; all true believers can and do hear the voice of God; they just don’t recognize what they hear as the voice of God.

Radio stations transmit a signal 24/7, but we only hear them when we turn the receiver on and tune in. Failure to hear the signal doesn’t mean the station isn’t transmitting. Likewise, God is constantly speaking to His sheep, but few of us are turned on and tuned in. Most of us are busy pleading with God in prayer to speak when the problem is, we are not listening. 

The first thing we need to do is make sure we are listening. Doing that takes time, effort, and focus. Here lies the problem. Our lives are often so busy, it isn’t conducive to hearing God’s voice. All of us seem to be busier than ever, and that’s one of the reasons we don’t hear God’s voice better. We’re just too busy. Psalm 46:10 says,“Be still, and know that I am God.” It’s in stillness, that God speaks to us. If we become too busy, we might simply just be missing the voice of God. 

Secondly, we most often mistake God’s voice for our own thoughts. Yes, I said it. God’s often speaks to us in our own thoughts. John 4:24 says,“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” This lets us know that communication with God is Spirit to spirit, not brain to brain or mouth to ear, the way we are used to.

God speaks to our spirit, not in words, but in thoughts and impressions. Then the spirit speaks to us in words like, “I think the Lord wants me to do this or that.” God often will impress us to do something, and then our spirit says, “I think I should do (insert whatever here)” Therefore, we often dismiss what we hear from God, thinking it’s our own thoughts.

The more we trust what we are hearing, the more confident you will grow in hearing from God. This is what it means to “abide in Him, and He in us.” The more we grow in Christ, the more fruit we will produce. Don’t be afraid to miss it when it comes to hearing from God every now and again. I believe it’s better to step out in faith and miss it, than to never leave the boat because of fear.

Today’s Reading

John 15:1-27

Today’s Prayer

Father, help me to tune in to your voice. I know that you are speaking, help me to trust its you and not just me. Help me become confident in your voice and abide in you throughout every day. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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