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Chapter 2: Hearing God's Voice
Oh, I loved this chapter!!
Pg. 26: Lysa tell us that "Every day, God speaks to us. Sometimes He invites us to draw close and listen...Other times He calls us to participate in His purposes."
I know that with me, sometimes I get in God's way of what He's doing. I love how Lysa reminded us that sometimes He'll ask us to just sit tight and listen...sometimes He calls for action from us and we need to learn to listen to His voice. So as Lysa asked us..."How do I know if God is speaking to me? How do I discern whether it is His voice speaking or just my own idea? What if I feel like God is telling me to do something that doesn't seem to make sense?" Do you struggle with this too sisters? I have. I do. In the next paragraph Lysa tells us that the way we recognize its from God is "by knowing Him." AMEN!
My husband has been in my life for 17 years now and in all these years this man has remained faithful to his Dallas Cowboys. But what if in all these years we didn't get to know each other. What if I never spent time with him, never talked to him? If we didn't have the communication we do it would be hard to know what he likes. I know my husband. I recognize his voice when he tells me that Dallas has a game on Sunday night "so get ready". If I didn't know him or talk with him on a daily basis, I'd be coming up with all sorts of things. Like perhaps just knowing the basics...knowing he likes football but not sure what team. Same thing with God...to know Him comes from talking with Him, to Him, about Him, reading His Word and also listening to Him. We need to spend time with Him so that when He talks to us we'll recognize His voice.
Lysa's 5 Key Questions to help determine if what we're hearing is from God or not:
1.)Does what I'm hearing line up with Scripture?
pg. 27: God will not speak to us or tell us to do something that is contrary to His Word.
*We have to know Scripture so we can discern the consistency of what we're hearing.
2.)Is it consistent with God's character?
*Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
pg 29: "The longer we know Him and the more we experience Him personally, the more we learn about His character."
So true...I know much of my husband's character because I know him and spend time with him.
3.) Is what I'm hearing being confirmed through other messages?
pg 29: "When God is speaking to me about a particular issue, I cannot escape it.
Isn't that nothing but the truth??? Seems like when there is something God wants Lelia to get I hear it EVERY where! Car, church, blogs, sermons. Not too long ago Holly posted on Lysa's blog about Random Acts of Kindness...happened to be on the morning when I wasn't so kind to my husband. Every blog I visited that day had something about love and kindness to your spouse. God wanted me to get a message that day and fortunately I recognized that...didn't like it, but recognized God was tapping me on my shoulder.
4) Is what I'm hearing beyond me?
I loved what Lysa said here: "The beauty of doing things beyond ourselves is that we will know it was by God's doing and His alone."
I love/hate when God asks me to do something that I have no right even attempting. Love it because I know that only through His strength is how the task will get done, so any accomplishments this incapable girl makes just points to Him.
Beth Moore said this: "We don't understand that the pressures we face getting to our places of full-throttle effectiveness in Christ are crucial for developing the muscle to sustain ministry there. He's developing the character the calling requires."
I know, read it again.
At the end of this section Lysa gently reminds us girls not to look at our inabilities and do not dwell in our insecurities, instead...
LOOK AT THE ALMIGHTY GOD!
5.) Would what I'm hearing please God?
Oh my goodness...Lysa really spoke to my heart when she said "we'll pretty much use any excuse to convince ourselves it's not His voice so we don't need to act."
Owie...is all I can say.
I'm sure I confuse the heck out of my church family as sometimes I'm so willing to say yes to do what's asked of me, then other times...many times my answer is:
Let me pray about that and I'll get back to you.
I do that especially when I don't want to do something that God has been working on my heart to do. Don't get me wrong here, I think praying before saying yes to an already busy life is extremely important, but when it's your "excuse" because you just don't want to say yes...well you know what I'm talking about.
The end of the chapter after Lysa shared about obedience to God in her own life she says:
"You know what we discovered? Sheer joy. Not in the circumstances that we faced necessarily, but in the absolute assurance that we were being obedient to God an walking in the very center of His will."
When I was in high school there was this guy a few grades ahead of me. He thought he was God's gift to high school girls. The one thing I can still remember is his love for his green bottle of Ralph Lauren Polo Cologne. John reeked of this cologne; especially when he mixed it with his body sweat after track practice. He sprayed so much of that stuff on that you could actually taste it.
That's what I want in my life...to reek of obedience to God. I want His name to be known because of how I choose to live my life...saying YES when I want to say NO.
When I saw John strutting down the hallway, I knew I'd soon be tasting Polo.
I want others to taste Jesus when they see me because I choose to say "YES GOD!"
In the Bible study:
Lysa asked us to list any areas you currently honor God in and list any areas you sense you may need to sacrifice or change? Share these if you'd like to along with anything else that struck your heart.
Oh, God has great things in store for us friends and we're only on chapter 2!!!
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Also~I just want to apologize to you all. I haven't been able to visit other blogs like I love doing. Been so busy helping Alyssa get her nursery ready & make sure my house is clean for the company that we know will be coming for both Gene & Alyssa. So...being on the computer hasn't been an option for me as of late. I miss you all so much & really learn a lot from each of your lives. Love you! Lelia