4 Keys to hearing God by ma2xa


paper, smile, and turn your attention                                            hristianity is unique among           For example, haven’t you been driving
toward the Lord in praise and worship,                                           religions, for it alone offers a      down the road and had a thought come
seeking His face. After you write your
question to Him, become still, fi xing
your gaze on Jesus You will suddenly
                                               You Can                           personal relationship with the
                                                                         Creator beginning here and now, and
                                                                         lasting throughout eternity. Jesus de-
                                                                                                                       to you to pray for a certain person?
                                                                                                                       Didn’t you believe it was God telling
                                                                                                                       you to pray? What did God’s voice sound

have a very good thought. Don’t doubt                                    clared, “ is is eternal life – that they      like? Was it an audible voice, or was it a
it; simply write it down. Later, as you                                  may know God” (Jn. 17:2). Unfortu-            spontaneous thought that lit upon your
read your journaling, you, too, will be                                  nately, many in the Church miss the           mind?
blessed to discover that you are indeed                                  great blessing of fellowship with our
dialoguing with God.

Some final notes: Knowing God
                                                God's                    Lord because we have lost the ability to
                                                                         recognize His voice within us. ough
                                                                         we have the promise that “My sheep hear
                                                                                                                       Experience indicates that we perceive
                                                                                                                       spirit-level communication as spon-
                                                                                                                       taneous thoughts, impressions and
                                                                         My voice,” too many believers are starved     visions, and Scripture confirms this in
through the Bible is a vital foundation
to hearing His voice in your heart, so
you must have a solid commitment to
                                                Voice!                   for that intimate relationship that alone
                                                                         can satisfy the desire of their hearts.
                                                                                                                       many ways. For example, one definition
                                                                                                                       of paga, a Hebrew word for intercession,
                                                                                                                       is “a chance encounter or an accidental
knowing and obeying the Scriptures. It
is also very important for your growth                                   I was one of those sheep who was deaf         intersecting.” When God lays people on
and safety that you be related to solid,                                 to his Shepherd until the Lord revealed       our hearts, He does it through paga, a
spiritual counselors All major direction-   Discover                     four very simple keys (found in Habak-        chance-encounter thought “acciden-
al moves that come through journaling       four keys                    kuk 2:1, 2) that unlocked the treasure of     tally” intersecting our minds.
should be confirmed by your counselors       to consistent,               His voice.
before you act upon them.                   powerful,                                                                     erefore, when you want to hear from
                                            life-giving                                                                God, tune to chance-encounter or spon-
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                                            with God                     Key #1             God’s voice in
                                                                                            your heart
                                                                                                                       taneous thoughts.

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is a deep inner knowing (spontaneous
flow) in our spirits that each of us can
experience when we quiet our flesh and
                                               from the throne of God to you, and you
                                               will actually be conversing with the King
                                               of Kings!
                                                                                             In order to see, we must look. Daniel
                                                                                             saw a vision in his mind and said, “I was
                                                                                             looking...I kept looking...I kept look-
                                                                                                                                             Key #4             Journaling, the
                                                                                                                                                                writing out of
                                                                                                                                             your prayers and God’s answers,
our minds. If we are not still, we will                                                      ing” (Dan. 7:2,9,13). As I pray, I look for     brings great free-
sense only our own thoughts.                                                                 Jesus, and I watch as He speaks to me,          dom in hearing

Loving God through a quiet worship             Key #3              As you pray,
                                                                   fix the eyes
                                                                                             doing and saying the things that are on
                                                                                             His heart. Many Christians will find that
                                                                                                                                             God’s voice.
                                                                                                                                             God told Habakkuk to record the vi-
song is one very effective way to become        of your heart upon Jesus, see-                if they will only look, they will see, in
                                                                                                                                             sion (Hab. 2:2). is was not an isolated
still. (Note II Kings 3:15.) After I worship   ing in the Spirit the                         the same way they receive spontaneous
                                                                                                                                             command. e Scriptures record many
and become silent within, I open myself        dreams and visions                            thoughts. Jesus is Emmanuel, God with
                                                                                                                                             examples of individual’s prayers and
for that spontaneous flow. If thoughts          of Almighty God.                              us (Matt. 1:23). It is as simple as that. You
                                                                                                                                             God’s replies (e.g. the Psalms, many of
come of things I have forgotten to do, I       Habakkuk said, “I will keep watch to see,”    can see Christ present with you because
                                                                                                                                             the prophets, Revelation).
write them down and dismiss them. If           and God said, “Record the vision” (Hab.       Christ is present with you. In fact, the
thoughts of guilt or unworthiness come,        2:1,2). Habakkuk was actually looking for     vision may come so easily that you will
                                                                                                                                             I call the process “two-way journaling,”
I repent thoroughly, receive the wash-         vision as he prayed. He opened the eyes       be tempted to reject it, thinking that it
                                                                                                                                             and I have found it to be a fabulous cata-
ing of the blood of the Lamb, putting          of his heart, and looked into the spirit      is just you. But if you persist in record-
                                                                                                                                             lyst for clearly discerning God’s inner,
on His robe of righteousness, seeing           world to see what God wanted to show          ing these visions, your doubt will soon
                                                                                                                                             spontaneous flow, because as I journal I
myself spotless before God (Is. 61:10;         him. is is an intriguing idea.                be overcome by faith as you recognize
                                                                                                                                             am able to write in faith for long periods
Col. 1:22).                                                                                  that the content of them could only be
                                                                                                                                             of time, simply believing it is God. I know
                                               God has always spoken through dreams          birthed in Almighty God.
                                                                                                                                             that what I believe I have received from
To receive the pure word of God, it is         and visions, and He specifically said that                                                     God must be tested. However, testing
very important that my heart be prop-          they would come to those upon whom            Jesus demonstrated the ability of living
                                                                                                                                             involves doubt and doubt blocks divine
erly focused as I become still because my      the Holy Spirit is poured out (Acts 2:        out of constant contact with God, de-
                                                                                                                                             communication, so I do not want to test
focus is the source of the intuitive flow.      1-4, 17).                                     claring that He did nothing on His own
                                                                                                                                             while I am trying to receive. With journ-
If I fix my eyes upon Jesus, the intuitive                                                    initiative, but only what He saw the Fa-
                                                                                                                                             aling, I can receive in faith, knowing that
flow comes from Jesus. But if I fix my           I had never thought of opening the            ther doing, and heard the Father say-
                                                                                                                                             when the flow has ended I can test and
gaze upon some desire of my heart, the         eyes of my heart and looking for vision.      ing (Jn. 5:19,20,30). What an incredible
                                                                                                                                             examine it carefully, making sure that it
intuitive flow comes out of that desire.        However, I have come to believe that          way to live!
                                                                                                                                             lines up with Scripture.
To have a pure flow I must become still         this is exactly what God wants me to
and carefully fix my eyes upon Jesus.           do. He gave me eyes in my heart to see        Is it possible for you to live out of divine
                                                                                                                                             You will be amazed when you journal.
Again, quietly worshiping the King, and        in the spirit the vision and movement         initiative as Jesus did? Yes! Fix your eyes
                                                                                                                                             Doubt may hinder you at first, but throw
receiving out of the stillness that follows    of Almighty God. There is an active           upon Jesus. e veil has been torn, giv-
                                                                                                                                             it off, reminding yourself that it is a bib-
quite easily accomplishes this.                spirit world all around us, full of angels,   ing access into the immediate presence
                                                                                                                                             lical concept, and that God is present,
                                               demons, the Holy Spirit, the omnipres-        of God, and He calls you to draw near
                                                                                                                                             speaking to His children. Relax. When
Fix your gaze upon Jesus (Heb. 12:2),          ent Father, and His omnipresent Son,          (Lk. 23:45; Heb. l0: 19-22). “I pray that
                                                                                                                                             we cease our labors and enter His rest,
becoming quiet in His presence and             Jesus. e only reasons for me not to           the eyes of your heart will be enlight-
                                                                                                                                             God is free to flow (Heb. 4:10). Sit back
sharing with Him what is on your heart.        see this reality are unbelief or lack of      ened….”
                                                                                                                                             comfortably, take out your pen and
Spontaneous thoughts will begin to flow         knowledge.

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