You Can Hear The Voice Of God

Pain is to the body what conviction is to the spirit. The Holy Spirit is right there prompting, guiding and directing every step of the way. Practicing hearing God’s voice daily is the key to hearing with greater clarity. We practice in places of consistently reading the Bible and prayer. Don’t just read the book. Sit with the Author! Reading without meditating is like eating without chewing. Your devotions aren’t something to be done so you can get them out of the way. There are treasured deposits God will make to sustain you throughout your day when you make the time and take the time to spend with him. Purpose a place and time in the morning before your day begins. Pause throughout your day and just take a 3 minute walk around your office area listening to the Holy Spirit practicing being polite and kind to others in the process. You’ll be amazed how many times God will prompt you to say something specific to somebody just to encourage them.

This is a generation God has purposed to hear his voice with clarity. Even secular historians call the 20th century the century of the Holy Spirit. There has been an outpouring of Pentecostal power that literally changed the spiritual landscape of the world. In 1900 there were no Christians claiming Pentecostal experience from God. By 1945 16 million claimed Pentecostal spirit-filled experience. That increased to 27 million by 1955 and more than doubled in the next decade. By 1975 there were 97 million people claiming this pentecostal experience. This continued to increase by 1985 to 268 mill, by 1995 to 463 million and by the year 2000 650 million people. Sociologists say never in history has there been a non-militaristic, non-political, voluntary movement with such explosive growth.

Pay attention! PRAY attention! Make time to listen and put his word into practice as you work to respond to any promptings as you pray. Here are some great verses to memorize and meditate on as you step forward in this journey:

2 Cor 13:14 “ May the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” (NAS)

Prov 3:6 Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. MSG

John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. NIV

Isa 30:21 – Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” NIV

The #1 key to hearing the voice of God is to be willing to hear what He wants to say more than what you’re wanting Him to tell you.

John 5:19 Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing… (NIV)

Ps 16:8 I am always aware of the Lord’s presence; he is near, and nothing can shake me. (Good News Translation)

1 John 2:6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. NIV

1 Cor 4:1 So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. (NIV)

Col 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, {so} walk in Him, (NAS)

Joel 2:11 The LORD utters His voice before His army; Surely His camp is very great, For strong is he who carries out His word… NIV

This is a 24/7 prayer strategy to give focused direction in how to pray in this next season each day of the week. Please save the screen shot images to your phone so you can join me in praying specifically with a corporate focus on each day. Thursday is a focused day of fasting and prayer. Purpose at least one meal that day to miss on purpose replacing it with a time of focused prayer, reading scripture, etc in the place of the time you would normally spend eating.

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Some people have been in church their entire lives and have never actually read through the Bible. A number of people in our church family have now accomplished this by embracing an idea I shared, “THE TURN THE PAGE CHALLENGE”.

Here is a 60 second quick explanation.

The TURN THE PAGE idea was born out of my heart as a father to see my young girls who were about to become teenagers discover their own rhythm of reading their own Bibles.

When the girls were about twelve years old we  talked about the value of God’s Word and how it not only renews our minds but how it nourishes our spirit. When we understand our minds are being renewed but even when we don’t our spirit is being nourished if we are engaged and experiencing The Author as we read The Book.

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The goal was to start in Genesis and read at least one page a day, writing the date at the top of the page. On special dates like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc mentions could be made converting our Bibles into keepsakes and even heirlooms for future generations to hold. Amazingly we never pressed them on this again yet both achieved this very reasonable goal of daily turning the page. It was just a matter of time before they both finished their entire Bibles and we brought them new ones that they are well into when I wrote this blog.

As I read David’s words, “That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD” (Ps 102:18 NAS), I was stricken. What is God doing in our lives that will make an unborn generation look to Him?

Over the past few years Ive become a huge advocate of this idea and it has truly transformed the culture of our home into an environment where we embrace god’s word with deeper affection together as a family.

Turn 1 WW2 BibleI found this picture of a man who was almost 100 years old holding the Bible he’d carried in World War II. It struck me when I thought about how valuable this treasure would be to his grandchildren, their children and so on.

Friends of ours who live in England posted this next picture holding Smith Wigglesworth’s Bible – thank you for the inspiration Dan and Joanna Hargreaves. Again I was taken by the priceless treasure this Bible had become to generations that followed Wigglesworth’s life.

Turn 2 Wigglesworth BibleMy college roommate, Todd Teeples, came to visit Oklahoma City and my daughters met him and his family for the first time. He had been my first Christian friend and actually bought me my first Bible. I marveled to see my daughters peruse the sacred Scripture with almost a sacred enthusiasm as they looked over all my dates, writings, highlights and thoughts. I took my daughters to buy Todd a nice Bible. At lunch I shared my Bible with his family, now more than ¼ of a century old held together by radiator tape I used when it started falling apart. Then I made the presentation to Todd explaining how much he’d impacted my life.

I’m so glad Todd didn’t merely forward me a reading plan but actually bought a physical, tangible Bible that will impact my grandchildren’s grandchildren one day long after Todd and I are celebrating in heaven together.

No generation can effectively disciple itself. A single generation simply cannot contain god’s eternal legacy. We must effectively hand off the baton to the next generation both while we live and after we die.

Below are some verses I find meaningful in regard to inspiring and empowering the next generation church. Below the verses are a number of pictures to provide creative ideas of how you might inspire your children and your children’s friends. At Destiny we now provide classes helping young teens learn how to illustrate their faith creatively in Scripture. My wife now volunteers to teach classes in Art at our Christian school. Their work is breath-taking and one Sunday after I finished speaking I discovered a post from one of her students. The young teen had taken the text from my message and interacted with it on a creative level expressing the ideas in the form of art. It was an “over the moon” moment for me to see someone get what I felt was in God’s heart for us that day.

You can search #illustratedfaith to find tons of these illustrations.

I’m believing for a legacy to be established through our surrendered lives that awakens the call of God in our children for the next generation!

Ps 48:13-14 “…that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever. ESV

Deut 3:28 But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land you will see. NIV

We must commission, encourage and strength the next generation! This is one way we can do that!

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