Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hearing God Above the Noise

Have you ever struggled to know God's will or to hear God's voice? I have and still do. Many times I feel like I strain to hear Him above all the other noise in my head. It took me a while to realize that I didn't need to strain to hear Gods voice. He was with me the whole time I just needed to know how to filter.

I just finished a book titled Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick. If you follow me on Twitter you may have read some of the tweets I quoted from the book. On a side note, it is a good book and it is on my recommended book list. Mr. Furtick made many good points one of which was, "God whispers because He is close." I believe that is why many of us struggle with being able to hear God. I am convinced that when we preoccupy our minds with worldly concerns, regrets of previous mistakes, with fears, anxiety, worry, doubts, shame, or guilt we deprive ourselves from allowing God to be audible above that noise in our head.

That was part of the problem I experienced. One of the reasons I was struggling to get closer to God was because I was allowing the noise of the flesh and constant spiritual attacks of the enemy to crowd out the voice of God. The enemy takes every opportunity to remind us of our fears, doubts, and regret. You can be certain that those feelings, or voices in your head, are not God. Satan's job on this earth is to lie, steal, and destroy. He will try to convince you to fear when God to telling you to trust. He will fill you with doubt and rob you of your confidence when God is telling you to step out in faith and trust in His provision. Satan will lie to you so that you will be insecure when God is telling you He loves you and forgives you.

God is with you right now. While you are reading this blog... waiting to talk to you. He wants you to release your fears, doubts, insecurities, and regrets that crowd your heart and mind from hearing His voice. That is where I struggled and still struggle at times. I allow the enemy to focus my attention away from God which turns up the volume to noise that turns my attention away from my Savior. My God who constantly tries to get my attention.

Paul tells us to focus on things above; to fix our hearts, minds, and soul on Christ. (Mark 12:30) Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2) Strain for whats ahead and press on toward the goal. (Philippians 3:13-14) What is the goal? It is to pursue Christ! To renew our lives and make our lives a living sacrifice! (Romans 12:1) When we give ourselves to God, take up our cross and follow Christ, we are a new creation in Christ Jesus! (2 Corinthians 5:17) Our goal is to live more like Jesus every day.

We accomplish the goal when we fill our hearts with the very words that were breathed by God Himself. He speaks to us and gives us revelation through His Word. Reading His Word daily is how we began to discern His pleasing and perfect will for our lives. (Romans 12:2) It's how we can "Crash the Chatterbox" of the noise that is drowning out God's voice and will for our lives.

Let's pray for God to reveal the areas in our lives that drown out God's voice and will. Pray for God to forgive us of those areas and give us a renewed heart and mind so that God can fill us to the measure with all the love of Christ. Let's ask for the Holy Spirit to speak to us through His Word as we read scripture and help us to discern the perfect and pleasing will of God our Father.

"Search me O' God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23-24


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