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Knowing you have heard from God is life changing.

It makes your relationship with God come alive! So you do well to learn how to listen for him.

If I told you that at Noon tomorrow God was going to speak at your favorite lake, beach or nearby park, I would venture to say that you would rearrange your schedule in order to be present. You see, we all want to hear from God.

Yet, God has spoken. And the great thing is that we live in a time in history in which we can hold his words in our own hands. Truly, I learn the most about God and from God when I read the Bible, and so would you.

Step a little closer.

In I Samuel chapter 3, we find a young Samuel sleeping, when God speaks his name. Unsure of what he is hearing, the 12 -year-old runs to Eli, the priest he is serving, thinking he must be calling his name. After it happens a third time, Eli realizes it must be God who is calling Samuel's name, so he tells Samuel how to respond if he hears again, "Speak, for your servant is listening.”1

We learn much from this encounter. First, it is in the stillness God speaks to Samuel. Then, God speaks personally to Samuel, even calling him by name.

Getting our bearings, in the last Morning Briefing, I wrote that God wants to talk to you because he wants to make himself known to you. He speaks through his creation, revealing a lot about who he is.

And what are the other ways God speaks?

God speaks

*in a still, small voice

*through Scripture - Note: the way we learned that God spoke to Samuel was

through reading the biblical account. That retelling instructs us how to

respond when we believe God is speaking to us. 'Shhh--Be still. Listen.'

God speaks

*through other believers, including voices from the pulpit, worship music lyrics

*visions, when we are awake

*dreams, when we are asleep

*circumstances -- opened or closed doors; serendipitous meetings

*a "knowing" in our innermost being

When God speaks, he expresses his mind, his character and his purposes--and his leading will always be consistent with his Word. He will not shout at us though. God is a gentleman and will not break down the door to get our attention, though if we think about it--He has done that too!

"Be still, and know that I am God."Just reading those words brings a sense of calm, and then endeavoring to be still in God's presence a sense of rightness.

In our busy lives, in our busy-ness, it takes intention to be still. Then by intention, we discipline ourselves to quiet our minds, and know that He is God.

More to come, but for today, look up - look out; what is God revealing to you about Himself in the creation around you?

O, I pray that you are desirous of hearing God's voice, sensing his clear leading in your life! Ask God to speak to you, and then be still. Look for Him, listen . . .

This song contains so much truth about God's ways, how he speaks:

I'm Listening, Solid.

More to come,


1 - 1 Samuel 3.10 - all of 1 Samuel:

2 - Psalm 46.10

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