We learn to hear Gods voice
Romans 10:17 “¹⁷Consequently,
faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word
devotions or quiet times, we learn to hear God voice. As a Christian this is a
most important step and it means we are beginning to communicate spiritually. We
learn to recognize His promptings, whether it be a spontaneous thought, a
revelation from the scripture, an emotional response, an audible voice or simply
sensing His presence. These are precious periods which build personal
faith in God and increase our love & commitment God.
As important as hearing God is,
many of us struggle with it from time to time. Without being able to hear God we
loose our sense of direction and purpose. We will include many articles on
Hearing God on this site as it is critical to developing a personal relationship
with Him, always check Growth Tools for further resources on the topic.
This testimony on Experiencing God will help.
View these links for brochures
(download in pdf format) giving practical tips on Hearing God's voice:
We learn, confirm and
internalize the Word of God
John 6:63 “…..The
words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”
Don’t wait for the movie, read
the book! Yes there are movies and loads of
speakers who will tell you about God but true spiritual growth begins when you
take the time to read and internalize God Word for yourself. Always remember the
Word is His love letter to You.
James 1:22 “ ²²Do
not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says”.
In it He shares Himself, His thoughts, His character and importantly just how
important you are to Him. You confirm what you have seen and heard by taking the
time to sit and read the references and internalize them for your self. Psalm
119 set this out beautifully for us, yes take the time to read the Psalm and
confirm what I am saying.
II Timothy 3: 14 – 15 puts it
another way “¹⁴But as for you, continue in what you have learned
and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,
¹⁵and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are
able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Devotions are all about
the continuing, having heard you continue in it, with reading and meditation
till you know it on the inside and can apply it. It will literally become the
living Word in you. (Hebrews 4:12. )
Here are a few Bible Tools to get you started.
We learn to Pray
Psalm 116:2 - “² Because he turned his ear
to me, I will call on him as long as I live.”
Prayer - A point of intimate connection between ourselves
and God through simple conversation based on faith. Faith that reaches out
through focused concentration and words and makes the unseen real. Prayer
bring us into the presence of God, where we can stand boldly through the blood
of Jesus Christ. That is simply awesome!
Hebrews 4:16 "¹⁶Let
us then approach the throne of grace with
confidence, so that we may receive mercy and
find grace to help us in our time of need."
Our prayer time is
intimate, a personal one on one between us and
God. It doesn't matter how we do it standing,
sitting, kneeling or when day or night, it is more important that
we pray and do so continually (1
Thessalonians 5: 17). As you develop a
relationship with God it will become second
nature to constantly be in communication with
Remember this is a two-way
communication. As we wait on God as He
speaks to us, giving understanding of Himself
and His Word (Proverbs 2:6) or even specific
resolutions to our concerns. Jeremiah 33:3 -
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you
great and unsearchable things you do not know."
Prayer is powerful through
it we tap into all the abilities and provisions
of God for ourselves and also for our families,
communities and nations. Always remember James 5:6 - ".....The prayer of a
righteous man is powerful and effective."
View this link for a brochure (download in pdf format) giving a visual of all the elements of effective prayer The Prayer Hand. If you have a prayer request you can log it here.
We learn to Praise
Psalm 8:1 -
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set
your glory above the heavens."
Praising God. I remember the first time I heard that phase I had no idea what
it meant. Praise is not a word commonly used outside of religious circles.
instead we often say we celebrate, cheer, admire, applaud someone. That I can
You see praise is focused on God and on who He is. We celebrate who He is,
His character and attributes.
Psalms 92:1-2 - "¹
It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,
We often say praise and thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is focused on what God has
done. So we give thanks for daily provision but praise God for His faithfulness.
It may seem a subtle distinction, bur the challenge is praising God when there seems
to be nothing to give Him thanks for. Now the distinction becomes very clear! So
in our want we can praise God for His faithfulness, in our grief we praise Him
for His goodness and loving care.
Ever wondered why we praise God? In part obedience as His Word instructs us
to praise Him Psalms 150:2; in part because it flow out naturally as we learn
who God is. It becomes really difficult not to admire or applaud who God is.
Praises focused our attention back on God and off our present circumstance.
It eliminates fear, doubt, anger etc. and reaffirms our faith in Him making it
an effective spiritual weapon.
Psalm 47: 6 - 7 -"
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth; sing
to him a psalm of praise."