How Can I Hear You, God?
by Janis Cox
“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. And he who loves me the Father will love and I too will love and show myself to him” (John 14:21, NIV). Emphasis is mine.
How can I hear from God? This is a question I have struggled with. I always wanted to know if I really heard God tell me something or was it my own thoughts.
I checked out The Message version of this passage. It says:
“I will love him and make myself plain to him.”
So I take that to mean if I love Jesus, then He will make Himself plain to me. That means I will be able to understand Him. Doesn’t it?
We say to each other, “Speak plainly, so I can understand you.”
So here Jesus is saying, “I will speak plainly to you.”
YES – That’s it. When I spend time with Him, learn His words, and His heart and become part of Him, then I will know what He is thinking.
“Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4, NIV).
Isn’t that awesome?
Here is my logic for a Friday morning:
1. In order to hear God I have to get close to Him.
2. In order to know what God is saying I have to have Him living in me. If I love Him He will speak plainly.
3. When He speaks I will hear His voice in my thoughts. My thoughts will tell me what He is saying.
“My Spirit, who lives within you, helps you to think My thoughts. As your thinking goes, so goes your entire being” (Jesus Calling, February 12). Click to Tweet.
The more I immerse myself in knowing God,
the more confident I am that I hear His thoughts. Click to Tweet.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Am I on the right track? Is that how you understand how to hear from God? Please join in the discussion.
How Do I Have a Conversation with God?
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Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.
Thanks. I believe in using the Bible, and listening to the Holy Spirit and I know I have heard God “speak” to me.
I think you are on the right track. Good thoughts.