Many people are asking ... "How can I hear from God?"
A few days ago a couple family members said to me... "You say you hear from God but how do I hear from God?" I thought to myself. How do I explain the journey I have been on in a few minutes. Suffice it to say that it was not a few minutes I spent with them. Hours of conversations and prayers with God doesn't translate into a few minutes. I gave them what God showed me. "The highlights reel" of the last 2 years of my life.
My heart was to encourage them to be inspired and allow the Holy Spirit to inspire them to move forward one ugly truth at a time. The truth is, in my walk I wanted more. I knew other people had done it the disciples from the first church had done it. They found what I wanted and I asked God to take me further and not to leave me behind. What I was trying to explain to the family member was that there was not a pattern you could follow for this move into HIM. The only thing I knew was absolutely true was I had to trust GOD.
Each day, I waited on God to process me was a little harder and a little easier. Each day we tackled the hard things in my life and each day I learned to trust him a little bit more. When he asked for the things that were crutches I didn't say NO. I asked questions, I probed Him ... all the while thinking He had the answer, I just had to dig hard enough. The thought never rose up in me to give up. I was aiming for God. Shooting for that place in him that meant I was going to be released from this ever present darkness.
Transforming with God is both ridiculous in its nature to heal and it calls forth every part of your being. God looks into the deepest parts of you and requires that your heart be laid open before him. After all he can discern your thoughts and intentions as easily as a hot knife through butter. There is nothing hidden in you from God. He created you. God's heart first and foremost is to love you. When you reconcile that you reconcile trust in him like no other you have ever encountered, and let me say this ...God in his most complete form is an encounter.
When God moves in...
He changes the scope of the possibilities before you. He manifest his glory upon you with out you even really realizing it. When you give your life to God, it means there is nothing in your heart, soul or mind that is not subject to healing. Healing means walking through ALL the things that God sees as darkness to your soul. Anything that the enemy would use against you in this moment or a future one.
This is really about your life and who would have control over it to every extent or possibility.
I see the processing now as training ground. I continue to see my time with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis as training for the next level.
How do I recognize God's voice?
I had a meeting once with one of my pastors at the time and he told me to begin to ask God about the tasks in front of me. What clothes to wear? What breakfast to eat... What should I watch?
The point was NOT to ask God what to do with my daily life every moment (although some would argue it wouldn't hurt a few of us) but to learn to hear his voice more readily.
What I found at first was not so much the word "Yes" or "No", but a release.
Say for example I was going down a road and I had a choice to take a right or a left, but it got me to the same place. When I would ask for direction, I would feel "easier" about one way rather than another.
This was the beginning. It was trial an error at first. Many times I was wrong about the direction I should have gone in... I am sure that has never happen to you before.
The next step...
The next step didn't come for many years. Locked in turbulence with myself and others, God rarely had the opportunity to speak into my life to the degree that he does now.
Fast forward to two years ago...
I was desperate for him and his HOLY nature in my life. At first it was a cry out to him. Then I sobered up and began to seek him out in the morning on my way to work I had an hour, and in the evening on the way home ... I had an hour. I looked for him. I made time for him. I asked him questions and I waited for the answers, expecting him to answer. As I searched his word and his heart he took me at my word and began to develop in me a place for Himself within me.
This takes time and deliberation with him as the Holy Spirit trains you to look for Him. You must learn to have "eyes to see and ears to hear". My life became the training ground. Imagine for a moment, all the things you have ever done are stored in your soul. EVERYTHING.... from saying I love you to saying I hate you. IT is all material for God to work on inside of you. It has to pass what I call the God test.
Many of you are saying, "oh, great another test from God", but what you don't understand is this is not a test for you but rather what you have stored in your soul. It is an assembly line of cause and effect.
What caused the pain inside you and What effect did it have on you? Then God sizes it up against his WORD. You remember his word, right?
God analyzes everything based on his word and the revelation that lies within it's passages. When your on this journey with him, all the things in your life are subject to the revelation word of GOD. No one simply walks in one day and declares they are whole. You didn't get broken instantly but one day at a time as the enemy worked on every instances you ever encountered and piece by piece built a stronghold in your life.
The enemy doesn't come to you, stand in front of you and say to you ... "your life is inconsequential, your children are inconsequential, you will never be able to change this big solid rock of a world so don't try!"
The enemy is subtle, his plots and plans for you are mind sweeping. Slowly every day he patiently waits for you to say something that will align with the plan and strategies he has for you. Then he digs his heels in and goes to work. Our minds have the intelligence to learn but not the insight to the enemy we need on a daily basis. This is why we must partner with GOD. God is all about hope and promises, so when you find you are not speaking those things to yourself or allowing anyone else to, it is because you have believed a lie from the enemy.
Those same lies, (when we take on this journey) are subject to the "TEST" I mentioned to you earlier in this text.
God does not necessarily test our spirit or us, but the things we have allowed to harvest inside our soul. Which after years of hearing the enemy day in and day out may feel like a part of us, but what God is really doing is testing the inaccurate things the enemy has sown in us against his WORD. I found it to be true so many times. At first, It was a struggle but one thing at a time produced a trust with God. When I knew that God was merely cleaning me out so that I may accomplish the things of God (which was my end goal anyway) I began to see my way through to allowing the impossible to occur.
So, when I started out my goal was always to be able to find my place in God. What is my purpose? What was God's plan? So much of the time I felt like a fish out of water in this life. So, if I was resolved to find my place in this world, I would have to find my place in God. Maybe that was the Holy Spirit talking but that was my goal! Find my place in God! The thing was, my place in God was so much bigger than I could've ever imagined for myself. What I saw for myself, was just to find some peace. To be comfortable in my own skin and know that God was with me. What I found, was that God was ALWAYS with me, even in the dark days. Fighting for me like no one else ever had or could ... just as much as I was fighting for my place in him, he was fighting for even just a spot in me to call his own.
We had finally come to one accord. I wanted to abide in him, as much as he wanted to abide in me.
There was a hand shake of sorts and off we went to change the world. Little did I understand, that the whole world meant nothing if HE could not have all of me. Not just a small piece of the rug ... but my whole entire world. Once you are on this journey with him what I have found is that he will not settle for your vision of Him. He will not rest until HIS vision of you is complete. His light shining out of you and through you effecting even the most down trodden of people.
What I have learned is that what he has done with me, he will do ever so willingly for you!
Your life being just as important as mine. Your journey & walk being just as much the priority!
There is no path to finding God other than time and prayer. Your journey with God is not going to be like mine, simply because I accepted different lies from the enemy than you did. So my journey to unravel what I believed was my own. So, is yours. The only thing I know to be true is that God is a good God and he will manifest in your life truth and hope if you will allow him to shed light on the things that aren't. By that I mean, when he reveals to you something that is not HIS in nature, close your eyes and just allow him to do what he wants to do.
DON'T say NO...
Sometimes, God doesn't ask for an outright answer. He asks and waits for you to be ready. If he didn't think you were ready, he wouldn't ask. Many of you have talked to me about surrendering. Yes, there was some surrendering I needed to do, and it was tough at first but God is constantly watching for you to be available to Him. Remember, God knows your heart. If he is asking something of you, it's because he knows your ready. Whether or not you feel you are ready is not the point.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
There is nothing the Holy Spirit does not know about you. He tells us over and over again, not to be afraid, and believe me you can't out talk GOD! If God can move mountains into the sea, he can hear your questioning heart from a far and answer it with revelation in 2 seconds flat. You serve a MIGHTY, MIGHTY GOD. Do not diminish his amazing work now that your about to get it! Whatever is in your heart bring it to God and he will hear you. More importantly, YOU WILL HEAR HIM.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
How did I hear from God?
I trusted him, I decided within my soul that no matter what was brought up by the HOLY SPIRIT, I would trust that God had my best interest at heart. Did I struggle with my Flesh? Absolutely, but as with everything ... It became easier the more I did it. God changed my life. You can trust that he will change yours too. He is the author and finisher of our faith. I believe and know that whatever he will do for me, he will do for you. He is not man that he can lie.
Trust him to do the hard things in you and he will! Believe him to be the God of Issac and Jacob and HE will be. Trust and know that he has great plans for you to accomplish ALL of your destiny!
I know you can do it! I have no special abilities beyond what God has done. I just allowed him to do the great work he said he would and trusted him to do it.
Finally, Beloved Trust in his WORD and he will reveal great grace for your day and your life!
By Dawn Brown
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