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Is Your Chat With God One Way?

By admin On February 14, 2011 Under Spiritual

Chat With GodDoes God Talk to Us?

How are we to trust God if we haven’t heard His voice?  Even some who try to chat with God have a hard time hearing Him.  This can be frustrating.

In Isaiah 58:11 God says that He wants to guide us continually. In Isaiah 30:21, He promises that our own ears will hear Him. Right behind us a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. And Jesus Himself said, “My sheep hear my voice.”

God does talk to us.  Want to hear Him?  Just try doing something you know is wrong, like say, going into an adult book store.  You’ll hear Him loud and clear!

How Does He Talk To Us?

  • In prayer He talks to us through our thoughts and impressions.
  • He talks to us through His Word when we study it.  Peter Kreeft, a professor of philosophy and one of the most widely read Christian authors of our time, believes that reading the Bible is a form of prayer. The Bible should be read in God’s presence and as the unfolding of His mind. It is not just a book, but God’s love letter to us. It is God’s revelation, God’s mind, operating through our mind and our reading, so our reading is our response to His mind and will. Reading it is aligning our mind and will with His.
  • He speaks to us through circumstances.  He opens and closes opportunies according to His will for us.

If God Would Just Speak To Me….

But hearing God requires listening. So many of my friends have told me that they would like to believe in God, that they have been intellectually impressed, but that they wish He would just speak to them. They say that if He would just speak to them, they would gladly accept Him as their God.  But they chat with God and He never talks back.

How Much Should We Listen?

But I believe God is always speaking. The fault is not with Him. It is just that we don’t spend enough time seriously listening.

Peter Kreeft makes the point that how much listening we do depends on who we are talking to. If we are talking to a child, we will do most of the talking; if we are talking to a peer, we may do 50%; if we are talking to our superior, we will do a lot less than that. But if it is God we are conversing with, we will do almost none.

I am not saying that we should not speak to God verbally but it seems obvious to me that prayer involves a LOT of listening. God will speak to us in our thoughts if we will listen. God underscores this point in James 1:19, saying we must be quick to listen. The point is that listening is the most important part of prayer.

Chat With GodHere’s Why We Can’t Hear

The thing that gets most in the way of listening is the frantic pace of our life and the constant noise. In 1 Kings 19:11-12 God talks about speaking in a gentle whisper. And we all know whispers can be easily shouted down. In order to hear God we must be quiet. Otherwise God is drowned out.

Your Chat With God Needn’t Be One Way

If we do these things, we will hear God’s voice. It will be there in our mind as clear as any of our own thoughts. When I first experienced this, it blew me away. It never occurred to me that praying to God could be as dynamic as any of my conversations with my friends in life.  This is the foundation of the power of God in our lives.

But How Do We Know If It Is God’s Voice Speaking To Us?

After all, it could be any of three voices. It could be one of our thoughts, it could be God, or it could be a devil. There are at least four ways you can know for sure.

  • If it asks for self denial or crosses our will, it is not from the devil.
  • If it puts the needs and feelings of others before our own, it is from God.
  • If it makes us a servant of others, it is from God.
  • If it humbles us, it is not from the devil.

Try It, You’ll Like It!

My challenge to you is to give Him a chance. For the next month, take time to chat with God, talk to Him in a quiet place each day and then listen. It may take a while to become sensitive to His voice but you will hear it. You will learn to distinguish it easily from all others. And you will be just as shocked as I the first time you hear His gentle whisper in your mind.

Hearing God’s voice is without a doubt the most dynamic thing you can do for your health.  It is an experience that will make you feel more alive than any other.

“My son, attend to my words; Incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep them in the midst of thy heart. For they are life unto those that find them, And health to all their flesh.”
Proverbs 4:20-22

For more information I recommend Jim Hohnberger’s book, Escape to God.

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