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How Can I Discern God's Voice

Conversations with GodMarci AnthonyComment
How Can I Discern God's Voice? #prayer #sowandgather

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 NIV

Would you describe yourself as someone who loves to get up early when the sun rises and the birds begin to chatter or someone who loves the quietness of night when the moon shines through your window?  

I am definitely a night person. I enjoy staying up into the night watching movies, reading an intense book and at times just contemplating the world. It is also my time to study the Bible and converse with Jesus. I have found that the peacefulness of the evening is a time when I can quiet my soul and just be still. I am able to think and really mediate on Jesus and pour out my soul to Him.  

This stillness allows me to also listen to Him. As I read and study His word and communicate with Him through prayer and genuinely listen, I am able to discern His way for me. In Isaiah 30:21 it states, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” My ears have to be ready to actively listen to His voice and not to my family or friends or the circumstances around me. 

In the Bible a man named Elijah surveyed his circumstance and ran for his life from an evil queen, Jezebel, who wanted to take his life. He ran for forty days and forty nights until he reached a cave. God appeared to Elijah not in a wind which tore mountains apart and shattered rock or an earthquake or even a raging fire. God came to Elijah in a gentle whisper. In this whisper, God instructed Elijah to go back from where he came for He was with him. 

So, just like Elijah I have to put away the turmoil of life, be still, and listen for the voice of Jesus and His instructions for me.  

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I Kings 18:16-19:18

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Take a moment to be still and listen!! 

Prayer |

Dear Jesus, You are truly an awesome, powerful God but also an intimate, relational God. At times I find it so difficult to be still, but I know without this I am unable to hear you. Help me to be quiet and listen for your voice. Amen. 

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