Summary: How do I talk to God? Does God hear me? How do I hear God?
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Habbakuk 2:1 I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.
2 Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.
Receiving Guidance from the Holy Spirit:
1. Withdraw: Get alone in a quiet place.
Habbakuk 2:1 I will stand at my watch…
Hab. 2:1 (NLT) I will climb up to my watchtower…
Sometimes, it takes being alone to realize that you’re not alone.
Luke 5:15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.
16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
We rarely alone, but often lonely. Jesus was often alone, but never lonely. - John Ortberg
Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.
The thing I'm most afraid of… is being alone, which I think a lot of performers fear. It's why we seek the limelight - so we're not alone, were adored. We're loved, so people want to be around us. The fear of being alone drives my life. - Jennifer Lopez
2. Wait: Take time to quiet yourself and be still.
Hab. 2:1 “…and station myself on the ramparts;”
The word here is the word Moses used when he said “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.”
“Too many people seem to believe that silence was a void that needed to be filled, even if nothing important was said.” – Nicholas Sparks
Not you and the music.
Not you and the TV.
Not you and the radio.
You and God.
Shut it off. Get quiet.
Sometimes, I’m afraid the reason we can’t hear is that we can’t stop.
3. Watch: Let God give you a vision of what He wants.
“I will look to see what He will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.” Hab. 2:1b
There are two ways God speaks to us.
The primary one: The Bible.
"If you want to hear God speak, read the Bible. If you want to hear him speak audibly, read it out loud." - Unknown
90% of the times when you feel like you can't hear God speak to you, are because you're not deep enough into God's Word to let it influence your thinking.
Get the Bible and read it. Not to cover material, but to know the Author. Read it when you don't feel like you need guidance. When you do, you'll receive guidance from the Lord.
Secondary one: Through the Holy Spirit's voice.
This is probably the hardest part to explain, the hardest part to teach… because I can’t tell you how it happens. The Bible is full of God revealing himself to people in a huge variety of ways.
• Walking in a garden
• A fire in a bush
• A still small voice