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Can you hear Me now?

“3 out of every 1,000 people are functionally deaf.”[1] Being functionally deaf, means that there is a loss in the range of sounds that can be heard, but not enough to affect daily function. I wonder what the stats are on how many Christians are functionally deaf?

Ever got a voicemail that began with, ‘Hey, it’s me’, and you knew just who it was. This is because you have spent enough time with that person that you know their voice. You recognize the voice from previous conversations. The same applies to God. When we don’t hear or ignore the voice of God, the Bible says we don’t know His voice. (John 10:4-5) You can only get familiar with God’s voice by hearing it on the regular. When you know His voice, you can hear Him clearly and distinctly from your friend’s voice, your parent’s voice, and even your own voice.

3 ways to familiarize yourself with the voice of God

  1. 1.      Prayer– our direct line to God. (Eph. 6:18)

We talk to God directly through our prayer lives. There is no limit to the number of times you can talk to your best friend, or the subjects you can cover in conversation. The same is true when we talk to God. We can periodically say ‘Hey, God’ throughout our day and be sure that He heard that. When we recognize our ability to speak to our Father whenever, wherever, and about whatever, our spiritual walk is strengthened even the more. As does any relationship depend on clear, constant communication, so does our relationship with God.

  1. 2.      Reading the Bible– God’s direct line to us.  (Heb. 4:12)

The Bible is literally God’s writing and talking to us. The Word of God is alive; it isn’t just words on a page, but literally a living entity in itself. Through the Word, we get instruction, correction, and edification. How wonderful is it that God thought enough of us to literally write to us to show us how to live! It’s the personal Love Letter from our Ultimate Lover.

 

  1. 3.      Meditation– focusing on God without distractions, including our thoughts. (Phil. 4:8)

We should always have our minds and hearts focused on God. Our thoughts should cycle God’s goodness, His grace, His salvation, His love, His promises and on and on and on. When we have our hearts set on Him, we do not have room for jealousy, greed, pride, lust, and other sins to grow in our hearts. Meditation is that time where we reflect on what God has said or done, and how we can apply it to our personal lives. During this time, it is a great moment to memorize Scripture. By hiding God’s Word in our hearts and focusing on it, we become stronger Christians because we begin to live what God has already said.

How can you hear God’s voice? James 4:8 (NIV) says “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” It really is that simple. Don’t be functionally deaf in your spiritual life. God is speaking, can you hear Him?


[1] http://research.gallaudet.edu/Demographics/deaf-US.php

 

 

“3 out of every 1,000 people are functionally deaf.”[1] Being functionally deaf, means that there is a loss in the range of sounds that can be heard, but not enough to affect daily function. I wonder what the stats are on how many Christians are functionally deaf?

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Rasheda Likely, originally from Pensacola, FL, finds joy in authoring bi-weekly devotional blogs, spearheading advertising efforts, and serving as secretary for The Wade-O Radio Team. While being on the TWORS team, she successfully completed a Bachelors of Science in Biology and began her studies for a Masters of Science degree in Biology. Rasheda looks forward to impacting the lives of others through the ministry of TWORS the way TWORS has impacted hers.

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