Hearing God – Element 4 – WRITE!

Went to a bachelors party last night.

Not THAT kind of party!  It was an evening of speaking truth and encouragement over a young man as he prepares for his wedding day.

And I had the double blessing of sitting next to two of my most favorite people.  Wow, reflecting back, a good fillet prepared perfectly with a light pink center (and a peppercorn sauce to die for), great company, and the opportunity to speak life over a young man…a perfect evening.

Between the Cesar salad and main entree, Frank leaned over to me and said – “…been following your blog.  I need to hear God.”  It’s the cry of all of our hearts Frank.  He asked me what book I had been reading for this series.  Jose, if you are out there – WRITE A BOOK!!!!  This series has come from my friend and mentor Jose Barreda.  I’ve been burning up the napkins while writing notes here at Panera as Jose shared from his heart.  The final element:

4th Element – Journaling, the writing out of our prayers and God’s answers, provides a great new freedom in hearing God’s voice.
God told Habakkuk to record the vision and inscribe it on tablets…(Hab. 2:2). It had never crossed my mind to write out my prayers and God’s answers as Habakkuk did at God’s command. If you begin to search Scripture for this idea, you will find hundreds of chapters demonstrating it (Psalms, many of the prophets, Revelation). Why then hadn’t I ever thought of it?
I called the process “journaling,” and I began experimenting with it. I discovered it to be a fabulous facilitator to clearly discerning God’s inner, spontaneous flow, because as I wrote I was able to write in faith for long periods of time, simply believing it was God. I did not have to test it as I was receiving it, (which jams one’s receiver), because I knew that when the flow was over I could go back and test and examine it carefully, making sure that it lined up with Scripture.
You will be amazed when you attempt journaling. Doubt may hinder you at first, but throw it off, reminding yourself that it is a biblical concept, and that God is present, speaking to His children. Don’t take yourself too seriously. When you do, you become tense and get in the way of the Holy Spirit’s movement. It is when we cease our labors and enter His rest that God is free to flow (Heb. 4:10). Therefore, put a smile on your face, sit back comfortably, get out your pen and paper, and turn your attention toward God in praise and worship, seeking His face. As you write out your question to God and become still, fixing your gaze on Jesus, who is present with you, you will suddenly have a very good thought in response to your question. Don’t doubt it, simply write it down. Later, as you read your journaling, you, too, will be amazed to discover that you are indeed dialoguing with God.

Does this strategy guarantee you will hear the voice of God?  Heck no.  God is not reduced to some man made plan.  He speaks – we hear.  The colorful complexities of this glorious exchange are unique to you.  But if you are not hearing the voice of your Creator, I encourage you to try the above strategies.

It’s the one thing Frank that we both desire….

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