When its hard to hear - 

  • Have you asked Him?
  • Doubt - it is unavoidable but it should not go unchallenged 
    • What are God’s promises?
      • John 10:27
      • Jeremiah 33:3
      • Matt 7:7 - Ask you will receive - Seek you will find - 
    • What is God’s Character? - How does He feel about you?  
    • Return to a promise you CAN believe and use it as a safe place to move forward
    • Was that me or just my imagination? - 
      • this question is not helpful - “Is it true?” 
      • God will use your imagination as a screen upon which to project his voice
         
  • Static - those other voices we talked about last week can act as static to make it hard to hear the Lord
    • find a place - 
      • a quiet place or at least a place where it is easier to concentrate
      • turn off your phone / tv / radio
      • maybe play wordless music
      • for me I need moving air and natural light if possible
    • be ruthless with the static - if one of those other voices intrudes deal with it quickly
      • note pad - write it down to get it out of your head
      • if the enemy is saying things then SHUT HIM UP - 
      • if you have not eaten or you aren’t feeling well go eat something take a nap!
      • if you are emotionally compromised it is not a good time to try and hear God - just go to Him and let Him heal and calm your heart THEN try and get direction!
         
  • You may be hearing God and just not realizing it - Balaam’s donkey - the angel etc.
    • God often speaks in pictures and memories
      • when a picture or a memory pops into your head ask Jesus - is that you?  Especially if it won’t go away
      • Then ask him to interpret it for you - or take it to someone else for interpretation
        • some of the most powerful words I’ve ever received I could not interpret without help.
    • Coincidence
      • there truly is no such thing as luck or happenstance
      • Psalm 37:23 the steps of a righteous man are ordered of the Lord
    • Wise Counsel
      • Prov 11:14
  • Has he already answered this question?
    • Sometimes the Lord will not answer again a second time if he has already answered and we did not obey
  • Do you really want to hear?
    • sometimes there are things the Lord wants to talk to us about and we do not want to hear the answer.
    • we are afraid
    • we are ashamed
    • we are sensitive
    • we are rebellious
    • we don’t want to do what we know the Lord wants us to do
  • Tuning in - Jesus is there anything you have wanted to say to me that I have refused to hear?

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