Hearing the Lord's voice.
I had a friend once, who announced that the Lord had called him to preach the
gospel in the American West. He had no training, and he was pretty fuzzy about
exactly where in the west he was going, but it didn't matter because the Lord
had called him. So he quit his job, sold his house, bought a huge motor home,
packed his family up, and headed west. A few months later, he found himself
in the desert, broken down, out of money, and his wife was screaming at him.
He came back East. He never did become a missionary. I have another very good
friend, that was praying for a friend with cancer. The Lord told her
- in no uncertain terms - that her friend would be healed. And her friend died.
So exactly how do you hear the Lord's voice? How can you tell the difference
between your own will and His? If you are like me, and my two friends above,
its by making lots of mistakes. And yet the Lord tells us to trust Him for
The more time you spend with the Lord, the closer you get to
him. The closer you are to the Lord the more confidence you have in Him and
the more clearly you will detect the movements of His Spirit. So the only
thing I can tell you is follow your heart.
I can just hear my fundamentalist
friends now 'but your heart is DESPERATELY WICKED' they say. 'Well' I say,
'I'm just going to trust Him'. I'm sure they think I'm headed for perdition.
So yes.. follow your heart. You'll make lots of mistakes, but trust the Lord
that He will teach you. (And it would help if you knew the bible pretty well.)
Augustine said Love the Lord, and do whatever you want. I heard a journalist
tonight talking with a survivor of the secret police torture chambers in Iraq. His response?
'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger'.
Disengage your rational mind. Get into the mind of your heart. Locate His
presence. Rest in His Love. Stay there. If any thoughts distract you, look
over their shoulder and relocate His presence. If you journal, write it down.
Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is
the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him
The way I hear the Lord's voice probably won't be the same way you hear His
voice, but I'll tell you anyway. I'm very aware of being in my rational mind
or in the mind of my heart. To hear the Lord's voice - to detect the movements
of His spirit - I step outside of my own thoughts and my own will, and listen
with the ears of my heart. Sometimes I get just a small nudge in my spirit. Less
frequently I get a vision of answered prayer. And even less frequently, I'll
hear a voice behind me. I've learned to wait on the Lord for his prompting.
I wait a lot. Sometimes for a long time. btw, when I get an answer to prayer
like that, I've learned not to advertise. I just tell you to pray to the Lord.
I'm still learning. I'm a work in progress just like you.