Allowing God to speak to us as individuals, together in team contexts and in larger corporate gatherings as an integral part of our decision making process and for our ongoing spiritual growth.
Listening to God requires a right attitude in our hearts. In order to listen to God and receive His instruction, we must want to do His will. God honors the heart that is fully surrendered to Him. If we are stubbornly clinging to our own desires, we are unlikely to hear God's voice at all.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
Belief that all people are capable of hearing God’s voice
Ability to differentiate different voices (God, self, others, enemy)
Maintaining purity and surrendering to God
Willingness to invite and allow the Holy Spirit to speak
Ability to test words against God’s word
How do you intentionally give your team opportunities to spend time daily hearing God’s voice individually and as a team?
Unsure if God can really speak to you
Tendency to depend more on yourself or others for truth than you depend on God for truth
Unwillingness to repent and ask for forgiveness
Not making time for God
Lack of Faith
Not trusting or having faith that God may be speaking to you
Not believing that God can speak to you through others
Not testing words against the bible before choosing to believe them
In what ways can you make it more possible for you to hear from God?
Causes of Weakness
Poor (or complete lack of) role models who have demonstrated to you how to hear God’s voice
Abuse of Authority
Experience of abuse of spiritual authority over you or others
Lack of practice hearing God’s voice
Past failure or embarrassment when trying to hear God’s voice
Fear of being wrong in choosing to believe that God spoke to you
Overdependence on self for self-protection
Overdependence on others for guidance or protection
Which of these causes of weakness relate to you?
Review the simple application steps below and choose 1 or 2 things you can do to spur yourself on to further growth.
Sincerely ask God to speak to you
Read articles on how to hear God’s voice, such as Joy Dawson’s principles of intercession
Practice hearing God’s voice with other mature believers
Don’t expect perfection of yourself when learning to hear God’s voice
Be open to hearing from God through His Word, His Spirit, through others, and even through circumstances
Acknowledge to God and others when you have heard from Him – it builds your faith, and other’s faith
Be willing to consider the last time you heard from God and make sure you did what He said
Be quick to repent of your sins and ask God for forgiveness
Read and meditate on God’s Word more often
Try a new bible study or devotional that challenges you to hear from God
Always remember to test any words you receive against God’s Word