Is What I’m Hearing From God?

BibleIn her book, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God, Lysa Terkeurst suggests there are five key questions we should ask our self when we wonder, Is what I’m hearing from God?

  1. Does what I’m hearing line up with Scripture?
  2. Is it consistent with God’s character?
  3. Is it being confirmed through messages I’m hearing at church or studying in my quiet time?
  4. Is it beyond me?
  5. Would it please God?

Does what I’m hearing line up with Scripture? God will not tell us to do something that contradicts his Word. That sounds easy enough, but if we aren’t spending time reading and studying God’s Word, how will we be able to discern if what we’re hearing lines up with what God said? We have to know what the Scriptures say. Knowing the Scriptures doesn’t necessarily mean memorizing chapter and verse, it means reading the Bible for our self. As we read, ask what it says to us. Ask what it says about God.

Is it consistent with God’s character? God won’t tell us to do anything that doesn’t line up with who he is. A good starting point into God’s character is the list of the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Is it being confirmed? My cousin William always told me to look for three confirmations whenever I wonder how to proceed in something I feel God is saying to me. Yesterday, a verse of Scripture I read in my Sunday school lesson earlier that week popped up in four separate unconnected things I read. You think God’s trying to tell me something? I sure do. Now I need to figure out exactly what.

Is it beyond me? Do we sense God is calling us to do something beyond our ability? Something we can only accomplish through his strength? If so, this is an opportunity to watch him work through us. Think Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land. That was way beyond Moses’ ability to be sure.

Would it please God? For this final question, I like how Lysa puts it. You see, if what you are doing pleases God, then even if what you thought you heard from him wasn’t his voice, you still please him. Pause and read that sentence again. As long as what we do pleases God, it’s all good, right?

In conclusion to Lysa’s list she adds, These five questions are your starting place. The more you practice listening for God’s voice, the more it becomes a natural part of your daily life. God wants you to hear from him.

How marvelous is that? The Creator God who spoke the world into being and knit us together in our mother’s womb wants a personal relationship with us. He wants us to hear when he speaks to us. He wants us to know we are loved, and know that his perfect love casts out all fear. Even the fear of stepping out in faith to do what he calls us to do.

Are there any of Lysa’s key questions you go to first when deciding if what you’re hearing is from God?

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But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless. Galatians 5:22-23 (TPT)

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

The older I get the less I sweat the small stuff. You know what I mean? I get less irritated by things that used to really annoy me. I’m not saying small stuff doesn’t still get to me, especially when I’m tired or fatigued, just that it doesn’t bother me as often, and not to the same degree it used to.

I doubt anyone who knows my Kirby family would say we were a patient lot. (Just ask our spouses. 🙂 ) Nope. Quite the contrary. Our “Irish temper” is one excuse that has been given for our impatience. But that’s just an excuse, not a fact. The fact is we have a bent toward impatience, Irish or not.

Here are some of the things I found associated with an Irish temper. After you read them, I believe you will be able to see some of these same traits in people who aren’t necessarily “Irish”.

 

  • You can hold a grudge
  •  You wish bad luck on people
  •  You take stubborn to a new level
  •  Short fuse
  •  Passion steers the wheel
  •  You’re a fighter

As a follower of Christ, a Christian, we are to have a mind, a temper, like Christ. We are to daily strive to become more and more like our Savior. He is our role model, after all. Once we accept Jesus as our Savior, his Holy Spirit comes to dwell – to live – in us. The Holy Spirit can help us control our Irish temper, or any other kind of temper. He can help us let go of grudges. He can help us desire good for others, not harm.

 

With the Holy Spirit’s help we can tame our short fuse and become more patient. He can help us turn our passion to the things of God, and toward advancing God’s Kingdom here on earth. The Holy Spirit can take our fighting spirit and turn it for good to love mercy, seek justice, and right the wrongs we see.

Would you say you have an Irish Temper, or are you under the Holy Spirit’s control developing the Fruit of the Spirit in you?

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God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. Galatians 5:22-23 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Another Serendipitous Moment

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

As the arborist packed up their chain saws and stump grinders, I slowly walked around our yard. It looked so very different. Dead limbs and trees, gone. To say the first walk-around was a shock would put things mildly. I was stunned. And saddened at the loss.

But it had to be done. Better for healthy growth. It would be alright. Safer if a hurricane decided to blow through. These and more were things I told myself … yet didn’t completely believe.

Until I walked around the yard the next morning. The corner of the backyard where a crepe myrtle stood the previous day was flooded with sunlight, and a thought popped into my brain.

Thank you.

Not what I expected to think when I looked at the barren spot, but what I felt nonetheless.

Why?

Because now I finally had a spot of ground that would receive enough sunlight to plant one of my favorite bushes. Gardenia.

That evening Pilot and I went to the garden store and purchased a gardenia bush for the newly created sun-drenched corner of the yard.

As with most lessons God shows me through his creation, I looked for a spiritual application, and sure enough, found one.

How many times do we hang onto dead stuff in our lives that we need to uproot and grind to bits so he can plant something else?

We know two things cannot occupy the same place at the same time. We can’t hold onto grudges and extend forgiveness. We can’t get rid of gossip and turn our eager ears to the next tantalizing tidbit. We can’t be a more caring spouse or parent and ignore the needs of the other person.

Truth cannot live where lies flourishes. Peace cannot co-exist with constant strife. Light and darkness do not mix. Love cannot be shown when hated abounds. It just doesn’t happen.

The Fruit of the Spirit we are to exhibit cannot occupy the same space as the things of the world. Amen?

While I in no way am implying crepe myrtles are bad, we still have several thriving in the yard, the one in this particular area needed to be removed.

With the removal of the tree a spot opened up to plant the gardenia.

While I miss the crepe, I know I will be much happier with my gardenia.

I also know there are things in my life that I need to cut down and grind to pieces so the better things of God can flourish and grow.

That’s why I can say, Thank you.

How about you? Are there things in your life that need to be removed so something better can grow in its place?

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God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful,  gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. Galatians 5:22-23 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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