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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

To Hear God, I Need To Get Near Him

In review of Proverbs 2:6 it says, “It is the Lord who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding.”

Bottom Line:
It is God who provides wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

What this means to me:
It is the Lord who provide me wisdom. His every word is a treasure of knowledge and understanding.

In order to get and trust God I need to hear him. But often it’s hard to hear from him.

What I’m learning is that it's difficult to hear God when my mind is filled with a thousand other distractions. In order for me to hear God, I’ve got to get near Him. I've got to get alone with God and be quiet.

The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 NIV). That means sit down and shut up. That's how I hear and get near to God. I need to sit alone and just be quiet with my Bible and say, “God, is there anything you want to say to me?” Then read God’s Word, and begin to talk with him about what I’m ready and what's on my heart. I can follow this four step process for spending time in his word.

First Reading: Simply familiarize yourself with what God is saying here. Notice the circumstances, people, places, etc.

Second Reading: Notice what word, phrase, sentence or verse makes an "impression" upon you.

Third Reading: Spend a few moments in prayer thanking and praising God for His Holy Word. Then prayerfully interact with God about the text.

Fourth Reading: Ask God to show you how He wants you to live based on this. Is there something He would have you start doing, stop doing or continue doing?

And, God says he will give you the wisdom I need to recognize his voice and follow through on what he says: “It is the Lord who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6 TEV).

Today I pray: “God, I want to listen to you, not the voices of doubt. I want to get close to you and get to know you better. I want to hear you, and I promise to then obey you. I want to be one of the people that you can use and bless in the next 10 years. I want those years to be a decade of destiny for myself, my family and those around me.”