Is what we desire most to hear His voice? To sense His presence? To feel His approval and His pleasure? WE CAN!
7 He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
The cup of our soul is always full–but, with what? It begins with ourselves; we must replace “us” with Him.
How? By “dying to self.”
23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? Luke 9:23-25
Dying to self is simple, yet difficult. The goal is to hear His voice, feel His prompting, and see Him working. Let’s walk through the process:
1. We talk to God, telling Him that we acknowledge His lordship in our lives.
2. We open our hearts and minds to His Spirit, who is within us.
3. We read the Bible, asking for Him to speak to us through it, listening and looking for enlightenment. When we read something that peaks our interest, we stop and ponder it. If we are reminded of another verse, we make a note by the verses linking them together. These promptings are from Him. We are thrilled that He is leading us!
4. As we walk through the day, we remain open to Him. When we think of something that needs to be done, we check with Him before we do it. If we get a feeling of, “If I don’t do this now, I’ll have to do it later at a less convenient time,” just know that we are being prompted by Him. If we get a check in our spirit, a yellow flag, a feeling of tension (like walking into the side of a bubble), we “pay attention to the tension” and wait. Sometimes we get the go-ahead later, and sometimes we just let it go.
WARNING: That which sounds critical, condemning, or is guilt-driven is from the devil! Jesus speaks to us with words of truth and grace (John 1:17).
This process works great for what we say, too!
When we are being obedient in this manner, we get to enjoy His presence, His participation, and His love, joy, and peace. When we fail to listen for, or to, Him, we experience His grace and hear His voice say, “Come on, let’s try again.” SWEET WORDS!
When we are hungry to hear His voice, we will do everything we can to be open and available to Him. Even His rebuke is a kindness and tastes sweet to our souls. Let’s seek Him today, all day!
5 Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it. Psalms 141:5a
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man [person] of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 …we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16