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Listen to the Spirit – Voice Recognition

Central Church's Holy Spirit Stained Glass Window

Central Church’s Holy Spirit Stained Glass Window

Key Bible Verse: “If someone calls again, say ‘Yes, Lord, your servant is listening.'”1 Samuel 3:9

Bonus Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-18

My son, Aaron, was five or six when he began asking me, “What does God’s voice sound like?” I didn’t know how to answer.

A few years later, Aaron went off to his first junior high camp at Big Bear. In the middle of the week, I went up with another pastor at Mosaic to see our kids. Aaron, I learned, had started to assault another kid but had been held back by his friends. He was unrepentant, wanted to leave camp, pulled together his stuff, and shoved it into the car.

I asked him for a last talk with me before we drove away. We sat on two large rocks in the middle of the woods. “Aaron,” I asked, “is there any voice inside you telling you what you should do?”

“Yes,” he nodded.

“What’s the voice telling you?”

“That I should stay and work it out.”

“Can you identify that voice?”

“Yes,” he said immediately, “It’s God.” It was the moment I’d waited for.

“Aaron,” I said, “do you realize what just happened? You heard God’s voice. He spoke to you from within your soul. Forget everything else that’s happened. God spoke to you, and you were able to recognize him.” [continued tomorrow]

—Erwin McManus in The Barbarian Way

My Response: I know when God speaks to me because …

Thought to Apply: It’s not a voice coming from the outside in, but a voice coming from deep within. —Erwin Raphael McManus (California pastor)

Adapted from Mike Singletary: One-on-One (Regal, 2005)

Prayer for the Week: Teach me, Lord, how to tune out distractions and to pick out and respond to the voice of Your Spirit.

 

 

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