Train your ears to the Spirit's voice. How?
Get the wax out of your ears. WAX = UNBELIEF
James 1:5-8 - If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
John 5:37-40 - And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
Remember - you want to hear a person (Jesus), not an answer or a truth.
Practice listening to the Spirit in the moment.
Don’t wait for your quiet time to practice listening. Don’t wait for the "emergency" to listen. Use the seconds of your day.
Ephesians 6:18 - And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
1 Thessalonians 5:6 - So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 - ... pray continually...
- Clear out unbelief.
- Speak out faith.
- Ask Spirit to speak.
- Write down what he says.
Romans 8:26 - In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
Romans 8:34 - Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Practice praying with authority.
Matthew 16:19 - I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
James 4:7 - Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Practice praying out Scriptures.
Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Ephesians 1:15-19 - For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
Practice perseverance in prayer
The Parable of the Persistent Widow
Luke 18:1 - Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
Stoke the flames of passion and desire (cultivate love).
Psalms 100:4 - Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Do you wait for an inspiring moment of revelation before you worship God? In other words, do you wait for God to move in you before you make a move toward God? Scripture is clear here - the first step is ours. We are called to begin with worship.
Love initiates. It doesn’t wait.
Deuteronomy 30:11-14 - Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
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