Reflective Essay On Hearing God

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Hearing God

“God spoke to me” are words that create unease in the most dedicated of Christians. “I sense that God is speaking to my heart” are also words that can give sincere faithful people a feeling of being second class believers if in all honesty they cannot say they have had such an experience. Others have had encounters that are unexplainable other than to turn to Moses’s encounter at the burning bush and Abraham’s visitation at Mount Moriah but have kept them private for fear of ridicule. Lily Tomlin asks “Why is it that when we speak to God we are said to be praying but when God speaks to us we are said to be delusional!” I agree with Dallas Willard who writes, “I believe people are meant to live in an ongoing conversation with God, speaking and being spoken too.” (Hearing God pg.18)
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However, one thing that has always remained constant for me was “the place within” where the voice was heard and the witness of my spirit that followed. The words were not always easy to receive but time always revealed that God was always working thing out to His greatest good and the strengthening of my faith and trust in Him. Dallas Willard in his book “Hearing God” makes a very humbling and challenging statement about authority in a church age where there is much discussion about who has the authority to say or do this or that. “Authority in spiritual leadership derives from a life in the spirit from the minister’s personal encounter and ongoing relationship with God.” (pg. 25) The older I get the more I hunger to hear God in the many ways He chooses to speak. I am also wise enough to realize I am but a beginner in the mystery of “Hearing

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