If you have ever heard me speak at a retreat, or seminar, you would not be surprised if I stopped my sharing for a few minutes and had you go off by yourself for 5 to 10 minutes to hear what God might say about you. These times have become a highlight, as I watch people come alive as they hear what their creator has to say about them. I wanted to give you the same opportunity at home through this blog. The bottom line is, we can never get enough affirmation from our creator, as the enemy is always lurking around to discourage us. Try this little exercise and be surprised by God today and the beautiful words He wants to speak over your life.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 NIV
The enemy loves to lie to us and tell us how horrible we are as a person and as a friend, or as a mother or father. What a failure we are in every area of our life. Satan is full of condemnation. This is not how our God operates.
With our own children or grand children, nieces or nephews, do we tell them what a horrible person they are? No, quite the opposite. We tell them how much we love them and what they mean to us. In the same way our Father in Heaven is a good and wonderful God who is always trying to get our attention to show us how much He loves us and how for us He is.
Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:9-11 NKJV
It is important that we all learn how to receive God’s love and affirmation. If we can understand how He feels about us, there is nothing that will stop us from wanting to serve Him. Here is a little exercise I like to give people to tangibly learn how to hear God speak to you. You can do this everyday if you like.
Sometime today take 10 minutes to go off alone somewhere by yourself. Take a piece of paper with you and write down this question. God, How do you feel about me?
When alone, quiet your heart and mind, maybe look out a window at God’s creation. After a couple minutes of quieting your mind, ask God that question.
After asking that question, I want you to write down the first impression/thought that comes to your mind when you asked God this.
In doing this exercise, I have learned a few things that tend to happen when trying to hear what God is saying to me that I will share with you.
The first thought/impression is usually God, the second thought/impression is usually me disputing that it was God speaking to me. The third thought/impression is usually the enemy telling me that it for sure is not God.
God is usually very quick to respond to our question because He loves to tell us how much He loves us and what He thinks of us.
We are the ones who have a hard time receiving it and the enemy for sure does not want you to accept anything good that God has to say about you.
If you got something that was negative and it does not align with the character of what God would say, then do not accept it. it is not God. Take some time later and try again. Always remember the character of God.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalms 139:13-16 ESV