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Discerning Voice of God: Chapter 1

Discerning Voice of God: Chapter 1

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The God who loved you enough to die for you loves you enough to speak to you today. And wherever you are in your spiritual walk, God will speak to you in a way you will understand.



Hear from some of the most well-known Christians in history about how God speaks to them and discover for yourself how you can discern the voice of God; the Voice that has spoken from a fire and a cloud; with visible signs and an invisible Spirit; through a burning bush and burning hearts.



In this freshly updated guide featuring personal insights from Beth Moore, Max Lucado, Kay Arthur, and other trusted teachers, Shirer guides you through Scripture to heighten your spiritual senses so you can distinguish God's voice from imposters' chatter. Includes new discussion questions.




The God who loved you enough to die for you loves you enough to speak to you today. And wherever you are in your spiritual walk, God will speak to you in a way you will understand.



Hear from some of the most well-known Christians in history about how God speaks to them and discover for yourself how you can discern the voice of God; the Voice that has spoken from a fire and a cloud; with visible signs and an invisible Spirit; through a burning bush and burning hearts.



In this freshly updated guide featuring personal insights from Beth Moore, Max Lucado, Kay Arthur, and other trusted teachers, Shirer guides you through Scripture to heighten your spiritual senses so you can distinguish God's voice from imposters' chatter. Includes new discussion questions.

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here are acquaintances,and then there are friends. Acquaintances recognize you when they see you,ask about the ages of  your children, wonder when’s the last time you heard from someone youboth used to know.“Take care.Nice to see you.”But friends—get two friends together for ten minutes,and they’re intoeach other’s lives, not just their Christmas letters. They’re connecting by heart,not just by a hug or a handshake. And that’s how I feel right now,connecting with you through the pagesof this book—like friends. Perhaps you were here with me before, several years ago, when I first put this message down on paper, or you’ve gonethrough the six-week Bible study 
Discerning the Voice of God 
.And now,wehave a chance to catch up and expand on what we’ve learned since.If this is our first time to meet up like this, then I’m glad to have youas a new friend,because we have a hunger to hear from God that unites usin spirit.Probably one that each of us would freely admit some frustrationover,but in the end,something we know we simply cannot live without. And thank God,we don’t have to.Perhaps,like me,you’ve spent far too many years of your life not hearing
 I have called you friends . . .
John 15:15
BETWEEN
FRIENDS
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or at least not recognizing His voice.You’ve read in the Bible about peopleto whom He spoke.You’ve heard from believers today who talk about how God has spoken to them.But maybe only rarely,if ever,would you say that you’ve experienced this kind of connection with Him yourself.I can completely relate to that. I know exactly what it’s like to hearnothing but silence after I’ve prayed and prayed about something,or to beso confused by flying thoughts and voices that I couldn’t pick God’s voiceout of the crowd. I know the kinds of feelings and attitudes that go along with not really expecting Him to show up and leave directions. Truly, we get one another’s questions about discerning the voice of God.But even though I’ve brought a lot of stubbornness and impatience tothe Lord to work with, I can sit here today and testify to you—“by themercies of God”—that He’s brought me a long, long way. Through Hislong-suffering and steadfastness,He has invited me in to know Him better. And the more intimate I’ve become with Him, the more acquainted I’vebecome with His voice. He has proven Himself to me because He lovesproving His Word true—to all His children. To you. Therefore,with all the confidence one person can possess,I can assure you today that God does speak. I’m learning that if my spiritual ears areopen,the same voice that called me into His marvelous light will speak intomy daily life. The Bible declares that God is the same “yesterday and today and for-ever” (Hebrews 13:8)—meaning the same God who spoke with theprophets of old also speaks with His saints today.The OldTestament saysthat what distinguished the faith of the Israelites from all others was thatthey“heard the voice of God”(Deuteronomy 4:33).The apostle Paul,writ-ing in the NewTestament,reminds us that the difference between the rela-tionship we have with the one true God and the relationship pagans have with their idols is that their gods are silent (see 1 Corinthians 12:2). This conversational nature of our relationship with the Almighty makesour faith unique. It isn’t based on rules or regulations, on rugged pilgrim-ages to make,or sacred rivers to bathe in.The foundation of our faith is on
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sweet fellowship with God, who clearly, biblically, wants our relationship with Him to be both intimate and interactive.I mean, come on, do you really think He loved you enough to die for you,but not enough to talk to you? When Jesus walked the earth,He willingly revealed Himself to every-one around Him, knowing full well that many if not most would rejectHim.Why then would He not desire deeply to speak to us—we who havereceived Him by faith through His mercy and grace? He
desires
to speak tous.In fact,He places a high priority on this because it’s so crucial to the kindof relationship He wants to have with us. And so,knowing this,we cant help but ask ...
• Then why don’t we hear Him?• What keeps us from recognizing Him?• How can we know when He is speaking?
 That’s what
Discerning the Voice of God 
is all about. My goal in thisbook is to come alongside you,just as others have (and continue to) comealongside me,sharing what I have learned and what each of us can grow toexperience in seeking to hear from the Lord.But I want to be sure you hear me when I use the word“grow,”becausethat’s what we’re doing here.We’re growing.Nobody has all of this figuredout,no matter how 100 percent foolproof people claim their knowledge tobe.Even by the time we get all the way through this book together,we willstill be more than capable of getting our fallen selves in the way of what wetruly want from our walk with the Lord.But because He loves us so much,He will allow even our errors and flaws to be good teachers for the futureas we keep practicing and developing under His master instruction. As we grow. When I first started jogging, for example, I couldn’t make it halfway around the block without heaving and sputtering and finally running out of pep.Yet as discouraging as this was to my goals for better fitness,I couldn’thelp noticing that the attempt itself was doing something positive in me.
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