When I was a teen, I was so anxious to get my driver’s license. Independence at last! When my mom compared approaching an intersection in a car to learning how to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, she had my attention.
Here was her simple and easy to understand comparison to learning to discern God’s voice with a street signal:
Heading somewhere new, your eyes naturally dart back and forth as you approach an intersection. Looking for landmarks and street signs as clues that you’re heading in the right direction, you proceed forward, all the while glancing up at the light for any changes.
If the light stays green, you keep going. Maybe you even speed up.
If the light turns yellow, you cautiously proceed. You are prepared to stop if it turns red.
If the light is red, you stop. Completely.
Throughout the Bible, God used a variety of means, or lights like our above comparison, to speak.
* His word
* Counsel from wise believers
* Dreams He inspired
* Words in songs like the Psalms
* Preaching and teaching from prophets, priests and teachers of His Word
* Words directly to the heart of the hearer
As you seek to hear the voice of God, keep your eyes and ears open; constantly looking for His direction. If you’re experiencing His peace and your decisions are consistent with His word, keep going! On the other hand, uneasiness or lack of direction might be God’s way of saying, “Slow down. Proceed with caution.” While the red light of your heart warns you to stop, whether that is a lack of peace or a road block in your plans; go no further.
When we learn to hear the voice of the Spirit, we can make daily decisions to obey, developing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. That is exactly what Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants is all about. We want to become magnetic; so full of the fruit of the Spirit, others are drawn to us!
Today, I’m giving away a signed copy of Magnetic. To enter for an opportunity to win, simply share in the comments below one young woman you would like to share Magnetic with. I will announce the winner next Monday!