But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. John 14:26 AMP MANY TIMES WE MISS GOD’S VOICE. NOT BECAUSE HE IS NOT SPEAKING, BUT BECAUSE WE ARE NOT NOTICING. WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION BUSYNESS Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:39-42 Be still, and know that I am God! Psalms 46:10 THE MORE QUIET YOU BECOME, THE MORE YOU HEAR GOD’S VOICE. COMPETING VOICES Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ Luke 14:16-20 Since we are surrounded by so many examples of faith, we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us. We must run the race that lies ahead of us and never give up. We must focus on Jesus. Hebrews 12:1-2 GW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE, YOU MUST TURN DOWN THE WORLD’S VOLUME. UNPREPARED HEART When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn’t take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person’s heart. Matthew 13:19 MSG WHEN WE PREPARE OUR HEARTS WITH EXPECTATIONS, WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S VOICE. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” John 10:3-5 RECOGNIZING GOD 1. RECOGNIZE GOD THROUGH THE BIBLE. “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:6-8 The Scriptures point to me! John 5:39 2. RECOGNIZE GOD IN PEOPLE. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:16 3. RECOGNIZE GOD IN OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalms 23:4 4. RECOGNIZING GOD IN MY CHURCH. My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes. The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. Psalms 92:11-13 NIV YOU HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD WALKING IN THE DESIGN OF GOD. 5. RECOGNIZING GOD IN OUR CONVICTIONS. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalms 139:23-24 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. Ezekiel 36:26-27 I AM GOING TO START PURSUING THE ONE WHO HAS ALREADY BEEN PURSUING ME. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matthew 6:34 MSG Thank you for joining us. We hope you enjoyed this weeks episode. You can find us on social media, instagram, and facebook @churchbloom.