Tuesday, July 31, 2018

How to Hear God More Clearly

      Have you ever had a time where you felt that you could not hear God? Your spiritual ears were clogged? Maybe you feel that way now. If so, don’t be discouraged. Anyone could experience times like these. I definitely have! Here are some things you could do to unclog your ears and strengthen your connection with the Father. 

Meditate on the written Word of God. 
The first one is a no brainer. We must continue to read God’s written word and meditate on it daily. Even if we think we know the Bible, it is still important to keep ourselves immersed in it so when God speaks to us, we can know if it lines up with his written word. The written word is the standard. God would never tell us to do something contrary to it. God could also speak directly through his word to you. You might get a new revelation from a verse you read a hundred times or a verse might really speak to you at a certain time.
      Psalms 119:105 (ASV) reads “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and light unto my path”. 

Set aside time to rest in God’s presence.  
Whether it’s 2 hours or 20 minutes, put aside time to soak in God’s presence if you want to clearly hear from him. Turn off all electronic devices. Tune out the outside world and its many distractions. Sometimes we get too busy and distracted to hear God. Although God does speak in noisy environments, it is still easier to hear God when it’s quiet. Also, it’s easier to be distracted when phones and tablets are in our reach. Take some time off from a busy schedule to rest in God’s presence. Put on some worship music or just sit quietly. By doing this, we are developing our relationship with God. 
      Psalms 16:11(ESV) states “You make known to me the path of life, in your presence there is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore”

Make sure you take time to listen when you pray. 
God often speaks to us in our times of prayer. Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. Listening is a skill that does not come naturally for a lot of people. You may carry this tendency to not listen in the natural into your relationship with God, always talking to him but not listening. I sometimes have difficulty with this as well. We all must make a conscious effort to listen. For example, if we ask for wisdom concerning a situation, we should take time to actually listen for God’s response after we ask instead of praying about something else.
       Matthew 13:9 (ESV) says “He who has ears, let him hear.”

Clear your mind of worry.
Anxiety will cloud out God’s voice. This has been a struggle for me at times. I would go to spend time with God with an intention to hear from him but would begin worrying about things and thinking in the natural. This would obviously stop me from hearing God’s voice because we must be focused on him and have faith that he will speak to us. If you struggle with this, ask God to help you overcome it and read the many scriptures about fear and anxiety. Meditate on God’s love for you and his desire to give you peace. This has helped me greatly.      
       Philippians 4:6 (ASV) says “In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.” 

      These are just some ways that will help you hear God more clearly. There are many others. Prophetic training is another thing that can help. Check out the Samuel Elijah Prophetic College and what it has to offer on our Facebook page. Also, check out some other posts on this blog. Remember that God loves you and wantsto speak to you. Expect that he will. Be blessed!    
Minister Debra Szubrowski 
Blog writer

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Living a Prophetic Lifestyle

Do you think of the prophetic only as a “church” thing? Do you only talk about prophecy at church services or conferences and then forget about it? Well I’m telling you that the prophetic wasn’t meant to stay within the four walls of a church. It was meant for any environment. It’s a lifestyle! I’m not saying to go out and give personal prophecies to strangers with no supervision. Of course, we shouldn’t be doing that. However, there are ways to bring the prophetic into practical areas. Here are just three simple ways we could do this. There are many more as well.

1.    Ask God to add the “supernatural” to your natural. Apostle Ricci has said this. The prophetic could be attached to anything done in the natural such as singing, drawing, painting, writing etc. If you ask the Holy Spirit to lead you, he will supernaturally enhance your natural ability. The key is to not doubt. I remember doing this most consistently during my senior year of high school. I made it a habit to ask God to help me with my school work and everything I was involved in. I spoke in my heavenly language and prayed prophetically. Taped onto the inside of my locker was the verse “I commit all that I do to the Lord and my plans will succeed” Proverbs 16:3. I believed it. As a result, senior year was my most successful year of high school in every way. I took harder classes than any other year but did better. (Of course, I still had to study). Unfortunately, I can’t say that I continued that habit throughout all of college. However, I do know that this works if you have faith God could do it.   

2.    Ask God for wisdom concerning situations at your home, school or job.  If you encounter a problem at home, school or work, specifically ask God to give you wisdom on how to solve it. This may not seem like a prophetic thing but it is. Being prophetic is simply hearing the voice of God. God may give you wisdom by giving you a thought or idea that you wouldn’t think of on your own or he could give you the thought in a dream. This could even be done with simple problems, such as finding a lost item. I have prayed to God on several occasions to help me find lost items and he showed me visually where they were.

3.    Speak prophetically to unbelievers. Everyone needs to hear an encouraging word, especially those who don’t know Jesus. Ask God to give you the words to say to unbelievers-both to witness to them and encourage them. Ephesians 4:29 says ”Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to give general words of prophecy. Even one word could bring great encouragement to a person. Students at the Samuel Elijah Prophetic College learn this. They participate in activations where they just give one word or one sentence to another person. They depend on the Holy Spirit to give them the word. This will help lead unbelievers to the Lord because they will know that He personally cares about them.     

            In the year 2018, let’s try to deliberately live a prophetic lifestyle, both inside and outside of the church. It will make a great difference in our lives and will bring God glory. God bless!

Debra Szubrowski
Blog writer and editor