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Discerning the Voice of God: Chapter 3


How often, during times of struggle, do we pull in closer to the Lord seeking comfort, guidance, and answers only to allow him to slowly fade into the background of our lives when the crisis has been diverted? As much as I hate to admit, I am guilty of this, time and time again.

The trouble I find is that the crisis isn’t necessarily diverted, as much as it is minimized, at which time I think I’ve got it all under control and can take it from there. How ignorant of me! It’s no wonder that the same crisis flares up again, or that another comes in its place. It’s sort of like sticking your hand back in the fire after recovering from third degree burns! And how many times must be we burned before we stop punishing ourselves?!? We ALWAYS need Him!!

An essential element of discerning the voice of God is regular meditation on, and knowledge of, the Scriptures. Regular = Daily. This can become quite a trick when life demands so much us. There’s a lot to get done. We are tired and believe we won’t be able to focus. Things are going okay, so time in the Word isn’t essential today, right? Wrong!

Time spent in the Word is time spent with God. If we want to hear from Him, we must MAKE time for Him. These moments with him are more serious than we think – even when things are going “okay”.

And, here’s the other thing that’s paramount to our prayers being answered: our desires need to align with His Will for us. How many of you want to dig in with the thought of that? The idea that what you desire may not align with His plans for you, and aside from taking things into your own hands (free will) and forcing the issue (for which there are other consequences), those desires may not become your reality?

Yea, it’s a tough pill to swallow but allow me to offer a bit of hope: permitting the Holy Spirit to work in you, and doing your part in that process (see above), means a transformation will begin taking place within. If you really get on board with this, you will find things you once desired no longer tug quite as much at your heartstrings, and the gap between what you want and what He wants for you will grow more and more narrow. Suddenly, but not all at once, your desires and His Will align and things start happening in a magical way in your life. That is what is meant in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart”. God really does know what is best for us, even if it’s not what we want to hear or accept at the moment, and THOSE desires of our heart are what will be given.

The reason we eventually <really> become okay with our reality not matching our dreams is because we’ve really worked on building that intimate relationship with Him. He’s working from within to change our hearts (and thus, our dreams), and we can hear Him with more clarity…perhaps leading us down a path we never would have chosen for we never knew we’d love.

In those moments that you want to be okay with things not working out as you had hoped, but you just aren’t feeling it with every inch of your being, talk to Him about it, ask Him to help you… “Lord, every day I’m trying my best, but if in any moment I lose my hope, please remind me that Your plans are better than my dreams. Amen.”.

He understands that we live in the flesh and that the natural tendency of the flesh is to crave the standards of the world rather than those of God, but he also expects us to seek, and stick close to him.


Discerning The Voice of God: Chapter 2


Having finished Chapter 2, I feel at peace and am beyond encouraged.

The voice of God comes to us by the Holy Spirit, already living in us, via our own conscious. Of course, we must first accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savoir and begin to WALK with Him. This is different than believing – even the Devil is a believer – we must work at a relationship with HIM . Once we do this, our conscious, initially shaped by things we absorb from the outside world – seared by sin, shaped by varying sources and made susceptible to corruption by others – is converted. It’s awakened!

I LOVE that because as I reflect on questions I believe I’ve not received answers to, it seems clear to me that I HAVE and I’ve just not known it was HIM!

I’ve always believed in God. I’ve never doubted that He has a place for me in Heaven. I wasn’t “churched” growing up, but I was taught just enough to make me a believer. I had, and still have, a LOT to learn about growing that relationship and walking with Him. God will use any means necessary to grab our attention, to draw us into him. I am no exception…

I have suffered an incredibly tough past couple of years. To the point that I can’t even believe this is my life. It’s easy to question why. Why me? Why now? When will the suffering stop? HELLO, ANSWERS PLEASE??

Without one doubt I now believe that every bit of my suffering was for my benefit, so I could grow in faith and strive to really FOLLOW God.  Now, that’s an answer I can accept and move on with…until it seems the hits just keep coming and I can’t help feeling picked on and thinking “okay, you’ve made your point – lay off a bit!”.  The honest truth is that I’ve found myself very angry with God, and wondering if my questions have gone into the abyss, never to be answered. I can admit that because he knows what’s in my heart, there isn’t any hiding. And, because of His unconditional love and grace, He not only handles it but waits patiently for me.

Truth is, I’ve gotten answers. From HIM!

Because of my continued suffering – issues have been pushed so answers could be sought and I could be connected with some of the savviest people who God will work through to get me what I need…and shelter me during the storms. Because of my continued suffering, I grow closer to the Lord everyday and feel compelled to share the Good News! Because of my continued suffering, my priorities get more and more in line. Because of my continued suffering…well…I could go on and on…

Did you know that physical and spiritual healing often times go hand in hand?
Isaiah 38:17 – You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.

That we are to suffer in this life because Jesus suffered on the cross for us? That it’s an honor and blessing to suffer?
Acts 14:22 – We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.
Romans 8:17b – …indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Did you know that the length of time you feel overwhelmed and trapped in your suffering is totally up to you? The Devil seeks us at our weakest moments; it’s when he does some of his best work.
Genesis 50:20 – You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

We have a God who will protect us and use it all for good, if only we will let him. That he promises to make good out of the storms that bring devastation to our lives!
Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Read about the powerful 5 things (the 5 M’s) you should do when you feel God might be leading you in a certain way.

He’s ready to talk – Are you ready to listen?