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3 Potential Roadblocks to Hearing God – A Word by Doug Addison

Hearing God’s voice is actually easy and does not need to be complicated.

My experience is that most Christians have not been trained on how to hear the voice of God, how to respond to Him or to understand His timing.

God still speaks today. Hearing His voice for yourself will activate you into a deeper relationship with Him.

Since our beliefs are formed at an early age, we all can carry around some “belief baggage” that is not necessarily based on fact or reality.

In many cases, strongly-held beliefs that have been passed down through generations are not actually based on the Bible. Some beliefs have been based on a Bible verse but were taken out of context.

Jesus often said the words, “believe and you will receive.” We need to examine what we believe because negativity and criticism are like dark filters that distort how we view God, others and ourselves.

Here are 3 potential roadblocks you might be facing in your journey of learning to hear God.

1. Not being proactive

Just after Jesus taught the disciples to pray the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11), He told two parables to activate it.

One was of a man who needed bread in the middle of the night, so he came to a friend’s house and persisted in asking until he got it.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:9–10 NIV.

We need to “ask … seek … knock” and have shameless audacity!

Then Jesus goes right into another parable that explains God’s heart as a Father. This provides confidence and trust that God will speak to us (Luke 11:11–13 NIV).

If we have a preconceived belief that God is harsh or militant, we will interpret the things He says to us through a filter of fear. But God is a good, loving Father who gives good gifts to His children.

2. Fear

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV.

Many people are afraid that they will be deceived or that what they are asking is not in God’s will. You can trust that God is a good Father, and He does not want to be harsh or mean to you.

If you are trying to be perfect, there is no room for you to grow. God uses our mistakes to train us. I have made my share of mistakes—and I still do—but God uses them to teach me and help me make a greater impact later.

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It is important to understand that we will never be 100 percent accurate. There are times when “we know in part and we prophesy in part” (1 Corinthians 13:9), without knowing the full message.

God says that we are to love each other. One of the ways He helps us do that is by making us need each other. He often gives people different parts of a message, like puzzle pieces, so that we have to bring our pieces together before we can see the whole picture.

3. Logic and Reasoning

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 NIV

Most of us were raised with a logical mindset based in scientific beliefs and actions.

But God likes to change things up!

For example, Jesus healed blindness at least three different ways: He spit on a guy’s eyes
(Mark 8:23), He cast out a demon (Matthew 12:22) and He told blind Bartimaeus that his own faith had made him well (Mark 10:52).

Bartimaeus is a prime example that faith is being sure of what we do not see. God’s supernatural power through the Holy Spirit is far beyond logic. We must be careful not to get into a “show me the money” mentality.

We can love God, but we need to seek a personal relationship with Him, so we’ll know His heart and ways and understand that He wants nothing but the best for us.

This is an excerpt from my latest bookHearing God Every Day: Understanding the Supernatural Ways God Speaks to Us—which releases March 19, 2019.


Doug Addison

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A word by Dana Jarvis

I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.

Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!

You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.

However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”

I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!


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