Thursday, February 12, 2009

Receiving Guidance From God, Part 2

Yesterday we looked at how to request guidance from God. Today's post is all about receiving that guidance from our Heavenly Father. I want to encourage you to be a man or woman of faith and go beyond requesting something from God, but to position yourself to receive.

This blog post has been adapted from Rick Warren's message, "Learning to Hear God's Voice"
"I will climb my watchtower and wait to see what the Lord will tell me to say and what answer He will give to my complaint. The Lord gave me this answer: `Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance.'" Habakkuk 2:1-2 (TEV)

How To Receive Guidance From God

1. WITHDRAW: Get alone in a quiet place
"I will climb my watchtower..." Habakkuk 2:1 (TEV)
"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." Luke 5:16 (NIV)

2. WAIT: Calm your thoughts and emotions
". . . and wait to see what the Lord will tell me. . ." Hab. 2:1 (TEV)
"Be still, and know that I am God" Ps. 46:10 (NIV)
"LORD . . . Every morning, I tell you what I need, and I wait for your answer." Ps. 5:3 (NCV)

3. WATCH: Let God give you a mental picture
"I will look to see what He will say to me." Hab 2:1 (NIV)

4. WRITE: Record the ideas you receive
"The Lord gave me this answer, `Write down clearly. . . what I reveal to you.'" Hab. 2:2 (TEV)

5. WORSHIP: Thank God for speaking to you.
"O Lord, now I have heard your report, and I worship you in awe. . ." Hab 3:2 (TLB)