Follower of Jesus= Letting go of your life and trusting God to lead you.
That means constantly living a life where you surrender EVERYTHING to Him, “God what do you want me to study, what do you want me to do for a living, God do you want me to get married? Who is your best pick to be my wife/husband? God how many children? God where do you want me to live? God what do you want us to do while we live here? God what do you want the mission of our marriage to be? God what programs should I put my child in?”
But how do we hear God’s voice?
FIRST SEEK GOD WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART (Jeremiah 29:13) ….then:
1.) Have a daily conversation with God. Yes, pray but also listen. Just like you’d talk with anyone else, allow quiet moments during your prayer time to hear what God is saying. I guarantee that He is responding. You may have a thought pop into your mind of something He wants you to do, you may see a picture, you may feel a sense, etc. however you hear Him, just know that God desires to speak to his children.
2.) Study His word and do what it says. That way, when it’s time to make a BIG decision you’re already accustomed to hearing his voice in the seemingly small areas of life because you’ve studied His word daily, and are living according to it. Studying and Reading the Bible are two separate things.
* Studying the Bible: involves reflecting and thinking about what you are reading. Asking yourself what the scripture tells you about God. Studying is reading with purpose and gleaning meaning. Many times this involves a commentary.
3.) Read his word daily. Just like you would read a good book. This is the best book you’ll ever read…trust me!
1+2+3 = When the time comes for a decision to be made you will be saturated with his presence, and in his word and you’ll know what to do. Those scriptures you read and studied will start to overflow out of you and you will know. You’ll either have peace with the decision or you won’t.
And then… if you’re talking with God on the daily and walking with Him. God will still honor you even if you make the wrong turn. He knows you love him and that you’re seeking him with your whole heart. God will still be able to accomplish the purposes that he has for your life because you have surrendered to him completely and God honors a surrendered heart. By staying in his word and praying without ceasing we are reminding ourselves to surrender to him everyday and with everything in our lives.
Surrendering our life is not a one time thing…it is a daily decision to follow God in every area of our lives, It’s not a one time, alter call thing. As we grow in our faith, the bible will start to change how you walk and how you talk and who you hang out with you will be convicted about things you have never been convicted about before.
* BEING A CHRISTIAN MEANS FOLLOWING CHRIST and accepting his sacrifice which is the only way to be in right relationship with God. But…HOW ARE YOU GOING TO FOLLOW HIM WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT HIS WORD SAYS? FOLLOWER IS AN ACTIVE WORD, YOU DONT JUST FOLLOW ONCE AND THEN GO ABOUT YOUR NORMAL LIFE, IT MEANS SOMETHING CHANGES ON THE INSIDE OF YOU AND YOU CANT LIVE NORMAL ANYMORE, YOU HAVE A CRAVING AND DESIRE, TO KNOW GOD MORE AND LOVE HIM MORE.
I love you and God loves you so much more!