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SERMON- TEST AND HEAR
What does it mean for you practically to put God first, and to allow everything to revolve around Him? How can you let the Holy Spirit lead your priorities and decisions?
Have you asked God lately what His thoughts are for you, or what He wants to speak to you? What is He saying?
Have you ever given someone a prophetic word that resonated with them? Share your story.
Have you ever thought you heard God speak something to you, but it turned out to not be Him? Share how you learned from this moment.
How can you practically grow in hearing God’s voice on a daily basis?
If you were to put your priorities in order, what would they be? Many people might say, “God, then family, then church.” But did you know that God wants to be a part of everything in your life? After all, everything you have is God’s anyway! When you put God first, everything else goes inside the “God box.” When you give it to Him and let Him take control, it will flourish! He
has “plans to prosper you and not harm you, to give you hope and a future.” What lies before you is far greater than what was behind you. There is a reason the armor of God did not have a back shield. We are not called to go backwards, only forward! When you allow Him to be Lord over everything, you learn how to steward everything in your life properly and can watch what God does.
The Bible tells us to call upon Him and pray to Him, and He will listen. When you seek God, you will find Him. When you find Him, you will hear Him. When you hear Him, you will realize how much He loves you and how much He cares for you. When God speaks to you, it looks like prophecy. He wants to speak life into your situation through His Word; allow Him to speak to you through it! Whatever you do, though, do not read the Bible without the Author. The letter of the law kills, but the Spirit gives life. Ask God to read with you and reveal things to you. Before you press into the Bible, press into God Himself! Once you feel His presence there with you, begin to read and open your heart to hear what He has to say. That way, you are filling up your well with deposits of truth, so that whenever you need it, you can dig it up and remind yourself of the truth you know. You cannot dig up what is not there. That is why it is so important to fill your life up with God’s Word!
We know that God can speak prophetic words to our spirits either in our alone time with Him, or through other people. It is great to hear the Lord, but we also must know that we don’t only hear the Lord. 1 John 4:1 says, “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.” Not every word that you hear is God’s Word. Some things can be “good,” but they may not be “God.” It says right here that you have to test everything you hear with the Word of God and with wise counsel, and make sure every step you take is in line with God’s will. It is better to walk slowly and patiently with God, than to walk ahead of God and miss what He is trying to do with your life. Examine the word you hear and allow it to be tested. Anything that is not tested has no value. You would not buy a car that hasn’t been tested and you would not go inside of a plane that hasn’t been tested. Test everything! When you hear the voice of God, you will feel the peace of God, but do not confuse peace with perfection. He will give you a peace in the midst of your problems! The resistance that you may feel does not mean God did not tell you to do something. It may be difficult, but you will have the peace of God if He is speaking. God has so much in store for you, but He is waiting for you to step out! Allow Him to speak to you His thoughts about you today, and allow yourself to grow in hearing His voice!