Soul Shift 5- Ask to Listen
The Holy Spirit was given to direct us into truth. He lives inside of us. As believers we often seek outside advice, but neglect the internal listening to the voice of the Spirit. It isn’t that external voices shouldn’t be sought. The wise advice of good counsel is something we should seek. But, we shouldn’t heed that advice over the internal direction of the Holy Spirit. This soul shift, from being an “asker” to a “listener” can be difficult. We often doubt our ability to hear God’s voice. Because we are unsure whether we are hearing ourselves, some other impulse, or the leading of God, we ignore all internal impulses. Yet, there is a deep shift of the soul when we begin trusting God’s voice. Yes we show wisdom and protect ourselves from impulses that would harm ourselves or others, would violate the truth of scripture, or would go against God’s known will for our lives. But, we refuse to ignore the strong leaning of the Spirit just because it doesn’t make sense to us. We learn to trust Jesus statement that his sheep hear his voice and know his voice. Lambs have to learn to listen, but lambs need to grow up into followers of the shepherd. The Spirit is in us to lead us in the day-to-day issues of following God. WE need to begin taking the risks necessary to act on his guidance. We shift from obeying out of command to obeying because our voice now resonates with His. We shift from the adolescence of “I’ll listen if I have to” to “I think like you, and when you talk, I realize I was thinking the same thing.” They key in hearing God’s voice is the willingness to obey. Throughout Jesus’ teaching on the Holy Spirit and hearing his voice, Jesus hammers home the point- this is all about obedience…we listen to do what we are told. We listen so that we can obey. This is Jesus’ model- he hears the Father, obeys
the father, loves the father. This is for us as well. We shift to listening so that we can obey, so that we can show love to God. We refuse to filter God’s voice through our comfort level…we want to know his complete will. So, we risk it. We open our hearts and minds to his voice. Rather than asking questions, we listen for the questions he is wanting us to ask. Rather than forcing him to answer with our preferences, we listen for his will and shift our preferences behind his call.