The Art of Listening

Talking comes easy for some. They are referred to as extroverts and have no problem with sharing their ideas and beliefs.

I tend to fall into that category.

Isn’t it funny how we want to possess other characteristic traits than what we have been given. I desire to learn more about being a good listener. From all the stories I have read, Jesus was good at this.

Hearing Jesus’ voice and Listening to Jesus’ voice are two separate things. I desire to do the latter. It is an indicator of a deeper relationship with Jesus. When I listen better and am obedient to what my Father is telling me, then I am changed in that relationship.

Changing our habits are hard. But changing so that we can reflect Jesus is something I am wanting to challenge myself to do.

From time to time, I read a devotional called “Nearer to Jesus” by Sarah Young. It reads as if Jesus is talking to you. This morning it read like this…

“I am pleased that you desire to think My thoughts. Having prayed for protection, you should ask the Holy Spirit to help you listen well. He is the director of this listening adventure. Remain alert while you listen, ready to reject anything inconsistent with Biblical truth. As my thoughts gradually form in your mind, you may find it helpful to write them down. Thank me for what you have received, and continue to seek the help of My Spirit. Don’t become overly focused on the writing. The process – listening to Me under the direction of the Holy Spirit – is more precious than the product: what you write. As you spend time focusing on Me, you will grow not only closer to Me but also more like me.”

Romans 8:6. “the mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”

1 Peter 5:8 “be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

These are my thoughts lately as I seek to be more consistent in this writing process. I want to hear and listen to the thoughts of the Holy Spirit before I write. Pray for me as I continue to learn in this writing adventure.


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