5. You listen but you do not hear what God is saying.
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14
There is a difference in listening and hearing. To listen is to give one’s attention to a sound; to hear is to be told or be informed of…… When we listen we hear the words of someone or something. When we hear we are informed of or told the existence of something or someone.
Example: Your children, spouse or a friend talked to you and you listened (heard the sound of their voice) to every word that was said but did not hear (informed of what they are talking about) what they were saying? I do this often when I’m immersed in my bible studies or this blog and my children come up to talk to me. I listen to the sound of their voice but I do not hear what they are saying.
We do this with God quite a bit in our lives. We have to “hear” what is being said in sermons, devotionals and scriptures we read, and praise music. We need to hear what God is telling us in all we do, all we hear, and all we see!
Pay attention and see if God is trying to tell you something. Play back your conversations from the day, remember what your read, what you saw, and songs you listened to throughout the day. Is there an overall theme? Sometimes God puts an in your face clue to what He’s telling you and wants you to hear, sometimes things are more subtle. No matter what, listen and hear Him!
6. Selfishness leads to distancing yourself from God’s will for you.
And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain. Ezekiel 33:31
Often times when we pray we ask God for what WE want and WE need. We want what we want for ourselves not what God wants for us. This is especially true when it comes to material possessions. I have learned what we need to be saying is “God I want ____(fill in the blank) please let me know if it is binding to your will for me” or “God, if this is your will for me, let me know”. God does not say we cannot ask. He tells us many times to ask and reach out to Him. But He also tells us we are on His timing and His plan for us! Again, we are on God’s plan not our own.
Lee and I recently experienced this as we looked for a car. We were not sure about a car we were looking at and we said “God if this is your will let us know.” As we turned on the radio Lauren Daigle was blaring on the radio. It was on the Christian music station. No bigger sign than that. As we talked to the lot owner, we found out he is a Christian man in the community. He gave us a great deal on a used car and kept it far under our budgeted amount.
Now, note we did not say “God this is the car we want so please make it happen” we said “God if this is YOUR will, let us know” and He did.
7. Spending time with ungodly people keeps you apart from God
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals 1 Corinthians 15:33
It has been stated by many that you are a representative of the company you keep. So, what does your crowd say about you? Here’s some questions to consider
Do your friends frequent the local bar or the local church?
Do they refer to God or the wine bottle as their refuge?
Do you turn to them for the latest gossip on others or to discuss the latest sermon or bible study?
Just as you are what you eat, you are the company that you keep! I have been blessed with God placing so many godly people in my path. However, it was not always like that. I had to cut people from my life who were not in align with my belief system because they chose to pursue ungodly behaviors. It’s not easy to just cut people from your life. However, once I put faith in God to send me who I need in my life, it got easier.
Hearing God, removing selfish behaviors, and removing negative influences will help you have a closer relationship with God. This list has helped me get even closer to God. It is not easy and I do refer to this list often in my daily walk with the Lord. I am not perfect-far from it. However, I genuinely try to live as God intended. I have faith in every aspect of my life and my faith blesses me daily.
I am blessed!
Goodnight and God Bless,
A Blessed Woman