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    Do You Use a Revelation Journal?

    Sometimes we let life prevent us from hearing from God. Although people and things–schoolwork, family obligations and more–often distract us from being in His presence, our emotions can also prevent us from fully hearing what He has to say.

    Unfortunately, depression, anxiety, fear and other emotions are tools that the enemy uses to try to keep us from hearing from God. The enemy tries to attack our faith by putting us in situations that can be difficult for us emotionally; this is because he knows something that every Christian also should know:

    Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

    Satan tries to distract God’s children by making us feel so stressed that we stop believing God will make things better. Christians know that God can make it better, but sometimes we question if He’ll make our specific situation better. And once we stop believing God loves us enough to work our situation out, then it’s hard for God to work on our behalf.

    Why? Once we start to feel distant from God, it’s hard for us to hear what He’s trying to tell us, and if we can’t hear from Him, then we can’t respond appropriately. Remember:

    Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:17).

    During a very tough time in my life, I started to use some techniques that helped me to keep believing–even though my situation looked bleak. I’d use these techniques (in combination with prayer), then take action as God instructed. Eventually, the situation worked out for my good, just like the Bible says it will.

    I was so excited about how faith and action changed my life that I even wrote a book about it! Information about the book is on my website for anyone who wants to know more, but I really wanted to share one particular technique I use: the revelation journal.

    Keep in mind that it’s important you not only talk to God, but also that you hear from Him. God often tells you what you need to do in order for certain circumstances to be resolved in your life.

    For example, if you’re driving in the middle of nowhere and suddenly your car gets a flat tire, God probably isn’t going to drop a tire down from Heaven to help you out. However, He might send a good Samaritan your way who just happens to have the tire you need. Or better yet, He might tell you that there’s a mechanic’s shop a half mile down the road. However, if you’re not attuned to hearing God, then you could miss Him when He speaks.

    This is why I keep my revelation journal on me all the time. When God speaks to me about something, I write it down in my journal! This way I don’t forget what He tells me to do, and I don’t miss out on my blessing as a result. I encourage you girls to do the same thing.

    If you’re experiencing something tough in your life and you’re trying to keep believing that God will work it out for you, pray. After you pray, write down everything God downloads into your spirit into your journal. THEN ACT ON IT! I’m sure that you’ll start seeing some amazing changes in your life. And don’t forget:

    We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

    Girls, do you use a revelation journal? Are you interested in starting one? Let us know in the comments below!

    Aysha Ives
    Aysha Ives loves God with her whole heart and has a desire to help hurting people. With a Masters Degree in Psychology, she combines her education and experience with her love for God to help people live whole and fulfilled lives. Aysha is an Author, Mental Health Provider, Youth Church Teacher, and the mother of one gifted little boy whom she absolutely adores. Aysha is honored to be able to share her love of God with Project Inspired readers. Aysha is also the author of God Cares About Your Stuff: How To Believe For Tomorrow When Things Look Utterly, Completely, And Totally Impossible Today, released February 2013- Available at Amazon.

    20 COMMENTS

    1. GOd speaks to me through nature and the Bible.Usaully I just email or talk to a friend about what God showed me and sometimes I write it down, actually I rarely write it down. But I am also sooo excited when he shows me something I just have to share it!!!!! Thanks for the idea I am so excited and I am definitely going to start one. I was really needing an idea to add to my quiet time!!

    2. I’m confused lately with the idea of God speaking to me. I know he does, but how am I supposed to know when he is or if it is Him? I’ve been praying about it, but this still confuses me. Help?

      • hey, I asked myself the same thing 🙂
        God speaks to me in the form of thoughts. I know God has spoken to me because I’ll have an epiphany or realization. Sometimes it’s just a sort of “hey, maybe…” sort of thing; but sometimes the thought feels so profound it almost has a voice of its own.
        I hope this helps, God bless 🙂

    3. I started a miracle journal in Jan. 2011 and I filled it up for the whole year! I haven’t started a new one yet, but reading this article has motivated me to get started! In my journal I thank God for my blessings, pray about situations I need clarity on, ask God for forgiveness, etc. I think this is such a special and intimate thing to do! 🙂

      • I definitely do what Nicole does it helps in so many ways! I am able to reflect back on the things I have wrote down or prayed about in the past so I can see how far I have come and continue to pray about the things I need a little more help with! It is a great reminder.

      • i like the idea of a miracle journal… it will hopefully remind myself to be thankful everyday… and for me personally,it will help me with my struggle of feeling needed in this world/ worthy… i know God loves me and wants me to love myself too and when I notice miracles of everyday life, it reminds me that i am valueable

    4. I’m very interested!! I actually began during my spring break. I needed some time with God because I was feeling distant from him without even realizing it… I then began to just sit in his presence and just let him speak to my heart..I enjoy the quiet time because I need a break from the world. It can get chaotic sometimes. I will like to keep moving forward with this technique and let God move in this time of my season.

        • This is a late reply and I had just seen this. But if you do read this, you totally arent alone. When I feel weary or discouraged, that tells me I need more time with God. This helps me grow closer with him. Just as He wants every one of his children to do when we face trouble..

    5. i actually began a journal when i first started my life with god. i write encouraging stuff or letters to god and just really lean on it when im confused or excited or just dont know what to do. sometimes i never finish an entry cause i end up pouring my heart in prayer but yes i love my journal. it also helps me when i want to explain how i feel to someone when the words arent forming i just show them where to read or i read it to them 🙂

    6. I’m a little confused on what to write in the journal. Do you mean writing down some promises and commands from the Bible? Because when God speaks to me, it’s not with words that I can physically hear, it’s more like an emotion or thought that pops into my head. What are you guys writing in the journals? Any feedback would be awesome 🙂

    7. i like this idea.. but, i think i might make a different type of journal. I think that if i write down verses that help me, goals for my life,important lessons, my thoughts, my prayers, ect. i will personally use it more and even gain more from it and hopefully grow a stronger relationship with God. I appreciate this article, especially because it really got me thinking about my faith.

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