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!