March 27, 2018

Learning To Hear God’s Voice

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:09 am by Broken & Brave

Just in the past two days on different occasion I had two different conversations with people who came to me, sharing their heart, and then they asked the same question …

How did you come to hear God’s Voice so clearly?

A few weeks ago I had another woman ask me, “How do you learn to hear God’s Voice.”

Well…all are good questions and I believe it should be a foundational question in the life of ever Believer of Christ who understands the absolute imperative function of the Holy Spirit. Though the answer to their collective question cannot be answered in one sentence. Hearing God’s voice is something that develops over time. I cannot speak for other people’s ear for the Spirit, I can only speak from my own experience and the Biblical truth that God has so generously poured into my Spirit.

I truly believe most people can hear God’s voice their entire life. Maybe this is why we are told in the Word to come with childlike faith?
Then I think, how can we not hear him? He is speaking to us through all of creation, our conscience, and a vast array of other vehicles. The problem is we aren’t paying attention. We don’t discern. We aren’t listening. We fail to understand who He is and what He truly looks like–so we dismiss his voice.

But it’s even more complex than this.

There are a million competing voices all around us and most of all within our own mind. See–the enemy knows that a mind that lacks peace, rest and protection is his. If he can rule your mind, your thoughts, then he can rule your actions. This is what it means to take on the mind of Christ. To take his yolk upon us. To think, see and feel as Christ is–a mind at peace. A mind that doesn’t toss about like a raging sea. There is a calm and tranquility about one who has the mind of Christ. But we don’t get there overnight. It is a process of cultivating our everyday existence around Christ.

The Believer of God won’t be able to walk in their Divine Life Assignment to his full intent until they get to a place in their walk with Christ where they not only wear the Armor of God all day everyday, but they have charge over their mind. As you purposely grow your walk and cling to the Cross as you tread through various trials, set backs, obstacles and persecutions of the enemy on your faith, you become very intentional about kicking Satan out of your mind. Once you learn to rule your mind, God will begin to give you dominion to rule your life. You have already received the inheritance of dominion when He allowed himself to be tacked to a stake for the whole human race. That’s the day you received dominion. It is an unfortunate truth that few believers ever grow deep enough in their Identity as a Child of God and what that entitles them to–so they stay stuck wallowing in the very simplistic concept that God actually loves them and may even like them. He is committed to them.

Being intentional requires deep effort. You’re going to have to learn how to do real, deep and consistent work. Two examples, one a practical spiritual application and one an analogy. First, the woman a few weeks ago who asked about how to hear God speak also, in nearly the same sentence, told me she never read the Bible on her own because she just didn’t have time. I know her story represents the same story as countless others. Let me tell you, when my child calls me on the phone, I recognize her voice (once upon a time we didn’t have caller ID technology). She doesn’t need to tell me who she is because I know her so intimately and closely I don’t need to see her or touch her to recognize her. The same is true with God. The more time you spend working on your relationship with him via prayer, reading the Word, being still, worshiping and INVITING the Holy Spirit to come, then you simply pay attention. You LOOK for him to show up in every moment of your day and you RECOGNIZE him. You EXPECT Him to show up. You can even prayerfully tell God just this,

“Lord, help me to recognize you in every move you make in my life and to discern your voice.”

Secondly, I have a friend who is working hard to better her life. She has re-enrolled in school and wants to get a degree despite having been out of school a long time and having a family. She works full time. She has children who have schedules. She is purposing herself toward a better future. Do you know there are people telling her to “slow down”, “smell the roses”, “quit pushing hard”. That, my friends isn’t the voice God gave her. God encouraged her and opened the doors for her. These competing voices are the collective voice of mediocrity. Mediocrity really says, “Stop doing that because your making me feel bad about my own life.” Or “I’m not apathetic, she’s just imbalanced and tries to do too much.” This is a practical application where you can begin to practice and discern the correct voices.

To ensure a secure mind you must cover it with scripture. Read Ephesians chapter 6 over yourself, out loud! Why out loud? Because you will hear it, you will be declaring over yourself, and the enemy of your soul will hear it too. Remember, the devil and his dominion can plant thoughts in your mind, but it doesn’t mean they know what you’re thinking. They cannot hear your thoughts. They merely make a calculated guess based on a lifetime of observing your behaviors. So when we speak the Word it is like taking the Rhema word, the Sword of the Spirit, and slaying those giants who set out to assail your mind.

God’s Voice is for everyone. Some spiritual gifts require a flowing of a finite intuitive ear for His Voice, but every Believer is equipped with the Holy Spirit and has access to all the assets He has provided.

I hope this helps someone today.
Today could be the first day on your journey to deeper encounters with God.

Blessings~

Nicole

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March 23, 2018

Strength to Endure

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:09 am by Broken & Brave

Every hard thing pales in the Glory of God’s Bloom. Don’t allow your heart to loom. Though we face hardships and persecutions of various kinds…keep this in mind…the God of Heaven willing went on a trip down to Shihol for you. He didn’t have to endure, but He did because the Heavenly Father said it was the only way you’d understand the depths of His love for you. He came to usher in a marvelous breakthrough.

So, arise. Shine. The Light and Hope has come to illuminate your soul so you can be a flashlight of heart everywhere you go. His Glory rests upon your breast and lights the path with His breath. The path is narrow, the gate small and few actually equipped with the right boots to tread upon it. But not you…you fit through His narrow path and you are made of the right stuff–built to last. Any ounce of overhaul has been to create in you a type of fortitude and foundation of faith that knows beyond any doubt that you can and will overcome.

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:1
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August 11, 2017

Suit Up!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:38 am by Broken & Brave

People work, strive, plan, creating and attempting to create something every human soul craves…security.
We put money aside for retirement. We save. We budget and bargain shop stretching our dollars as far as they will go. We buy insurance for every imaginable detail of life.

But as long as you live you will need spiritual security. You will need your armor. Life is full of the unexpected. We don’t live expecting bad things or troubles to come, but we know we live in an imperfect world. We know better than to fantasize about a pseudo-eutopia. When we place our security in the right place, the correct Source, we know we are protected.

Wait for the Lord, behave honorably, never lose hope, maintain courage. To fear is to doubt God. Trust Him. Steadily offer your heart, mind, body, soul to the true and secure anchor for it all. Bonafide child of God. What are you so worried for anyway? Never give up! This is what it means to truly live by faith. You possess past grace, present grace and there is future grace for you as well. Grace is not just God’s favor and protection, it is also him causing good things to happen for you. He brings the blessings to you. So suit up soldier and relax in his Grace! He’s got you. ~Nicole

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God…”

Ephesians 6:10

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May 23, 2017

Sing🎼

Posted in Devotional, true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:12 am by Broken & Brave

When it’s warm at night I enjoy the windows open. Houses can get so stuffy. Fresh air is sometimes all we need to increase our comfort. The past few nights I’ve done just that, only to awaken to a choir of zealously singing birds. I mean a lot of them, all singing together, but singing something different…with great fervor!

Have you ever noticed that birds sing more intensely in the morning? It seems they are super happy and excited to greet the day! Are they God’s original alarm clock to humanity to help us get up and get going? These are things I wonder.

I realize I wake up every day a bit like how these birds do. I am an early riser. I like to be up while everything and everyone is still quietly resting. I feel a sense of excitement and anticipation for what the day may bring. Even on days that are very full or I have a dreaded task ahead of me, I somehow still feel good about how it will all turn out.

This is not my natural mindset or temperament. My personality is a mix of temperaments. I am mostly phlegmatic (faithful and loyal) with a touch of the others and more than I like to admit of the melancholy temperament. Melancholy tempered people are usually very organized, dependable, and on task, but they also tend toward pessimism over optimism. I naturally have that.

But I believe the negative personality attributes of any temperament are only temporal when we have Jesus and a decided heart.

I decided many years ago I wanted to change my mindset. So I did. I took decision and then I managed that decision every day and then it became my new habit. I grabbed Philippians 4:8 and made it my anthem. It became the song in me.
I also owned Philippians 4:6,7. Not to forget 2 Cor. 10:5-7.

Do you know that if you hammer a nail into a tree that tree won’t die?
It will continue to grow. It will grow around the nail and absorb it, the nail becoming apart of it. The same is true for us. I nailed these scriptures to my mind and I began to grow. They sank deeper into me becoming a part of me and their roots are tangled in my heart now, not just my mind. I have ownership of them to the level that I no longer consider myself the person I used to be, the non-morning person waking up grumpy and needing isolation until I was ready to face other people and my day. Does this sound familiar? I think it’s the morning ritual of most Americans or there would not be such a demand for coffee and shirts and mugs glorifying it’s morning ritual miracles.

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I made the decision to change more than a decade ago. I decided and then I took action to manage that decision. I trained my heart and mind to comply with the Word of God. As Believers we need to be like those little birds outside my window. Happy. Joyous. Infectious with optimism. It’s not natural to humanity, especially when conditions are poor. We serve an unnatural God and we must be as uncommon in our approach to life as He is! It will get you noticed and those the Holy Spirit draws will come in and discover for themselves, with Jesus we can always succeed, be free and be happy.

Let us wake up every day and say,
“Lord, what will be my anthem today?”

Infect the world with Joy today! ~Nicole

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”