Fascinate: Some Things I Learned When I Died
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#11: You Will Hear Clearly From God
After death comes your way previous barriers to hearing from above will be eradicated. There are losses that happen at a time of death. You won’t stop hearing from God. Quite the opposite. As loss happens you your ability to tune into him will increase remarkably. You will discover that most of what has stood in the way is simply surface noise. A near death will bring you to a place of desperation. You will come to a place of dependence upon him. You need to hear from God or you can’t move forward another step. That is a great place to find yourself. God is able to speak to you there in remarkable clarity.
If by chance you haven’t had a death experience there are still ways to increase your spiritual hearing.
1. Tell God You Want to Hear…
Make yourself available. A.W. Tozer once said, “God speaks to the man who cares.”
2. Simplify Your Equation…
One of our great barriers to connecting is complexity. We form notions with our minds (and in our doctrines) that tell us we must get to a certain point before we are mature enough or informed enough for God to speak to us. Scripture doesn’t support that perspective. Think of Samuel. As a child God spoke to him instead of Chief Priest who was the designated one who was to get revelation in the Temple system. God likes to upset systems on a regular basis. He isn’t all that concerned with them, even those he originally set up!
3. Decide to Obey…
It is irrational, hurtful and rude to think that obeying God is unsafe. Obedience is reasonable always. Always! This is one of the most misunderstood truths in the Christian life. Even as this is being read, many (most?) think it is a dangerous thing to get carried away obeying God’s voice. He is not going to ask you to do something outlandish as most of us count outlandishness. You may not fully comprehend all you feel led to do at first. That’s okay. Obey anyway. God began to lead me to seek forgiveness from a number of people after my death experience. I became more sensitive to interpersonal matters. I didn’t necessarily feel a strong sense of conviction with this, but I was sure this was what he wanted me to do. I went forward out of obedience. Your role is to walk forward and obey him.
He is always about directing objects that are in motion. It is difficult for him to bring guidance to things that are stationary.