Post #2 on a series on God’s will. You can find post #1 by clicking here: “Love God and Do Whatever”
I guess for some people, it might be difficult to know how to just do whatever when you want to know exactly what God would have to say for your life. How can you just “trust God” and “have faith” if you’re not even sure if you’re doing this “loving God” thing right? STOP THINKING SO MUCH. As my mom told me a few days ago, “don’t use your brain too much it’s gonna cramp.” Okay, how about this. Think all your thoughts for God, like think about the cross/His love=His being/how amazing He is but stop thinking so much about what tomorrow holds because you forget to live in this very breath. This moment. Be alive in THIS moment! So when you just think about Him all the time, you’ll discover that you’re falling deeper and deeper in love with God and it’ll be awesome!
I highly recommending trying the not thinking so much thing, but seriously, people ask me a lot about how I hear God’s voice after I tell Him what He’s doing in my life or what He’s told me about my future. They wonder I guess from the way that I talk about Him…. why are you talking about God like He’s a friend that you just chat to or text frequently? How do you know that’s Him? Is that what intimacy looks like? Why don’t I hear His voice? Do I hear His voice? Am I doing something wrong? AHHHH
Yeah please don’t freak out. Sophomore year, one of my staff introduced to me this idea of intimacy. That He’s not just my Bestie, but my Lover. Whoa there. That must mean I should really know the guy well with all this intimacy! Well, it’s true. After that, I really dove into this fully committed, vulnerable, passionate relationship with the King, the Bridegroom. So naturally, I talk to Him a lot. From the outside, I am an absolutely CRAZY person who talks to herself while walking around, showering, eating, going to sleep, all of those everyday activities. A crazy person who believes that she is talking to some transcendent being who lives inside of her and makes her happy all the time. Yeah. It sounds crazy. But it’s real. I have never known anything so tangibly real and powerful in my existence. Now…He IS my existence. He’s my breath. He’s my heartbeat. He’s my everything and it’s crazily beautiful.
I don’t hear a big booming voice coming from the heavens telling me, “Dearest Anisha, why are you doing that? You must follow my commandments and be a good steward of the good gifts I have bestowed upon you!” Like seriously, I don’t know that guy. That does not sound like a fun friend or Dad to have. I hear my cool friend Jesus say “Anisha. What are you doing. You know that I wouldn’t have told you to do that if it wasn’t for your good! Why do you think I gave you the gift to love if I didn’t trust you? You got this!” I don’t hear a special voice that distinguishes my “Anisha talking to herself” voice and God. It’s just…a voice in my head that I know isn’t me anymore. It’s a voice that says stuff I would never say to myself. It’s a voice that is kind, gentle, loving, and patient. He’s like me and I’m like Him. So I’m not going to hear a voice that makes me uncomfortable….His voice to Anisha is going to be special and specific to me. Hey, the way He talks to you might be completely different and that’s COMPLETELY OKAY. That’s the point of intimacy. Maybe He’s sassier to you! It’s different for you and for me in the way it looks in the details, but overall, it’s just a beautiful intimate friendship. Like lately, Jesus has been trolling me a lot. If you don’t know what that means, He basically is annoying me for my good. “God trolls for the good of those who love Him” is my interpretation of that verse right now. When I see what He’s doing, sometimes all I can do is laugh because I see how ridiculously awesome God just set it up and accept it the best I can for the moment. It’s usually a good sign when you think you’re crazy for thinking that….that’s usually God.
When your best friend or mom or someone who you know really well calls you on the phone and if you didn’t have caller ID, you’d know who it was immediately right? You would just know who it was because of all the time you’ve spent with them, hearing their voice, knowing how they talk, etc. It’s the same with God! The more time you spend with Him, the more you recognize and know His voice. Reading the Word also helps because you learn how He speaks there. This is so important because there’s also a liar who plants and speaks lies to you that he hopes you will believe if you’re not grounded in Truth. If you don’t know who you are as a child of God, satan can easily trick you that you should feel shameful or angry or whatever so that you turn away from the Good Shepherd who you should be running to! Ah! Don’t let that happen! Check out John 10: 1-18. It’s good. See, the sheep know the Shepherd’s voice. They recognize the stranger’s voice but choose NOT to follow it. Just because you know God doesn’t disqualify you from satan’s whispering lies. Last year when I got depressed because of sex trafficking, I was listening to the enemy’s lies because I hadn’t learned how to recognize and not listen to it. He was telling me to stay depressed and that there was no hope ever. False. Now I recognize him very quickly because his voice is very demanding, chilling, annoying in a BAD not playful way, unloving. Don’t get scared (perfect love casts out fear)! Just learn to recognize the kind, gentle, and loving voice of your Father.
Don’t think you’ve ever heard from God? This is simply false. You would not even have faith in Jesus if you had never heard it first! If you had never had the open ears to hear about this free gift of faith and grace, you would not even care about how to hear His voice. YOU DO. You have heard Him. I promise. Just be still and know He is God. Yes, it can be challenging to just sit and soak in His love. Try though! Have you thought about how maybe if you shut up sometimes with all your complaints and requests maybe you’d hear what God had to say for once? Sorry if that’s harsh, but seriously. Give Him space to talk! If you had a coffee date with your friend, it’d be kinda selfish for you to say, “hey let’s catch up!” and you just blabber the whole time telling him/her about all your problems, worries, thoughts, ponderings and after you finish you just peace out. That’s kinda what you’re doing in prayer if you don’t let God have a chance. That’s where this whole relationship part comes in. Sometimes I just ask God, “how are you?” and He’s like “I’m good, how are you?” and we go from there.
So if something sounded difficult here, I promise, it’s not. When people ask me how I hear God’s voice or how I know it’s Him, I struggle to answer because that’s like asking me how do I know my mom is really my mom. Like…I just know. She’s my mom. How do I know it’s God? Because He’s just my Daddy. Is there really any more need for explanation? He rocks me to sleep and strokes my hair and holds my hand and skips in green pastures and spoons with me before I sleep and and and all the great things the Bestest Daddy would do. So just let Him. When you want to know Him, which I am assuming you want to if you’re reading this (and frankly, that is everyone in the world whether they realize God is the one they want), He reveals Himself. He revealed Himself fully in Jesus, so this is all very easy. It’s already done, just receive the gift and enjoy it! He wantssss you to get to know Him better and wantssss to whisper in your ear about how much He loves you, so just let Him! When you do that, then you’ll know His voice, and then you’ll better understand what His will is for your life and how He’s super chill about it
Okay. I feel like I was more unhelpful and made it sound “easier than it actually is.” Maybe that’s exactly what you’re thinking now as this post ends. Well. I am gonna trust Jesus spoke and that my future posts will further illuminate this for you after you’ve tried for yourself what all this could mean for YOU and Jesus. Not trying to apply what Anisha and Jesus have specifically, but just being YOU with Jesus and seeing what fun you have. So go forth and be merry! WEE!
Something Jesus wanted me to add to my blog is a new feature where you guys can submit questions you have for me if anything I say confuses you, provokes you, etc. that you don’t want to ask publicly via the comments. You can ask me about God, life, more details of a story, whatever! I will do my best to email you back promptly. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recognize the Truth that lives inside of you! You’ll hear Him, I promise.