Recently, the Lord has laid journaling on heart. I was really not excited about this because I didn’t feel like I had the time or the inclination to journal. I had tried it in the past as an adult and even as a young girl with a beautiful diary given by my Mother but found it to be at least for me, very tedious and I really didn’t see the need. Oh, sure I know that God instructed His people to “write it down…” but hey I wasn’t doing anything significant enough to write down…or at least I didn’t think so.
A couple of months ago I was talking to a friend who journals faithfully and telling her how that God had been dealing with me about “writing it down”. She sent me a link to this man who was doing a teaching on “Hearing Gods Voice” and how journaling can play a big part in that, so I decided to give it another try. Actually, by the time I finished the teaching I couldn’t wait to run out and get my first journal. I must have gone to every Christian book store in two states, Amazon and yes even Wal-Mart but I just couldn’t find the one that said buy me! I found an old composition book in a box, said Lord it ain’t pretty but I am tired of looking and started my journaling journey in the early morning hours of March.
All that to tell you that one, I am still journaling and loving it and two hearing Gods voice and journaling really do go hand in hand as you “Be still”, listened and write. In a nut shell the man teaches; pray, be quiet, listen and write every spontaneous thought that you hear. If God speaks in whispers (1 Kings 19:11-12) and He does than in the quiet is where we can best hear Him. There are however, two other voices we hear in our heads; that of our own and that of the adversary. So how do you know if it is God speaking? It’s really not all that hard. Let’s take a quick look…
1. Your voice – we all have a certain way we talk; certain words we use, maybe you use a lot of slang, maybe when you pray you say Lord or Father or Father God ever other word, maybe you repeat yourself a lot. Maybe your own words are not uplifting.
2. The Adversary – His tone is condescending, negative, and/or discouraging. Think of Eve and how He tricked her with a lie…” surely you will not die…”. Sometimes our voice and His don’t sound too much different. For example, “you’re not good enough, He wouldn’t use me to…, You don’t have time to journal, etc.
3. God’s voice – He will speak in a way you understand, He may offer a revelation about some scripture you’ve been studying, He may convict you of something you need to deal with but then immediately provide scripture, He will say things like, “have I not told you, I love you, you are My child, or “I AM doing a new thing”. These are not things that we would say to ourselves nor would we have scripture to back them up.
Since I began journaling I have consistently heard two things. The first is, “I AM doing a new thing”. Well, I thought that was great, I looked it up and found in Revelation 21:5, “Behold I make all things new” so I was confident that God spoken that to me. The question was is He was speaking a new thing in me or a new thing in general as we are right in the middle of preparing for a Revival and struggling to find the ground that He has already prepared.
In April, with the help of a friend we felt like we had found the ground and proceeded to make the connections with those who own the land. It happens to be own by the school district that is in the area, so we went to see principal; she said yes, gave us an application for use and sent us to the man at the school board to turn it in. Excited, we did as directed. We had a great conversation with the gentleman and then he told us he had to make sure that there were not going to be any legal ramifications because in his 18 years of service no one had ever asked to use the land for this purpose. Immediately I heard in my Spirit, ‘I AM doing a new thing”! We are believing that we are in perfect alignment with God’s will and are believing now more than ever we are in the right place.
Oh, I almost forgot, the second thing, “do not be slack in seeking Me”. First, I have never used the word slack in my entire life. Second, As the Lord is not slack in doing what is good and right so should I be and seeking Him is about as good and right as I can imagine!
JOURNAL with the expectation of hearing God's voice and it will move your walk with God to a whole new level!