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Hearing God's Voice
« on: Wed Jan 31, 2018 - 14:57:03 »
Anybody read this?  I know that Blackaby is a much loved author and TONS of people did the Experiencing God study back in the day. I didn't. I tend to avoid things that huge crowds of people are doing.  The rebel in me, I guess. Haha.

I'm interested in reading this one, however and wondered if anyone else has and if its worth reading in their estimation. ::smile::

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« Reply #1 on: Mon Mar 19, 2018 - 16:16:57 »
I have this Book and liked it, I have also done the Experiencing God Bible study and seen Blackaby's entire videos that go along with the study.  Just amazing.. especially the Angola prison part..

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Re: Hearing God's Voice
« Reply #2 on: Tue Mar 20, 2018 - 05:53:01 »
Haven't come across Blackaby's stuff before - intrigued so have just ordered the "Experiencing God" and "Hearing God's Voice" books!  My wife would deeply love to hear the Lord, so she may benefit from the latter.  In my case, He is my Great Friend and I believe He sometimes puts a few words into my noddle, according to the needs of the current situation (whatever that may be!).  Mercifully He keeps it simple for me - on a recent occasion both my wife and I had some very negative/judgemental/suspicious thoughts about what our daughter was "up to".  The Lord "sorted us out" by putting His words into my head "Dismiss those thoughts from your mind!" - so we "relaxed in Him" and the passage of time has proved our suspicious thoughts were without any foundation!

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Re: Hearing God's Voice
« Reply #3 on: Tue Mar 20, 2018 - 08:43:17 »
Haven't come across Blackaby's stuff before - intrigued so have just ordered the "Experiencing God" and "Hearing God's Voice" books!  My wife would deeply love to hear the Lord, so she may benefit from the latter.  In my case, He is my Great Friend and I believe He sometimes puts a few words into my noddle, according to the needs of the current situation (whatever that may be!).  Mercifully He keeps it simple for me - on a recent occasion both my wife and I had some very negative/judgemental/suspicious thoughts about what our daughter was "up to".  The Lord "sorted us out" by putting His words into my head "Dismiss those thoughts from your mind!" - so we "relaxed in Him" and the passage of time has proved our suspicious thoughts were without any foundation!

Dave, thank you for your lovely post!  I too will pray and ask God to give me wisdom to know what to say often and He is so faithful to do so...I know when its Him speaking through me, because there is SO much more grace there than I could come up with on my own!  He also corrects my wrongful thinking...and His rebuke is always so gentle, but just the perfect firmness to keep me in line.  ::nodding::

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« Reply #4 on: Fri Mar 23, 2018 - 03:25:11 »
The 2 Blackaby books I ordered  from Amazon arrived yesterday - and my wife quickly "snaffled" them, putting them aside,  either for our Anniversary (which works out as Good Friday this year) or for Easter Sunday.  However, when I went off for my, now essential, pm siesta, I suggested she just have a quick look at them to see what she thought.  The outcome, is that she has put "Hearing God's Voice" aside  for me, but read out aloud to me (for our mutual benefit, as is her usual wont!) the quite long Preface and Introduction to "Experiencing God".  I must say that I was quite "touched" (tears are never far away when the inner witness of the Spirit is saying to me "This is important - pay attention!") - so I look forwards with eager anticipation to hearing more!  We noted his advice to read a single chapter and then "camp-out" for a while. to see what the in-dwelling Spirit has to say about the chapter just read - in other words as the title suggests, seeking an interactive relationship with the Lord at each stage, and not "rushing on" in haste!

On the matter of hearing the Lord's voice, to correct and encourage etc,.  It has always struck me that He seems to use a slightly different vocabulary from my own, sometimes using words that I know, but never use in everyday life.  His "messages" to me are rarely more than a few words - but very much to the point for the current situation! On a few (very rare) occasions, I have asked Him about things that puzzled me - His response has always been very gentle and simple enough for me to "take-on-board". He is so wise, how can One so great communicate complicated things to one so limited in comprehension - and what could I do with His answers anyway, since am no scientist or inventor?! I remember the way the book of Job ends, effectively saying "I have considered things too great for my understanding - therefore I repent in dust and ashes."  The Lord has other better things in mind for us - a glorious destiny with Him!

 I'll let you know what I think about "Hearing God's Voice" when my wife gives it to me this coming Easter.
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« Reply #5 on: Fri Mar 23, 2018 - 10:06:47 »
The 2 Blackaby books I ordered  from Amazon arrived yesterday - and my wife quickly "snaffled" them, putting them aside,  either for our Anniversary (which works out as Good Friday this year) or for Easter Sunday.  However, when I went off for my, now essential, pm siesta, I suggested she just have a quick look at them to see what she thought.  The outcome, is that she has put "Hearing God's Voice" aside  for me, but read out aloud to me (for our mutual benefit, as is her usual wont!) the quite long Preface and Introduction to "Experiencing God".  I must say that I was quite "touched" (tears are never far away when the inner witness of the Spirit is saying to me "This is important - pay attention!") - so I look forwards with eager anticipation to hearing more!  We noted his advice to read a single chapter and then "camp-out" for a while. to see what the in-dwelling Spirit has to say about the chapter just read - in other words as the title suggests, seeking an interactive relationship with the Lord at each stage, and not "rushing on" in haste!

On the matter of hearing the Lord's voice, to correct and encourage etc,.  It has always struck me that He seems to use a slightly different vocabulary from my own, sometimes using words that I know, but never use in everyday life.  His "messages" to me are rarely more than a few words - but very much to the point for the current situation! On a few (very rare) occasions, I have asked Him about things that puzzled me - His response has always been very gentle and simple enough for me to "take-on-board". He is so wise, how can One so great communicate complicated things to one so limited in comprehension - and what could I do with His answers anyway, since am no scientist or inventor?! I remember the way the book of Job ends, effectively saying "I have considered things too great for my understanding - therefore I repent in dust and ashes."  The Lord has other better things in mind for us - a glorious destiny with Him!

 I'll let you know what I think about "Hearing God's Voice" when my wife gives it to me this coming Easter.

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Re: Hearing God's Voice
« Reply #6 on: Tue Apr 03, 2018 - 05:24:19 »
Well here we are after Easter, and I've got halfway through the  Blackaby's book "Hearing God's Voice" - sufficiently into it, for me to give a prelim assessment!


Think my opinion is very much "coloured" by circumstances (no transport of our own so it's either "Shanks Pony" or a poor bus service - my wife and I live on a fringe of a town so not much choice locally of churches.  Our nearest is a C.of.E. 10 minutes walk from home (congregation normally only about 15, swelled to 25 on Easter Day!), but the next nearest (Baptist) is about an hour's walk away.  We were active in our local church in our earlier years and different town - but sadly not now - so "moribund" Christians!?

Anyway back to the book!  It is quite readable (i.e. not "heavy-going"!) and the authors - a dad and his son - cover the topics of the chapters very well describing the various view-points espoused by others.  I was interested in particular in the chapters on - the Holy Spirit (since we "lean" in the Charismatic direction! ::smile::). Bible reading, and prayer (on which rarely more than 20 minutes or so is spent when wife and self have our prayer-time together - but more individually during the course of each day - so I felt ashamed at how fervently others pray!)

On the matter of hearing the "still small voice" of the Lord as he guides/corrects us - I did not learn anything new!

On the business of Bible reading - I normally spend some 45 minutes each evening reading from some 6 sections - OT, Psalms, Proverbs+Ecclesiastes. prophets, then move on to the NT Gospels, Epistles.  I don't like reading a single chapter if it cuts short some "story" in the OT - so continue reading till the "story" ends! On reaching the end of any section, go back to its start.  Think it's important to memorize portions that touch the heart (as David said " I have hidden your Word in my heart - that I may not sin against You."  I found the chapter on this topic somewhat unsatisfactory IMO.  Because, I think it is important to have a quite wide knowledge of how some portions/verses shed light on others in different places of the Bible! I seldom experience now, any "urging" of the Spirit to concentrate on just some single verse - so many portions in the NT contain things of vital important!

As pastors "in the swim" of things - the authors write about doing to the best of one's abilities what is pleasing to the Lord.  The life of myself and wife seems to be that of "bystanders", as life flows past us!  The problem is not lethargy or apathy - but a matter of not getting involved because of our circumstances.  It's sad really, we only "darken the door of a church" for services, and I turn up for the infrequent Bible study evenings - and not much else. So it's not a case of going to church just for "hatchings, batchings, and dispatchings"! The reason for such a situation is not difficult to find - neither my wife nor I have friends or relatives that pop-in for a visit now, and our only fortnightly visiting "relative" is our daughter (our only child, now middle aged, about an hours drive away from us). Our family is very small (no grandchildren etc!) and my sister's family quite far away are struggling to deal with my sister's terminal cancer condition. Without our own means of transport (precluded by sight problems etc) - visiting is a major problem. We are of the "wrong" generation to be making continual smart-phone contact, i.e. we are not like others glued to their cell phones, ambling along peering at their little screens, or exchanging trivial messages.  So it all comes back to "circumstances" again - but as they say "That's just the way the cookie crumbles!".   ::intherain::

 I wonder what I will find in the remaining 1/2 of the Blackaby book!?  There might be something in the book that will activate us into taking a more active role in our local church! Or is our problem one of "ennui" - "been there and done it before"!? (Experience tells us it's not "all singing and dancing!" ::cryingtears::)  It could be that we are "square pegs" unsuitable for "round holes" - having "been through" various denominations as a result of moving to different parts of the country several times over the decades (so as to be fairly near [but not too close!] to our daughter, in her pharmacy career moves) - Methodist, C.of E, Baptist, and back to C.of.E again  - also "house-group" meetings in our home in earlier years.

Um! - maybe we could do with an injection of something, or perhaps more of the pills!? ::lookaround:: Recently an elderly (93 y.o.) fellow bus-user "whizzed" past me trundling along with her shopping trolley as she headed for a nearby supermarket - while I was limping slowly along with a stick, "en route" to a swim pool I use - she cheerfully called out to me "Keep on taking the pills!" ::smile::

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