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Monday, August 3, 2009

Communicating With God - The 5 Most Common Barriers to Hearing God

By Genie Goodwin

I work with people who love God, want His plan for their lives and are actively trying to walk with Him.

When confusion swirls through their life, challenges push them to the wall, and they feel as though He's deserted them, them come to me.

As a Christian Life Coach I ask, "What is God telling you?" or the variation, "Have you asked God about it?" Undoubtedly I hear, "Yes, I've asked God."

To which I reply, "What did He say?" I usually get a blank stare and some stuttering variation of "I don't know." As they look at me as if I was crazy.

Can you really communicate with God?

Yes. It's not hard to hear God. He's speaking to you daily. Because you are His greatest treasure, He's committed to help you fulfill your life purpose- what He created you do to here. And He paid for it with the life of His Son, He can't be much more committed than that!

I've found there are 5 Common Barriers to Hearing God.

Barrier 1. Never listening for His answer.

Many people treat their time talking to God like a wish list. They unload their wishes on Him in a long litany of begging and pleading. Then walk away without listening for His reply. That's just rude. Prayer is not a monologue, it's a dialog. Talk to Him about your life and LISTEN FOR HIS ANSWERS.

It's easy, just get quiet for a minute, expecting Him to answer you. That one step alone will transform your prayer time into an amazing journey of intimacy with the One who loves you more than you can comprehend.

Barrier 2. Not wanting to hear His answer.

Often people are afraid that God's answer will be something they don't want, some horrible thing they must do or give up. As if God wants bad, ugly things for you! Do you know better than God what will bring true fulfillment?

Stop trying to be your own god and run your own life by your own plans... He knows better than you do! And He only wants good for you! Trust Him.

Barrier 3. Not knowing Him.

If you don't know Him, you don't recognizing His voice. If you don't know me, you won't recognize my voice either! When you don't know how He talks, you might be waiting for a big booming voice to part the clouds and thunder out directions! That's not how He talks!
Take some time to get to know Him and how He talks.

Barrier 4. Your own head.

When you are looking for answers you come up with your own. You spend hours and hours thinking about how to fix your problems. The problem with that is God's not in your head and not in those plans! He dwells in your heart, in your heart is where He'll lead and guide you.

Learn to get out of your head and listen to your heart. (That's where He talks!)

Barrier 5. Sin.

I know you were waiting for this one, but it's not what you think.

Sin doesn't stop God from talking to you. After all, we are all sinners; Jesus is the only one to live a sinless life. So, sin couldn't stop God from talking to you or He wouldn't have talked to anyone in the history of the world. It's your focus on sin and your assumption He can't hear you that stops God in your life. There is no sin too big for Him to take care of, to forgive, to get you through. When you focus on your sin you won't go to Him for your deliverance or answer, you can't hear Him if you don't go to Him.

Refocus on Him, He's talking to you today... are you listening? Blow past these common barriers and let God lead you into His magnificent plan for your life.

If you'd like more help, I invite you to get the FREE Seminar: Your Life on Purpose

For more questions or personalized help, schedule your private life coaching session, e-mail me at: genie@geniegoodwin.com

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