IS GOD SPEAKING TO ME?
How to Discern His Voice and Direction
By: Lysa TerKeurst
Published: September 1, 2020
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
I have been a long-time fan of Lysa TerKeurst and her writing. So often it seems like she is writing from my head, knowing my thoughts, frustrations, and insecurities. My favorites of hers include MADE TO CRAVE and THE BEST YES. She writes from the heart including personal experience and insight and combines it with Godly expectations and scriptural support. She writes like you are sitting at the table together and I appreciate her insight so much.
I read her latest as an eBook, but from what I understand it is more of a booklet than a book. Harvest House calls it a Pocket Book and is just under a 4″x 6″ size. At 64 pages, you might think there isn’t much to learn, but TerKeurst packs it full of wisdom. If you’ve ever wondered if the thoughts in your head or the feelings in your heart have been put there by God, this is the book to help you discern God’s voice from yours or even someone else’s.
This pocket book is an excerpt from her previous book, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WOMEN SAY YES TO GOD. In these books, she asks readers to be obedient to God. Starting the day with prayer and conversation with God opens up the opportunity for communication with Him and to be ready to hear what He has to say. She also offers five key questions to ask yourself when you are wondering if this nudging or direction is coming from God. Answering those key questions help you discern whether God is asking you to step out and lead, step out in faith, try something new, or be obedient to Him.
These five questions though do require you to have that personal relationship with God, so if you aren’t sure about your faith in this area, referring to Scripture and spending time alone with Him in prayer is a great place to start. Knowing God so you can recognize His messages is the first step to hearing Him. Knowing His Word, His character, and what would please Him makes separating out the good expectations from the bad much easier.
When your parents or best friend or sister give you advice, you listen and take their advice to heart or lean on them for support. You trust them because they know you and your relationship with them is strong. The same is true when God offers advice or direction. If you already have a relationship with Him, it is easier to recognize his voice and be more willing to heed his advice.
“God will not say things that are inconsistent with who He is.”Lysa TerKeurst
Start by investing time each day to have a conversation with God. It doesn’t have to be proper or formal. Just talk to Him. When we spend that time with Him, He will respond and we will start to see Him speak to us in many places of our lives.
I found TerKeurst’s book to be helpful in discerning what is God’s voice and when he is nudging me. Her five-question check made so much sense to me and confirmed what I already believed about my relationship with Him and that he is hearing my voice too.
Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times best-selling author of Uninvited, The Best Yes, Unglued, Made to Crave, and 18 other books. Her newest book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, is scheduled for release in November of 2018. Lysa was recently awarded the Champions of Faith Author Award and has been published in multiple publications such as CNN and Fox News online. Additionally, she has appeared on the Today Show as one of the leading voices in the Christian community.
Each year, Lysa is a featured keynote presenter at more than 40 events across North America, including the Women of Joy Conferences and the Catalyst Leadership Conference. She has a passion for equipping women to share their stories for God’s glory through Proverbs 31 Ministries’ annual She Speaks Conference and writer training program, COMPEL: Words That Move People.
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