Married life is complicated. As much as we try to control it, it’s messy . . . period. As much as we’d prefer to face problems and questions whose solutions and answers are clear and obvious, we face things that are complex and nuanced all the time. And these things come fast. They’re usually upon us before we know it, and often before we’re able to prepare for them.
Am I being the spouse that God wants me to be? Am I doing enough? Am I becoming the person that God intends for me to become? What should my priorities be . . . with my time and my energy? How should I deal with this problem at work or this problem with a child or with my health?
Well, what if we could tap into the most powerful force in the universe? What if we could draw from the deepest wisdom there is, anywhere? What if we could access advice, access wise counsel for these kinds of problems and questions, whenever we face them?
Join us for Episode 9 as we talk about bringing the influence of God’s voice into our marriages. The topic of God’s voice can be a tricky one. So we try to keep it simple, keep it practical, and take as much confusion out of the topic as we can.
This week’s challenge:
Do you want to access God’s personal divine instruction for you and your spouse? Do you want to bring his genius and power right into your marriage? We do, too. So, here is our challenge for you (and for us): (1) We must listen determinedly for God’s voice. (2) If we think we hear something, we must check to make sure what we’ve heard fits within Biblical principles. Finally, (3) if it fits, we should follow what we’ve heard. (And on the other side, if what we think we’ve heard does not fit within Biblical principles, then we should reject it.)
It’s as simple as that. This is how we learn to hear God’s voice. This is how we begin tune-in to his voice. And over time, we can begin to recognize what Dallas Willard calls the “unmistakable stamp of divine quality, spirit, intent and origination.” We can begin to recognize the call sign of God. We can begin to recognize when he’s speaking truth into our marriages.
Will you join us in trying this ‘listening-and-testing’ approach this week? Will you join us as we learn to hear God’s voice more and more? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.
Resources for hearing God’s voice:
Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard
God is Closer Than You Think by John Ortberg
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Thank you all so much for listening . . . and we’ll be back next week.