I don’t know much about football. Okay, I don’t know anything about football. But, I don’t have to be a professional NFL player to know executing plays from the wrong playbook isn’t good. Can you imagine all the confusion it would cause if a team’s strategies weren’t synchronized? This football analogy came to me after I made a fumble thinking I had heard from God.
My actions were taken from the wrong playbook! Oh-no!
Even the pros, people who are pretty confident about hearing from God, don’t claim to hear perfectly. Instead, they’ll tell you about a few of their fumbles. And from those scuffles, they’ll tell you that’s when you can develop your spiritual ear—if you stay in the game and flip them into turnovers.
Turn interceptions into field goals.
When I talk about hearing from God, I’m not talking about hearing His audible voice—necessarily. Even though hearing Him audibly can be less challenging than trying to hear His peaceful-still voice when He talks to your spirit. Communicating spiritually is a higher level of interaction, and yes, you will get tackled, every now and then, operating from the wrong playbook as your hearing develops. Nevertheless, getting tackled is a small price to pay for the invaluable privilege of hearing from God.
Tips from the pros:
- Become familiar with the right Playbook—the Bible.
- Form a team by daily spending quality one-on-one time with the Couch.
- Ask Him to develop your spiritual ear.
- Practice hearing, then carry out what you heard throughout the day.
- When in doubt ask, “Does this lineup with the right Playbook?”
- Hangout with people who are working to improve their hearing.
- Let faith be your defense against your fears!
Like the pros in any field will tell you, the more you practice—the better you become.
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