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102.7 JESUS

102.7 JESUS

posted on March 11th, 2011 / by Kelli Jones / 16 Comments

Remember when we had radios that didn’t have a digital tuner?  You know, the old school kind with the dial where you actually had to waste five whole minutes of your precious time trying to find the station you were looking for.  Sometimes you would find it, but if you went too far to the right or too far to the left, it was a little fuzzy and it kind of sounded like playing two stations at once.  It would take precise fine tuning (which of course involves holding your breath) of that silly little dial to get the station perfectly tuned in so that you could hear the radio station you were looking for that was playing your favorite songs.  Either that or you just settled for listening to your station through the fuzz which would eventually get too annoying to be worth it and you’d just turn the radio off all together!

I know there is a mixed range of ages reading this; some of you aren’t even sure what a “dial” is, and some of you might even remember playing your phonograph.  Wherever you’re coming from we’ve all been at a place where we’ve struggled to hear “something” no doubt.  I’ve had times in my life where I felt this way about hearing God.  I wanted so desperately to hear Him speak to me, yet I felt I couldn’t hear Him clearly because of all the fuzz.  I’d try to “tune” in for a while but eventually would exhaust myself from all my efforts and just tune out all together.  It seemed a lot easier to just tune out than to work on the “fine-tuning.”  At least that is what the enemy would like us to believe.

The cool thing is God never intended to make it difficult for us to hear Him speak.  Why would He want that any way?  When I speak to my children do I think to myself,  “Hmmm, let me translate this into German and then say it to them so they’ll have no idea what I’m saying!”?  Of course not!  But as those of us who are parents know, you can speak to your children with a bullhorn, and many times they will not hear a word you have said.  It’s the same with God.  He loves us and wants us to hear His voice.  He wants us to hear His voice far above the “fuzz” and noise of life, but as I have discovered there is an art to “fine-tuning.” It doesn’t mean only those who are “good at it” can hear, rather it means those who practice it more will hear with ease, clarity and more frequently (like daily, moment by moment, GASP!).

Well, I am definitely not a theologian (I know, you’re shocked … take a moment and recover) or even a teacher, but these are just a few things the Lord showed me about how to fine-tune my dial so that I can hear His voice all the time.

In order to learn to hear His voice better I had to know Who He is and what He has already said!  His voice is found all through out the Bible.  If you want to hear Him all you have to do is open the pages and start reading.  In doing so, He will speak to you!  But not only that, He will show you His character, His love and how He operates.  The God you read about in the Bible is still the one Who is speaking to you today.  He hasn’t changed, come up with new M.O.’s or decided He loves everyone in the world but you.    No, not a chance.  If that’s what you’re “feeling” or “hearing” you can be assured that’s not from God but from the one who has been defeated, the enemy.  So reject that lie and listen to what He has to say in His word, learn more about how He operates and start looking for His M.O.’s to manifest in your life.

The next thing we’ve got to do in order to hear is quit listening to two stations at once.  You can’t listen to God and to the world.  It only creates a fuzzy mess!  You’ve got to choose Who you’re going to listen to and tune in completely to Him.  Check this out …

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me- gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.  I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.  Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” Revelation 3:15-22

That’s the thing about God.  He’s not going to force Himself on you.  He didn’t say, “Look! I stand at the door and I’m about to bust it down.”  Uh, no.  He clearly tells you, “Hey, if you’ve got ears I suggest you listen up.  It’s for your benefit.  Just sayin’.”  Ultimately, it’s your choice whether or not you listen to what He’s saying.  There is plenty of noise in the world to distract us from hearing His voice, but as we learn to tune out the world and tune in to Him, we will find it is easier than ever to hear what He is saying.

The last thing He showed me about hearing His voice is that He is speaking all the time and that many times I just miss it because I’m not “paying attention.” I have a certain child in my house who speaks from the time he wakes up until the time he goes to bed and then sometimes he even talks in his sleep.  I’m really not sure how he is not hoarse all the time from the amount of talking he does.  As a mother of four children I will be honest and say that there are many times for the sake of my sanity that I go “into the zone.”  My gifted-with-words child will be asking me the 1,400th question of the day and I honestly do not hear his voice.  That is until my husband says, “Answer him, please!”  And then I jump out of “my zone” and respond with, “What? I didn’t hear you say anything,” because honestly, I didn’t!  It’s sad, but true.  I didn’t do it to be mean to my son.  I just slipped into a “zone.” It’s the same with God.  It’s not that we aren’t listening to His voice on purpose because we don’t want to hear it, but many times we slip into our “zone” of busy-ness and we miss all the many ways that He is speaking to us throughout the day.  So I have to remind myself to snap out of the zone and intentionally listen for his voice because He is always speaking.  Remember, there is no such thing as a random thought.  I don’t know about you, but if He’s talking to me, I don’t want to miss it!

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

I am so thankful that God loves me enough to guide me through this maze of life and that He still speaks to me today.

Precious Father, thank you.  Thank you that you make it easy for us to hear you.  Thank you that you want us to know You and recognize your voice above the fuzz.  Lord I pray that we will tune out of anything we’ve been listening to that is not you. Speak Lord. We’re listening.  Amen.

Kelli Jones

Kelli Jones

16 Responses to “102.7 JESUS”

  1. YEAH!!!!!! Love the reminder this morning, Kelli…I need God's voice like oxygen!!

    And I remember the dial…:-)

  2. Kelli…awesome and right where I live…I have heard someone say that the Kingdom of God is like a radio station…you have brought that to life. Well done!

  3. Amazing truth! I have watched you search and persevere to hear His voice. I love the words that God is speaking in you and over you! He is doing great things!

  4. Tis was my verrrry fav part (I read it like 6 times!)
    "In order to learn to hear His voice better I had to know Who He is and what He has already said! His voice is found all through out the Bible. If you want to hear Him all you have to do is open the pages and start reading. In doing so, He will speak to you! But not only that, He will show you His character, His love and how He operates. The God you read about in the Bible is still the one Who is speaking to you today. He hasn’t changed, come up with new MO’s or decided He loves everyone in the world but you. No, not a chance. If that’s what you’re “feeling” or “hearing” you can be assured that’s not from God but from the one who has been defeated, the enemy. So reject that lie and listen to what He has to say in His word, learn more about how He operates and start looking for His MO’s to manifest in your life."

    SO good Kelli!

  5. GREAT post Kelli!! Loved your words of wisdom…but how do you know where to start in the Bible? I used to start reading from the New Testament forward…then I jumped to read Romans, and Philippians.

    Is that how you read the bible? Very randomly and sporadically?

  6. Thanks for your sweet comment Brissa! I love your question! It's one a lot of people wonder about. . . including myself! There are several suggestions that might answer your question. Some people like using a "One Year Bible" that guides you through reading the Bible each day so that you read the entire Bible in one year. Or, personally I am online a lot and like BibleGateway.com which has reading plans you can either go to yourself or have them emailed to you each day. And then there are days when I just pray and look back through old notes I've made from teachings I've heard or scriptures I've marked in my Bible and jump in and start reading. I eventually find my way to the word He has just for me for that particular day. I think the most important thing is to let the Holy Spirit lead you in your reading. If you just start somewhere He'll get you to where you need to be! I hope that helps!

  7. Thanks Nance!! <3

  8. Ok, so I probably haven't told you yet about my memory loss from drinking too much Diet Coke from ages 18 to 32. I had a brief freak out moment when I read your comment this morning wondering if I had ripped off your class! I have been to ALL the freedom classes and had no recollection of the radio analogy!! Again, I can't remember what I wore yesterday so don't be offended! Then I re-read your comment and I could maybe remember something really far in the distant back of my memory about your analogy! So this article must have come from a seed that was planted deep into my heart. So deep I couldn't even see it!! Thanks for helping me remember! I'm going to need to go listen to that class online now again! :) For everyone else reading this you can go listen to it too here: http://gatewaypeople.com/ministries/freedom-kairo

  9. Thanks for walking with me as we both learn to hear and obey! Love!

  10. Thanks Mel! I love His word!!!

  11. Wow, thank you for this. I have been in this place a lot lately, wanting to here Him but zoning into my situation.

    Thank you for this today, and I live what Nancy said about God's voice is like oxygen. He is only a breath away.

    Thank you Kelli.

  12. Kelli,
    I felt like you wrote this just for me today!! Thank you for hearing God's voice!!
    So good!! Headed to tune into my radio station right now!!

    Love You,
    Maree

  13. Love this, Kelli. God has me on a journey of looking for Him all throughout the day, which is a little different than hearing, but the same principles apply. He is there, revealing Himself, bringing His life into our reality, if we will look and listen. I guess it takes a lot of practice because it's habit to hang out in the "zone".

  14. this is my absolute favorite of yours so far! so very good and so very timely for me (as you know from hearing me think out loud at your table yesterday ;) with my empty house this weekend, i am going to be working on fine tuning my station to be in sync with HIS! love you friend! b

  15. Great reminder for me Kelly! Isn't it sad that some people don't think God even speaks to us anymore? I couldn't live without hearing his voice everyday! XOXO

  16. Pair the truth of your words with what I got from Bob's "what if we get it wrong?" makes me realize the to know the voice of my Shepard is fundamental you knowing myself… I love how God uses the voices, insights, & experiences of many to speak a very consistent message to my heart.