So, how do you partner with God, or anyone, for that matter? First, you have to communicate, right? Many of us already know how to talk, but how many of us really know how to listen, or how to hear when God talks back? And what does God “sound” like? And, to those for whom involving God at your place of work is a novel idea – where should you begin?
1. It’s completely normal for everybody to hear from God, whether you know Him or not.
- See Biblical examples such as, Pharaoh, Samuel, Nebuchadnezzar.
2. Learning God’s voice requires some effort. But, just like you learned your spouse’s voice, you can learn God’s voice.
3. Our lives are NOT made up of sacred things (e.g. church) and non-sacred things (e.g. work, gym, shopping). There is no secular/sacred divide in the Kingdom. When we seek first the Kingdom, our entire life becomes Kingdom.
- As a believer, wherever I go the King goes; and wherever the King goes is the Kingdom. The Kingdom within me becomes the Kingdom around me (at home, work, church, grocery store, gym, park, etc.)
- As a believer, I am a royal priest, and the question is not “Am I a minister?” but “Where am I a minister?”
- When I take care of my customers, I’m being a priest to them, which is just as sacred as the person preaching the gospel.
- Your business does NOT become a church…it simply becomes a Kingdom business!
4. We get what we expect. If we expect to hear God’s voice only in the “sacred” moments on Sunday when the music starts, that’s what we’ll experience. But when we know that every part of our life is sacred, we can expect to hear God’s voice in ANY area of our life, at ANY time!
5. God cares about the big things AND the little things. He’s not too busy running the planet. He cares about it all.
6. God is really smart.
- He knows A LOT about the things He makes (e.g. people, planets, etc.).
- He knows A LOT about the things we make (e.g. cars, cupcakes, etc.).
7. Hearing God requires R&D (research and development – EXPERIMENT). Start with small things. Take a risk. Ask God. Expect an answer.
- We live by faith, so we hear by faith. The fruit of faith is expectation. Engage faith.
- We can make much better decisions in all areas of life when we invite God into the process.
8. It is critical we know WHO God really is. We get to live our daily lives alongside a good and loving Father, the God of Yes, and someone who has trillions of years of experience in everything!
9. Integration is a key. Integrate your relationship with God into everything, including your business.
- It opens doors for hearing God’s voice and for supernatural experiences in customer/supplier relationships, finances, hiring/firing, family, etc…
- It opens doors for helping others.
- God makes you look like a genius…or at the very least, intuitive.
- It’s way more fun
10. Love needs to be at the center of everything. At its core, this is about Kingdom, and Kingdom is about advancing love.
- Sandwiched between 1 Cor 12 and 1 Cor 14 – the chapters where we learn most of what we know about prophecy – we find 1 Cor 13. Its sole topic? Love. It has to be at the center.
- Love…it means I value people, I genuinely care about them, and I want to help them…as opposed to manipulating them just to sell a product or make money.
- If you keep love at the center of what you do, you’ll always have a safety net. Even if you get it wrong, people still know you loved them.
11. What about hearing from God for major decisions when there is high risk and little to no safety net (i.e. it impacts many people, risks lots of money, etc.)?
- Stay low. Be humble. Don’t say, “The Lord says…”, until you’re experienced enough to know it’s really Him.
- Develop an accountability team to whom you are accountable. Have trusted advisors.
- Just because what you hear seems logical, doesn’t mean it’s God…and just because it seems illogical, doesn’t mean it’s God.
- Other keys – spend time alone with God to hear, journal, keep yourself accountable, keep learning.
12. God is extremely creative and “speaks” in lots of different ways. In fact, the comment we always hear in the beginning prophetic class is, “I’ve been prophetic most of my life and didn’t know it! I just didn’t know that God spoke to me like that!”
- Don’t put communication with God in a box. You don’t need a mystical experience, an angel sighting, or a thundering audible voice for it to be God.
- He “speaks” in pictures – they may randomly pop up on the screen of your mind.
- He “speaks” in thoughts
- He “speaks” in impressions – you don’t know how you know…you just know.
- He “speaks” in artistic creations – what we create may “speak” to us or someone else.
13. Humility is KEY. It’s all birthed in the soil of humility.
- Being inquisitive is an act of humility.
- When you have questions it says, “I don’t have all the answers”.
- Humility inspires or attracts the voice of God in our lives.
14. To grow, ask questions…lots of questions. Keep learning.
“What you know (or think you know) can keep you from what you need to know unless you remain a novice.” – Bill Johnson
“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer
15. Sometimes silence IS the voice of God. What does it mean when you’ve done all you know to do and you still hear nothing?
- There are some things God prefers to do in silence. In fact, some of God’s best work was done in silence (e.g. forming/fashioning Adam/Eve, planting a garden in Eden).
- Connection and community are critical in the Kingdom. Sometimes He remains silent when He wants to foster interdependence (as opposed to independence). If He gives you the answer, you won’t need anyone else.
- Sometimes God wants to speak to you. Other times He wants you to think out of His mind, and you might discover you already had the answer. He wants powerful sons and daughters who think.
16. Some, but perhaps not all, of your trusted advisors will be believers. There is a place for listening to both believers and non-believers. Both are really valuable.
- Non-believers can provide mostly their own wisdom.
- Believers can intentionally access God, and provide His wisdom AS WELL as their own.
17. Ending Notes
- You don’t have to be profound to be powerful.
- There is so much more than what we think we know.
- It all starts with connection with the Father, knowing who He is, asking questions, operating out of love, and having trusted friends and wise counselors.
- Sometimes God answers a question with a question, because He wants powerful sons and daughters who think
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(Special thanks to Holly Lewis for summarizing this Kris Vallotton Live Session.)