I’m so excited to share my friend Billie Jauss with you this week. She recently published a fantastic book, Making Room: Doing Less So God Can Do More. If busy-ness is an area that stifles your spiritual growth, I highly recommend it. In this week’s mess to master, she talks about how we can calm chaos and hear more clearly from God.
Be Still? Who has time for that?
I’d like to say that “lately” life has been so busy that I haven’t felt my closeness with God. The truth is life is busy all the time I just don’t find time to make room for a deeper connection with Jesus amidst the busyness. The challenge is to figure out how to hear him in my everyday life, a lesson I should have learned by now. I am a work in progress!
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). How many times have we seen this Scripture on a placard at the Christian bookstore? Has your pastor said these words? Have you heard them in your Bible study group? Yes, we have all heard these words. But how easy is it to be obedient to them?
Be still? When do I have time? My life is one big bundle of chaos swirling through each day. My stillness is sitting down long enough to eat uninterrupted.
Calm Chaos in Spirit
God’s “still” is the stillness related to our spirits. Taking time to calm our spirits among the chaos is the art of hearing God’s gentle whispers into our spirit.
Believe you can hear Him. Expect to hear His voice within your spirit. Doubt decreases our ability to understand; confidence clears the connection. Connection glorifies God.
At the beginning of the earth’s existence, God was in the presence of Adam and Eve. They spoke with Him and heard His voice clearly. Their connection with God was ever present.
Ours can be too. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). A close relationship with Christ allows us to hear Him clearly.
The distractions and attacks of our busy lives attempt to veer us off the straight path and deafen our spiritual ears. When Adam and Eve listened to the serpent, not God, it did not end well.
Let’s say it together again: “We are a work in progress.” I know I am. The work God is doing in me doesn’t just magically happen. Salvation didn’t turn me into a perfect Christian. I have to relearn lessons He already taught me. I am a slow learner but eager to step out in faith. Show yourself some grace! We can do this together, with Him.
There are many different voices we can hear amid the busyness of life. We know we can hear God’s voice. But we also hear our own voice, the words of our past, and the noise from the enemy. Satan speaks the opposite of God. When the chatter begins in our spirits, we have to discern the difference between God and Satan.
Discerning the voices leads to us understanding God’s guidance so we can deny the voices of the flesh and of the enemy, the lies of our busy lives. A spiritual push-and-pull happens in our souls.
Confusion Causes Chaos
We push our way into decisions and work in our abilities. God pulls us with His guidance. Pushing our way rather than being pulled by God leads us to an inferior path.
Distinguishing God’s higher thoughts guides us to walk in His higher ways.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
A discerning spirit leads to confidence in God’s guidance, making us more aware of our thoughts or the words of the enemy.A discerning spirit leads to confidence in God’s guidance, making us more aware of our thoughts or the words of the enemy. @billiejauss #masteryourmess #discovergodsbest Click To Tweet
Simple Choices to Make Room
The closer we draw to the voice of Jesus the more clearly we hear him. The more I listened the clearer I heard His guidance to write about my experience of drawing closer to Him. The choice to take the next step in faith toward His desires for me brought me to a new ‘career’. It wasn’t one I desired. It wasn’t one I had dreamed of. Listening to his guidance I began to write. I just started writing one word at a time. Over the duration of obedience, God continued to guide me to writing a book. My first book, Making Room: Doing Less So God Can Do More, was released.
With a simple choice to be still and listen for God’s guidance amidst the busyness of my life, He gave me a love for writing to glorify Him. I made room for His Holy Spirit to guide me where He needed me to be.By calming the chaos in our lives, we make room for God's Holy Spirit to guide us where He needs us to be. @BillieJauss #masteryourmess #discovergodsbest Click To Tweet
How busy is your life? How do you draw closer to God even in the busyness? We are a work in progress through this faith journey called life, let’s do it together. What is your next step in faith to make room for Jesus?
Linking Up With
For more encouragement please join the discussions on these fabulous blog link ups – Suzanne Eller, Faith On Fire, Susan B. Mead, Faith Filled Friday, Grace and Truth, Faith and Fellowship Friday, Soul Survival, Rah Rah Link Up, Tell His Story, Sitting Among Friends, Testimony Tuesday, Planting Roots, and Fresh Market Friday, Salt and Light, and Becoming Press’s Writer Wednesday, Moments of Hope