Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Is it really insomnia or is He trying to get your attention? Zechariah 7:11-13

Good morning to all,
Even by east coast standards it is early and most of you are still sleeping, but something I learned sometime ago, if the Lord wants your attention, pay attention!  A lot of us toss and turn wondering why we can't sleep and sometimes it is because we ate too late and what we ate doesn't agree with us; however, sometimes God clearly says you can lay there and be miserable or you can allow Me to spend time with you.  It sort of reminds me of the stubborn child syndrome.  No matter what advice the child is given, they want to do it their own way regardless of help being suggested!  How can you differentiate between insomnia and simply hearing His still small voice?  Mark Virkler gives us 4 keys to hearing God's voice:  (1) God's voice in your heart often sounds like a flow of spontaneous thoughts (Habakuk 2:2; 1 Kings 19:12); (2) Become still so that you can sense God's flow of thoughts and emotions within (Habakuk 2:1; Psalm 46:10); (3) As you pray, fix the eyes of your heart on Jesus, seeing in the Spirit the dreams and visions of Almighty God (Habakuk 2:1,2; Acts 2:1-4, 17); (4) Journaling, the writing out of your prayers and God's answers, brings great freedom in hearing God's voice (Habakuk 2:2; Hebrews 4:10).  Don't just chalk everything up to insomnia; instead, ask the Holy Spirit to either let you go back to sleep or ask Him to direct your next move!  You will find that you really don't need 8 hours if part of those are spent with Him!  We become exhausted from a variety of things.  The reason we don't rest very good is because we have too many things on our plate as we fall into our beds.  Ask the Holy Spirit to free your mind so whatever rest you get be the necessary amount that He sees fit!  God wants your attention!  When your whole world comes crashing down around you, do you turn to the One who cares?  Are you listening or are you turning a deaf ear?   
Your brother in Christ,

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