Day Sixteen: God’s Whisper Is More Powerful Than Your Enemy’s Roar

Day Sixteen: God’s Whisper Is More Powerful Than Your Enemy’s Roar

By David Shannon Wooten – January 22, 2018

1 Kings 19:11-12, “The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

God was demonstrating to Elijah that His whisper was more effective than any dramatic expression. Wind, earthquakes and fires have the ability to leave behind devastation. While Elijah was stricken with depression over a threat from his enemy, God was telling Elijah, you don’t need these powerful forces to respond. All you need is My whisper.

Satan and his darkness likes to roar. The Bible describes him as a roaring lion. 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Satan was using Jezebel to roar his threats through her voice. That is exactly what the enemy wants to do to you and me.

At the close of our Sunday morning service (January 21, 2018), our worship team led us in a song as we were praying and reflecting over the message. I heard God whisper to my heart, “Remind my people that my whisper is more powerful than their enemy’s roar”.

God’s Whisper is life changing

Some of the most impactful and life changing moments in my life were when situations were raging, but God chose to speak to me in a gentle whisper. When He whispers, it will hush the winds and calm the raging seas. His words do not leave devastation, they leave peace. God’s whisper gave me direction as father. His whisper brought miraculous healing. God’s whisper called me into the ministry to teach His word. His whisper led me to much needed open doors in my life.

Sometimes we have to quiet our mind so we can hear the life changing whispers of God. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of God”. God encourages us to be quiet so we can watch Him work. Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God”. It was David’s prayer when He was desperate for a change in his circumstances, “Come close and whisper your answer. I really need you” Psalm 55:2(MSG).

God desires to whisper His promise to you. His whisper will not only cancel out your enemies roar, it will bring incredible change to your circumstances.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

 

Day Fifteen: The Voice You Give Ear To Will Lead You

Day Fifteen: The Voice You Give Ear To Will Lead You

By David Shannon Wooten – January 21, 2018

John 10:3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

The voices we choose to listen to has the potential to lead us. Voices can affect our feelings. Voices can change our mind. They can break our focus. Voices can sow a seed of hurt or bitterness. Voices can sway our beliefs. In a subtle way, they can lead us down the wrong path.

Jesus illustrates the importance of tuning our ear to His voice. His voice will always lead us to the right things for our life. The illustration Jesus used in John 10, is the same description in Psalm 23. The Shepherd leads His flock in a very personal way. “He calls his own sheep by name…” (John 10:3). Jesus’ passion is to personally speak to us and lead us. His voice will lead us through doors that He has opened for us. We can be assured there will be good things beyond the doors He opens for us.

Jesus will lead you through the door of blessing.

  • “He leads me beside peaceful streams”. (Psalm 23:2b)
  • “He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake”. (Psalm 23:3b)
  • Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you”. (Psalm 25:4-5)
  • “You are my rock and my fortress. For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger”. (Psalm 31:3)
  • “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground”. (Psalm 143:10)

The most important voice in your life is the voice of your Shepherd. His voice will shape your mind, heart and influence your emotions. The voice of darkness will lead you to disaster. Jesus will always lead us to a life full of blessings. Jesus has already opened the right doors for you. Listen and let Him lead you to the blessings He has prepared for you.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Fourteen: Can You Hear His Prayers For You

Day Fourteen: Can You Hear His Prayers For You?

by David Shannon Wooten – January 20, 2018

Romans 8:34, “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” 

Robert Murray M’Cheyne said, “If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.” You have THE most powerful prayer warrior interceding for you EVERYDAY. Knowing that Christ is standing next to our Heavenly Father praying for us, should increase our confidence and faith. No reason to fear your enemy or the outcome of your situation. Christ knows the will of the Father for you. He is praying the best prayer anyone could ever pray. Whether it’s the outcome we have hoped for or different than what we expected; He knows how to bring out good in every situation (Romans 8:28).

Do not let fear or intimidation prevent you from following through with the assignments God has given you. Christ has your back. He is praying for you. Hebrews 7:25 informs us that Jesus “lives” to intercede for us. Praying for us is what He LOVES to do.

Hebrews 7:24-26, “ 24but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. 26Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.

Can you hear His prayers for you?

Your enemy may be on the prowl, looking for ways to discourage you, tempt you and even try to destroy you (Job 1:7; John 10:10). However, we should always remember we have ALL-POWERFUL Christ praying for us.

  • He is praying for your faith to not fail.

When our faith is wavering, we can regain confidence knowing that our Savior is praying for our faith to be renewed and remain strong (Luke 22:32). Jesus knows your faith will bring you the victory.

  • He prays when you sin (1 John 2:1).
  • He prays protection from your enemy and the evil in the world (John 17:5).

“When our enemy is working, Christ is praying.”


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Twelve: God’s Voice Will Direct You

Day Twelve: God’s Voice Will Direct You

by David Shannon Wooten – January 18, 2018

Isaiah 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

Prayer is not a monolog. It is amazing, not only can we express our thankfulness and need to God, we also are able to close our mouths and open the ears of our heart to hear what He has to say to us. When God speaks, He gives direction. His direction will keep us on the path that leads to life. God will give instruction that will  lead us to breakthroughs. His words give wisdom and always lead to life.

There are many ways that God chooses to speak to us. One of the main ways you can hear God’s voice is through His Word. His Word is alive, creates action and gives discernment. God’s voice is in His Word and it provides direction for the season that we are in.

Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

God’s heart is to give you the direction you need. You can hear His voice in His Word. Take a moment to reflect on what He is saying to you.

He sent His Word and…
  • It healed us. Psalm 107:20
  • It delivered us. Psalm 107:20
  • It brought Salvation to humanity. Mark 16:15
  •  It transformed our mind, emotions and heart. Romans 12:2
  • It washed and made us clean. Ephesians 5:26
  • It gave us an entire new and better way to live. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • It increased our faith. Romans 10:17
  • It gave renewed strength. Isaiah 40:31
  •  It nourished us. John 6:35
  •  It became a sword to defeat our enemy. Ephesians 6:17
  • It brought us a 100-fold harvest. Luke 8:15

Whoever has ears, let them hear the voice of God (Mark 4:9).


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Ten: Grow Exactly What You Want In Your Heart

Day Ten: Grow Exactly What You Want In Your Heart

by David Shannon Wooten – January 16, 2018

Ephesians 3:17, “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

It takes some level of discipline to keep our bodies healthy. Saying “no” and resisting our desires to over-eat or eating too much of the wrong kind of food will help us watch our weight and keep our bodies healthy. Making discipline choices about exercise will help keep our heart, muscles and joints healthy. Living by a budget, not spending more than we earn and sacrificing to pay off debt will eventually reduce stress and position us for a better future. We may not always like making disciplined decisions, but we do enjoy the results.

Our spiritual life requires the same kind of discipline. If we are going to have faith to believe God and resist the negative thoughts from satan, then we will have to spend time in God’s Word and in prayer. A regular routine of reading God’s Word and deciding to apply it to your life will not only produce the right things in your heart, it will produce incredible things in your life.

Consistent prayer, receiving wisdom and direction from God’s Word and making disciplined decisions will help us take control of what we allow to grow in our heart.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Nine: Tuning Your Heart To Hear

Day Nine: Tuning Your Heart To Hear

by David Shannon Wooten – January 15, 2018

Mark 4:23-24, “If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.

Jesus said, “the same measure you use” will be the measure used to bring a return back to you and “even more”. When we decide to earnestly take God’s Word to heart and understand it, we will see His Word activated with powerful results. The key is to “carefully consider” what you hear. To see with the mind’s eye, to discern and perceive. It doesn’t come natural for us to exercise this kind of concentration on someone’s words. When someone is talking our mind tends to wander and other thoughts flood our mind. Sometimes we begin to draw conclusions or begin to think about what we are going to say back to the person who is speaking. Jesus promises us when we set out to comprehend His word, something powerful is going to happen in our lives.

There are many frequencies in our world. Words, ideas, conversations, advertisements and even satan’s voice are all competing for your ears. Anything that distracts us from hearing God’s voice is “noise pollution“. It is possible to practice tuning the ears of our heart to the voice of God. The more you practice tuning-in to God, the more you can discern which voice to allow in your heart and which voice to remove.

“In this world, there will be many frequencies, practice tuning your heart to the frequency of God’s voice.”


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Eight: The Voice of God Falling On Good Soil

Day Eight: The Voice of God Falling On Good Soil

by David Shannon Wooten – January 14, 2018

Luke 8:8, “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Prayer prepares and positions your heart to hear God’s voice. Our heart determines how God’s words will produce in our life. Seed has the power to produce. The soil has the potential. If there’s a problem in the harvest, the problem isn’t with the seed. The problem is within the soil. God doesn’t have a speaking problem, we sometimes have a hearing problem. Prayer and our choices can prepare our heart as good soil to receive the seed of God’s Word. When we take God’s word in to our heart it has the power to produce supernatural results. What may be a limitation in the natural, when God’s Word is applied it produces supernatural results in our life. This is why the enemy wants to keep your heart contaminated, unfocused and deserted. He knows the potential of God’s Word sown in the heart of the one who is ready to believe.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Seven: The Place God Prepares For You

Day Seven: The Place God Prepares For You

by David Shannon Wooten – January 13, 2018

Your Heavenly Father claims you as His child. He declares it to the world. You are His. To clarify His love for you He uses the example of how a shepherd cares for his sheep. The shepherd leads his sheep to green pastures so they are fed; always protected and always provided for.

Psalm 100:3, “Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”

Don’t ever doubt God’s care for you. He does not abandon His people. This year you may go through some dry seasons, but you never have to doubt that God will leave you in a barren place for a long period of time. In fact, the place that “feels” like barren to us, God is still providing. His promise to you…

There will be more green pastures in your life than barren places. Not only has God prepared some green bountiful places for you this year, Jesus promises to lead you there.

John 10:3-4, “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”

Rejoice in His abundance. He is a good Father. He is a good Shepherd that knows how to lead his people.

“We are His people who live in His pasture. God never lets his pasture get barren. He knows how to care for you.”


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Six: You Are Planted Not Buried

Day Six: You Are Planted Not Buried

by David Shannon Wooten – January 12, 2018

God’s growth plan has a mixture of seasons that consist of darkness, sunshine, rain, cold and warm days. You don’t have to be confused about the season when you know you are in God’s care. I remember going through a dark season and thoughts from the enemy flooded my mind. I thought I had seen my best days. Fear came over me about my health and future. I thought I would forever be stuck in certain situations and would never see a breakthrough.  God reminded me that the dark season was just a growing season for me. God was helping  my “roots of faith” to grow deeper and stronger. He assured me, that I wasn’t going to face devastation with these overwhelming feelings of being buried. God reminded me, He planted me and that new life would soon come. I began to say to myself,

“My enemy told me this season of darkness would bury me. God told me I’m not buried, I’m actually planted. This season will pass and life will come again”.

God wants to remind you that He has you in His hand. He is the “Author and Finisher” of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). The good work He began in you, He will complete (Philippians 1:6). A season of life and fruitfulness will soon come again (John 10:10).

John 12:24, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Five: God Rewards When You Do What Is Right

Day Five: God Rewards When You Do What Is Right

by David Shannon Wooten – January 11, 2018

Always do the right thing and things will eventually turn out right. If we listen, the Holy Spirit will always lead us to the right choice. As you spend time in prayer the Holy Spirit will shine His light on the right path. He helps you discern  what your flesh is desiring and what you should be desiring to bring the right result in your life. Sometimes we want revenge, return unkindness or gossip when someone has wronged us. The Holy Spirit will prompt our heart to remain silent, forgive and pray for them. God promises eventually good things will come your way when you are willing to walk in the right path with God. Your integrity and character is important to God. What you do in private, God will reward in public.

John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. 
Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

“God rewards when you do what is right”


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media