Episode 25: How Our Personality Can Impact How We Relate to God

Episode 25: How Our Personality Can Impact How We Relate to God

Episode Description:

There is a kaleidoscope of ways we can hear and relate to God. Often, it can depend on how we are ‘wired’ or our personality. This episode of Hearing God unpacks several personality types and how each type may best hear God. How we relate to God and hear from Him may also depend on the season of life we are currently in. Join Gary & Jane as they share various methods you may find helpful in hearing from God and relating to Him.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: God made us unique and wonderful.

  • Psalm 139:13-18
  • Eric Liddell – “I believe God made me for a purpose – but He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”
  • Different learning styles – e.g. kinesthetic, auditory, visual, writing, logical, intrapersonal, interpersonal, music, etc
  • Different personality types.

Second Principle – Don’t compare yourself with others.

  • Galatians 6:4
  • We change and grow over time.
  • It’s important how we interpret and discern our experiences.

Third Principle – Find your best way of connecting with God, but don’t limit yourself to only that way.

  • View it as a continuum.
  • Ask yourself, “What do I do to feel close to God?”
  • Often a combination of practices.
  • It may depend on the season we currently find ourselves in.
  • Soul Shepherding website – soulshepherding.org
  • Intellectual vs experiential (thinker vs feeler).
  • Structured vs spontaneous.
  • Solitude vs community.

Prophetic activation:

Turn your heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him:

  • Father God, what aspect of my personality do you like the most?
  • Father God, why did you create me this way?
  • Father God, what can you tell me about my (temper, procrastination, etc)?

Time Stamps:

[0:37] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[5:02] – First Principle – God made us unique and wonderful.

[7:12] – Example of Erice Liddell

[8:56] – Second Principle – Don’t compare yourself to others.

[10:25] – Third Principle – Find your best way of connecting with God.

[12:49] – Intellectual verse experiential.

[16:43] – Structured vs spontaneous.

[20:25] – Solitude vs community.

[24:11] – Prophetic activation.

[25:12] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[27:08] – Gary prays for you.

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Psalm 139:13-18
  • Galatians 6:4

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

Episode 21: Hearing God when God is silent

Episode 21: Hearing God when God is silent

 

Episode Description:

Are you in a place where God is silent or appears silent? Join Gary & Jane as they unpack this topic and explore why it may appear that God is silent. They touch on numerous reasons why we may feel God is silent and not recognize God communicating with us. Throughout this episode, Gary & Jane encourage you to be honest with God and to turn your heart to Him. They emphasize that, above all, God desires a relationship with you.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: Be honest.

  • Be honest with God.
  • The problem is always on our end, not with God. He hasn’t moved.
  • Usually, we think God is silent when things haven’t worked out like we thought they should.
  • God is not a vending machine. We want a roadmap that explains everything.
  • God wants a relationship. It doesn’t require faith if God tells me exactly everything to do.
  • God’s character doesn’t change because we’ve experienced loss. In his sermon several days after his wife died of cancer, Bill Johnson said, “God doesn’t owe us an explanation”.
  • Don’t critique God.
  • Lean into Him.
  • Not the time to pull away.
  • Desert experience. Ask, ‘What are my current circumstances? – valley of dry bones, grief, trauma, disappointment with God.
  • Journal your pain, but don’t camp there. Journal also your miracles so you can remind yourself. You are responsible for the seeds you plant in your heart.
  • Don’t allow the enemy to fester disappointment and bitterness.
  • Those times invite us to grow and explore, to change our position and posture.
  • Be honest with a trusted person.

Second Principle: Go back to the last time you heard God.

  • What did He say?
  • Have you obeyed Him?
  • What’s happened in your life since?
  • Have you moved from God or have an issue with Him?
  • Am I offended by God?
  • Am I disappointed with God?
  • On the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-32 – the two disciples were walking along when Jesus came alongside them, and they didn’t recognize Him. Perhaps you are not recognizing God amid what you are going through.
  • May need to repent of unconfessed sin.
  • Don’t judge God by what He didn’t do.
  • Look at your theology. Do you believe God is always good?
  • In 1 Samuel 13:14, we see David is called a man after God’s own heart, but in Psalm 22:1-2, David writes, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.”
  • Psalms always end up worshipping and praising God apart from 2 Psalms, one being Psalm 88.
  • Psalm 13:1-2 – lamentation “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?”
  • Has God already answered you, but you haven’t recognized it? Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated you from your God, your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”
  • Psalm 66:18 “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;”
  • Wrong motives: James 4:3 “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
  • The answer may still be coming: Daniel 10 – fasted for two weeks until heard God.
  • Grow faith and dependence – Luke 18:1-7 the parable of the persistent widow.
  • Am I quiet enough to hear the whisper (1 Kings 19:12)?
  • May be looking for a different answer or way of receiving.

Third Principle: Is God wanting to use my situation to increase my trust?

  • Remember His faithfulness.
  • Importance of memory stones – In Joshua 4:1-18, God told Joshua to get 12 memory stones after crossing the Jordan River.
  • When God appears silent, it doesn’t mean He is unresponsive.
  • Fight the good fight. John 16:33
  • Look at your theology, your beliefs about God.
  • We live life. Life has pain. Philippians 4:4-7. We wouldn’t be given those instructions if life was easy.
  • Invitation to grow and explore with God.
  • Keep showing up. Keep reading the Bible. Keep the lines of communication open.
  • Psalm 37:4
  • Deuteronomy 31:6
  • 1 Kings 18:43-44
  • It may be a time of being patient and trusting God is working behind the scenes.

Fourth Principle: Silence can be a sign of intimacy.

  • Oswald Chambers (an early 20th Century Scottish evangelist and teacher) wrote in “My Utmost for His Highest” – “When you cannot hear God, you will find that He has trusted you in the most intimate way possible with absolute silence, not a silence of despair, but one of pleasure, because He saw that you could withstand an even bigger revelation.”
  • God is near in the silence.
  • James 4: 8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
  • Trust God for His Presence despite how I feel.

Prophetic activation:

Sit quietly before God for about 10 minutes.

  • Start with an awareness of your surroundings and acknowledge the sounds.
  • Invite God to come and sit with you.
  • Delight in being with God.
  • Ask, “Lord, what would you love to say to me?”

Time Stamps:

[0:47] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[3:14] – First Principle – Be honest.

[7:56] – Jane encourages listeners to journal and have ‘memory stones’ (Joshua 4).

[9:18] – Gary explains a ‘prophetic act’ may be appropriate.

[9:41] – Second Principle – Go back to the last time you heard God.

[10:25] – Don’t judge God by what He didn’t do.

[11:16] – Jane shares why Psalms can be helpful to read.

[13:16] – Am I looking for a different answer?

[15:44] – Third Principle – Is God wanting to use my situation to increase my trust?

[17:19] – Jane encourages you to keep the lines of communication open with God.

[19:42] – Fourth Principle – Silence can be a sign of intimacy.

[21:16] – Prophetic activation.

[22:35] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[24:36] – Gary prays for you.

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Joshua 4:1-18
  • 1 Samuel 13:14
  • Psalm 22:1-2
  • Psalm 88
  • Psalm 46:10
  • Psalm 13:1-2
  • Isaiah 59:2
  • Psalm 66:18
  • James 4:3
  • Daniel 10
  • Luke 18:1-7
  • 1 Kings 19:11-12
  • Philippians 4:4-7
  • John 16:33
  • Psalm 37:4
  • Deuteronomy 31:6
  • 1 Kings 18:16-46
  • James 4:8
  • Isaiah 43:19
  • Luke 24:13-32 (the disciples didn’t recognize Jesus)

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

 

Episode 20: Making Time to Hear God.

Episode 20: Making Time to Hear God.

Episode Description:

Do you ever become so busy you ‘forget’ God? Are there times when you are so focused that God doesn’t get a thought? Do you tend to plan and then ask God to bless your plans rather than listen to God’s thoughts first? Join Gary & Jane as they unpack this topic. Hear numerous personal examples of how they intentionally make time to listen to God. Gary & Jane also share how they meditate on God by practising ‘stilling’ their thoughts.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: Be intentional

  • Sometimes a barrier to hearing God may be that we don’t make time to hear God.
  • Still my heart Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God” but the whole chapter is about the almighty God and His power and strength and being able to be still and trust God despite our circumstances.
  • Sometimes I am so focused I don’t think about God and what He would like.
  • Sometimes I forget to ask God. So I need to train my mind. Hourly prompts.

Second Principle: Be careful not to go overboard.

  • So heavenly minded we are no earthly good.
  • Have friends who ask God absolutely everything.
  • Be careful of decision overload.
  • If something comes to my attention, giving God the credit.
  • Capture every thought – 2 Corinthians 10:5, Romans 12:2.

Third Principle: Practice ‘stilling’ your thoughts and focussing on God.

  • We all have 168 hours in week. 10,080 minutes. Important how we use them.
  • Dreams – spend 1/3 of our life in bed.
  • Soaking / meditating / stilling our thoughts.
  • Pray at beginning to silence any other voices.

Prophetic activation:

Turn heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him:

  • Father God, what would you like to tell me about how I manage my time?
  • What would you love me to know?
  • What would you love me to stop doing? Start doing?  Change?
  • Holy Spirit, what are you praying for me regarding this?

Time Stamps:

[0:35] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[4:17] – First Principle – Be intentional.

[5:48] – Jane shares practical ways she is intentional.

[7:09] – Gary shares a practical example of how he is intentional.

[8:48] – Second Principle – Be careful not to go overboard.

[11:37] – Third Principle – Practice ‘stilling’ your thoughts and focusing on God.

[14:28] – Jane explains how she meditates/soaks/practices stilling her thoughts.

[17:46] – Gary & Jane share more practical examples of intentionally listening to God.

[20:11] – Prophetic activation.

[21:09] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[24:40] – Gary prays for you.

[25:28] – Jane explains about the survey at https://garyandjane.co/survey

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • 2 Corinthians 10:5
  • Psalm 46:10
  • Romans 12:2
  • Matthew 28:18
  • John 14:12
  • Luke 10:19-20
  • 1 Samuel 12:16

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

Episode 19: What if I’m scared to hear God as I might not like what He says?

Episode 19: What if I’m scared to hear God as I might not like what He says?

Episode Description:

Have you ever not wanted to hear God or been unsure about hearing God because you didn’t know what He would say? Have you ever thought that God may ‘nail’ you on something, so you didn’t want to hear God? Do you think God may ask you to do something you don’t want to do? Join Gary & Jane as they unpack this topic using Jonah from the Bible as an example. Dealing quickly with disappointment and unforgiveness is encouraged so bitterness doesn’t develop. In this episode, Gary & Jane encourage listeners not to live paralyzed by fear but to take the next step of adventure with God.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: Our view of God and His character

  • God is a loving God who wants an intimate relationship with us.
  • God is not wielding a stick and wanting to punish us.
  • God sees the BIG picture.
  • A classic story from the Bible is Jonah.
  • A reminder to deal with unforgiveness and bitterness we may have towards God.
  • Hebrews 5:13-14. We need to become mature and get into solid food.
  • Our character and how we respond when we don’t like what God says are important.

Second Principle: Am I afraid God will nail me of sin in my life?

  • Jonah 4:2 “I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.
  • We are all on a growth journey.
  • Secrets bring shame – we need to expose them to the light.
  • 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but power, love and sound mind.”

Third Principle: Past experiences may determine my attitude.

  • Was it actually God I heard?
  • Is it my perception?
  • If fearful of what God may say is holding you back, it is worth looking into and having prayer ministry to remove misconceptions, barriers, etc.
  • Joni Eareckson Tada’s definition of faith – “Great faith isn’t the ability to believe long and far into the misty future. It’s simply taking God at His word and taking the next step.”
  • Don’t be paralyzed into not taking the next step of adventure with God.
  • Some reasons why Christians don’t obey God quickly or are scared of what God may ask them to do.
  • Evan Roberts, instrumental in the Welsh Revival in 1904-1905 emphasized immediate obedience to God. He would say that when we delay, we allow our mind to question everything, and we can expect something different.

Important Principles: How can I obey God immediately?

  • Know God and His thoughts for me through intimacy with Him. Spend time with Him, read the Bible, confess sin, etc.
  • Purpose in my heart to immediately obey God.
  • Take the first step. Don’t dally.
  • Surround myself with people of great faith.
  • Receive wise, godly counsel.

Prophetic activation:

Turn your heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him –

  • Is there an area of my life that I have not obeyed you in yet?
  • God, what do you want me to do about that?

Time Stamps:

[0:55] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[4:18] – First Principle – View of God and His character

[4:53] – Jane starts unpacking the story of Jonah.

[7:24] – A reminder to deal quickly with unforgiveness and disappointment.

[8:47] – Second Principle – Am I afraid God will nail me of sin in my life?

[10:18] – Secrets bring shame and need to be exposed to the light. Prayer for listeners.

[11:55] – Third Principle – Past experiences may determine my attitude.

[13:12] – Is it my perception?

[17:43] – Reasons we may not obey God.

[21:27] – How we can obey God immediately.

[23:24] – Prophetic activation.

[24:14] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[25:54] – Gary prays for you.

[26:40] – Jane explains about the survey at https://garyandjane.co/survey

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Jonah
  • Hebrews 5:13-14
  • Jonah 4:2
  • 2 Timothy 1:7
  • 2 Corinthians 6:14 – don’t be yoked together with unbelievers
  • Matthew 14:22-33
  • Hebrews 11, especially verse 1
  • 1 Corinthians 2:14

Connect with Gary & Jane:

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.

Episode 16: How else can God talk to me?

Episode 16: How else can God talk to me?

 

Episode Description:

This episode of Hearing God expands upon the various ways God communicates with us, as explained in Episode 4. Gary & Jane unpack this topic, encouraging you to read the Bible and never underestimate God and what He can and will do. They share numerous Bible stories and practical examples of how God has supernaturally communicated with them.

Episode Notes:

First Principle: There are no formulas with God.

  • When we think we have worked out God, He smashes all formulas.
  • God prioritises relationship with us over rules.
  • Don’t disregard God communicating with you if it’s not the usual way you receive from God.

Second Principle: Various ways God can communicate with us.

  • Remember – God is outside of time, what we can think etc, so if God wants to do something new, He will.
  • The Bible
    • 2 Timothy 3:16 – all Scripture is God-inspired
    • Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.
    • Hebrews 4:12 The word of God is alive and active.
    • Romans 15:4 – Bible written to teach us, encourage us and give us hope.
    • Sounds like a prophetic word from 1 Cor 14:3
  • Supernatural manifestations
    • Moses & burning bush Exodus 3:1-4
    • Fleece – Judges 6:37-40 – Gideon didn’t trust God and still needed a fleece even after a powerful encounter with an angel.
    • Soul blinded by a light flashed from heaven, then sight restored in Acts 9:1-19
    • Balaam and the donkey in Numbers 22:1-35
    • Daniel 5:5 fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the wall plaster.
    • Acts 5:1-10 Ananias & Sapphira struck dead after lying.
    • Often say to God, you have done it before, you can do it again.
  • Character of God
  • Co-incidences or God-incidences
  • Dreams, visions, mystical sense eg angels
  • Nature
  • Music and lyrics
  • Signs, numbers, colours
  • Smells
  • Miracles
  • Supernatural manifestations of weather
    • John 12:27-30 – God speaking to Jesus after Jesus was predicting his death. Some thought an angel had spoken from heaven; others heard thunder. What is your ear inclined to?
    • John 14:12 – Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing and even greater works than these.
  • Other people
  • Wise advice eg people or books
  • Holy Spirit – John 14:26 – Jesus said the advocate would come and teach us all things.

Important Principles:

  • God can do and will do whatever He wants.
  • Don’t underestimate God. Don’t box God in with your preconceived ideas.
  • Be open to God speaking to you however He wishes.

 

Prophetic Activation:

Turn your heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him –

  • If I were a food, what would I be and why?
  • What would I taste like, the colour, texture, smell, how you eat it, things it pairs with etc.
  • Don’t forget to ask God why that particular food.

 

Time Stamps:

[2:18] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[4:30] – First Principle – there are no formulas with God.

[5:27] – Example of daughter hearing from God.

[6:46] – Gary shares what he would say to someone unsure if they heard God.

[7:53] – Second Principle – God speaks in various ways in the Bible.

[8:08] – How the Bible describes itself.

[9:06] – Bible stories of supernatural manifestations.

[10:17] – Encouragement from Jane to mature, grow up, and trust God.

[16:09] – Other ways God can speak.

[16:34] – Supernatural manifestations of weather.

[21:14] – Important Principles.

[21:41] – Prophetic activation.

[22:27] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[24:32] – Gary prays for you.

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

 

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Judges 4:16-22
  • 2 Timothy 3:16
  • Psalm 119:105
  • Hebrews 4:12
  • Romans 15:4
  • Psalm 32:8
  • 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • Exodus 3:1-4
  • Exodus 14
  • Judges 6:37-40
  • Acts 9:1-19
  • Numbers 22:1-35
  • Joshua 10
  • Acts 5:19
  • Acts 12:3-19
  • Daniel 5:5
  • Acts 5:1-10
  • John 12:27-30
  • John 14:12
  • John 14:26

 

Connect with Gary & Jane:

 

Support the show:

  • Share this podcast with someone who would value hearing from God.
  • Subscribe and leave a rating + review on your favourite podcast listening app.
  • If God is leading your heart to donate or support the show in any way, please visit https://buymeacoffee/garyandjanM Thank you so much.