Listen With an Open Heart.
There are times we feel in tune with God and other times He feels far away. When this happens, it's usually us that have put the distance there. Sometimes we are engaged in behaviors unacceptable to God so we push his warning whispers away and ignore our conscience. We read in Psalm 139:23 & 24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life." When we approach God with a humble spirit, He will rain down love and joy in our lives.
Listen to His Whispers to Help Someone in Need.
We've all seen beggars on the side of the highway and wondered what they would do with the dollar or two we give them. The point is listen. Listen to God. If He says, "give," then do it. Listen carefully to people's voice tone when conversing. They may say they are fine. But you can sense that it's not true. That is discernment. The closer we are to God, the stronger our discernment is. Often just listening to that person will help them.
Listen With Silence During Your Prayer Time.
There are two mistakes we sometimes make in our prayer life. One is we go straight to the requests and needs we have. We should always start prayer with thanking God for our blessings and honoring Him with our words of love. The second mistake we sometimes make is that we don't leave any time to listen in silence to allow God to speak things to our heart. Just be quiet and clear your mind and be silent. Tell God you are waiting for His guidance and He will surely deliver.
Listen Through His Words in the Bible.
If you read the Bible enough, raise your hand. I didn't raise mine. How about you? God speaks mightily through the Bible. It's amazing how clearly you can feel God's guidance, concern and presence. God's Word says this: "Call to me, and I will answer you. I will tell you great and mysterious things that you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3. Isn't that a remarkable scripture? Having an open heart, helping others, prayer and Bible study will bring you enlightenment and joy. Choose Joy!