The Power of a Whisper

I have heard many good things of the sermon series based on Bill Hybel’s book “The Power of a Whisper.” I have also been asked for a summary of the four weeks. So I thought I would recap the series with some bullet points that will help you remember the teaching. I still would encourage you to get the book for it goes into much more detail than I was able to in the sermons.

How do you know that a feeling, whisper, or prompting is from God? There are five questions to ask to help you discern this:
1. “God, is this prompting from you?”
2. “Is this whisper scriptural?” (Can you see Jesus doing this?)
3. “Is this whisper wise?”
4. “Is this whisper in tune with my character?”
5. “What do the people I most trust think about it?”

What are some of the types of whispers we receive?
1. Whispers of Action - This is a prompting from God to do something: pray that prayer; reach out to that person; read that book; call that friend; invite the new person out for coffee.
2. Whispers of Admonition - This is a prompting from God either to stop what you are planning to do because it will be bad for you or a word of conviction to cease something sinful.
3. Whisper of Affirmation - God wishes to reassure his children. These whispers are ones that remind you that you are a precious child of God and that God loves you. They remind you to whom you belong and give you encouragement for the journey.

In order to get better at hearing and discerning the whispers from God, it helps if we practice the presence of God. There are three good ways to do this:
1. Corralling our Thoughts - Here is where we think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. We put out of our minds those things that are not glorifying to God or edifying for ourselves.
2. Communicating with God - We seek to deepen our prayer life. There are any number of good books on ways to get better at dwelling in the presence of God through prayer. Each of us could improve in this area.
3. Conform our lives to God's Word - This is simply learning what matters to God as communicated in scripture and then applying what we learn. One great way to do this is to memorize key verses of the Bible. Then when God needs to prompt us, God will bring a scripture to mind.

Finally, all of this practice and learning about hearing from God is not just for ourselves. We are God’s workmanship, created for good works in Christ. God has something that he wants us to do on behalf of others. We have all been helped by someone in our past, and we are given the opportunity to pass that help onto others. When we get better at discerning God’s whispers, we can be better directed to change the world for God’s glory.
I hope this has been a helpful summary. I am working at getting better at hearing from God, and I encourage you to do as well.

May the Lord bless you.
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee