Beer with Jesus on location at Barley’s Brewhaus
- The whole Beer with Jesus crew is back together. We’re on location at Barleys Brewhaus.
- Patrick is drinking a Blood Orange Radler from Free State Brewery in Manhattan, KS.
- I’m drinking an O’Dell Russian Pirate Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.
- Todd and Aaron have a White Russian Milk Stout from The Dudes brewery.
- Our topic is “What’s Jesus been talking with us about lately?”
- Aaron and I talked offline a few days ago about hearing from the Holy Spirit.
- Patrick asks Aaron what God’s voice sounds like to him.
- As near as he can tell it’s similar to his inner dialogue. He’s never heard the audible voice of God.
- It seems that few people hear God’s voice out loud. We know two people who have.
- But they heard it only once. God isn’t speaking out loud to them now.
- Aaron: God could make it easier for us to understand his voice, but he chooses not to.
- Todd: Perhaps there are too many distractions in my life and the problem of hearing lies inside me.
- Aaron: It seems God has chosen not to speak clearly to us. But he knows people who do clearly hear the Holy Spirit.
- I practiced listening to the Holy Spirit about simple things like which way to drive to work.
- I learned to hear his voice by a lot of trial and error.
- Aaron: Maybe God doesn’t speak audibly because we believe he doesn’t.
- I found that part of hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit is paying attention.
- I ignored God for a number of years. He let me go my own way and didn’t force me to listen to his voice.
- There are pastors who teach that unconfessed sin will keep you from hearing God’s voice.
- Patrick: I talk to God out loud. It makes my conversations feel more intimate. When we first talked about the song, “Beer with Jesus,” I set out two beers and imagined Jesus sitting and talking to me. That was my first conversation with Jesus out loud.
- I have a list of Scriptures I read aloud as part of my time with Jesus in the mornings.
- Positive affirmations said aloud help us internalize the message.
- Aaron: “You’re saying that speaking aloud is more effective. I’ll say the same thing to God. Why can’t you speak to me out loud?”
- In the Old Testament people often heard from God through angels. Even then, the one receiving the message had doubts because the angels often appeared to be men.
- Todd: I haven’t been hearing from Jesus lately. I was more connected as I went through the crisis of finding a job.
- Now “real life” is creeping in and I’m getting busy trying to keep up.
- It’s common for us to be more connected to Jesus when we’re going through a crisis and then drift away from him when things get better.
- For me, Jesus has been talking about perseverance.
- I used to think that following Jesus meant giving up what I want and finding his perfect will for my life.
- The Holy Spirit is showing me how he meets me at the place of my desire and my asking for what I want.
- Patrick: Along with talking out loud to Jesus, I started asking him for things throughout the day. Even if he doesn’t always act on my requests, I know he’s listening.
- Todd: Do you ever have a challenge come up and you wait two days before you think to pray about it?
- Patrick: And when someone asks you to pray about something you should do it right away before you forget.
- I’ve been striving to learn how to connect with the Holy Spirit in the middle of activity rather than just quiet meditation.
- I’ve learned that I can hear and feel close to the Holy Spirit by remembering to turn my attention to him.
- Aaron: You expect to feel awe and wonder in our experience when we encounter God. All I hear about is people talking about a quiet inner voice. I want the awe and wonder.
- Why can’t God make himself more known to us?
- I once was asking for a deeper understanding of what it means to fear the Lord. It’s the one time the Holy Spirit knocked me to the ground.
- Aaron: That’s my point! I question whether my encounter with God in India was the Holy Spirit or just my emotions.
- I want God to show up in a way that’s more than a quiet whisper in my inner voice.
- Todd: If God gives you proof and removes all doubt, you don’t leave room for faith.
- Aaron: Other people have had powerful encounters with God. Why not me?
- Eric: What would that look like in your life?
- Aaron: I don’t really know.
- Asking God to show up in powerful ways is a valid prayer. I’ve had times in my life where he met me.
- It’s not wrong to ask God to help us overcome our doubts.
- Every experience I’ve had with the Holy Spirit was open to doubt if I’d chosen to doubt.
- I interpret it as the work of the Holy Spirit. But I could also attribute it to psychological phenomenon if I’d look at it differently.
- Patrick: I’m convinced God is going to answer this prayer. I’m looking forward to hearing what happens to you.
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