[vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1455572952776{margin-top: -60px !important;background-image: url( !important;background-position: 0 0 !important;background-repeat: repeat !important;border-radius: 1px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_custom_heading text=”LISTEN” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:26|text_align:center|color:%23666666″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” parallax=”content-moving” parallax_image=”3783″ css=”.vc_custom_1455573282385{border-top-width: 1px !important;border-top-color: #dcdee1 !important;border-radius: 1px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”100px”][vc_custom_heading text=”HEARING THE WHISPER” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:24|text_align:center|color:%23666666″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:300%20light%20italic%3A300%3Aitalic”][vc_custom_heading text=”“Meditate within your heart on your bed and be still.“ – Psalm 4:4″ font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:16|text_align:center|color:%23aaaaaa” google_fonts=”font_family:Lora%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space height=”65px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”65px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Earlier this year, I entered into a season of rest, a season of going deeper so I can go wider. At the beginning of this season, the Holy Spirit said: SIMPLIFY – CLARIFY – PURIFY and then MULTIPLY. Three words were whispered. STOP, LOOK and LISTEN. I have already taken some time to convey what it is to STOP and LOOK but now I would like to reflect on why we prepare with these first two steps: that is to LISTEN.” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:20px|text_align:center|color:%23777777|line_height:1.5″ google_fonts=”font_family:Arvo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

LISTEN – To concentrate on hearing something, take heed, pay attention.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. (Psalm 131:2)

My first four weeks of rest was to remove all of the noise. There are so many voices and noises surrounding us. Sometimes I use my noise cancelling headphones – they cancel our the noise and bring clarity to what we are focusing on hearing. What are some of the distractions and noises in your life? What are some of the pressures you are feeling? What is God saying, instead of what has he said?

My sheep listen to my voice. I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)

We need to know what He is speaking in the now. Not yesterday, not tomorrow but today. Faith comes from hearing not having heard – many kill their Isaac (promise) because they do not continue to listen. What if Abraham had killed Isaac because he stopped listening?

A real heart for God longs after God’s heart. Use this exercise to listen to His heartbeat:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_single_image image=”4743″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline”][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1455601293819{padding-top: 80px !important;padding-bottom: 55px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1455600374662{background-color: #ffffff !important;}”][vc_separator][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1455600385313{background-color: #ffffff !important;}”][vc_column_inner css=”.vc_custom_1455600405079{background-color: #ffffff !important;}”][vc_column_text]

The key to listening is a willingness to learn. As you learn of what He is speaking over you, the world will learn what He is speaking over them through you. Your relationship with God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, will be upgraded as you listen and learn. As you receive your upgrade, you are able to upgrade those around you.

First we STOP. Then we LOOK. Then we LISTEN.

Much love,
Leif[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row]

1 Comment

  1. Lynne Burkholder on October 22, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    To hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to me through you was credit to the fact that our leader is the same! This summer Jesus has shown me the hard work of Faith and the rest within this type of hard work. To hear you speak at VOA of the hard work of rest was thrilling. The Spirit is stirring everywhere. He is showing me the power of the family. The need for us as families to show the love for this is what He uses. To hear you speak the same is thrilling. Leif, this is the first I have heard of you. I have not heard your teaching but I have heard His teaching and I am thrilled to be a student in the same class you are! 🙂 I love that you are my brother. Someday, we will meet. But I was one of those at the conference that let you go to the bathroom without hindering your progress to your room. 🙂 May you rest deep and wide and high and hard.