Why it is important to hear God’s voice for yourself

Reposted from August 2015

All of my life I have grown up in a prophetic culture where hearing a word from God from somebody else is the norm. I have gone to more conferences at a church than I can count. When you grow up constantly hearing words that God is telling someone else for your church, region, nation or world it is easy to put your own ears in the backseat.

Christians submerged in this culture have a tendancy to become lazy when it comes to activating their own ability to hear the voice of God. We tend to rely on others to give us the new “Heavy Revey“.

This is dangerous and sets you up to be malnourished in your own spiritual walk.

There are times in my life when I go through seasons of constantly listening to different pastors around the world, as well as, listening to online conferences. However, in the last couple years as I have entered in a different season of life with running our business, and I have not exposed myself to as much teaching/prophetic ministry as I have in the past. In one sense, I have missed out growing in certain areas of my spiritual walk. On the other hand, I have had to learn to tune my ears in to Gods voice and ask for discernment to understand what He is telling me and where He is guiding me.

I never want to get to the place in my life where all I am listening to are the revelations that God has given someone else. Because when that happens, I cut myself off from the life flow of the Spirit of God that He wants to pour in and through me.

Now you might say I don’t know how to hear the voice of God. He never speaks to me.

The good news is, that He does all the time we just need to learn to recognize it. This subject has been my heart’s cry since I was 12 years old. I would lay in bed at night crying out to God to hear His voice. I wanted to be like Solomon wanting wisdom and understanding. I wanted to hear his voice so clear.

When I was in Bible college I shared a word with a church in Klamath Falls entitled “Stop, Wait, and Listen.” Boy oh boy, do I wish the computer I used back then didn’t crash because I do not have my notes. The purpose of the message was to teach on how to begin to hear God’s voice.

The first thing we have to do is STOP. Many times when I’m in a church service or praying God will tell me to be quiet. When He says my name first, then tells me to be quiet it really gets my attention! Many times we talk and talk and talk and do not stop to give God a chance to speak to us. He comes to us in a still small voice. Like Elijah in the cave, God did not speak to him in the thunder or in the storm but in a still small voice.

If our voice is only thing we here, we will never hear HIS.

But next we need to WAIT. Now this is the hard part. We have to focus on HIM, our mind, heart, emotions and desires ALL FOCUSED ON HIM. There are a zillion distractions in our life and depending on your present circumstances waiting may feel like an impossibility. But this is where the majority of people who say they cannot hear Gods voice fail. They’re not willing to wait. In this waiting period, many times God begins to speak but we dismiss it on account of not realizing he is speaking.

Not everyone hears an audible voice, that would be a voice that everyone else around you can hear at the same time. Like when John the Baptist was baptizing Jesus and everyone around them heard God speak, “This is my son in whom I am well pleased.” That was an undeniable audible voice.

Some people here a voice in their head or spirit, some may attribute it to being their conscience. But did you know, your conscience is the Holy Spirit – who is God. We think that our conscience is just “us”. We overlook the fact that God speaks to us all the time, we may not even know it and we don’t give Him the credit. So listen to that voice! He will always give you peace. He also will never contradict His written word.

Another way he speaks is through His Written Word – the Bible. You may be reading the Bible and a verse jumps out at you and you can’t get away from it. You reread it over and over and feel at the same time that a match was just lit in your heart. That is the Holy Spirit speaking through the word. Other times, you may be waiting on God and a verse goes through your mind. That is God speaking to you through his word. I would encourage you when that happens to look at that verse up and research the context of what it is saying.

Something else awesome that happens is when you receive a Bible passage in your mind to look up. You might hear the words Psalms 121. Then when you look up that passage it is exactly what you needed to hear. Sometimes I have heard passages like that and went to look them up and they meant nothing to me. But when I read down further it led me to exactly what I needed. Don’t get discouraged if that happens. Sometimes it will be right on and sometimes it will be off. I heard someone say not to take it too literally if it doesn’t work out correctly. Especially if you open up and read and “Judas went and hanged himself”. And especially if it says, “whatever you are going to do, do quickly”. Haha, be wise and have fun with it.

I have seen signs at a church recently that say “Meeting with God face-to-face, through His Word.” The first time I saw that title I got really excited because my experience of meeting God face-to-face has been with my face down in the carpet weeping while experiencing His intense presence & glory like nothing else, while seeing revelations in the spirit. But my experience is not something that you would typically find at the church I was at. It opened my eyes to the reason why we need every denomination in unity. Because every denomination has a piece of the puzzle that the other does not. The desire inside of me to experience God face-to-face in his word is growing more and more. It is definitely a paradigm shift for me to put those two phrases together, face-to-face – in his word. I long to be encountered by God through his word like I never have before.

It also important to discern when God is giving you a yellow light. A traffic light when yellow means caution. We need to make sure we know when we have a check in our spirit and God is telling us to stop or slow down.

The most important thing to do after he speaks is to LISTEN and put action to his words. Many times when he speaks it requires us to do something with what he says. If we doubt his words and never move forward with his instruction we will find ourselves stuck in a rut frustrated with life. He is always speaking, leading, guiding. If you feel stuck in a rut take some time to wait on the Lord and allow him to stir up the desires he has placed in your heart. But then ask, seek, knock and he will open doors before you that you never even dreamed possible.

I pray this blesses you and you’re able to share this with others who desire to hear Gods voice. – Rachelle Layzell

Here is a powerful song that reflects my hearts cry

I’m Listening by Chris McClarney

Forgiveness is not an option

Forgive quickly, forgive often. Unforgiveness leads to resentment which begins to build a thick wall between you and the other person. There is nothing worse than allowing a wall to stay between you and the other person when you have all the power to bring it down through humility and repentance. When the Bible says do not let the sun go down on your Wrath, that doesn’t mean insane crazy wrath like you think it does. It also means not forgiving the person who hurt you 100% completely with no resentment.

Choose forgiveness, repent for resentment to God and the other person. Allow God to break the walls down. Then Joy, Peace, and Love will come. I did and boy does it feel good!

If you are married you need to listen to this message. It was transform both of you no matter how long you have been married. If you are single this applies to you just as much. Thanks Dad, I needed this good kick in the pants. Wow, what powerful teaching straight from the word of God! Message from Joel Hjertstedt, Lead Pastor at Destiny Christian Fellowship. Milwaukie, Oregon http://www.destinycf.org

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tw73mx58dxwy32w/20181209_Sunday_Message_Joel_Hjertstedt.mp3?dl=0

Sex and Alcohol and 15 year Olds – A Mothers Rant

This morning I had such a good talk with my 15 year old son about alcohol and sexual purity. He had asked me in the past why I choose not to drink alcohol. At that time I tried to explain the best I could about avoiding the appearance of evil and not wanting any of my actions to be a stumbling block to someone else. As a very young child I watched my parents try to restore alcoholics who had destroyed their families lives by their actions.

The fact that, yes you can drink and not get drunk and that is not a sin, is correct. I tried to tell him this morning, that now days, if you drink you have to know that where ever you are later in your life, that your actions as a young teen can haunt you or can be exploited and twisted and used against you.

Society knows what can happen when you get drunk and how it can possibly affect your behavior in a negative way. So for young kids who think their actions won’t follow them for the rest of their lives, just turn on the news.

As for sexual purity, boy do I have a new sense of passion to teach abstinence before marriage and complete loyalty after marriage. For some people, it can ruin your life and reputation till you die. I was able to tell him why being someone who stands for and lives in righteousness and purity should keep him blameless and avoid any false accusations because people will know your character and lifestyle. It is not Legalism to live a righteous life of sexual purity!

There are reasons God clearly lays those commandments out in the Bible. Just because he said the greatest commandment is to love one another, doesn’t mean to ignore the same commandment not to have sex before marriage or to cheat on your wife after marriage. All throuout Psalms it talks about the man who walks blameless.

Wow! I want to see a generation who can walk blameless and with purity before their God and the world.
I can’t even go into my past fears about having a daughter and fearing the abuse that could ever happen to her. It was the main reason I didn’t want a 3rd kid, because I was scared to death it would be a girl. God had to break off fear and I trust Him to protect her all the days of her life. At the same time, I am going to do everything I can to teach her Modesty in how she dresses so she doesn’t provoke a male attack! I am going to teach her the importance of who she hangs out with and not putting herself in compromising situations. I’m going to talk to her about purity in words she types and pictures she posts. As a parents I pray to God guides us with wisdom and discernment.

IF Abstinence was taught and practiced again, we could have a complete different society!
Think about that! God’s principles are true yesterday, today and forever! Theaffect they have on our lives if we live them or not is still evident every day with every person on this planet. Imagine what our country would look like if we skipped the hippie movement and kept God in our schools and in our homes. We have a choice as parents on how we instill values into our kids. Purity and honesty.

God help our nation. God help us as parents. God I cry out from the deepest party of my soul, PROTECT OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS. HOLY SPIRIT FILL THEM WITH A RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION THAT WILL NEVER BACK DOWN DESPITE THE TEMPTATION FROM EVERY SIDE! LET THEM WALK IN PURITY AND Understand what the Fear of the Lord is, because He is Holy and Righteous. He is good. He desires us to be like him, walk like him, talk like him. We are to be imitators of Christ and show the world who Jesus is.

Well, that’s my heart this morning. Just had to share what is stirring inside.

Motivated by Faith or Fear?

No matter how crazy it might be – When God calls us to do something we need to be motivated out of faith not fear. The provision will always be there.

In 1 Kings 17 – 19 you will read the historical account of the prophet Elijah. Every time God called him to do something he was provided for. He was fed by Ravens with bread and meat 2 times a day in the desert. A poor Widow who God kept her bin and jar full of flour and oil to feed her son, Elijah and herself till the drought was over. Then Elijah had the world’s best wilderness room service, an Angel waking him up 2 times to eat the food it had prepared for him. That meal gave him enough strength to go 40 days and nights with nothing.

In between all of that were incredible signs of God’s miraculous power and miracles. Fire from heaven to consume an altar, raising the Widow’s son from the dead, declaring a drought has ended, God’s revelation to him on Mount Horeb after he ran from a queen who wanted to take his life.

He definitely did not have a boring life but one that required complete trust and faith in the one true God. Elijah was 100% human. And just like you and me he had a call on his life. He had a gifting, just like we all do. God asked him to do things that were crazy and required faith. Elijah obeyed and God came through. God never let him down and he will never let us down.

We are human but if we have received Christ as our savior and have been filled with the Holy Spirit – we have received HIS power and anointing inside of us! That is what equips us for everything he has called us to do.

Are you ready to do this with Him?
Read 1 Kings 17-19 and let your faith rise in our awesome God!

Nothing on Earth Compares to THIS

☀️There is nothing as valuable and refreshing as knowing how to hear the voice of God. Not only does He bring peace deep to my soul with from his words, if I am open and confident I have the honor to partner with Him to share His thoughts to other people. 🌈

Last night, God spoke to me over and over again while in worship. He reminded me of promises and visions he gave me in high school. A part of my purpose and hearts desires that I thought would never come to pass. He gave me a renewed hope and revealed how prayers decades ago are in part answered by what is taking place in the youth of our nation. The Buckets of tears💧 I cried in intercession in high school and college, he said back then every tear would be a soul saved🎉. Looking out at the thousands of youth from all over the country last night, they are the fruit of their parents who possibly came to Christ in the last 20 years. 🎁
Then I got to partner 🤝with him at the end of the service. I felt so strong that I was supposed to ask the people sitting next to me if they were youth pastors. I looked over and was nervous and about walked away. I heard God say my name very loud and very clearly. 📣When he says my name it kind of jolts me and I know I’m supposed to obey without a doubt. All I got before I stepped out was that they were youth pastors and they had something stolen away from them from someone they knew. And that God was going to pour back everything they have lost plus more. When I approached them, and they said they were youth pastors but have stepped away from it right now – I went for it. It is the first time in a long time that God gave me very specific words of knowledge and prophetic words of what’s going to happen for the husband and wife and even their daughter. Their astonished faces and nodding heads were the confirmation that everything was right on. It gave me even more confidence that I was really hearing correctly what God was saying. I can’t tell you how exciting and refreshing that is to be able to pour out to someone else a word of encouragement and Hope from God. It’s like nothing you can even compare to on Earth. Partnering with Heaven and releasing God’s word of life on earth.

This morning driving Isaac to GU, I was in a mess of tears again as God continued to speak to me about His purposes for my life. His word never returns void but ACCOMPLISHES what He SAID He would do. Hallelujah. Now God GO GET MY Boys! 👐

# GenerationUnleashed #CityBibleChurch

How to be a REALIST while operating in FAITH 

🔘How to be a REALIST while operating in FAITH. 

Sometimes there is a conflict between a realistic mindset and a faith-filled lifestyle.
🤔 The realistic mindset says: based on these facts this is and will be my result.

🛐A lifestyle of faith says: because of these facts I hold fast to the promise that God has given me and I will have these results.

At times, the faith filled lifestyle will take the first step and expect God to do all the rest. Unfortunately, many people stop at that first step, and do not ask for wisdom and understanding to know what THEY should be doing to encourage the process along.
Not asking for wisdom for the next step, it is like burying your talent in the ground and expecting it to produce something. What did the master think about that?

If we are the bride of Christ then that indicates a joining partnership. When we partner with God we are coming together listening to each other, strategizing and executing specific plans. This may not relate to Everyday Life, but for me as a business owner I take my partnership with God seriously because the future of our company depends on it.

For instance the design show we just had in Los Angeles, which was a massive investment for our company, may not have produced instant sales at the show (just 1) but this is where faith in action comes in. I believe the first small strategies are in play now with ideas God gave me however, that is just the start. I choose to not only have faith but ask for divine strategies to go after the leads we received in a completely new way than they have ever experienced before from a company.
🤔💕🛐
In the end, you can have faith and be a realist. You just can’t be a realist and allow fear and doubt to come in to squash your faith. .😉

The Benefits of Alignment – Favor & Peace

May He grant you your heart’s desire
And fulfill all your counsel!
Psalms 20:4 NAS

This mornings meditations and Bible research. This verse is very intriguing to me. Because many translations say “may he give you all your desires and make your plans succeed”

Except in the original Hebrew it says something A little bit different .
Grant you according to your own heart all your counsel .” The word for “according to your own heart” as well as “your counsel” is only written and used one time each in The Bible .

There is something about the other translations that didn’t sit well with me. Even though throughout the Bible it says God will give you the desires of your heart, People tend to see that as God giving you whatever you want. But we also know that Jesus said if you pray “according to my will” it will be done.
If Jesus gave us everything we asked for –
We would be a mess.

When we walk with God and rely on His counsel, we will understand His will which will be confirmed by his peace.  ~Rachelle Layzell

But the wisdom that is from above is pure, filled with peace, meek and attentive, filled with love and good fruit, without division and does not show partiality“. James 3:17

A commentator by the name of Gill said about Psalms 20:4, “whatever was agreed upon in the council and covenant of peace between him and his Father, relating to his own glory, and the salvation of his people.”

When we are in covenant with God and make our decisions according to his counsel – that is an agreement of his will. I believe it is THAT WILL Jesus was talking about.

Jesus said in John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly [in the Greek perissos]

perissós (an adjective, derived from 4012 /perí, “all-around, excess”) – properly all-around, “more than” (“abundantly”); beyond what is anticipated, exceeding expectation; “more abundant,” going past the expected limit (“more than enough . . . “)

I believe there is a direct correlation between walking in council with God and living abundantly. When we align ourselves with God’s will while being in pure relationship with him we will be directed down the right path. The result of obedience while listening to his voice is FAVOR as He is then able to pour abundantly into our lives.  ~ Rachelle Layzell

It is like the parable of the Good Stewart who did not just waste his talents but invested them. When the master came back he then set him over larger realms of responsibility.

I love that parable because it shows how we partner with God and use the things that He has given us along with his wisdom to expand our influence and blessings . This journey with God is a partnership as well as a relationship. If we walk through life only enjoying the relationship and ignore the partnership a, we are missing out on heaven’s immeasurable resources.  ~ Rachelle Layzell

Jesus said in Matthew 15:15
1 I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.2 Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.3 You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].4 Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.

5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.6 If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.7 If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.8 When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.9 I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me].10 If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His love.11 I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.12 This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.13 No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.

14 You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do.15 I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.]16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit andkeep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you.

That is one incredible promise! Jesus no longer calls us servants but friends because he has revealed to us the father’s will.
IT IS TIME TO LIVE ABUNDANT LIFE AS WE WALK WITH GOD, LISTEN AND OBEY AND RECEIVE ALL HE HAS FOR US!

There is nothing like digging into the Word of God! Life to my bones  😀

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It’s Show Time

I have such a huge feeling of anticipation in my spirit this morning. God is about to do something incredible that our minds can’t even begin to comprehend. 
The understanding of the victory of the cross is more than what we celebrate on Easter! It is realizing that the same Jesus who took stripes on His back for our healing and poured out his blood for our salvation – is alive and interceding on our behalf right now before the Father. Can you believe that Jesus is interceding for you!!! He wants you to win! He wants you free! He went through the pain for YOUR healing! All of heaven is on their feet cheering for you! You are not alone! 
If God is for you, WHO can be against you? Declare God’s promises over your life. Repent of the lies the enemy is trying to take you out with! Receive the Truth from the Holy Spirit. READ THIS VERSE BELOW OUT LOUD WITH FAITH AND CONFIDENCE! It is the Word of God and is alive and active for you!

Its going to be an amazing season.


UPDATE: 

I am laughing so hard right now. As soon as I finished the last sentence of this blog, Some recorded voice from the back of my van said, IT’S SHOW TIME!!” 

Trying not to freak out as I jumped. Because I just cleaned out my entire van yesterday and there was no toy in here to make that noise. I have been in the van this morning for 2 hours and have never heard a sound like that. 😂 I think God is trying to say something. I’m excited and anticipating something, even though I don’t know what is coming!!

Dream with God 

Do you realize that when you have dreams that are far superior to what you ever thought you could accomplish that God knows that is just the tip of the iceberg for the Destiny has for you. I’m telling you this, dreaming with God is like nothing else on earth! Tim and I started dreaming, strategizing and putting together the numbers for a different focus in our business. It would put our tables in places that we have only dreamed about so far. Looking at the numbers with the expenses of a very expensive to run business we didn’t know how it would be possible. 

💥BUT WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!! 🌈 WE HAVE SAID SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING THIS IS HIS BUSINESS AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF IT IF WE LISTEN TO HIS VOICE AND OBEY!! 


So just now someone came down from Alaska and bought enough slabs to finance our new endeavor that we will be doing in June. More details of that to come! Ha ha 😁🙏🏻👍🏻 
Matthew 6:8 “for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” 

HE SURE DOES!!! 
🤷🏼‍♀️ When you are at a point in life or you are feeling stuck and not advancing. There’s a reason you’re feeling that. God is a rustling the ground under your feet. It doesn’t mean jump ship and do something stupid and crazy 🤦🏼‍♀️. It means he is starting to prepare you for something and it is our responsibility to SEEK HIM!! 🙏🏻We need to begin to pray and ask him what he has for us, read the Bible🎚, soak in His Presence in worship. 🛁 He is not going to prepare something for you and not tell you about it. 🗣That only happens when we are not in a position to listen. 👂 

My husband had a revelation last week that Faith is a VERB. It takes action. I looked up this verse and it says it very clearly. I love the message version

James 2:21-24 Was our father Abraham not shown to be justified by works of obedience which expressed his faith when he offered Isaac his son on the altar as a sacrifice to God? 

💥You see that his faith was working together with his works, and as a result of the works, his faith was completed reaching its maturity when he expressed his faith through obedience. 💥

And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and this faith was credited to him by God as righteousness and as conformity to His will,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man believer is justified by works and not by faith alone that is, by acts of obedience a born-again believer reveals his faith. 

I love how the word of God speaks to all situations to confirm what we are sensing! 
 More than anything anticipate great things because God loves you and has better plans for your life then you could even imagine.

I will end with one of my favorite life verses! Praise the Lord He sees every day if our life till the end! Hallelujah! He is a good good father! 

Isaiah 55:8-13 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts higher than your thoughts. “For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth, Making it bear and sprout, And providing seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me void useless, without result, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. “For you will go out from exile with joy And be led forth by the Lord Himself with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands. “Instead of the thorn bush the cypress tree will grow, And instead of the nettle the myrtle tree will grow; And it will be a memorial to the Lord, For an everlasting sign of His mercy which will not be cut off.” 

Emerson had it right! 2017

There is much wisdom in this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson

“As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 I want this year to be the year that NOTHING STANDS IN OUR WAY FROM ADVANCEMENT in our marriages, families, church body and God’s people all around the world. 

Our fears, lack of courage, and doubt in God’s word can prevent us from attaining massive Victories. It’s  time to repent and renounce those lies. I am not letting anything hold me back in 2017! Its time for ADVANCEMENT! Time for CLARITY! Time for FAVOR OF PROVISIONS for Big Time Dreams. This is a year when God is blowing the dust off of prophetic words from the past. BUT YOU must be the one to pick them up, read them and declare your alignment with them. We will never be the same after this year! I believe it and I declare it!!