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God is a gentleman and He is gentle when He leads us. He will speak softly to our hearts, not bossy or loudly. Sometimes He speaks so softly, we can almost miss it! He will put an "impression" in our hearts to do or say something. What is an "impression?" It is a slight, faint thought or idea.

Clay is a very soft material, and if I simply press my thumb into clay, not only can I make a dent, but I can actually leave my thumb print in the clay!

Just the slightest pressure and I left the "impression" of my thumb. That's similar to how God will speak. He will just put a slight "impression" in your heart about something. You might hear someone say, "I just had an impression in my heart to stop and talk to that man." It wasn't a big loud voice, just a gentle nudge.

Sometimes those impressions will come as a type of "feeling" rather than words. You might hear a Christian say, "I just felt like I was supposed to do such and such." That is a type of an impression. It will come in your spirit not your head. If you keep practicing you'll learn to recognize the difference.

One of the ways we can learn to recognize God's voice is to know what God does not do. God is never "pushy" or forceful. He never "bullies" you into doing something. He will never pressure you. That's the work of our enemy, the devil.

When you feel something or someone "demanding" you to do something, realize that is not the voice of God. God does not use pressure with us.

Most of the time when you are feeling pressure, it is not in your heart. It's usually thoughts in your head or your emotions. When the enemy speaks to us he brings fear and doubts and confusion to us. God does not "scare" us or use fear and confusion to get us to do what He wants us to do.

Do you like to blow bubbles? Bubbles are so delicate and fragile! They're very real, but you see them for only a few seconds then they pop and disappear. You have to look fast! Hearing God speak is similar to seeing bubbles. His voice is very real, but it's gentle and soft like the bubble. You have to be listening closely to hear Him!

Source: School Of The Holy Spirit For Kids, p. 32 by Becky Fischer
Excerpt permission granted by Kids In Ministry International

Author Biography

Becky Fischer
Web site: Kids In Ministry International
 
Becky Fischer is the founder and director of Kids in Ministry International (KIMI), a multi-faceted ministry that trains children to walk in the supernatural power of God and equips adults to work with children in the same way. Becky, who served as a children's pastor for ten years prior to starting KIMI, received Jesus as her Savior and the infilling of the Holy Spirit at an early age. She knows first-hand that children can be touched and used by God and recognized early in her ministry career that children are hungry for a supernatural encounter with the Holy Spirit.
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