4. Help Them Learn to Recognize God’s Voice
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While making decisions using logic can be helpful in narrowing down options, sometimes God speaks to us in ways that can defy it. Scripture shares plenty of examples when people followed God’s purposes for them in a way that made no sense from an earthly perspective.
They felt unqualified, scared of the circumstances, and the implications of choice involved risk-to reputation, relationship, and life. Yet they obeyed.
Solomon’s words of wisdom in Proverbs to a young audience still speak: “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
How do we help our teens learn to hear God’s voice?
“Bind them upon your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they[will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.” Proverbs 6:21-22
Teens today can easily access scripture through digital access or the bound canon without literally wearing texts to “speak” to them. However, the more scripture is “hidden in the heart” the more accessible it is when making choices.
Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit as an intercessor after he left this earth (John 14:15-17). When teens are faced with choices with big consequences, it can feel overwhelming to discern between the voices of peers, parents, emotion, media, and the Holy Spirit.
How do help them sense the Holy Spirit’s nudging of clarity in the midst? Remind them that the Holy Spirit’s voice can feel like peace, a thought, and a scripture passage.
Sometimes we hear it through other believers. It should always line up with the context of God’s word.
“Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
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