The Art of the Question

The purpose of JourneyDoctrineOfChrist is to support anyone’s journey to the Lord.  As you can imagine, in order for a person to come to Christ requires a person to be willing and able to follow the words of the Lord which are words of personal revelation.  The Lord will lead the honest and faithful seeker to Himself.

As people transition to this path and studying The Doctrine of Christ Study Guide they find that they have to increase their dependence upon personal revelation–even to total dependence upon the words of the Lord.  This may be scary for some–fearing that they will be deceived because they are not as confident as they would like to be in discerning the voice of the Lord from their own voice and the voices of darkness (the 3 voices of eternity).

For this very purpose, The 3 Voices of Personal Revelation Study Guide was developed–to help any person increase their confidence in discernment to the point to where they know the voice of the Lord and no longer fear.

In this guide there is a special section called, “Now Let’s Put This All Into Practice.”  Up to this point the guide teaches the characteristics of the 3 voices but this section allows a person to apply their learning and begin developing their gift of discernment.  Recently, more content was added to this section.  I have included it below but I encourage you also to dig into the entire study guide and complete this specific section to help you increase your confidence.


Develop The Art of Asking Questions to the Lord

To develop your conversations with the Lord it is important to make sure you are asking the right questions.  You will find that the Lord will provide an answer equal to the question. Thus, you have to realize that asking is a righteous principle that deserves its own discourse. The right discourse would include realizing that there is an art to developing the right questions in order to get the right answers.

For example, asking this question about someone’s blog, talk, speech, lesson, etc.:

“Is this person a true prophet?”

…may actually be the wrong question. In certain situations, this type of question may foster confusion or even difficulty in discerning an answer. Because all persons are arm of flesh and do not always speak the words of God but are speaking their own experience, ideas or opinions (which are always limited), a better question might be:

“Is this person speaking truth at this moment?”

However, even this still may not be the right question because people can talk about many different topics in a single conversation, talk or lesson.  The best question in this situation might be:

“When this person said (insert specific point), is that true?”

This brings up another important point. If your question leads to a yes/no, do not expect more than a yes/no answer. On the other hand, if you petition the Lord for deeper understanding of something, to be revealed through Himself or His angels, then that would require a different type of question or a series of questions that facilitate a dialogue of back and forth and could even include the Lord leading you to resources that build context (line upon line) for you so you can, in reality, gain this new understanding that you desire. In some cases,  you may need to offer a non-traditional question to the Lord. You may not consider this a question but by saying to the Lord,

“Lord, I give you permission to lead me to the right resources to teach me more about (insert specific topic).”

Again, you may not consider this a question but you are, in reality, asking for truth and demonstrating that you are acknowledging that God is the source of more truth than what you currently have.  It is an appropriate question in this case.  And by the way, when resources are placed in front of you ask the Lord to confirm whether He has lead you to that particular resource:

“Lord, I gave you permission to put the right resources in front of me to teach me more about (insert specific topic).  Is this resource one that you have intentionally led me to or placed in front of me?”

A personal rule of thumb might be, “The more specific the question the more specific the answer can be while the more general or vague the question the more room for confusion or difficulty in discernment.”  Focus on the questions that you ask the Lord.  Get better at the art of the question to make sure you get the answer you expect or need.

Now you’re invited to complete the entire section including:

  • Your Disadvantage
  • Develop Your Baseline For the Voice of Truth
  • Practice Recognizing With Dialogue Cards
  • Receiving vs Seeking
  • Develop Your Own Pondering & Recognition
  • Practice Discerning Answers
  • …and more

 


JourneyDoctrineOfChrist.org is based on complimentary, online Study Guides to help you learnbelievelive and teach the Doctrine of Christ. The Study Guides invite any and all to see and know this truth for themselves that the Savior, Jesus Christ, has in fact introduced His doctrine and He personally invites all to literally receive Him while in the flesh (mortality).

These study guides are intended to point you to both the Lord’s written word and His voice (personal revelation). These study guides will help you uncover what the Doctrine of Christ is and other essential topics that will help you in your journey to come into His presence while in mortality. All study guides are available at http://www.JourneyDoctrineOfChrist.org

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s