The deeper we go, the more we realize that the call to be “in the world but not of it” is a colossal struggle. At the beginning of a Christian walk, it may seem that just knowing Who has saved you is enough. And often it is, but there is a point where the challenge of walking out a sanctified life becomes clear, and we are faced with arrested growth or the pain of going to the next level. And this is where we rediscover that so many attitudes in the world, upon close, honest analysis, are directly opposed to God’s heart. We can expect the unsaved to pursue these attitudes with no recognition of their opposition to God, but Christians who continue to embrace unscriptural attitudes without their conscience being pricked probably are not hearing the voice of the Spirit. To consistently hear the Holy Spirit and sense God’s heart, we must purify our hearts. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matt. 5:8). I believe He was speaking not only about seeing God in Heaven, but also about seeing the essence of God, the heart and desires of God, in daily life.
I’ve found that when I get some things in order in my life, eliminate distractions, and set my attitudes right, I have a better chance of hearing God’s voice. pg 100-101
Our preconceived notions take the place of listening to God because we think we know what is happening or what should happen in our lives or circumstances. pg 103