Friday, March 10, 2017

Hearing God’s Voice

Are You Listening ??
At our Wednesday Praying Over our City meeting, it was my desire that we learn to develop our spiritual ears and eyes to pay attention to the “Inward Witness” of God speaking to us personally.

Quickly we will look at several Bible Hero’s and how God spoke to them: 

In a Vision: Genesis 15:1 The word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. 

In a burning bush:  Moses heard a voice from the burning bush.  Exodus 3
Samuel as a child:  God called his name but this was not familiar to Samuel.  God spoke to him in an audible voice.  As Samuel grew and developed a close relationship with God, from his spirit he knew what God was saying. 

God sends prophets speaking out of God’s heart;
When the Israelites cried out to the Lord because of Midian, God sent them a prophet, who said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not heard. 

At times God spoke with an audibly voice, but not always; usually the Prophets just knew in their spirit what God was saying - - -because they were in tune to hear from God. 

Many times God sent an Angel to bring his message; as he did to Mary and to Zachariah the father of John the Baptist.  God also speaks through dreams; as he did to Jacob, and to Joseph. 

As Christians, we know God speaks to us through His Word, and through Ministers and teachers, but we need to cultivate and learn to listen to the still small voice within each of us.

James Goll says:  The Holy Spirit Speaks from Where He Dwells.
Where does God dwell? God not only dwells in Heaven, but if you are a child of God and have been filled with the Holy Spirit, He lives within you.
According to 1 Corinthians 6:19, "We are the Temple of the Living God." He speaks to us from where He dwells. Where does God dwell? Colossians 1:27 tells us plainly, "Christ IN us is the hope of glory."

As believers we need to be aware that God is speaking to us daily.  We must be available with open ears and open eyes to hear what God is saying to us; giving us direction and encouragement. 

Often God speaking is like a nudge or prompting that we should say a word, give a testimony, give someone a cash gift, or offer help where needed.  

If you have a prompting or a dream that something bad is going to happen, it is a warning for you to pray and put a STOP on it.  Take your authority and command it NOT to happen.   

Saul in the New Testament thought he was doing God’s work by killing the Christians. To get his attention, God took drastic measures.  God had to knock him off his horse and blind him with a shining light to change his direction. Saul heard a voice but the others with him, thought it was thunder. 

Like the wrestler, there are times God has to get us in a “Head Lock,” or Twist our arm behind our back,” to get our attention.  We are like a puppy on a new lease, dragging our heals and refusing to take the walk that if we only knew - - we would certainly enjoy it and be blessed. 

1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 

God has work for each of us to do, and he is ready and willing to give you direction with the “Inward Witness.”  
If your mind is crowded with many worries and cares about worldly things, there will not be room for God to speak to you.  Keep in the Word and watch your thoughts. 

Let us be like the Prophet Samuel who said, “Speak Lord for your servant is listening.”


Sylvia R said...

Great post, Hazel. I appreciate how many ways you noted that God has spoken, and still speaks, to people. I think we miss so much of what He might be saying because our lives are so filled with the noise of clutter, busyness, constant sound-surround, and other distractions. We need to learn to "be swift to hear, slow to speak," and open our hearts as well as our ears to hear what He might be saying to us this very day.
Thanks for this post.

Unknown said...

To have the heart to listen, that's our part to draw nigh unto Him. It's a struggle in this flesh… and thanks for the reminder of our calling.