Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Let us be like the Prophet
Samuel who said, “Speak Lord for your servant is listening.”