This subject seems to be a theme that God would have us pay attention to…In devotionals, blogs and…
The Wednesday services at my church have been on Hearing the Voice of God….teachings on how this is done. You see God speaks to each of us, all of the time. Whispering in the “still small voice” described in the scriptures. Most of us hear him, in one manner or another, however it gets lost in the din of distractions in some of our lives. Or we dismiss it as crazy thoughts,or think that it is our own conscious speaking. And some simply no longer hear it at all.
Proverbs 13:12a says,” Hope deferred makes the heart sick,”
If all we ever recieve from the Word of God, whether it be what we read or what is given us from the pulpit, is the Light or the Hope in the Word, we will not recieve the substance we are believing God for. What I mean is as humans we are able to receive a sense of hope from an inspirational passage or sermon, but we need Faith, a true belief of receiving to actually receive the substance contained within the very message that sparked hope. If we do not diligently seek the substance, Faith, we will become sick inside, discouraged.
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that Faith is the substance of things Hoped for.
We must live a life of prayer and time with the LORD to get the substance. Prayer is time with God, it’s an exchange between the child and the parent. Like my friend’s blog entry, it was an exchange. We are allowed to ask God about things that perplex us…it is no different to ask Him why He doesn’t talk to us than to ask Him how to hear Him. Both questions lead to the same answer from God…that still small voice…
1 Kings 19:11-13
God’s Revelation to Elijah
Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
You may ask, why does He ask what I am doing in this situation??? The answer is in the scripture passages…He is not in the circumstance, and He doesn’t expect us to be! We are the children of the Most High, we are not supposed to be in the midst of chaos.
We are responsible for our own lifestyle changes and the results we get from these changes. We must seek and listen for His voice. The Substance is what God is saying to you, personally, when you spend time in His Word, in prayer and in His house.
Some tips to assist with learning to hear the Voice of God:
first…what was the last thing you believe God spoke to you to do? Whether it was yesterday or five years ago, go back to that instruction and do it. It will help you to get back to the Voice of God.
God speaks to us, individually, specifically through the sermons we hear from the pulpit.
*Write down what God instructs during these sermons.
*Lay hands on your ears and ask for spiritual hearing, before the sermon.
** remember we were made to hear God’s voice. John 10:3-4…If you have the desire to hear from God you are His sheep…Proverbs 13:12b, ” But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”
** Remember this…His sent ones hear Him.
Are you listening…