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God wants to communicate
Understand that God wants to speak to you and that He is still speaking today.
It is an integral part of God to communicate with you.
God is a personal God who desires intimate fellowship with individuals more than a distant relationship with humanity as a race.
God wants to share His thoughts, His desires, His plan and will for your life (Ps. 139:17-18).
God reveals His communicating nature throughout the scripture:-
Book of Genesis:-
God spoke into existence the heavens, earth, animals and mankind
God spoke to Adam and Eve Gen 2, 3
God spoke to Abraham Gen 21
God spoke to Jacob Gen 28 ? He wrestled with God
God spoke to Pharaoh Gen 41 ? Unbelieving King
God spoke to Joseph Gen 37 ? Eager to share his dream, got sold out to brothers
Throughout the Bible:-
God spoke to Moses Ex 3 ? Blue print to lead people out of Egypt
God spoke to Joshua Joshua 5 ? Sanctify your selves
God spoke to Samuel 1 Sam 3 ? Samuel thought it was Eli
God spoke to Elijah 1 Kings 19 ? Not in the earthquake or the fire, but in a still small voice
God spoke to Paul Acts 9:3 ? Confirmed by a bright light
Hearing the voice of the Lord brings us many benefits such as:-
John 10:3 My sheep know My voice
Brings purpose to our existence (we are His sheep)
Psalm 91:15 Hearing God?s voice brings protection
Condition ? when you call upon his name
Joshua 1:7, 8 Hearing God?s voice brings provision and prosperity
Condition to this word - Look for the if?s and but?s
Direction ? do not turn left or right then you will prosper
Psalm 23 Hearing God?s voice brings comfort and encouragement
Also peace in difficult times
John 15:15 Hearing God?s voice brings intimacy and friendship
No more servants but sons and daughters
We need to grow in God to hear His secrets (different levels of communicating)
Rom 8:29 Hearing God?s voice brings transformation
Brings life, hope, purpose, direction and order where there is none
Is that every word of God has a bit more detail than the previous word
God?s voice is continually expanding, progressing and creative
Hearing God?s voice should be a normal everyday occurrence ? expect to hear from Him
You need an open heart and a desire to hear Gods voice
Hearing God is not based on works but on relationship
Not to exchange or do something to get something
It is heart communication, spirit to Spirit, give it some time to develop
John 8:38 - Jesus speaks only what He has seen with His Father
Jesus is the ultimate revealer and role model - in words, in works, in attitude
We have not because we ask not ? the word ?ask? does not mean to command, but to ask with a censure heart
Meditate on the word day and night, pray in the Holy Ghost always - which will cause an open heaven
Hearing the voice of the Lord
To hear we need ears
?Shama? in the Hebrew means to hearken, listen, obey, publish
Hearing implies, to have knowledge
Not so much to what the Lord is saying, but what the Lord is saying TO ME!
We hear the logos word, but need to listen to the rhema (revelation) word
There?s a saying ?Listen, or thy tongue will keep thee deaf?
To listen is to give your undivided attention
Is the quieting of the soul (mind, will and emotions
Is a time of separation from the world
Is heart communication, spirit to spirit, mouth to mouth, heart to heart
Is an art to master
Is to hear the deeper thoughts of God
It is sometimes in the pause
Takes a school of discipline
Pamela Grey once said:-?For one soul that exclaims, ?Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth, there are ten that say, ?Hear Lord, for the servant speaketh!?
Ways in which the Word of the Lord comes to you
Audible Voice - familiar voice (Samuel thought it was Eli)
Vision - see with your spiritual eyes, your understanding
Dream - in the stillness of the morning
Perceive - as the Word of the Lord came to you
Thoughts - discern whether from God, or yourself or the devil
Downloading - not in words but in knowing
Examples of hearing God by getting your attention
Moses - Exodus 3:2-4 - Burning Bush
Elijah - 1 Kings 19:12, 13 - Not in the wind, nor earthquake, nor fire, but still small voice
Daniel - Daniel 10:3-9 - Fasted, saw the Lord, heard His voice in a deep sleep
God can speak to you through the television, radio, your children, and through circumstances.
Sometimes being at the right place on the right time is hearing from God.
Hearing God in teaching, preaching or in ministering mode
The prophet would sense a situation and would start to minister in that direction. For those who it?s applicable would then feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit whether of sin, righteousness or judgement ? and then when they act on it whether to forgive or repent and to acknowledge the situation, then can the healing process start. When a person would reveal the sin it will be you convicting the person and not the Holy Spirit.
Responsibility that comes in hearing the voice of the Lord - need to obey the Word and act on it
Gen 22:1-8 Abraham?s faith confirmed to sacrifice Isaac
James 1:22 Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves
Activation - Writing the thoughts of God
To hear and record God?s communications to you personally
To develop you talking to God and listen to God talking back