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Anointing for Sale!

“And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought t

hat the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. 

Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” Acts 8:18-23 (NKJV)

The passage above is very clear on what the early believers (Apostles) thinks of “buying anointing – power of God,” with money. The modern day approach seems very different; many people seem to think that they can even buy God. The value system has so changed that Peter could be considered to be “out of touch”.

There was an incidence in the Old Testament that I will like you to read:

1 Kings 13:33-34,  says, “After this event Jeroboam did not turn from his evil way, but again he made priests from every class of people for the high places; whoever wished, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places. And this thing was the sin of the house of Jeroboam, so as to exterminate and destroy it from the face of the earth.”

Do you really think you can buy the power of God?

Jeroboam used cunning tactics to keep people out of going to Jerusalem to worship. He made an idol for the people to worship and made priest for himself. He played politics with the things of God and lost big time.

The hot pursuit for transfer of anointing is really a big concern. Please beware of strange fire. We don’t need “strange fire” for the work of God. He is able to glorify his name in you and in your calling. You can read about the consequences of strange fire in Leviticus 10:1-3.

“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not.

And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.

Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.”

God does not destroy His children but the devil may take advantage of strange fire to afflict those who “borrow it from him”

Job 1:16, reads “While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.” (KJV). The fire in this scripture was from the devil. He used it to afflict Job.

God is never pleased with merchandising His power. I strongly believe that believers must not “sell or buy” the power of God. Those who do it will argue with this message. Many people do it in disguise; they cloth their trade with “spiritual sugar” difficult to for many people to discern.

We cannot buy the power of God. It was never meant to be and will not be. Don’t be lured into it by any means.

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Scripture quotes: http://www.biblegateway.com

 

Leadership: The Power to Take Up New Responsibilities

We all love to be lifted and to assume higher responsibilities especially if they are honourable and very rewarding. Sometimes we are called to take up responsibilities we are not fully prepared to (in our own eyes). These responsibilities can be in the family, in the community, at work or in the place of worship; they can pose a very big challenge really if you are the kind of person who is mindful of what is expected of you. Joshua, the son of Nun found himself saddled with such a responsibility and was very troubled.

English: Moses Blesses Joshua Before the High ...

English: Moses Blesses Joshua Before the High Priest, as in Numbers 27:22, by James Tissot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:  “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:1-9 (NKJV).

Joshua knew all the troubles Moses passed through leading the Israelites and had never imagined the mantle would fall on him to carry on the job after Moses. He was aware of the external pressures and wars ahead; the assignment was overwhelming.

Solomon had the same concerns stepping into the shoes of David. Who but Absalom and Adonijah could assume that it was an easy job leading Israel? ( they were two young men who saw only the glamour of leadership without a thought about the responsibilities that goes with it).

1 Kings 2:28-35, says, “Then King David answered and said, “Call Bathsheba to me.” So she came into the king’s presence and stood before the king. And the king took an oath and said, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from every distress, just as I swore to you by the Lord God of Israel, saying, ‘Assuredly Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,’ so I certainly will do this day.”

Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and paid homage to the king, and said, “Let my lord King David live forever!”

And King David said, “Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada.” So they came before the king. The king also said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord, and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and take him down to Gihon. There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne, and he shall be king in my place. For I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.”

You may want to read the whole story in 1 Kings Chapters 1 and 2.

Solomon had to turn to God for help. 1 Kings 2:3-15, says “And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.

Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice,behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

Then Solomon awoke; and indeed it had been a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, offered up burnt offerings, offered peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.”

Many times, some people get carried away with self and make erroneous presumptions that they can handle life challenges on their own. They trust their training, exposures, counsellors, human wisdom and strength to see them through but the word of God says, “There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

A horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.” Ps. 33:16-19. (KJV)

  • It is not weakness to turn to the Lord when you find yourself saddled with a big responsibility, especially when it involves leading and handling people. God strengthened Joshua and Solomon when they assumed enormous leadership responsibilities. God helped them. Joshua said later in life, “Behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed.” Joshua 23:14 (NKJV) If the wisdom and ways of humans were enough there won’t be many crisis in the world today; whether they are political, economic or social problems.
  • There is need to study and patience in the new assignment committed to you. The internet provides good access to do research and get vital tools to work with. Study the word of God and appropriate his promises.
  • There is this uneasiness to look behind one’s shoulders to see who might be monitoring your efforts secretly. It is important to be courageous and boldly go about your work.
  • It is not everybody that will appreciate your new lifting. You will have to go on with it; your success doesn’t even guarantee the approval of everybody.
  • You need to do your work with the fear of the Lord. Don’t be carried away with pride or undermined others.
  • Don’t waste your time criticizing your predecessors. Whatever thing they did or fail to do is part of history. You are now in charge; do your job.
  • Learn to carry other people along. Synergy produces better results.
  • Learn to create a balance between work and other aspects of life. Avoid burn-out.

If you have accepted the Lord as your Lord and saviour, you need to allow him to take control of every aspect of your life. He is able to help and comfort you. If you have not accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and saviour, do it today and you will have access to his limitless grace and power.

God will give you the power to succeed in every new responsibility; trust him.

Bible quotes: from www.biblegateway.com

Hearing From God: – How to deal with the conflicts it brings

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Figures 047 The Lord Appears to Moses in a Burning Bush (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is your responsibility to act on the word of God. What produces result is taking the right actions about the word you heard from God. Many people subject the word of God to them, to the approval of other people; but the truth is that God will not hold anyone accountable on your behalf about what you do with the words he spoke to you. There are a lot of scriptures to buttress this.

“Then the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.” But the man of God said to the king, “If you were to give me half your house, I would not go in with you; nor would I eat bread nor drink water in this place. For so it was commanded me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘You shall not eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the same way you came.’” So he went another way and did not return by the way he came to Bethel. Now an old prophet dwelt in Bethel, and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel; they also told their father the words which he had spoken to the king. And their father said to them, “Which way did he go?” For his sons had seenwhich way the man of God went who came from Judah. Then he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” So they saddled the donkey for him; and he rode on it, and went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak. Then he said to him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” And he said, “I am.” Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread.” And he said, “I cannot return with you nor go in with you; neither can I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place. For I have been told by the word of the Lord, ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by going the way you came.’” He said to him, “I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (He was lying to him.) So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house, and drank water. Now it happened, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came to the prophet who had brought him back; and he cried out to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the Lord, and have not kept the commandment which the Lord your God commanded you, but you came back, ate bread, and drank water in the place of which the Lord said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,” your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.’” So it was, after he had eaten bread and after he had drunk, that he saddled the donkey for him, the prophet whom he had brought back. When he was gone, a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey stood by it. The lion also stood by the corpse. And there, men passed by and saw the corpse thrown on the road, and the lion standing by the corpse. Then they went and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt. Now when the prophet who had brought him back from the way heard it, he said, “It is the man of God who was disobedient to the word of the Lord. Therefore the Lord has delivered him to the lion, which has torn him and killed him, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke to him.”” 1 Kings 13:7-26 (NKJV)

The above scripture is clear on who takes the responsibility about the word God speaks to us. The old prophet, despite his part in the horrible episode, did not claim any responsibility.

These are some conflicts that go with hearing from God.

· It is not everyone that is interested in what you heard. Their attitude might discourage you.

· Some people are jealous of such experiences and may not welcome your excitement. 1 Kings 22:19 -28, says, “Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. And the Lord said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ The Lord said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the Lord said, ‘You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.’ Therefore look! The Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, and the Lord has declared disaster against you.” Now Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near and struck Micaiah on the cheek, and said, “Which way did the spirit from the Lord go from me to speak to you?” And Micaiah said, “Indeed, you shall see on that day when you go into an inner chamber to hide!” So the king of Israel said, “Take Micaiah, and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son; and say, ‘Thus says the king: “Put this fellow in prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and water of affliction, until I come in peace.” But Micaiah said, “If you ever return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Take heed, all you people!” (NKJV).

Zedekiah was not going to keep quiet and have Micaiah chatter away with “thus says the Lord”. He did not want to lose face. He wanted the King to believe he had “a monopoly of the spirit of God”; he wanted to protect his deception. So be careful, there are surprises out there.

· You might be upstaging some strongholds. That was the experience of Moses in Egypt when he went to Pharaoh to ask for Israelites release from slavery and it did not go unopposed. “Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” And Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go.” So they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go three days’ journey into the desert and sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.” Then the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people from their work? Get back to your labor.” And Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are many now, and you make them rest from their labor!” Exodus 5:1-4 (NKJV).

The word of God comes to deal with some issues in life. There are usually authorities and powers responsible for challenges of life and they will not just watch you wrestle that hold from them without a fight. In the New Testament it cost John the Baptist his life.

· There are unseen forces that challenge the word of God. Gen 3:1-5, says, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’’ Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

· There are some inner struggles within you that could come up from time to time to wrestle the word of God from you, especially at your low-moments. They include pressures from the lust flesh, fear, the lust of the eyes and doubt.

We must learn to handle all these conflicts with prayer, the study of the word and the power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord wants you to understand these things and that is why this article was written and that is why you are reading it; as you meditate on these words and run it through your past experiences, it will help you to achieve great heights in your walk with God.

What Does The Future Hold? – Seek The Mind of God

English: Scroll of the Psalms

English: Scroll of the Psalms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The year is running to an end and a lot of people are looking ahead for what the future holds. Many people will take time to reflect on their lives and make New Year resolution; of cause, many of such resolutions are broken soon after they were made. The word of God says that you must overcome the strongman before you can take his place. “It is not by might, not by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord.”

The believers’ approach to issues of the future is to seek the mind of the Lord. James 4:13-16 says, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” (NKJV)

The reasons why you should trust the Lord with your future: Jer. 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (NKJV) God is interested in you and his thought for you is a good thought. God want things to go well with you. It is important to know that we know very little about how things will generally turn-out. For instant, in United Kingdom, there were forecast about drought in the year 2012, however, the year has become the wettest since record started.

The following are some important steps you can take about the future.

  • Psalm 37: 3-4 says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. (NKJV)
  • Prov. 3:7-8, says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh,and strength to your bones.” (NKJV)
  • Psalm 1:1-4, says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
  • Get your information right. Don’t go through the future with on with confusing information. If you didn’t get it right, go back to God.
  • Don’t allow other people’s opinion of you ruin your life. Find out the plan God has for your life and follow it. You seek for it through prayers, studying the word of God, meditation on the word and obedience.
  • Be willing to repent and ask for forgiveness when you miss it. Sin is a reproach to people. Prov. 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (NKJV)
  • Don’t seek unwholesome popularity that is against righteousness. “Don’t just be a man of the people” Men may appoint you to a post but it is God that positions people for greatness.
  • Don’t just follow the bandwagon. Exodus 23:2 says, “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:” (KJV)
  • Be thankful. 1 Thess. 5:18 says. “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (NKJV)
  • Be prayerful: 1 Thess. 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing” (KJV)

Phil. 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (KJV)

Col. 4:2 says, “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.” (KJV)

Psalm 37: 5, says “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (KJV)

  • Trust God to help you. Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” (KJV).
  • Do your work honestly, with integrity and be focused. 1 Thess.4:11-12 says, “….. make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: you should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” (NIV)
  • Stay away from other gods. Jer.25:6 says “And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt” (KJV)
  • Service the Lord with gladness.

It is my prayer that all will go well with you in the coming year; as the scripture says, in Isaiah 3:10 ““Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them,
For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.” (NKJV)

Farewell and God bless you.

Hearing from God – Prophesy

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pi...

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pitsak, a Medieval Armenian scribe and miniaturist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hearing from God is very important in the life of every believer. Hearing from God is not a one-sided thing, it is not only a human desire; God wants to speak to his children. That means that it is something that is readily available to everyone who desires to hear God. All you need to do is position yourself rightly and you will enjoy this fellowship with God.

God speaks to us through prophesy. In prophesy God sends a message to you through someone else. This is a very common way that God used in the lives of the Israelites. It is commonly identifiable in the Bible.

“The Sovereign Lord never does anything without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets. When a lion roars, who can keep from being afraid? When the Sovereign Lord speaks, who can keep from proclaiming his message The Sovereign Lord never does anything without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets. When a lion roars, who can keep from being afraid? When the Sovereign Lord speaks, who can keep from proclaiming his message? Amos 3: 7-8 (GNT)

God appointed prophets whom he used to convey his purpose to his people. “The Lord spoke to Jeremiah in the thirteenth year that Josiah son of Amon was king of Judah, and he spoke to him again when Josiah’s son Jehoiakim was king. After that, the Lord spoke to him many times, until the eleventh year of the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah. In the fifth month of that year the people of Jerusalem were taken into exile.” Jer. 1: 2-3 (GNT)

The proof of prophesy is that it must not mislead the people of God; it must not contradict the revealed “absolute truths” of the word of God, (for example, the fact that there is one God is an absolute truth, the sinfulness of man and the need for his salvation through Jesus Christ is an absolute truth.) All prophesies are proved by their fulfilment. All prophesies lead people to God.

Prophesy as a gift is different from the office of a prophet. Prophesy comes anytime God communicates in that manner. It can come from the prophet or someone God chooses to use. The prophet stands in the office to constantly point God’s people to the direction God wants them to follow. This does not mean the ability to see through people or the ability to always have something about the future to say to every person that comes around. Christian prophesies is not clairvoyance; these are different and far-apart as far as Christianity is concerned. In fact God forbids believers from associating with clairvoyance.

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,  or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.” Dt. 18:10-12 (NIV)

I know many people are drown towards seeking prophesies and prophets as an obsession; however, this means of God speaking to people is as normal as any other way God chooses to use to speak to you. Prophesy is one of the most abused Christian experiences and some people have used it to exploit others. It has been used to intimidate and scare people all over the ages against the will of God. False prophets are common everywhere and many of them are so crafty that it takes discernment and the help of the Holy Spirit to escape their antics.

God is interested in the lives of his people and is ever will to guide and help them.  The scripture says:

“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture” Psalm 100:3 (NIV)

All who desire to hear from God must learn to worship and praise God. They must learn to pray and study the Bible. They must learn to wait on the Lord and be eager to obey him.

Hearing from God – The Audible Voice

English: Holy Spirit depicted as the dove (det...

English: Holy Spirit depicted as the dove (detail) above Child Jesus in two Trinities by Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many people expect to hear God audibly and many people get confused when we talk about God speaking audibly because they wonder what it will be like. God can speak to us in any way he chooses. The most important thing he wants is that, we understand and obey him.

Acts 9:1-7 says “Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.” (NKJVPaul heard God speaking audibly with him and telling him what to do.

In Acts 8:26-29, Philip had a great experience; an angel spoke to him and later same day, the Holy Spirit spoke to him. It reads, “Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”” (NKJV)

There are many Bible passages that revealed how God spoke audibly to people.

The audible voice is a not very common experience with many people. It is not commonly agreed why this is so and I am not going to attempt going into that argument. Many people have heard God talk to them as if someone was just by their side. God understands us and knows what is best for us. Some people might not find that experience comfortable and God is not going to embarrass them by relating with them that way.

I will not advice anyone to be dogmatic about the way they want God to speak to them. The way he uses is not as important as what he says and you understanding and obeying it. It is important that anyone who wants to hear from God devotes some time to prayers and study of the word of God. Hearing from God is not something to boast about, it is one of those essential things that a child of God should believe God for.

Hearing from God – The Still Small Voice

 

So how does God speak to us? I have always been amused by people who mimic God’s voice; usually they make it sound like the voice of an old man, very deep and slow. Others make it look as if God is incoherent. Well, I don’t mind, however it sounds like, let it be real. Please don’t seek a special effect; ask God to speak to you in the language you understand.

God can speak to us in a still small voice, in other words, we hear God speak to our spirit man. This voice will be audible within you, but it is clear and understandable. There may not be anything unusual about it. It may be like the voice of the human spirit but in this case you know that, this is not a just mind activity and it is not an imagination. You just know that someone said something to you.

I have tried in a previous post to distinguish the voice of God from other voices that may confuse you. God’s voice doesn’t need to be terrific. Many people miss it here because they are looking for an awesome voice. I will give you a simple example. There was a day, long time ago, I bought a bottle of Coca-Cola, after pouring the drink, as I lifted the cup to drink, I heard a voice say to me “look at the drink”. It was very clear to me that I heard a voice. When I looked, I saw an object in the drink. Some of the remains were still in the bottle. Well, I don’t know what would have happen if I just emptied the whole content into my bowels but I believe I was saved some troubles.

The Scripture says in 1 Kings 19:11-15 “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?” And he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, torn down your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” Then the Lord said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria.” (NKJV

Elijah had his expectation of how God was going to appear to him but it did not just happen that way. When “God eventually showed up” he spoke to him in the still small voice.

Many people spend time getting acquitted with this way that God uses to speak to us. I did too. There were times, especially when I was young in the faith, in the fellowship people were given opportunities to say what God led in their heart, I was naïve and there were times when God told me something but I did not talk; God raised someone else who said exactly what God wanted me to say. Of cause I felt disappointed that “I disobeyed God” but God was not angry with me, I was just learning. I became more confident with time but “never too bold”. Some time ago, I was ministering in an evening meeting and God told me he was going to bless someone with a car (I was a pastor at this time). I looked around and was wondering who that could be (not my business really); I just said it; the following week, during the testimony time, a man who was in that meeting came forward to testify how God miraculously blessed him with a car. I always try to make sure I hear from God before saying so.

You can have this experience too like many other people. One important thing is to continually give yourself to prayers. Hearing from God, for me, does not call for arrogance or being unruly; I have seen people who abuse this privilege and got into trouble. Actually hearing from God is the beginning of the process; it is obedience that makes him glad.

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed.” John 8:31 (NKJV)

 

Reference:

All Bible quotes are from http://www.biblegateway.com

 

 

Hearing from God – Praise and Worship Dimension

English: Elisha raising the Shunammites Son

English: Elisha raising the Shunammites Son (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Praise and worship is very important for anyone who wants to hear God. God can talk to anyone at any time but for those who are in a relationship with him, who desire to hear him in their situations and circumstance, worship makes the presence of God available in a unique way.

Praise and worship moves God in a special way; the scripture tells us of how Elisha used it. It says, And Elisha said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at you, nor see you. But now bring me a musician.” Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. And he said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’ For thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.’And this is a simple matter in the sight of the Lord; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand.” 2 Kings 3:14-18 (NKJV) Worship gave Elisha access to the presence of God, where God spoke to him concerning Israel’s predicament.

We can never force God to talk to us, it is his prerogative to speak or keep quiet.  However, he is interested in telling his children what he wants to do. He can tell us things about ourselves, our community or nation. The scripture says,

Amos 3:7 says “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets” (NIV). God can tell his friends anything and may instruct them on what to do. In atmosphere of praise and worship, God can manifest his presence, speak to people and manifest his power in various other ways. The experience of Paul and Silas in Acts 16:25-26 is an example.

The Lord told me many times of some things he wanted to do or would do; many of them had no immediate application to me, some of them were about my community and even about other nations. Please be aware that God respects people privacy. He will not tell you about people’s private lives except if it is absolutely essential. “Breaking into people’s private lives” spiritually has dire consequences.

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” Acts 16:25-26 (NKJV).

Our lives should be full of worship. You can do it with singing, meditation, praise and gratitude, a mind full of the thoughts of God. You can listen to praise and worship songs. You can dance before the Lord in your closet. Your confession should be full of praise to God.

Your prayer should not just be asking God for blessings. A good portion of your prayer time should be devoted to praise. You may come to a time when your life will be full of praises to God, by day and by night. There is a call to worship and praise God and I encourage you to join now.

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand.” Psalm 95: 1-7 (NKJV)

Hearing from God – Prayer Dimension (Spiritual Warfare)

Figures 047 The Lord Appears to Moses in a Bur...

Figures 047 The Lord Appears to Moses in a Burning Bush (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am sure you are interested in hearing from God or a least you want to find out few things about it.  You are not the only “person” who is interested in your interest to hear from God. So please pay attention, this post is very important.

In Genesis 3:1 the scripture says “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? ” (NIV)

The devil is interested in your quest to hear from God and in what God tells you. Also the scripture says in Luke 4:9-12 “The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” (NIV) The devil is interested in what God says to you because he wants to manipulate it and wrestle it from your hand.

Other people may not care about whatever God says to you especially if they want you to remain ordinary. If what you said God told you might cause them to lose any part of their power or control over you, they will oppose it. Let us see some examples: Exodus 5:1-2, says, “Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” (NIV). It took a lot of spiritual warfare to make Pharaoh obey God and let Israel go out of Egypt.

2 Kings 7:1-2 says, “Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seahof the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahsof barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.” The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, “Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” “You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha, “but you will not eat any of it!” (NIV). The man in this scripture felt he was an authority and only the things that he forecasts should be taken seriously. He does not have any respect for God or his word. His comments provoked Elisha and he pronounced punishment upon him.

If you desire to hear from God, you must be prepared to pray. Some of the things prayers will do for you are:

  1. It will remove every clog on your way that can hinder you from hearing from God.
  2. Prayer will sharpen your perception and make you more excited at what God is saying.
  3. Prayers will help you with the strength to obey what God has told to do.
  4. Hearing God could become a spiritual warfare like we have read in the scripture earlier. The devil and his agents will oppose you; they are not interested in seeing the will of God done. I have seen this happen severally and the only way to prevail is through prayer.

It is spiritual blindness if anyone does not want to hear from God and actually, the devil likes it. It exposes people to greater danger and opens the gate for oppression, stagnation and slavery. It promotes a dry life and all manners of evil. I am sure you don’t want any of those.

Commit yourself to praying effectively as a Christian. You can really enjoy your Christian life if you make up your mind to pray constantly.

 

Reference:

Bible quote: http://www.biblegateway.com

 

 

 

 

 

Hearing from God – Beware of these Voices

Hearing from God is a very vital part of the Christian life. Every child of God has access to the presence of God. God wants to speak to you. You may not necessarily hear God with your physical ears but his voice is clear to anyone who has learnt to listen to him. We shall look into ways the God speaks to us but today let us look at some of the voices that make it difficult for some of us to hear God.

One of the voices we hear every day is the voice of the human spirit. The voice of human spirit is a voice in us that we hear saying something to us about issues that cover virtually every aspect of our lives. Sometimes it picks up your physical voice – you catch yourself talking to yourself at this time. Most times it does not speak aloud. You are in constant conversation with yourself. It is more interested in things that are convenient for the flesh. It can fan your fears and trumpet your pride. It has the tendency to struggle with God. The following scriptural verses states,

“Those who live as their human nature tells them to, have their minds controlled by what human nature wants. Those who live as the Spirit tells them to, have their minds controlled by what the Spirit wants. To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace.And so people become enemies of God when they are controlled by their human nature; for they do not obey God’s law, and in fact they cannot obey it.Those who obey their human nature cannot please God.” Rom. 8:5-8 (GNT)

There is also the voice of the devil. The Bible points us to various instances where the devil’s activities were let out of the dark. One of such instances is recorded in Gen. 3: 1-5 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”  The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;  but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (NASB)

The devil is out to discredit God always. You can always dictate this in everything the devil says, no matter how good the advice is. He has been around for a long time and comes with “wicked wisdom” mostly unsolicited for. He wrestles every word of God to pervert it.

There is the voice of the “wise”. Some of these people are partly agents of the enemy (most of them do not know it) and some are people who are full of the human spirit and a dominating spirit who feel they know more than other people but are self-opinionated. Some of them have become “opinion leaders”  It cuts across the boundary of all human life. I remember a Christian meeting I attended and in the midst of a discussion. Someone said something like “all this talk about studying Bible and talk of the Holy Spirit, is not it; come let us teach you” So what does he have to teach anybody about the Christian life more than the word of God and more than the Holy Spirit is able to. Who among us knows anything to tell anyone that will help them if God did not open our heart and theirs to learn, understand and apply the truth in their lives. The answer is – Nobody. Job’s friends were in this kind of error; Job called them miserable comforters. God eventually rebuked them. “It came about after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has.” Job 42:7 (NASB)

We see another instance in the Bible of a voice like that in 2 Kings 7:1-2.  “Then Elisha said, “Listen to the word of the Lord; thus says the Lord, ‘ Tomorrow about this time ameasure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.’” The royal officer on whose hand the king was leaning answered the man of God and said, “Behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” Then he said, “Behold, you will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat of it.” (NASB)

These are just pointers to tell us that if we must hear God and walk according to his counsel we must be discerning and able to make a difference between what is right and what is not.

Stay blessed.

Reference:

All Bible quotes are from http://www.biblegateway.com

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