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

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

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.

It Was Such A Bad!

Jesus and Saint Peter, Gospel of Matthew 4.18-...

Jesus and Saint Peter, Gospel of Matthew 4.18-20 Français : Jésus et Saint Pierre, Évangile selon Matthieu 4.18-20 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many of us are familiar with situations where expectations fail to come through as planned. There were days when things went haywire and everything fell apart.  It could be such occasions where an unguarded moment of “madness” made everything to break and fall at the wrong places.  Many of such experiences usually linger around longer than we hope they should and many people struggle to recover from them for a long period of time. It reminds me of the day Peter had an encounter with Jesus.

“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net” Luke5:4-5 (NKJV)

Peter and his friends were fishermen and were at work throughout the night in the lake. It was a day that their skills did not yield any good return on investment. Their expectation failed, their plans and hopes were dashed and their customers had nothing to buy that day and were extremely disappointed. Frustration was written all over them as they washed their nets. You can comprehend their level of frustration from Peter’s word in the scripture quoted above; “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing.” It was such a bad day.

When Jesus came and the multitude gather the scripture said, he “saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.” Luke5:2-3 (NKJV)

It was the boat that must have received a lot of backlashes from its owner (you know how we heap blames and hisses on people and things to easy our frustration – call it transfer of aggression, if you like). It was one of the boats that their owners had quickly forgotten its usefulness in the good old days. It became the Master’s vessel at the time Jesus borrowed it. Peter must have been consumed in the gracious words that proceed from the graceful voice of Jesus. The crowd that followed Jesus swallowed up the usual fish buyers and transformed the negative atmosphere created by unfruitful labour. Peter’s pains suddenly resurfaced when Jesus turned to him and said ““Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  He retorted “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” His heart was full of faith in Jesus because of the words he heard him speak but his head was full of pain and doubt because of his bad night at work. He was at a cross-road.

Peter’s faith in Jesus prevailed; he said “nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” I am glad he did. It was a bad night but the day needn’t end like that! Every bad experience is always in the past, the future has no records except the ones people export into it. The future is a gift from God and there are gracious words from the Master that we can act on, regardless of our bad days. You may have a head full of fears and doubt but you can nonetheless choose to heed the graceful voice. Sometimes, people assume that where there is faith, there should be no struggles with doubt; but that is not the reality, the truth is that faith is, a trust in God in the presence of great evidence of a likely failure and embarrassment.

I don’t know what you are going through at the moment; there is hardly any person without a life challenge. Some people, despite their great fame and wealth are being eaten up by sickness; sickness that the very best of medical personnel has no solutions for ; Like the woman in Luke 8:43, “And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any” (KJV). There are people who have been blessed with children and are struggling to feed them while some people are traversing land and sea looking for the fruit of the womb. Many young people are looking for jobs while many others are fed up with their jobs. Many marriages and relationships are in shambles and many governments are helpless about the situations in their countries. Who does not have a need?

You may be wondering who cares and why is it my concern? God cares. God loves you and I am sent by God to reach you with this message. I want to be your friend. We may never meet but I will be praying   for you that God will visit you and turn around the bad day. Psalm 30:5 says, “…….His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”

You may wish to hear God speak to you; why not read the Bible? Read the Book of Mark and see the things Jesus did. He can do something for you too.

You may wish to tell God about your challenges; God is already waiting for you to come.  Matt.7:7-11; Matt. 11:28 (NKJV)

God fixes bad days. Those who turn to him always come through with a smile and surprise. Peter did. Luke5: 4-8, says, “When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (NKJV)

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All scriptures used are from www.biblegateway.com

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.

I Won’t Be Denied!

John 10.10 says “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” AMP.

I want you to imagine yourself as a hard working person, working under the most tasking, odious and humiliating conditions. You were willing to go through the most tedious experience of your life.

I imagine you did it to provide the essential things of life for your children and at the end of the period of your work you collected you pay and returned home to your family, happy that they will enjoy the fruit of your labour. You are a good parent.

I want you to imagine also taking one of your children to the supermarket to buy something he/she wanted. You gladly went to the counter to pay. Now you have paid for the item and packed it but suddenly someone comes by and collects the item you purchased for your child and starts walking away with it; what will you do? I don’t know what you would have done but I know what I would do. I will have shouted at the invader, I would have ran after him and caught him; call the police if need be and I would have fought to recover the item.

Luke 18:1-8 “Also [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up). He said, In a certain city there was a judge who neither reverenced and feared God nor respected or considered man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, Protect and defend and give me justice against my adversary. And for a time he would not; but later he said to himself, Though I have neither reverence or fear for God nor respect or consideration for man, Yet because this widow continues to bother me, I will defend and protect and avenge her, lest she give meintolerable annoyance and wear me out by her continual coming or at the last she come and rail on me orassault me or strangle me. Then the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says! And will not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf? I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth?” AMP

I learnt this lesson and made up my mind: “I won’t be denied”. Jesus paid a high price for my good. My salvation is included, John 3:16 says “God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” GW; my health is included, I peter 2:24 says “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” NKJV;  my finances are included, 2 Cor.8:9 Say “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” NKJV, and many more. I shall not be denied. It is important to me because the sufferings of Christ were not in a hidden place.

1 Peter 5:1 says “I appeal to your spiritual leaders.I make this appeal as a spiritual leader who also witnessed Christ’s sufferings and will share in the glory that will be revealed.” GW

Luke 24:15-20 says “While they were talking, Jesus approached them and began walking with them. Although they saw him, they didn’t recognize him. He asked them, “What are you discussing?” They stopped and looked very sad. One of them, Cleopas, replied, “Are you the only one in Jerusalem who doesn’t know what has happened recently?” “What happened?” he asked. They said to him, “We were discussing what happened to Jesus from Nazareth. He was a powerful prophet in what he did and said in the sight of God and all the people. Our chief priests and rulers had him condemned to death and crucified.” GW

I will not be denied. The devil, his demons and their agents cannot hold me back. God is with me I cannot be denied. Matthew 28:20b says ““And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.”” GW. God is committed to helping me possess my possessions, that is what Luke 18: 1-8 is talking about.

You need the knowledge of the word of God to actualise this. Study the Bible and get committed to what it says.

You must insist in prayers that you must have what God says you should have. The devil is not a gentleman, don’t treat him like one.

You must act and live by faith. God has made available to you all that is needed for a good life on earth. That is what John 10; 10b is talking about. Don’t be denied.

 

 

Hearing from God – Visions and Dreams

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

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

One thing I want us to know is that it is important to God that we hear and understand him. It is not just important to us as humans but it is also important to him. What does that mean? It means that you should relax and let this happen without struggles. I know many people are bothered with this “hearing from God thing”, but there is no need to be uneasy about it.

Jesus said “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27. (NKJV)

“And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” John 10:16 (NKJV)

The scripture say “So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:4-10 (NKJV).

You might have noticed that in Exodus 3:4-10, Moses was going about his own business when God appeared and spoke to him. He was not doing any “religious thing” in any form. What God told him was primarily God’s business. God has a business to do and wants people who will listen and obey him, in order to accomplish his task.

I want us to look at “hearing from God – visions and dreams dimensions.” God uses pictures to speak to us. It is these pictures that are described as visions and dreams. Visions are messages revealed in pictures. People normally see visions while they are awake or partially awake. It may or may not come with a voice.

Genesis 15:1 Says “After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” (NKJV)

Numbers 24:4 says of Balam; “The utterance of him who hears the words of God, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Who falls down, with eyes wide open:” (NKJV)

Psalm 89:19 says “Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one, And said: “I have given help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people.” (NKJV)

Dreams are almost the same things as visions but they take place while we are asleep. When we wake up we can recollect the pictures and voices; there had been instances where people forgot the dreams and the messages. This is very unfortunate; if it happens, you must take it up in prayers.

Job 33:14-16 says “For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds, Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction.” (NKJV)

There are three dimensions of “dream”; there is the dream that comes out of daily activities. People carry on with their lives while asleep. For example, there are people who shout “Goal” as if they are playing or watching a football game while asleep.

There is dream that I want to classify as nightmare. These dreams are horrifying and wearisome. They come from the enemy to frighten their victims. They are full of bad messages. If left unrestrained, they can become realities. If you are experiencing this type of dream, you must pray against it. Any time they occur, pray and cancel it, in Jesus name.

Then there are the visions of the night. God sends a message to a person while asleep. Remember, God can show you what he wants. However God does not terrify his people. He does not frighten his children.

I had some issues with this when I was young. God spoke to me often through the visions of the night. when read from Joel 2:28-29 ““And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (NKJV) I did not understand why I had “dreams” as a young person. I took it up in prayers and the Lord told me that, that was not the whole meaning of that scripture. It was then he told me that what happened to me were the visions of the night and showed me this verse in Job 33:14-16.

Visions and dreams could become intricate to many people; there are people who run around looking for interpreters of dreams and visions. I have learnt to keep it simple. God will not tell me things that are too mysterious to understand if he expects me to obey him. Don’t get me wrong, there have been times that God told me of future events that I didn’t understand; in such instances, I took time to pray and he revealed more things to me. In some instance, he told me it was just for information (this may seem strange to some people but as you walk closely to God, you will discover this truth).

Don’t forget, those who desire to hear from God must commit themselves to him. They must pray always and study the Bible.

Reference

Bible quotes: www.biblegateway.com

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)

 

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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)

Help from God – You will get help at the right time!

I have a word from the Lord for you this month. Read it, claim it by faith and watch it come true for you.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;” Psalm 46:1-2 (NKJV)

God is going to help you. You can have timely help in your plans and in time of trouble.

You can read though Psalm 121 and claim the promises of God for us. It will work. It says;

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.”

God will act on time and you will not be frustrated.

All scriptures are from www.biblegateway.com

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