Hearing God’s voice…
One of the greatest privileges we’ve been given on this earth is to hear the voice of the one who made us…He alone has the ability to lead us along the best pathway for our lives (Psalm 32:8). Without Him, it’s easy to be led on a path of our own emotions, our own ideas, emotions or ideas of someone else…eventually we end up wishing we never set foot on those paths that may have at one time seemed so great to us…I find such clarity comes during that time of fellowship with God in prayer that is beyond what you can really even explain. Sometimes “His voice” speaks in words, sometimes in pictures, sometimes with an impression or strong pressing around something, sometimes “His voice” speaks through the quiet, bringing peace right when you need it. Often for me, the Holy Spirit will bring a scripture to mind for me to think on and come into agreement with as I speak it out, whether over my own life or someone else’s. However God has spoken to us, we can rest in knowing it was exactly what we needed to hear and how we needed to hear it. He’s really awesome like that…He doesn’t deliver based on what we think is best, He delivers based on what HE KNOWS is best and our measuring stick isn’t even worth comparing with His.
God is love and He only has good things on His mind for us and stored up for us to release from the supernatural into the natural as we simply say yes to His thoughts, words, images and emotions rather than our own (1 John 4:8, Psalm 100:5, John 10:10), and the way we do this is through prayer. When we pray and have a conversation with God, the most powerful life changing results take place when we agree with what He has already spoken in the scriptures. The bible is full of God’s thoughts, images and emotions for us, so anytime we want to hear His voice, we can read what He spoke before we were even born, and pray for His Holy Spirit to make those words “rhema” to us. That’s the key to a changed life or situation on this earth…when a word becomes RHEMA (living, alive!) in our hearts. When we not only read it and say, “Yes I agree,” but the day we really KNOW it’s true on the inside and experience the victory of it if-you-will before anything has even changed in the natural, then that’s when we can rest assured that what is believed in our hearts on the inside will also be reflected on the outside in our lives.
The amazing thing is that God is speaking things to us every day…desiring to lead us along a path that is continually straight, leading into the continual fulfillment of His promises in our lives on this earth. He’s so persistent and He never gives up! To even the hardest hearts, He is still speaking…Jesus is in CONSTANT intercession (prayer) for us…so longing for us to receive God’s goodness into our lives (Heb 7:25). He longs for us to draw near to Him…just imagine having a child that never calls you or hangs out with you and is too busy going His own way for you. As a parent, you just sit and watch his/her life in shambles, or the many hurts and just so want to help them and provide for them, but you can’t because they won’t let you. God is a gentleman and will never force Himself upon anyone. He loves us deeply.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
God desires to lead us by His thoughts daily, and if we let Him, He will. Psalm 68:19 tells us that He loads us DAILY with benefits.
It may take a little time to get to know His voice, like it would any new friend, but it doesn’t take long after hanging out together a few times. AND it’s easy to identify His voice when you always remember that God is love (patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not rude, is not selfish, is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, doesn’t delight in evil, rejoices in the truth, always hopes, always perseveres and never fails). SO whatever GOD speaks, will always line up with His character. We can think of it kind of like a unique accent on His voice. If we have a British friend, we can quickly identify them on the phone, a Spanish friend, etc. in comparison to others who don’t share that same dialect. The longer we’ve been in fellowship with Him, the better we know His character and the easier it is to recognize His voice…much like it is with any other friendship on earth.
We also learn to recognize the voice of a stranger, especially one trying to imitate our friend….if someone got on the phone with us trying to pretend to be a close friend of ours, we’d know right away it wasn’t them, and the same is true when we know God through His Word and our fellowship time with Him. Then when the enemy or someone else tries to sneak in a little, “thus sayeth the Lord,” we’ll know something is off because no one but God Himself can give off that accent of love..and only when we are in Him do we get the ability to share in that accent. If it isn’t love, it isn’t God. Love doesn’t make people sick, love doesn’t bring condemnation. Love heals. Love restores. Love forgives and forgets. Love is good and brings trust, hope and perseverance into people’s lives. So if we hear the voice of a stranger trying to speak into our hearts “God gave you this to teach you a lesson…” or something off like that, we can be quick to know that is NOT the voice of The Lord. Poverty is the voice of a stranger, sickness is a voice of a stranger, offense, worry…anything that does not line up with The Word of God is the voice of a stranger and we should be quick to flee from it and instead speak what God’s word really says in that area.
John 10:4-5 says, “…and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
So to sum up this little sharing time on hearing God’s voice…just remember that God desires to be your steering wheel on a daily basis and He is speaking to you today through His divine accent called love. He has a far greater plan for your life than you do for yourself, and He’s hoping you’ll give Him an open ear sometime today and maybe even some hang out time with just you and Him. All you need to bring is an open heart…a bible and a notebook are always good too.