You open your ears to hear His words to you.
You do as He commands, following His instructions.
You take heed to His Words.
You obey. You write them on the tablet of your heart. You remember.
But what happens when you can’t decipher God’s voice from among the rest?
“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks 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.”
1 Kings 19:11-12 KJV
Being able to hear God’s voice is an ongoing, never-ending part of a believer’s life. Yet, sometimes we neglect the still silence because we don’t want to wait for the “still small voice”. Do you need grandiosity to know that God is talking to you? In John 4:48, it reads, “Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” God can use anything to speak to us and we should believe. But if we don’t hear, how can we receive what God says?
If you haven’t, go read the book of Jeremiah. Throughout the entire book, God is speaking through the prophet, telling them of what they will face due to sin. Famine, desolation, war, etc. God was giving His children the warning but they were not listening. Jeremiah 8:8 NLT reads, ““‘How can you say, “We are wise because we have the word of the Lord,” when your teachers have twisted it by writing lies?” They truly thought there leaders/prophets of the time were speaking the truth, yet they could not decipher between true and false prophecy. Likewise in Jeremiah 25:8-9, it notes, “Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words, behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.”
I don’t know about y’all, but God’s wrath is no joke, and I don’t want to be on the receiving end of that.
So check yourself right now. Am I truly open to receiving a word from God? Or am I distracted? Do I have too many people whispering in my ear to hear?
Listen, I’m not telling you to cut down on your friend circle or mute your favorite Christian artist’s tweets. [Remember, I told you in a previous blog that good friends push you to God!] However, if you’re turning to them more than God, then we have another situation on our hands.
But still, how do we know what’s God’s voice and what isn’t?
Tip #1: If it’s not uplifting God, it ain’t from God.
“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”
Ephesians 4:17-19 NKJV
As a human, we are primarily focused on our own selves, it’s a natural thing. However when we enter in God’s family, we start becoming selfless; it separates us from our selfishness of natural life and into that which is spiritual. For instance, I recently started giving clothes away because I was led too. Now inner me was in disbelief wanting to hoard my clothes; I told myself things like “I’d certainly wear these again” or “That can’t be right, there’s no way God wants me to do that”. But I had to remind myself of the scripture God led me to in that moment:
“ “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.” “
Isaiah 58:6-7 NLT
If you find a thought or voice constantly glorifying yourself, reconsider.
Tip #2: Check the Word (because it’s the truth).
“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God and the Word was God.” John 1:1
What you hear from God will always reflect in His Word. And if you can’t find it there, then it’s not from Him. I know sometimes we don’t like to question things, or test them, but look at 1 John 4:1:
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
And again in 1 Thessalonians 5:21, “Test all things; hold fast what is good.“
Don’t be afraid to try the Word, because when it comes from God it will be upheld.
Tip #3: If it comes to kill, steal, or destroy, it ain’t from God either.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
I know sometimes we hear things like “you’re not good enough” or “you’re better off not being here” or “you don’t deserve to be happy. But let me make this known, those are lies from the pit of the hell and they will not stand. In Psalm 107:2, it says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,“. Don’t let the enemy think he has a hold on you when God has clearly freed you from his clutches. In the second part of John 10:10, Jesus tells us that he came so that we may have life. If something or someone is not speaking life or an ill-will towards you, it’s not God. God will give us warnings, instructions, and chastise us as well, but He’s not giving us over to death (Psalm 118:19). Because Jesus defeated death, hell and the grave, so are we also conquerors in and through him (Revelation 1:18; Romans 8:37)
Open you ears to the Lord today.
Pray this: God, give me ears to hear your voice and the discernment to block out all the rest. Sometimes, I may second guess, but God help me to try the spirit by the spirit. Lord, I know your word is truth, so help me to find the scripture to match what I hear. God, I know that you came to bring life, so help me to push away and not listen to those things that are not life-giving. Also, if it’s not bringing you glory or promotes selfish gain, I pray that I fight against it so that I may praise you continuously. I thank you God for making me a sheep in your flock that hears your voice. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN.
If after all of this, you’re still wondering how else you can hear from God, dive into the Word of God! Like a friend, the more you get to know Him, the more you’ll know His voice.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
John 10:27 NKJV
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