Hearing the VOICE of GOD

Does God speak?

Yes, the Bible says so. Now that we have an answer ‘yes’, there are also immediate questions popping up in regard to that –

To whom does God speak? Does God speak to everyone?

How does His voice sound like?

How holy you need to be to hear the voice of God?

How to hear the voice of God?

Born and brought up in a family that fears God, I too had similar questions coming up in my mind. I grew with a thought that God speaks only to specific people who are holy or worthy enough to hear Him. Later, a question arose in my heart – when He is my Father, how come He doesn’t speak to His son? Here in the world, we do not call it a relation if there is no continual conversation between a father and a son. And being a good Father, how can God be silent without speaking to His sons, and that too everyday!

Psalm 139:17 says, ”How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” But how can we know and understand His great and extremely unimaginable thoughts unless He communicates with us. Bible records God’s speaking to His children through many ways. He spoke with a loud roaring voice at Mount Zion and with a little whisper to little Samuel. He spoke through the prophets to some, and through dreams and visions some others. He spoke His wrath through the nature, and His loving care through the miracles. In all these incidents we see God desiring to let us know His heart for us.

BUT WHO CAN HEAR HIS VOICE?

Jesus says in John 10:27, ”My sheep hear My voice . . . and they follow Me.” So simple and clear. If you are the sheep of God, you can and will hear His voice.

HOW DOES GOD’S VOICE SOUND LIKE?

Psalmist describes God’s voice as a mighty sound (68:33). John describes God’s voice as a sound like many waters (Revelation 1:15). However you describe it, I believe God speaks certainly in a way we can understand. 1 Kings 19:11-12 gives us an encouraging idea of how God’s voice sounds like. In the 12th verse God’s voice is described as a STILL SMALL VOICE. It is as if God is speaking to us in gentle whispers. Certainly this is not the only way that God speaks at all times, but this is the one where He is in a continual conversation with us. The spirit of God residing in us speaks to us in gentle whispers, flashing thoughts and unexpected promptings. However identifying the voice of God is crucial to have ears that can hear Him.

THE 3 SOURCES OF THOUGHTS and their NATURE in hearing the voice of GOD:

– thoughts from God (loving & encouraging)

– thoughts of our own (logical)

– from the enemy (destructive)

Here is one clear example how this would be: Everyone knows that we are supposed to wear a helmet while driving a two-wheeler (it is many times compulsory in few cities in India). But most of us don’t like wearing it too. The moment we take our bike out, our inner voice prompts us to put on the helmet warning us that we may be fined. And then, the following thoughts creep into our mind:

1. There may not be any cops on that day.

2. Not all people are following it, so we can take an exception.

3. And even if someone tries to catch us, we may escape and slip off.

Now examine all these thoughts. If the first thought to wear a helmet can be of God, then the logical ones follows to support our desire or wish where as the final one from the enemy tells us that we can run off, or no one can catch us. Things like this happen in our normally everyday life too. (This illustration is just used to make the readers understand)

This is how we can differ between the thoughts or promptings or little whispers of God from our own thoughts and the thoughts of the enemy. So, listening to His gentle promptings, His small voice depends completely upon our relation with Him. A person who is led by God values the thoughts of God. A person who wants to do His own will goes after his own logical thinking, and a person who is walking against God will follow the thoughts of the enemy.

Dear ones, for now I encourage you to activate your hearing to understand the promptings and the gentle whispers of the Spirit of God residing in us.

Please do check here for the next week’s update for the practical exercise on HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE.

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Praying like JESUS – Start up!

While REVIVAL is the word mostly talked about in the present Christian world, PRAYER is one word which is so much associated with revivals. I do not know if we have any kindergarten books on developing a prayer life, but once we become a child of God we are summoned on to the battle field.

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus taught them, but we rarely see them praying the way Jesus did. Even in the garden of Gethsemane, while Jesus was praying until His blood became water, the disciples were sleeping. And later in the book of Acts, we see the same disciples being launched into a 24 X 7 prayer which resulted in the invasion of the Holy Spirit on to the earth and also the birthing of the church. Isn’t that amazing?

One of my friends quoted it this way – the best way to learn praying is praying.

While many believe prayer in different ways, I believe PRAYER to be a CONTINUAL COMMUNION WITH GOD. I appreciate people telling about their prayer lives, like I pray one hour a day, three hours a day, six hours a day. That’s really worth. But I believe in constant and continual communion with God – the way Jesus did.

It may seem to be quiet hard to stay in continual communion with God, but this is how I practiced it in the initial days a couple of years back.

Morning – FOCUS ON GOD
Rise up early. Begin your day with 30 minutes prayer & 30 minutes devotional reading by focusing on God.
1. BE STILL – being silent, slowing down and preparing for prayer.
2. BE WORSHIPFUL – giving praise, exaltation of God’s name and worship.
3. BE THANKFUL – giving thanks to God for everything.
(Keep the prayers focused on worship, praying & thanksgiving but not requesting)

Afternoon – FOCUS ON YOU
Begin 30 minutes of intercession focusing on yourself.
1. CONFESSION – personal confession of sin, self examination and surrendering to God.
2. CLOTHE YOURSELF IN THE ARMOR – reading and claiming promises and principles of authority of a believer.
3. CAST YOUR CARE – for personal burdens to be laid down before the cross.

Evening – FOCUS ON OTHERS
Begin 30 minutes of intercession focusing on others.
1. SOULS – plead with God for your 10 most wanted list.
2. SAINTS – for the body of Christ and families you know by name.
3. MINISTERS – ministers/servants of God (for leaders, pastors etc. in the church)

Night – FOCUS ON GETTING DEEPER
Come back to the presence of God at a specific time and spend time at His feet. Be ready to receive him as He is longing to visit you.

Friends, I started this simple a couple of years back and when I see into my prayer life now, I can see so much more that God blessed me with. I believe it for you too. May you all be blessed with a life of prayer like Jesus.

God bless.

HE IS YOUR CREATOR

REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES, THE LORD KNEW YOU AND PLANNED YOUR DESTINY BEFORE CREATION.

To the finite, limited vision of man, your endeavor may seem impossible to accomplish. But Jesus said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27). Remember, GOD is the Creator, and He has commanded you, His creation, to subdue the earth. Genesis 1:28.

Every adversity you will face ever has already been provided for, but you must choose to enforce what Jesus has done and overcome the work of the devil that attempts to hinder God’s design. He is the creator, you are the enforcer. You are called to be an imitator of GOD. You are called to your promised land, not to the land of mediocrity.

We serve a God who is more than enough! So, don’t compromise His greatness by setting for marginal progress or average thinking.

I feel like writing the same lines from my previous post again and again – There is a strength within that you have not yet experienced. Because you are His creation, fashioned in His image. He knows your limitations, and it is by His power that you are able to thrive.

…for with GOD all things are possible. May you become a sign and wonder for the world and a joy to many generations.

Keep going….we shall dig deeper!

Blessings.

YOUR DAYS ARE WRITTEN

Your eyes say my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. Psalm 139:16.

Before you ever came into existence, God had a design for your life. Your days are written in eternity by the Author and Finisher of all things. Therefore, nothing you go through comes as a shock to God. There is no enticing snare of the devil for which God has not already made provision.

During troublesome and strenuous times, you may find yourself wandering about as one who has no hope, but realize the truth that you do have incredible significance in the eyes of God. He is King over your life. He desires to rule over every problem and troubling situation that you will ever face.

Days have been ordained on your behalf. You still do have choices and free will, and there may be variety of ways in which your design is realized, but you need to choose to walk in His design- not in your own. There is a strength within that you have not yet experienced. Because you are His creation, fashioned in His image, He knows your limitations, and it is by His power that you are able to thrive.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). In Him there is no variation or shadow of turning (James 1:17). He was before all things and created all things (Colossians 1:16-17). Regardless of how you feel about your present circumstances, the Lord knew you and planned your destiny before creation. You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). He knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end (Revelation 1:8).

Jeremiah 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. God has great expectation in His heart concerning you and your life. He believes in you even if you’ve never believed in yourself and knows, with all His sovereign wisdom, that you can do that for which He designed you. He gives you the potential to finish the course, and He knows that, through His Son Jesus Christ, you can make it all the way.

Read Psalm 139:13-17.

Stay tuned precious ones…..

LIFE DESIGNED BY GOD

Believe it or not, regardless of your present situation, you were created with a destiny: to fulfill a God ordained and God designed purpose. Unfortunately for many of us, the circumstances of life often seem to force us to surrender to the trails of life, driving us into the corner of mediocrity, when all the while, we have a Father who wants us to experience a life that’s full and overflowing with blessing and meaning.

We need to know and accept the fact that there is a God who has designed a great life for each one of us. Before the foundations of the world, in the mind of the Sovereign One, you were created with destiny and purpose residing within you. No longer you should live beneath your privilege, expecting little from life and receiving even less. If your vision has been clouded by the cares of this world and you’ve ceased to move toward your destiny, be encouraged.

You need to understand that you were placed on earth with a purpose. Your position in Christ is much greater than that your present circumstance might reflect. Many great men and women in the Bible faced the same stigma of defeat until the miraculous hand of God opened their spiritual eyes to reveal who they really were and why they were created. It is vitally important to recognize your spiritual authority and purpose in the Kingdom. The enemy will often send all manner of distractions to steer us toward an alternate destination – the wasteland of defeat.

But God knows you from the foundations of the earth. God has recorded every day of your life in His book. There was more to your life than what you’d been experiencing. Look forward to walk in the newness of life that God has promised. Start seeing the bigger picture of God’s purpose for your life.

Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you.” There is nothing about you that is a surprise to God. He knew about the trails you would face, but He also knew that one day He would deliver you and propel you into your purpose.

Friends, I welcome you into an exciting journey with me to find out the type of life God has designed on your behalf before the foundation of the world.

I shall be writing on this topic with many of my life’s experiences, every Wednesday. Stay tuned….you’ll be amazed by His plans for you.

You are a masterpiece !!!

THE HAMMER BLOWS OF LIFE . . .

Too many of us just want to be pre-formed or pre-cast in a quick and easy revival formula. However, our wings of worship can be created only one way – THEY MUST BE BEATEN INTO THE PROPER POSITION AND THE PROPER IMAGE. The hammer blows of life will bend us GODWARD if our responses to life’s challenges are right. When we respond wrongly to what life sends us, instead of becoming better we become bitter.

God intends for the hammer blows of life to move our wings of worship into position. Apostle Paul writes, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21). Paul could declare, “every time you hit me, all it does is teach me how to worship!”

DO NOT FEAR ADVERSITY! The cherubim on the ark of the covenant were formed with beaten gold. And worshipers formed of fire-purified gold and beaten through adversity and trails, refract the light of God’s glory. Every hammer indentation, every pick and awl mark, and every crease of transformation under pressure of pounding is another reflector for the multifaceted glory of GOD.

In all things GIVE THANKS – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

THE FRAGRANCE IS FOR THE KING ALONE

The primary purpose of the anointing in both the Old and New Testaments was to separate things and people and make them acceptable to God (occasionally/symbolically for kings). Unfortunately, we tend to use the anointing to smell good for everybody.

In the 2nd chapter of Book Esther, King Ahasuerus launched a search for the new queen. A Jewish virgin, Esther spent six months soaking in oil of myrrh and six months in other added sweet odors to purify and prepare her for one night with the king. Only one of all the candidates who find King’s favor could see the King again after that one night. Esther 2:17 says, “The king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her the queen…..”

Esther 2:15 says, Esther obtained favor in the sight of all them that looked upon her. Can u imagine what Esther smelled like after spending a year of soaking in the anointing oil. Everywhere she walked she left a cloud of incense, and the smell of precious myrrh was on her. It was on her ornaments, embedded in her skin and hair. When she walked through the palace, every man in the palace raised his eyebrows. But Esther didn’t return a single glance. She didn’t want to waste all the time she has spent in the anointing just to win the approval of men, she was after the approval of the king himself.

Can this be same with us, the church, the bride of Christ? We have grown accustomed to wear God’s anointing to win the approval of the King’s court instead of the King Himself! The purpose of the anointing is to bring God and man together in Holy Communion. Don’t waste God’s precious anointing by running after man’s approval but use it to prepare the Bride of the King.

Moses knew the difference between the anointing and the glory. He had the anointing of God. He knew the thrill of working miracles and signs and wonders through the anointing. But he asked God for the best thing. He said, “Please, show me your glory” (Exodus 33:18).

The gifts, blessings and provisions of His hands are appreciated, but I want more. I want HIM. I long to see His glory and dwell in His manifest presence.