Can we truly hear God’s voice within, or is His voice based only on our “feelings?”
John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
My last blog discussed God’s wisdom and how we can receive it, and attain it, but many do not hear His voice to attain His wisdom above any others, and they are being deceived thinking it is His voice. To many voices can prevent us from hearing God's One true voice. Are you protecting your ears?
Some “Christians” claim they do not hear God’s voice speaking to them, they live by their “feelings.” They claim they feel Him because of the way they “feel” when they face a problem, sin, or heart break. Jesus did not say His “sheep” will hear me by the way they “feel,” He said they will know His voice, listen to it, and follow it because they belong to Him. He tells the Pharisee’s of His day they were not his sheep that is why they did not listen to His voice, believe Him, or follow Him.
John 10:25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, (Pharisees) but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
Most of us know God is not here in the flesh as He was when He walked this earth through His Spirit in His First Holy Son Jesus Christ. How are we supposed to hear someone that is not here, know His voice, and follow Him. How are we to discern which voice is Him, Satan, our own voice, or the voice of the world?
It is through His life given Spirit we are reborn children of God experiencing eternal life, and He is present working in us, and through us redeeming our lost relationship with our Father due to our sinful flesh natural human nature that He crucifies daily as we surrender our body, spirit and soul in His hands to use, mold and shape into the image of the fullness of God.
The Holy Spirit of God that is in us wants to speak, walk, judge, and finish the building up of His Kingdom through us. We are all sent as He was sent. Everything we do with our bodies, how we think, what we say, how we say it, any decision we make, and what or who breaks our heart, matters, and is very important to Him every moment of your life.
We do not know how the Spirit came within us, only we know He is there, we hear His voice, we are willingly to be His, and follow His voice as a sheep follows a shepherd. We are like His sheep, and are willing to be obedient doing our "Shepherds" will at all cost because we know His will is best for us. We are His sheep as if He was our One true Shepherd knowing He will give us all we need. We hear and know His voice above all others.
John 36: Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, “You (Greek is plural) must be born again. The wind blows where ever it pleases, you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So, it is with every born of the Spirit.
Nicodemus had not experienced this encounter with God’s Spirit within himself up to this point in time because our Lord had not risen so He could not rise in Nicodemus. It was hard from Him to understand, and if He has not risen fully in us it also will be hard for us to understand. Those that did, and do experience their rebirth after His resurrection knew, and know exactly what Jesus was saying because they understood due to the Holy Spirit teaching them, they knew His voice, flowed Him, and He worked through them as He worked through His First Son.
We can testify to what happened to the first disciples that continued to follow Him after His resurrection, they knew His voice, listened only to Him, and followed only Him. His Holy Spirit and power rose in them from the dead, and they completely understood all He had said, and they continually heard his voice, because He was within each of them as He is in each of us today.
Now that we understand His voice is given through His Spirit that rises in us that gives us rebirth, He speaks to us, we listen, and follow His voice how does God give us the ears to hear Him, and know His voice, and others don't.
First, He prepares our ears to hear only His voice by the relationship He offers us from the cross, all people, and we protect our ears to only hear Him over any other person, or thing in this world. He prepares first by all He gives us, then we protect.
I do not think many "Christians" that came before us for centuries did much protecting of their ears due to the evidence of the majority of the churches today that followed them. We must make sure no other voice holds us captive. Sounds simple, and it is if we are all willing to face His truth His Word provides.
We make His guidance, His work, or hearing His voice more complicated each time we do not put His relationship above all others. He must be above all relationships in our past, and in our future for us to be able to hear only His voice above all others. His voice must be above all others in our hearts this moment, and each moment that follows regardless who is speaking.
They could be a great man in the eyes of the religious community, or in the world, it should not matter who the man or the women is. If the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is truly is the most important voice in our lives we will hear Him and His truth, and protect our ears from hearing any other voice because He tells us what is true and what is false. Our lives are made of moments to glorify Him, and who He is in our daily lives that surpasses any other human need we may have.
We begin following other people, fathers, mothers, preachers or priest, and yes, even the Pope very easily if they are most important. Many people put others before Him all the time, and do not realize it, and therefore, His voice is being hindered because they have not been protecting their ears. When we begin to cherish man-made traditions, and basic teachings of this world we are blocking His voice.
It is hard not to hear God if a person truly does put Him above all others, want to please Him above all, and obey Him above all. If a person truly does want to please Him they will always hear Him above the voice of any man or woman, trouble, heartache, the world, or Satan. There could be a million-people following a certain doctrine, but His sheep will be able to hear only Him, because they know Him, and want to follow only Him, and they can by themselves if they must, and leave all other voices behind. They want to protect their ears from hearing all other voices besides His. They do not want any other voice to keep them from Hearing His.
The reason many do not hear His voice is they do not protect their ears from all the other voices. They keep wanting to hear and follow other voices, they road his voice is on is very narrow compared to all the other voices. They are determined their way is right, but they have no proof they are following His way, and life through the Word He has given. There is only One word the true Shepherd (Son) follows, and that is the word of His Father.
2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ.
If any of us are basing our worship and lives on any other instructions, teachings other than on Christ then we are not going to hear Him and know His voice, and many today are being deceived by hearing other voices, and following them but their beliefs and lives do not align with His word.
Submission: Do you truly desire to Hear Him and only Him? First, when His Spirit is revealed in us, do we submit to Him as our Lord, or do we make Him submit to us, our way, and our image of who we want Him to be? He is our Lord, and our Lord does not submit to our ways, thoughts, and views of ourselves, the world, and Satan. We submit to His ways, teachings and word; not the other way around. Ask Him to help you silence your own thoughts, the opinions of men and all that is not Him in you. He will, but you must be willing to travel down that narrow road when He reveals His truth to you, and you will always here his truth, the lies of Satan and the world that are trying to deceive you.
Resist: Do you truly want to resist your sinful nature, the world and the power of darkness? Do you truly want to break what binds you and has you all tied up inside? If you do not, you will not hear His voice because the sinful life is blocking His voice. This does not mean His child that does hear Him will hate other people. This means you resist their ways, teachings, sins, and all that is not God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Are you truly wanting to resist all evil? Repentance and confessing one sins to God opens our ears to hearing His voice. Ignoring your sin, or the sins of others will keep you from hearing God’s voice. Are you wanting to please Him above all? Remember every human being is evil with their own evil desires within each of them. Are we wanting and willing to resist all evil?
The good of man, and His own righteousness, is evil as any evil there is in God’s sight. Making oneself a "god" is making one self an idol. We all need to use the authority Jesus Christ has given us through His Spirit and word to silence the voice of the enemy. The evil spirits, lies and deception will flee from all He gives us if we are truly wanting to get rid of all that is not Him in us by His power and grace.
2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. WE demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.
Colossians 1:28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully work in me.
If a person has received His faith, they will except to hear His voice as the Father He is. They will not doubt, or have a over whelming fear, being a false witness revealing someone He isn't. If a person remains in Him and His words remain in them, whatever they wish, it will be given to them. Those are His children His power works in and through. They know His voice.
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’ glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
God speaks in and through us in different ways:
When a person is allowing God to work freely in and through them, by giving their full heart to Him freely, they will be allowing God to speak to them, and through them any way He chooses for the building up of His Kingdom. We do not dictate to Him the guidance methods we prefer. He is the Father we are the child. There is a direct link between submitting, denying ourselves, yielding to Him and hearing His voice. He may choose to speak to you through His Word of truth, His Holy Bible. This could come in our daily reading of the Bible, but remember to listen to only Him through prayer and meditation. Let your relationship to Him prove to be more important to you personally before the “foot notes” from others. Let Him tell you if the “foot notes” from others confirm what He is speaking to you, if it is different, wait, He will reveal His truth to you where you have no doubts at all.
Psalm 119:107 I have suffered much; preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
He may choose to speak to you through an audible voice, this does not need to happen as much today, because He speaks to us within and He does not have to speak to us in an audible voice. He does not have to speak to one person through an audible voice. That does not mean He can’t, He still can if He chooses as He did many times. This encounter with His audible voice I am using is one of my favorite that Moses had with Him seeing parts of His spiritual body, but not His face. I cannot imagine what Moses saw, but His Spirit within me burns with His fire and glory each time I read it.
Exodus 33:19 And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front to you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion, But, he said, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Then the LORD said, there is a place near me where you can stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.
He may speak to you through dreams and visions
Matthew 2:13 When they had gone an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get Up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt.
Acts 2:17 In the lase days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people, your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billow of smoke.
The most common way He speaks to us is through the quiet inner voice through His Spirit, that shakes our body as if it was roaring thunder compared to any others. It is very clear, you know it, and you can either reject it or follow it every day of your life.
This does not mean once you hear His voice and have given all of yourself to Him above all others and things you are finished, it only means He can begin working fully in you, and you must continue each minute putting Him above all so He can continually fully work in and through you all the days of your life. It is much easier to die once for Him physically, than it is to live for Him daily Spiritually.
His love His Spirit reveals to us gives us is limitless, growing higher and higher in the depth of His love and power for each of us, and through us to share with the whole world as His first sons and daughters did through His Word of truth. Those that first bore His fruit of healing spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually, His first followers, His first body of believers, and His early church testifies too should be His same church body today, but clearly it is not.
For some it may take a life time to give up their sinful lives, the way of the world, and putting others, or following others above Him. For some they may give up a little here, and a little there all of their lives. For others, they give up all at one time, and continue giving up all daily, and this can happen to anyone at the age they are accountable of knowing their own sins.
Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Then you will defile your idols over laid with silver and your images covered in gold, you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, away with you!”
Everything and spirit that is not Him should be like menstrual cloths compared to what He wants to give us. Have all things, spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional in us, that is not Him, become like a menstrual cloth to us?
Are we putting anything or anyone above Him now, we should not think about other “Christians” in the past, or those in the present, why they went this way, or going this way. We need to think about only Him, His life, crucifixion, resurrection, through His instructions He gave all of us through His Holy Words that live in us through His Spirit.
Only through Him can we help ourselves and anyone else. Are we truly willing to follow Him regardless of anyone else going their way?
His inner voice His sheep will always hear, and know it because they know Him, whether they go to the right or to the left, up a mountain or in a storm every minute and every day of their lives. He will always lead them to follow Him and His voice in the right spirit, mind, body and soul His Spirit only can give them.
Those who hear and know His voice will reveal His presence. Their souls, body and spirit will change according to His image through His given power and grace. If we hear His voice, and are following His voice He will be shaping us, and molding us to the image of His Son by His Given Spirit revealing wonders, signs and miracles in their changed lives.
This is for the purpose of giving our Heavenly Father glory in showing His healing power physically, spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally! Then He will use His reborn children to draw people that want to live in His light so all of them will see what was done in and through them was done by their Heavenly Father through His Son, and they will glorify their Father in Heaven!