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God speaks to everyone.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] E [/dropcap]veryone can hear from God.
But not everyone does hear from the Almighty. Why does this happen?
Matthew 16 addresses this issue, yet it is one of the most mis-preached and mis-teached chapters in the Bible. You know how you’re hearing the pastor tell what he thinks something means, and a still small voice inside says “nuh uh”?
It’s the word “ROCK” that trips us up… I’ve heard so many teachings about that word ROCK… Yes, Peter means ROCK. But is the church built on Peter? No! Is the church built on the the fact that Jesus is the Christ? Meh…. that doesn’t directly address the issue at hand. He IS the Christ and the chief cornerstone, but this scripture is referencing the foundation of the church. (Many know Jesus factually, but not experientially…)
So what, then, IS the ROCK?
The ROCK that Jesus is referencing (use your English skills to diagram these sentences and prove it to yourself) is the fact that Peter HEARD from God.
Let’s dialog it…
Jesus: Who do you say that I am?
Peter: You are Christ, the son of the Living God.
Jesus: Peter, you are blessed! No man could’ve told you this. You heard from the Father. And just as you recognize me as the Christ, I recognize you as a rock. But THE rock, the foundation of my church, will be revelation from the Father. No power in Hell can stand against those who receive revelation from the Father.
Then Jesus proceeds to teach them WHAT to do with the revelation when they receive it via binding and loosing.
I could stop here, but I hear the Spirit so I shall continue. How, then, does God speak to us?
- Through the written Word – I think back to the Sunday school song “Read your Bible, pray everyday, and you’ll grow grow grow!” Without reading God’s Word we cannot expect to hear from Him in any other context. Chances are you won’t know the tone and sound of God’s voice when He speaks if you have not been reading His Word. Many new believers find it challenging to just open it up and start reading, but press through. The Bible is a spiritual text and the Lord will mature you as you continue. A great starting point for any reader is the Gospels, particularly the book of John. Psalms and Proverbs are also great and easy to relate to life circumstances. (2 Timothy 2:15)
- In our spirits as a still, small voice – In order to hear a still, small voice you have to be STILL. If there is no peace in your soul it will be virtually IMPOSSIBLE to hear from God. When I’m particularly stressed or know I have weak faith in an area, I ask God to show someone else the answer, and He does. But it’s BEST that we rule our own souls so that God may communicate with us without the interference of our own mental blockages and emotional issues. (1 Kings 19:11-13)
- Audibly – Scary! Never happened to me, and I’m not sure I want to experience it either. I would imagine having an animal speak is equally as frightening. (Numbers 22)
- In dreams and visions – Often we are too busy during work hours to download what the Father is saying, so He gives us dreams and visions to guide us. Everyone dreams, but not everyone may remember. One thing I practice, particularly during times of trying, is to read my Word, pray, and then say “Lord, I open my spirit to receive from you while I rest. Please show me what’s on Your heart.” Then I sleep. Some nights I’ll have 3-4 dreams that provide some insight or direction to what’s going on in my life OR the lives of others around me. He’s not giving us revelation to make us more spiritual than the next person, but to restore order and to bring His kingdom to the earth. When God gives you a dream or a vision, it’s not the end of a matter… It’s the beginning. You are to do SOMETHING with it, and that SOMETHING is to pray about it. If your dreams are heavily symbolic then it may take some time (i.e. years) to attain the full understanding. My eight-year old son often has dreams that are parallel with my own, but his are much clearer and easier to understand than my own because he is pure. The closer I get to the Lord the quicker the revelation comes.
- Through the prophetic word – This is such a touchy subject, and so one blog will be dedicated to it fairly soon… but for the meantime, prophecy does still exist. God still has prophets in the earth. Any Christian that hears from God can be used by God to prophesy. True prophecy will build up you, correct you, admonish you, and encourage you. There’s much to say on this topic, but I’ll let it rest for now.
A few Scriptures to keep in mind…
Today, when You hear His voice, harden not your hearts. (Hebrews 3:7-8)
This last scripture is the reason why many are not part of the body of Christ. There are MANY who identify themselves as Christians, yet do not hear God’s voice and many still who hear His voice yet disobey. With all the ways He speaks let us not become calloused and bent on doing things our own way. Thy will, not my will, be done!
Will you hear God’s voice today?
What was the last thing He told you to do?
With love, sincerity, and hope for your future,
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