To Hear The Voice Of God

Would you like to hear from God? I am of the opinion that most people who read the following article already have heard from Him but need to hear Him again. Most importantly, once we have heard we need to respond, and continue to respond.
To Hear The Voice Of God
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Those that know God through Christ, the only Way to know Him (John 14:6), will say they daily hear from Him. Is this true? If it is true, how does one go about hearing from Him? One place in the Holy Bible where we learn about hearing from God is the Gospel of John. Of the verses that speak of hearing from God let us concentrate on chapter 10 verse 27 where Jesus is speaking and is recorded as saying, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

I. The Way To Hear From God

My

sheep hear My voice,  . . ."

Here Christ speaks of the Spirit voice because, after all, many heard His voice but did not follow Him. They heard words coming from His mouth but hardly nothing, if not nothing at all, resonated with their spirit. Although God can, and has a number of times, used an audible voice, the primary way (except through His written Word) He speaks is by His Spirit so we learn to walk with Him by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). Christ said of this (John 6:63), "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”

The Word of God declares that we are body, soul, and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23 et al). It also shows that God is One Being, subsisting as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As you can readily see, a commonality between us and God is that we are both spirit. God subsists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit for our salvation. Because we can never be good enough to eternally dwell with the most holy God, the Son lived the life we are to live, then took our sins upon Himself in order to receive the full penalty for our sins.

The Gospel of John clearly shows the deity of Christ, but it also shows His subordination to the Father which was needful for our salvation. “I speak these things as the Father taught Me,” John 8:28g, shows this subordination. Whenever you read in the Holy Bible about the Son submitting to the Father, or depending upon the Father, it speaks of His living the way we need to live in order to be a true son (child) of God.

Much is said about hearing and speaking in the Gospel of John. Physically we hear with our ears. Spiritually we hear by the Holy Spirit. It could be said that we have spiritual ears. Psalm 40:6 prophetically spoke of the salvation work of Christ. By the direction of the Holy Spirit it is brought out in a special way in Hebrews 10:5. Young’s Literal Translation (YLT*) renders Psalm 40:6, “Sacrifice and present You have not desired, Ears You have prepared for me, Burnt and sin-offering You have not asked."

For, “Ears You have prepared for me” the New King James and New American Standard have “My ears You have opened.” A few others have “My ears you have pierced.” Consider well the term “ears" and think of your spirit. Consider well the term “pierced" and think of Christ’s work upon the cross. Then meditate upon the fact that the clause “Ears You have prepared for me" by the direction of the Holy Spirit is presented in Hebrews 10:5 as “. . . But a body You have prepared for Me.” This definitely speaks of the salvation work of Christ in His death and life. Viewing John 8:28 in its entirety we read, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.”

It is crystal clear from the Holy Bible that God does not want anyone at all to meet His eternal fiery wrath (2 Peter 3:9). It is also crystal clear that He calls each person to salvation, for it is written in John 1:9, “There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.” At some point, at least once, each person has an opportunity to get right with God through His Son. In order to do this, one must submit, surrender, to Him.

The J-pole Antenna

Just before working on this message I came across a post that caught my eye from an amateur (HAM) radio Facebook page about a J-pole antenna. I moved on to other posts, but then I realized that it was the providence of God that I saw that post. After all, “Jesus” starts with “J.” Antennas are essential for radios. Unless you have one you might not receive any signals. A simple wire or an amount of metal will do, but things are even better if an antenna is cut to a certain length and shaped in a certain way. There are many types of antennas, but for our message we will use a J-pole antenna.

Let us say we are HAM radio enthusiasts that want to communicate on the 900mHz HAM band. Nosing around in our radio shack we find a straight odd sized copper wire of 36.3 cm. The HAM portion of the 900mHz frequencies comes to a general wavelength of 33 cm. Now, our wire is a tad big and while it might receive stations on the frequencies we desire it will also tend to pick up stations just below 900mHz. So, from one end we locate a point at 24.75 cm and bend our wire there at a right angle. Then from the other end we locate a point 8.25 cm away and bend that section of the wire at right angle and upward, parallel to the 24.75 cm section. Great! All we must do now is to attach the coaxial cable from our transceiver at the proper locations and we can jabber away!

The unbent 36.3 cm wire in the description above can represent you and I before we surrender to Christ. If we position the wire vertically we have the letter “I.” In English “I” can be a personal pronoun for ourselves. Before we come to Christ “I” is it. “I will speak my mind.” “I am going to get them back for hurting me.” We can add more sentences, of course. The point is, until we come to Christ we appear to be on the throne of our heart, ruling and reigning. We might hear from God from time to time, but we pick up other signals too. The world is full of religions and it is full of advice. However, Christ said He is the Truth (John 14:6).

Now, when we surrender to Christ we yield to His Kingship. In love we bow before Him, we bend before Him. Think of how the above mentioned wire was bent at right angles into the shape of a “J.” It was taller before being shaped as a “J." Before John the Baptist said that Jesus was not given the Spirit by measure, he said (John 3:30), “He must increase, but I must decrease.” As we continue to yield to Christ’s Kingship we hear more and more from God. We hear more from our Father because we become more like the Son. As it is written in John 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”

For our sake, that we might become a true child of God, Christ, Messiah, is the Son of God. In ourselves we can never satisfy the just demands of the most holy God


for righteousness. We need His mercy and God is indeed merciful, so much so that through the Son He is our life and has paid the penalty for our sins. To you really truly know God? Would you like to turn your back on the lies of the world and just hear from Him? Receive Christ now. Ask Him to forgive your sins and cleanse you. Surrender totally to Him and ask Him to be King in your life.

II. Powerfully Hear From God

“. . . and I know them, . . . “

Your initial surrender to Christ does not stop there for He is the Way and the Life. Before Christ ascended into heaven He said all power (authority) was given to Him (Matthew 28:18). With that, think again of John 1:12. As spiritual sons and daughters each true Christian grows in Him. Through His Spirit a true Christian grows in Him, aiming at perfection in the sense of being complete. John 3:34 states, “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure."

In John 10:14 we read, “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me.” “Know" in the Greek is a very broad term but given the context we can easily see we are to intimately know Him. We need to search His riches of grace and get to know Him very well. From knowledge of Him we grow into power by Him [1]. And while the Holy Bible is full of information about Him, all that is there comes to life by the Holy Spirit. Verses and passages that once seemed difficult to understand become open and deep to the heart that is open to God. Such revelation increases as we continue our walk in Him.

Knowing the voice of God includes obeying whatever He says whether by the written Word or spoken to us by His Holy Spirit. More and more we begin to know His voice better and understand His ways. It is written in Psalm 111:10, “A good understanding have all those who do His commandments."

III. Keep Hearing From God

“. . . and they follow Me.”

Hearing from God is to be a blessed lifetime experience. Never be too busy for God. Be listening for Him at all times. Always make Him King and His agenda as first place. The walk with God is a deep one and one that keeps moving unto glory. If we spiritually stand still we actually fall behind. We are to keep following the Savior and to do so we must keep hearing His voice, never permitting sin or a poor attitude toward God to put distance be us and Him, for we are not to live by bread alone, but by every precious Word out of His mouth.

John 16:13-14 records Jesus as saying, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.”

Our spirit is to continually sense where the Holy Spirit guides in the decisions and events of our lives. The Holy Spirit will never tell us anything contrary to the written Word of God. For example, God will not tell you to marry someone that is divorced because He declared that to be adultery in Luke 16:18. Truth does not change.

“What is to come” certainly can speak of various world events. More importantly, though, is He might tell you of certain events you might personally come across. Back in the 1970s when we lived in Grantsville, Maryland, I had just come home from work and was resting on our bed. Suddenly I sensed the Spirit saying to me, “Get up. Get dressed. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are coming.” I got up. I got dressed and in a matter  of minutes they had arrived, giving me the opportunity to present the true Gospel to them.

In all that the Holy Spirit does He will glorify Jesus Christ. He will never direct you to sin. And, as you faithfully obey His leadings your actions will glorify Christ. As you grow in Him you know His voice better and have more ability to immediately respond without question. I can understand why people question if they hear from God because I know that I try to make sure I am hearing from God and not myself. I would say the grace of God covers us if we make an honest mistake. However, we should learn from our mistakes when we make them, asking God to forgives and make us more aware of His voice.

Satan is not happy that any of us follow Christ. He will try to impede our way. Forces of the world, which may include our friends and family, will attempt to deter us from following His voice. Yet, we must press on with Christ. It is written in John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” If we are truly saved let us ever endeavor to follow Him no matter what, never permitting His voice to grow faint or scarce.

Notes:

[1] From Knowledge To Power Psalm 89:11-18 may be heard by selecting its link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#MabcM64 .

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by October 31, 2006 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M421 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the New American Standard Bible changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. * = For other versions the spelling of some words is updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    Whoever lives in the Spirit lives in the light. While we remain form in the teaching of Christ and share in the life of the Church, the Spirit gives us internal knowledge and joy in the things of God. The Spirit guides us and inspires us each day showing us how to please God.
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