When discerning God’s voice, we need to know what it DOESN’T sound like. The enemy is the Deceiver, right?
12 Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Thinking we can do life on our own is what got mankind into this mess in the first place! We never learn to be independent from God. In fact, it’s just the opposite! We are to become COMPLETELY dependent upon the Spirit. It’s the interaction between our spirits and His that makes Christianity useful, vital, and exactly what Jesus intended it to be.
The book, HEARING GOD, by Peter Lord, is a wonderful book and gives great instruction using Scripture as its base. Here is an excerpt from a worksheet Robin made for her Bible Study class:
“Some well-meaning Christians tell us that ‘many things are necessary’ to grow spiritually. But, we must remember that it was the Lord Jesus Christ who said, ‘only one thing is necessary.'”
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
Mary was seated at the Lord’s feet listening to His words. What does that look like today?
Here are some verses that validate the reading of Scripture as our way of hearing from God today:
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. 25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:23-26
So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 2 Thessalonians 2:15
All Scripture is God-breathed [from the mouth of God] and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
From Scripture and from God’s voice within us, we can expect to hear words of encouragement and conviction.
We will NOT hear words of discouragement and condemnation. These words are from the devil, the Deceiver.
Tomorrow, we will look at specific verses from Scripture that tell us exactly what the voice of God is saying to His Church, His Bride. Trust me, you will want to know these! Today, let us focus on spending time with Him in worship. Sing praises, tell Him you love Him, and devote yourself to Him. Come to “church” with us at Brookwood today at 9:30 on Youtube. The other thing you might do is join me for Sunday’s Cool (online Sunday School) at 11:00 on Facebook. Of course, both of these can be viewed at your convenience.
Abba, as we find ways to worship You today, may we long for the day when we will be able to meet together and praise you as Your church and as Your family. The fellowship we share in person is what church is all about! You have told us that where two or more are gathered in Your name, You are there! Your glorious presence is manifested in a supernatural way. I long for that taste of what heaven will be like when we stand together in Your presence, O LORD. It’s gonna be AWESOME! In the meantime, bless us today with the intimate fellowship of Your Spirit. Amen.