HEAR GOD’S VOICE
Is God still speaking today? Is it possible to hear the voice of God? Believers are confused about this issue. Some believe that God can guide us and give direction when we need it. Other say God only speaks to us by what we read in the Bible. I believe that God still speaks to us today by His Holy Spirit Just as He did in Bible times. What do you believe?
It seems many church leaders believe the same doctrine today for example, modern-day theological Pharisees teach that God only speaks to us now by what is written on the Bible. Beyond that God is not speaking anymore.
A. THE NEED TO HEAR
Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”. This word “proceedeth” speaks of a present continuing function. That means something that happened in the past, is happening in the present, and will happen in the future. This verse could be translated, “Man lives by every word that has been spoken by the mouth of God.” God who spoke in ages past, is speaking in the present and will continue to speak in the future. God is not a dumb God. God created the word by His word Gen.1; Isa. 48:13; Ps.33:9. This word reveals God’s majesty Ps.19:1. And thus extends the sphere of His revelation beyond His word with covenant Israel to all people. The word is spoken of as if it were a person who directs the events of nature Ps. 147:15-18; 148:8, saves 107:20, and gives life. Ezek.37:1-4. Oh, how we need to hear His voice we can only live have the life and blessing of the Lord in our churches today by hearing every word that continues to proceed from God’s mouth to our hearts.
B. HINDRANCES TO HEAR
“For the eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great power in helping them” 2Chr.16:9. The people in the Bible times understood the heart to be the seat of 1. Emotions or affections 2. The motives. And 3. The intentions of the person. God is vitally concerned with these things.
1. Worldly affection: if our affections are set on things on the earth rather than things in Heaven, this offends God 1Jn 2:15. The bible tells us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength Matt 22:37.
2. Impure motives: if our motives are impure like the prophet Baalam Num.23. then God will severely judge us. Baalam bartered God given miraculous gifts for money fame and prestige.
3. Wrong intentions: Ananias and Saphira Acts. 5. Were pretending to give all their money to the work of the Lord, but were really keeping back much of it. For themselves because their intent was wrong God killed them. Oh, how we need to guard our affection, motives, and intentions to make sure they are pure. God knows our heart.
C. FORGIVENESS BRINGS A RETURN OF GOD’S VOICE
The compassion of the Lord filled my heart for this dear sister. With tears streaming down my face I said, sister Jesus loves you very much and wants to heal you and wants to speak to you. verbalize your forgiveness just speak out and say, I forgive my husband all the evil things he has done to hurt me. when you do all that the Lord will you heal you, and your heart will be softened. When you have a tender heart instead of hard heart the Lord will speak to you again. This story illustration how important it is to have our heart right with God. A hard heart, a calloused heart an unbelieving heart and scores of other heart conditions can prevent us from hearing God’s voice.