This piece is a continuum of the previous… “Hearing God’s Voice With Ease (I)“.
God is a need and also a want. While I was much younger, I arrived at the believe that God is a need in my life, His dealings might not be pleasurable but are needful for a better tomorrow which I had little idea of. As time went on, my reflection brought something up to bare, I arrived again at the conclusion that God is also a want. He is a want because out of my own volition I must reach out for him. Our needs could sometimes be unpleasant and therefore imposed upon us by those who love us; our wants however aren’t the same, we choose what we want and discard what we don’t. God is therefore a need and a want because He is indispensable and also someone I’m intentional about knowing and having an intimate walk with him.
Having said all so far, I’ll proceed with my main scripture.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.”
John 10: 1- 5
“And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.”
John 10: 23- 28
The first scripture is very explicit, Jesus said his sheep hears his voice, they answer to a name that they know him to call them with and they respond by following. He then sends them forth to pasture. Check out “The Lord Is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want”. He also said He leads them and they follow because they know his voice, the voice of another they will not follow.
If you have ever seen a shepherd lead his flock of sheep or herd of cattle, you will see the easy with which he get them to follow him. From cradle he had been speaking to them and so by reason of consistent practice, they have become acquainted with his voice. Any sound that is not his voice they would not respond to. That’s a shepherd.
The word of God tells us that the spirit of God and our spirit bears witness that we are God’s sons, it also tells us that our redemption was sealed by the placing of the Holy Spirit in us. Same bible tells us that the proof or our sonship is that we are led by the Holy Spirit.
This means that discerning what the spirit of God is saying shouldn’t be like cramming some science formula, rather it should be as easy as a man discerning he’s wife’s voice amidst many other women. He will not get her voice mixed up.
Blockades To Hearing God Include:
Familiarity is a way of being familiar with something: the state of having knowledge about something: one who is familiar is said to be well acquainted with a person or a thing; there is some form of friendliness or casual disposition towards the person or thing.
I have earlier on said that some have a view of God as a tyrant that is absolutely impossible to appease, as someone who is waiting for the slightest opportunity to inflict punishment on his slaves. Some also see him as a friend and take undue advantage of his fatherhood. Both extremes are bad; many times, believers see God as their mate and tend to approach Him without any form of reverence or even worship and praise. The bible gives us an ultimate path to accessing God’s presence.
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name.” – Psalm 100: 4
See what the message translation says.
“Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him.”
Psalm 100: 4 (Message Translation)
The gates are the outer premises of where God dwells and should be entered with thanksgiving, as we ascend into his courts, praise should burst out of our hearts through our lips unto him and blessings be ascribed unto his name.
If we must get the best of God, then one or a few parts of his multifaceted dimensions must not be overemphasized over others. A balance is much needed always. We have a father and friend in God yet we also have a Lord and a king. Never should we grow into seeing God as our college mate or colleague as such is detrimental to us and will hamper our growth in Him.
To be insensitive means to show that you do not care about feelings of other people; not responding to or caring about problems, changes or needs. It is to display an attitude best described as nonchalant to know what God is saying at every point in time. God is always saying something, either by His spirit, His word, through his oracle the prophet, nature, circumstances, happenings and events etc. but men seldom listen enough to hear the whispers and get an understanding.
Having established that God is willing to speak to us more than we are willing to listen, most times our inability to hear what the spirit of the Lord is saying is because of our nonchalant attitude and not caring enough or wanting to know.
At the fall of man, his spirit which was the channel of communication with God became dead. The redemptive work of Jesus on the cross regenerated and quickened the dead spirit of man and made him alive again and receptive to what his source is saying. The voices of the soul and flesh however will want to be recognized and adhered to and this is when man has to express his authority and dominion over other faculties of his body. He has to learn to shut the other voices and be quiet and sensitive enough to hear God.
This does not mean sustaining a sanctimonious and religions posture, not at all. This has nothing to do with dressing neither not does it have to deal with physical posture necessarily. Rather is has everything to do with ones state of heart. Little wonder Jesus said when you want to pray, shut the door; door here might not necessarily mean the physical door because one can actually pray in an open field, in the restroom or in a cab, rather is means shutting up the voices that speak and try to gain recognition. Those are the doors that must be shut. Until they are shut, synchrony and sensitivity to the spirit cannot be attained unto.
If the whispers and the instructions of the Holy Spirit are of great value and worth to us, then we must be deliberate and intentional when it comes to hearing Him.
Roberts Liardon in one of his books said, “spirituality and carnality are two things that neither can benance and suppress the other” it is left to man to choose which will dominate and establish supremacy. If being spiritual is chosen over being carnal, then being sensitive will be much easy.
One of the things I have learnt in my walk with God is that God is multifaceted. Each time he appeared in the old testament, he revealed a different dimension of Himself which births the very name He’s eventually called. His various dimensions are seen by the elders and heaven so they bow in worship and adoration. In his dealing with man, He can come to you today as a king, sanctifier, righteousness, helper, friend, maker, master, comforter and so many more; the greatest undoing of any believer however is to assume or see God today in the light of who He came as previously. When the bible said we should pray without ceasing in 1 Thess. 5: 17, it doesn’t mean locking yourself up and praying 27/7, rather it means sustaining a heart posture of constant communication to the father and being sensitive enough to also listen to what he is saying at that very instant. Praying without ceasing has been taught in details in my piece “What Is Praying Without Ceasing (I)“, “What Is Praying Without Ceasing (II)” and “What Is Praying Without Ceasing (III)“
Being stereotyped is expecting God to speak to you in a vision today because he spoke to you that same way yesterday; it is expecting to hear an audible voice because that has been his way of communication.
You see, God is king and is multifaceted, He is sovereign (reserves the right to do as he pleases and owns no being any explanation) and supreme (the most high). If He chooses to speak to you today via his word, it is left for you to be sensitive enough to pick up the transmissions of the spirit and reach out to his word as a plumb line and the peace of the spirit that surpasses all understanding to saturate your heart. If he chooses to speak via his oracle the prophet, it’s left for you do discern and use his word as a plum line. If he chooses to use an audible voice or a calm still voice or even an intuition, discern and still use the plum line of his word and the peace of the spirit that saturates your heart rather than rebuking thinking it’s the devil.
The predisposition many believers uphold and sustain when coming before God is the reason why God seems not to be speaking to them or why they seems not to be hearing.
Personally, one way God speaks to me is by an inner witness and His word. Very seldom times does use people but often times, he speaks to me through nature. In all these, one way I know its God is when it falls in line with His word and the Holy Spirit furnishes his peace in my spirit. Once these two are in view, I know it is God because these two cannot be counterfeited by any other spirit neither can I intentionally infuse such mechanically.
I never sustain a stereotype when approaching God, I always sustain an open heart, willing to listen whichever way He decides to speak and whatever He may we decides to speak and whatever He may want to say.
To believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same. –Stereotype.
To believe unfairly that all God’s way of speaking must sustain a particular pattern or set of characteristics. -Stereotype.
This piece continues in my next release.