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Hearing from God – Prophesy

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pi...

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pitsak, a Medieval Armenian scribe and miniaturist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hearing from God is very important in the life of every believer. Hearing from God is not a one-sided thing, it is not only a human desire; God wants to speak to his children. That means that it is something that is readily available to everyone who desires to hear God. All you need to do is position yourself rightly and you will enjoy this fellowship with God.

God speaks to us through prophesy. In prophesy God sends a message to you through someone else. This is a very common way that God used in the lives of the Israelites. It is commonly identifiable in the Bible.

“The Sovereign Lord never does anything without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets. When a lion roars, who can keep from being afraid? When the Sovereign Lord speaks, who can keep from proclaiming his message The Sovereign Lord never does anything without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets. When a lion roars, who can keep from being afraid? When the Sovereign Lord speaks, who can keep from proclaiming his message? Amos 3: 7-8 (GNT)

God appointed prophets whom he used to convey his purpose to his people. “The Lord spoke to Jeremiah in the thirteenth year that Josiah son of Amon was king of Judah, and he spoke to him again when Josiah’s son Jehoiakim was king. After that, the Lord spoke to him many times, until the eleventh year of the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah. In the fifth month of that year the people of Jerusalem were taken into exile.” Jer. 1: 2-3 (GNT)

The proof of prophesy is that it must not mislead the people of God; it must not contradict the revealed “absolute truths” of the word of God, (for example, the fact that there is one God is an absolute truth, the sinfulness of man and the need for his salvation through Jesus Christ is an absolute truth.) All prophesies are proved by their fulfilment. All prophesies lead people to God.

Prophesy as a gift is different from the office of a prophet. Prophesy comes anytime God communicates in that manner. It can come from the prophet or someone God chooses to use. The prophet stands in the office to constantly point God’s people to the direction God wants them to follow. This does not mean the ability to see through people or the ability to always have something about the future to say to every person that comes around. Christian prophesies is not clairvoyance; these are different and far-apart as far as Christianity is concerned. In fact God forbids believers from associating with clairvoyance.

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,  or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.” Dt. 18:10-12 (NIV)

I know many people are drown towards seeking prophesies and prophets as an obsession; however, this means of God speaking to people is as normal as any other way God chooses to use to speak to you. Prophesy is one of the most abused Christian experiences and some people have used it to exploit others. It has been used to intimidate and scare people all over the ages against the will of God. False prophets are common everywhere and many of them are so crafty that it takes discernment and the help of the Holy Spirit to escape their antics.

God is interested in the lives of his people and is ever will to guide and help them.  The scripture says:

“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture” Psalm 100:3 (NIV)

All who desire to hear from God must learn to worship and praise God. They must learn to pray and study the Bible. They must learn to wait on the Lord and be eager to obey him.

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Hearing from God – Beware of these Voices

Hearing from God is a very vital part of the Christian life. Every child of God has access to the presence of God. God wants to speak to you. You may not necessarily hear God with your physical ears but his voice is clear to anyone who has learnt to listen to him. We shall look into ways the God speaks to us but today let us look at some of the voices that make it difficult for some of us to hear God.

One of the voices we hear every day is the voice of the human spirit. The voice of human spirit is a voice in us that we hear saying something to us about issues that cover virtually every aspect of our lives. Sometimes it picks up your physical voice – you catch yourself talking to yourself at this time. Most times it does not speak aloud. You are in constant conversation with yourself. It is more interested in things that are convenient for the flesh. It can fan your fears and trumpet your pride. It has the tendency to struggle with God. The following scriptural verses states,

“Those who live as their human nature tells them to, have their minds controlled by what human nature wants. Those who live as the Spirit tells them to, have their minds controlled by what the Spirit wants. To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace.And so people become enemies of God when they are controlled by their human nature; for they do not obey God’s law, and in fact they cannot obey it.Those who obey their human nature cannot please God.” Rom. 8:5-8 (GNT)

There is also the voice of the devil. The Bible points us to various instances where the devil’s activities were let out of the dark. One of such instances is recorded in Gen. 3: 1-5 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”  The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;  but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (NASB)

The devil is out to discredit God always. You can always dictate this in everything the devil says, no matter how good the advice is. He has been around for a long time and comes with “wicked wisdom” mostly unsolicited for. He wrestles every word of God to pervert it.

There is the voice of the “wise”. Some of these people are partly agents of the enemy (most of them do not know it) and some are people who are full of the human spirit and a dominating spirit who feel they know more than other people but are self-opinionated. Some of them have become “opinion leaders”  It cuts across the boundary of all human life. I remember a Christian meeting I attended and in the midst of a discussion. Someone said something like “all this talk about studying Bible and talk of the Holy Spirit, is not it; come let us teach you” So what does he have to teach anybody about the Christian life more than the word of God and more than the Holy Spirit is able to. Who among us knows anything to tell anyone that will help them if God did not open our heart and theirs to learn, understand and apply the truth in their lives. The answer is – Nobody. Job’s friends were in this kind of error; Job called them miserable comforters. God eventually rebuked them. “It came about after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has.” Job 42:7 (NASB)

We see another instance in the Bible of a voice like that in 2 Kings 7:1-2.  “Then Elisha said, “Listen to the word of the Lord; thus says the Lord, ‘ Tomorrow about this time ameasure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.’” The royal officer on whose hand the king was leaning answered the man of God and said, “Behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” Then he said, “Behold, you will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat of it.” (NASB)

These are just pointers to tell us that if we must hear God and walk according to his counsel we must be discerning and able to make a difference between what is right and what is not.

Stay blessed.

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