Friday, 24 August 2018

HOW TO HEAR FROM GOD.

"The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord , for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord , but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper" - (1 Kings 19:11-12 NIV)
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This is a broad topic that may not be explicitly stated in one read but I trust the Holy Spirit that you will be properly guided into all the truth you need to know in hearing from God.
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God is a Spirit and the Spirit speaks expressly but it is unfortunate that though man is a spirit, he fails to hear God clearly through the gentle whisper or still small voice.
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God speaks through visual aids such as dreams, trance or vision (Job 33:14-15) and also through audible means, through inner voice, an impression on the thought of the heart and audibly as it were in Samuel's case (1Sam. 3:10).
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For you to hear Him speak, you must be properly positioned, that is, your life (spirit, soul and body) must be right before Him. God speaks to you through your conscience, a component of the parts which man's spirit can be divided into (communion, instinct, conscience).
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Only spiritual minded people can hear what the Spirit is saying whenever He speaks. Carnal people only hear the voice of their lustful desires and natural people relates with their physical senses.
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Whenever God speaks, there's always a reaction in the flesh, whether to obey or to disobey. God gave Adam and Eve an instruction but the devil also came to instruct them. He provoked carnality in them and they fell into it.
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When He drops a word through the still small voice, there's going to be a voice of passion and the murmurs of self will that would react against whatever He says. In fact, external influences too will also react.
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God told King Saul to smite all the Amalekites, not sparing anyone. But Saul listened to the voice of the people and disobeyed God (1Sam. 15:24). Lucifer was made with the best of materials and was superior than other Arch angels but self will made him desire to exalt his throne above God's (Is. 14:13-14).
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However, to hear God speak clearly in accent clear and still, you need the Holy Spirit and your flesh must be subdued. The Holy Spirit is the channel through which God speaks to us (John 16:13).
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Your conscience alone cannot help you to understand all the plans of God for your life and you will be limited if you depend on dreams alone or on what people say.
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Hearing God takes time to master but the closer you get to Him, the better and clearer you hear Him speak to you as a man speaks to his friend.



By Adeniyi Tim Oluwamayowa.

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