Summary: It is so important to hear the voice of God today. I know many have preached on this before. This is my offering.
Mark 4:9 (KJV) And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
we need to pray for ears to hear what God is speaking
hearing the voice of God is a mark of the true believer
it's for every believer and it's biblical
I want to show you the ways that God speaks to you according to Bible
Some of us have been missing what God is saying
because you didn't realize that's how God speaks
#1 God speaks in a still small voice
This is the most common way God speaks to us
God usually does not yell the way that I may in order to get someone’s attention
God oftentimes comes in a whisper, or a thought, or a still small voice
there's the human spirit
there's the Holy Spirit and
there are demonic spirits
Ok, how do I know if it's the flesh or a demon that speaking to me?
Simple, If it’s a demon talking in your head and telling you to do things that violate God’s word
Then you know it’s a demon
God’s Word says, don’t lie, hate, take revenge, steal…
God’s Word tells us to be holy, go to church, pray, serve the Lord…
The Word is very clear:
1 John 3:8 (KJV) He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Let’s move on, the flesh tempts and entices you
It will drag you away from God
but the flesh does not have the ability to talk
only God and demons can talk to you
If you are hearing a voice that's talking against the things of God, that's a demon
that's not God
the Holy Spirit will speak in your mind and press thoughts on you in a still small voice
It will be in the way that you know whether it's a human spirit or the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit will whisper to you things you would not otherwise have thought of
if you get a thought, that you're like wow!
This happens when I'm preaching and teaching the Word of God often
I get a really good thought I could never come up with on my own.
that that was the Holy Spirit speaking to me
example, have you ever been impressed by God to give money or something to someone and your flesh said, “no way! I need that money, I need this thing” that is usually God speaking to you to go and bless someone.
Some people get and impulse to bless someone and they run through their mind of how benevolent they are and how God is going to bless them because they gave someone 10 bucks or something. This is not from God.
Or the original thought may have come from God, but you turned it around about you.
You must be very careful about pride in your life.
When you do things to get recognition, Jesus said that you got your reward.
There’s nothing else you will receive but the happy thought that was in your head.
No reward in heaven.
No blessing from God.
You, in your own mind got your reward.
I think you scored points with God and now God owes you a great blessing.
This is extremely fleshly and evil.
Prayer: if God tells you to step out and pray for somebody
and you're uncomfortable and you just feel like you can't get away from it
then that's God speaking you
that's the difference between your thoughts and God's thoughts
as you get close to God and you get to know God
your thoughts and his thoughts become one
and you start getting on the mind of Christ
if you're sitting here in service and you get a random super imposing thought to do something good
the voice of the Holy Spirit speaks in the still small whisper
and you need to start getting in tune with that still small whisper
because this is going to set you free
you should realize God does not yell
one of the reasons why we struggle to hear him is because we're not close with him
this is what you need to understand
how close are you?
ask yourself this, how close am I to God?
the farther you get away from God the harder it is to hear the whisper
Example: remember what happened to Saul?
the voice comes out and says, “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?
was that a small voice?
it was a loud voice and it knocked him to the ground
why? because Saul had no relationship or closeness to God
remember sin separates us from the God