Summary: There are many voices we give voice to,but it often leads us in wrong directions.In this fast paced world,where every decision can lead to either to blessing or disaster,how wonderful it would be if we could get a sure direction.God can guide us correctly
HEARING GODS VOICE LEADS TO BLESSINGS.
“And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which [belongeth] to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman [was] there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch [it], he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
And she said, [As] the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I [am] gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”(1Kings.17:7).Today from this passage we are going to talk about hearing Gds voice. Although this is in the Old testament there are some principles that are similar that are applicable today for us. We will not only take this scripture as our base but we will bring certain incidents even from the New test. together with this old test.passage. So that we can get a better understanding of the voice of God. God loved communication. Many think that God does not talk much. he is a silent God, who loves meditation. No. God always speaks, he loves to speak. God speak to us even now through his eternal/living word. that is the bible. But there was also a time before the bible was written down and God still spoke to his people differently. He loved the people so much, and he wanted to protect/provide/lead them so he told the people how they should live and what they should do. People actually got to hear Gds voice. Right in the garden of Eden, God walked and talked with Adam and Eve. Later on. God spoke to Cain, and God spoke to Abram, and Isaac, and Jacob, even before the bible was written. Moses wrote the five books,but yet,God was speaking to the people even before the bible was written. Look how God comes to the rescue of Jacob. He speaks to him, and leads him, and shows him how to profit. He showed him thru visions, how to multiply his cattle.” I am the lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit,which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.”(Isa.48;17).Bible says God spoke to Abram in a vision to Joseph in a dream. He spoke to Israel in visions of the night. God spoke to Samuel in a vision. For Ezekiel the heavens were opened and he saw the visions of God. God even took him by the lock of his head and lifted him up between heaven and earth and brought him to the visions of God to Jerusalem. Daniel saw the visions of God,God spoke to Solomon in a dream by night in Gibeon. Job said “in a dream in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men,in slumbering upon the bed.”(Job.33:15).Even in the New test. we find God speaking to Joseph in a dream, and warning him too. Pilate's wife too received a dream concerning Jesus. Beloved God is out to reach you,but are you hearing.” and it shall come to pass in the last days,saith Gd,I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.’(Acts.2:17).O what revelations come forth thru dreams and visions. How were the disciples convinced to a level of who Christ was?” and as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them sayinhg,tell the vision to no man, until thee Son of man be risen again from the dead.’(Mt.17:9).O Elizabeth’s husband saw a vision. The holy women who came to the sepulcher on the Easter Sunday saw visions of angels. God spoke to Ananias in a vision, concerning Paul. Cornelius saw a vision.Peter saw a vision. Paul saw visions, at times in the night. Now don’t misunderstand me, these never occurred daily. but as and when God wanted. but God always speaks to us thru his word, he speaks to us thru his inward witness, and then the inward voice, and then by the authoritative voice of the Holy Spiirit,and then maybe at times he may come before you and speak to you, but that would be very rare, and with a purpose. But then he can speak to you through the visions, and dreams as well. But the primary way God speaks to us in the N.T.in the N.C.is by his Spirit in the inner man.