Hearing God's Voice

 

Prayer is very special..... We pray to a living God.

Years ago I heard some people say God is dead!

My answer was and is "no He's not, I just talked to Him this morning"

This morning I asked Toni and Marc what would they do if they heard an audible voice from God as they prayed? What would you do?

Can a mortal hear God's voice?

Can a sinner communicate with God?

We hear preachers and others on TV say "God said......"

Yet I have heard other preachers say... "God does not talk to men today."

What do you think? .... more important, what does the Bible have to say about that.

Gen. 1:26-ff  God created man different from all other creatures, I believe He created us to be able to fellowship with Him and willfully praise and worship Him.

Remember back in the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve heard the voice of God in the cool of the day.  ( Gen. 3:8 )

God had commissioned Adam and Eve to fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over His creation ( Gen 1:28 ). Perhaps during that time they talked about the wonders of what God had created. I picture it as pure fellowship, Adam had no needs, God had given him the prettiest girl on the face of the earth, Eve had the strongest most compassionate man on earth. They didn't worry about keeping up with the Jones, they didn't even have to worry about what to ware.

I picture this was a daily thing, God walking and talking with Adam and Eve before the fall.

But their disobedience broke that sweet fellowship of walking and talking with God.

Gen. 3:8    And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Gen. 3:9    Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"
Gen. 3:10    So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."

Their sin bought fear. Their sin replaced the love of being with God with hiding from God. V10

Their sin brought shame. It revealed their nakedness.

When sin is crying out from our hearts, can God's voice be heard? Even as Adam had disobeyed, God still called "Where are you"

In our deepest sins... God still calls..."Where are you"

I personally believe God would love to communicate with His children, He created communication.

As we are running around doing OUR thing today, whether good or bad, He is calling "Where are you"

Sometimes we expect God's voice to be loud like thunder or a loud rushing wind, we can not put God  in a box where He has to always act the same. Elijah ( 1Kings 19:11 ) found that God was not where many would expect Him to be but found Him in a still small voice.

1Kings 19:11    Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;

1Kings 19:12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

The message God has for us is more important than method of delivery.

If God wants to talk or communicate with us, why then are our prayers normally just a one way communication?  Do they have to be? Do we expect an answer?

Yet, He speaks in many ways to us today.

His Word.

His Preachers and teachers.

Prophetic messages

Tongues with interpretations.

Dreams and visions

The circumstances of daily living

Regardless how the message comes, it will never be contrary to the Word of God. The message will always agree with the precepts and revelations of God's Word. if not discard it!

Heb. 1:1    God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,

Heb. 1:2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

How many times have we been still and listen for God after we prayed? I noticed with my private prayers and our family devotions I do not always wait on the Lord. It seems as soon as Prayers over I have talked to the Lord now its time to go.

If that still small voice was trying to speak, would we hear it?

Years ago a dear friend of mine said, "We all hear voices in our hearts, but we must determine who that voice is." Remember... if that voice you hear is contrary to God's word.. that voice is not of God. In other words we MUST know God's Word.

John 10:2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

John 10:3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

John 10:4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

 

 

He is the Good Shepherd, but who are the sheep?  Most Christians will say, we are the sheep. then we should be able to hear His voice right.

It says the sheep follow Him for they know His voice.

I must ask myself and you, do we know God better today than yesterday? And Do we listen?

If it said we know His voice, then there must have been some revelation or communication to His sheep.

I do not think all Christians can be classified as sheep, perhaps that is just my opinion but I will try to explain what I mean with God's word.

When Jesus was about to ascend to heaven, He talked to Peter and gave him a personal challenge in John 21:15-17

John 21:15    So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" 
He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." 
He said to him, "Feed My lambs."   ( 
bos'-ko )
John 21:16    He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" 
He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." 
He said to him, "Tend (Feed KJV )My sheep."  ( 
poy-mah'ee-no )
John 21:17    He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" 
And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." 
Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep  ( 
-bos'-ko )

Why did Jesus say feed my Lambs in v15 but in v17 He said feed my sheep?

 

For me a study of the words -- feed -- lambs -- tend -- and sheep  spoke to my heart about hearing God's voice. It also shows me there is really 3 different request made by Jesus.

Feed My Lambs --- Tend My Sheep -- Feed my Sheep

Feed --bos'-ko
A prolonged form of a primary verb ; to pasture; by extension to fodder; reflexively to graze: - feed, keep.

Lamb - ar-nee'-on
a lambkin: - lamb.

Feed ( Tend ) - poy-mah'ee-no
to tend as a shepherd (or figuratively superviser): - feed (cattle), rule.

Sheep - prob'-at-on
Properly the neuter of a presumed derivative of G4260(to walk forward, that is, advance (literally or in years): - + be of a great age, go farther (on), be well stricken.
); something that walks forward (a quadruped), that is, (specifically) a sheep (literally or figuratively): - sheep ([-fold]).

Jesus first was telling Peter to keep the baby sheep -- give the lambs fodder. see that they get to graze. Provide proper food for lambs.

next Jesus told Peter shepherd ( rule) the sheep - those that were walking forward with Jesus. guide them walk them into maturity.

Finally Jesus was telling Peter to keep the flock. Provide the necessities to maintain the healthy relationship with the flock and with God.

Jesus is concerned about every sheep and lamb in His fold.  He is willing to leave the 99 and go after the 1 stray.

I have a interesting book by an author called Phillip Keller called

a Shepherd looks at Psalm 23.

A good shepherd will care for his sheep from birth.  A lamb has to learn the shepherd's voice and intentions. As that lamb keeps wandering off the shepherd will have to find a way to make that lamb know him and want to stay with him. The last page of that book has an artist drawing of a shepherd caring a lamb on his shoulders, the story goes that lamb had constantly wandered off so that shepherd broke the lams legs.

Then that shepherd carried that lamb on his shoulders until the legs healed. During that time that shepherd and lamb were constantly together. The lamb found his every need at the hands of the shepherd. That lamb learned the voice of his shepherd.

 

What does the voice of God sound like?

 

Do you listen for the still small voice?

The Greek word used here for sheep is prob'-at-on
Strongs defines it as something that walks forward (a quadruped), that is, (specifically) a sheep (literally or figuratively): - sheep ([-fold]).

Remember Christianity is a walk, its a way. We are to go forward with Jesus.

As we go forward with Jesus that still small voice I believe can become so strong that you wondered if anyone else heard it.

my 1st experience was while buying a door.

another experience was watching a spider.

 

I have noticed my piety does not make me eligible as much as my believing, trusting, waiting and listening.