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Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matt.18:19-20 ..I […]
There are some keys to hearing God's voice that I have neglected lately, and I am grateful for being reminded of them.
1. Feed on God's Word to prepare your spirit to hear God's voice
"The entrance of your Word gives light, it brings understanding to the simple". (Ps 119:130)
"For I earnestly exhorted your fathers in the day I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, until this day, rising early and exhorting, saying, 'Obey My voice'.
"Yet they did not obey or incline their ears, but everyone followed the dictates of his evil heart; therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant".
We need to learn to hear God's voice better. If it is true that God has a plan for our lives, if it is true that God spoke to people in the times of the Bible, if it is true that the Holy Spirit lives within us, then surely it ought to be normal for us to know things by the Spirit of God concerning what the specific will of God is for our lives.
The Scriptures show that when God wants to get a message across to people, He usually prepares people for it. God speaks today to His people by the Holy Spirit.
John 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
I’m contemplating how this matter of
hearing God works. There are plenty of clues in the Bible. The Bible
is amongst other things a record of people who correctly heard the
Word of the Lord. If God spoke to people by His Spirit, at times
without using the Scriptures, and He is the same today, then He can
still speak to people things not strictly written in the Scriptures.
This is not to say that God would say anything which contradicts His
revealed will in the New Testament, or the revelation of His
character found throughout the whole Bible.
Se ha dicho con razón que la oración no es la preparación para la batalla – La oración es la batalla. Y de todas las cosas que podemos hacer para aumentar el poder y la orientación de la oración, el ayuno es sin duda el más potente.
Aquí es donde la potencia es menos, porque el ayuno nos pone en armonía con un dios todopoderoso que exige la humildad de aquellos que desean estar cerca de él. El ayuno humilla la carne. Cuando se hace con ese fin, le place al Espíritu de Dios.
I have to say to my shame that there are certain basic things I never much practiced concerning how to hear God’s voice personally for myself. I believe the lack of knowledge here has limited the effectiveness of my communication with the Lord until now. Though I’ve heard God’s voice on many things, there are also many things in which I know I have acted presumptuously, and the bad results made me question the wisdom of trying to get specific guidance outside of just reading the Bible. However, the Bible is full of people who heard God in other ways besides reading the Holy Scriptures, and it contains many promises that God’s people can and do hear God’s voice (e.g. John 10:27).
Two principles I am learning are as follows:
1. When asking God to speak to us, evil spirits might give a reply also – by various means. Therefore, before expecting to hear from God, it is very good to verbally command the powers of darkness which may or may not be around to BE SILENT. Bind the powers of darkness before attempting to hear God on an important issue you are inquiring the Lord on.
2. The quality of our guidance depends on the condition of our hearts. The main problem we all face is PRIDE. The Bible says in Obadiah 3: