HEARING THE VOICE OF GOD PART 1 By Pastor Jerry Does God Speak Today?
[Concluding part of the Message shared by Ps. Jerry on 30 June 2019]
by Pastor Jerry
We have learnt that throughout each dispensation, GOD speaks. And GOD’s promise is that His blessings will overtake you when you faithfully obey His voice (Deut 28:1-2).
But what if we do not hear the voice of GOD nor do we listen to what GOD is saying to us? What will happen? Will we still enjoy the blessings? Will it be contrary to His promises?
Let’s see what God’s word has to say about this.
Psalm 81:8-16 says, “Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me! There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god. I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways. I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.
Those who hate the Lord would cringe toward him, and their fate would last forever. But he would feed you with the finest of wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
The Lord says, if you listen to me, I will correct you, I will lead you. And then GOD says, “open your mouth and I will fill it.” You will not go hungry. GOD will fill your mouth with so many good things.
God’s word says, … if you would but listen to me. That means YOU HAVE A CHOICE. You do not have to listen. God does not force anybody. You will live under the consequences of the seeds you have sown. But if you listen to the voice of your GOD and walk in His ways, GOD will destroy your enemies. He will prepare a table for you in the presence of your enemies and your cup will run over.
In the New Testament under the new covenant, Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28) So, as the sheep of Jesus Christ, you must HEAR HIS voice. It is clear that those who belong to Jesus hear His voice.
Christianity is based on relationship with a divine God. It is God coming down to man. It is God loving man and saying, “Come, walk with Me, talk with Me and be with Me.” He made man for fellowship. It’s not all about knowing the Bible, a person can know the Word of God very well but yet not know Jesus. The devil also knows the scriptures, but is not saved. The Pharisees knew the word of GOD so well but could not recognize GOD in the form of man among them. Christianity is not about knowing the scriptures, it is about having a relationship with GOD and knowing GOD!!
Hearing the voice of God is the result of our spiritual growth as we begin to know and understand God’s character and His ways more and more. I told GOD, ‘I am going to tell the people the truth, if they cannot hear and follow the voice of GOD, they are playing church. They are not part of GOD’s family.’ GOD corrected me and said, “They are like babies, they know the sound of my voice. They know my presence. But they do not yet understand what I am saying.” They haven’t learned to hear and discern the voice of God. But they are His and He loves them. And I want to tell you God loves you. So, if you haven’t learned to hear the voice of GOD and understand what GOD is saying, you will soon. God wants to speak to you. That’s why He has laid this on my heart. He wants to have direct communion and conversations with you. And He will speak to you. But those who can hear GOD, He will make your hearing and discernment even sharper and clearer. God loves you!
IN CONCLUSION: Remember, yare following a Spirit who walks and talks with you. You hear and obey HIM and HE directs your ways. If it is the other way round, then you are God. A lot of people direct God to do things, I want it done this way or that way. If that is so, then HE is not God. God does things His way. So, we ask God, what is your way, Lord? I am here to follow you. Here am I, send me. When you call Him your GOD, you must hear HIM and follow HIS ways.
Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” So, if you are a son of God, you must be led by the Spirit of GOD. You cannot be led by anything else. The term ‘sons’ in Greek in this verse refers to mature sons. In fact, kings, heirs, magistrates and royal priests were also mentioned. But it does not include babies.
So, when a person is born again, he is a babe in Christ. He receives milk. The apostle Paul says, I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. (1 Corinthians 3:2) Paul tells us that we give milk, we teach slowly. But you must begin to learn to hear from God so you can take the meaty things, the solid food. So that you can receive all that God has for you and all that God wants to do in you. And He wants to do a lot.
When you begin to hear from God and receive from Him, you will grow up into a very powerful person. You will impact those around you and even the world. You will become the salt and the light of this world. You will become the head and not the tail. You will become a giver and not a borrower. A remarkable change will come upon your life because when God directs you, HE will direct you in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake. He will make you lie down in green pastures. He will lead you beside the still waters. He will anoint your head with oil and your cup will run over. So trust in the Lord, listen to the voice of GOD and be led by Him! GOD BLESS YOU!!!