Okay – what do you think is the most important thing every Christian absolutely needs to know and it could be a matter of life and death? Go ahead and guess – don’t look ahead yet.
As I thought about this, here is what I believe is the most important thing, next getting saved, you need to know to live a victorious life in the Lord: how to hear the voice of the Lord. Yes faith, love, the gifts of the Spirit, etc. are all so very important but without knowing how to hear from God, where are you going and how will you get there?
So, in a very short capsule version (this is Part I) of how to hear God’s voice, let’s begin. First of all, to reiterate, we are tripartite beings because we’re made in the image of God, Who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The real us is our spirit, we have a soul – our mind, will, and emotions and we live in a body – our earth suit. Having said all that, it’s with our spirits, the real us, that we contact God – not with our souls or body.
John 4:24 (KJV) 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV) 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Each of our parts has a voice: our body speaks through our five physical senses – sight, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching. Our souls speak through reasoning and intellect. And our spirits speak through that still small voice that we have to learn to discern because it is how God leads us. It’s the voice of your conscience – to know the right or wrong things that you’re faced with.
Then there’s that peace that passes all human understanding that Jesus has already given us.
Philippians 4:7 (KJV) 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
John 14:27 (KJV) 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
If you’re a born-again Christian, then you can trust that peace in your heart when you’re deciding what to do. But if you’re not born-again, you can’t trust your heart. And this, my dear brothers and sisters, how God leads us most of the time – by that peace in your heart. If you don’t have peace about doing something, DON’T do it! Just wait ’til you get more information from the Lord.
We’ll continue this message in Part II but for now, start practicing listening to that peace in your heart. That’s how you get expert at hearing from the Lord – by practice.