[Oops – I realize that I posted Part II instead of Part I which I will post on Thursday!]
Continuing along the line of hearing the voice of the Lord, let’s talk about what the voice of the Lord sounds like.
1 Kings 19:11-12 (KJV)
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks 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:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
In these verses God was showing Elijah that He wasn’t going to speak to him in flashy, spectacular ways but in a still small voice. His voice was not in the winds, earthquake, or fire but in a still small voice. And so it is with us. If we wait ’til we hear a booming voice out of Heaven before we make a move, we’ll be waiting a long time because that is not how God mainly speaks to us.
God wants us to get quiet before Him so that He gets our attention and can speak to us. It’s usually just a sensing or a perception in your spirit. Sometimes it’s words that come up and you think it’s just you. And yes, it will seem that it’s just you speaking but it’s your spirit. Sometimes it seems just like a thought that comes to you because it comes from your spirit up through your soul – mind.
Then there’s the voice of the Holy Spirit Who resides in your spirit. When He speaks, it’s a more authoritative voice, more of an urgency. When that happens, it’s usually because God wants to make sure you don’t miss what He’s telling you. But, that’s not the main way He speaks to you. Most of us will never hear the booming voice of the Holy Spirit but rather the still small voice of your spirit.
I know I’ve said a lot in a short space but the point is that God wants you to know His voice. How can He expect you to follow Him if you weren’t able to hear Him? But, it takes practice and many people are not willing to turn off the TV and spend time with the Lord to learn to hear Him.
John 10:27 (KJV) 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Let’s tune into God’s frequency and stay on track to fulfilling His plans and purposes for our lives.