This is perhaps the greatest gift that we have in this life: that the living God lives in you and with you. If we lived in this reality, everything would be different. You – yes, you – can hear the voice of God. We are sons and daughters of a loving Father, the bride of Christ, a friend of God, the sheep of the Great Shepherd, and a body with Jesus as the head. Bill Johnson said, “I would rather make a bad decision with faith than a good decision without any”, and that’s what we want; to make decisions out of faith, without fear of being wrong. Either way, God will be with us.
Hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit is like learning a new language. We learn to hear God in the little things, not just the big ones. Be humble and risk; we have to practice and apply His word to our lives. The Holy Spirit is speaking…would you be humble enough to learn and listen?
Why does it seem like we can’t hear Him at times?
- I don’t believe I can
- James 1:5-8: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
- I’m unprepared to obey
- 2 Timothy 4:1-4: I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
- Jonah 1:1-3: Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.
- The authority of God in your life isn’t real until it’s been tested. You’ll know you’ve been obedient when you’re struggled to obey God; if submission is easy every single time, you’re letting yourself play His role.
- That being said, God’s way isn’t always the hard way. The more we mature in our faith, the more what we want to do will align with God’s directive for us.
- He is empowering me to make the decision
- #Sanctification, ya’ll!
- Romans 8:14-17: For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
- Hearing God isn’t a superpower or a trick, it’s our identity.
So, what are we to do when it seems like you’re not getting specific direction?
- Search the Scriptures.
- Ask other people to pray with you and share what they believe God is saying.
- Pursue wisdom from church leadership.
- Get as much information as possible and then ask:
- What will glorify God the most?
- What will bless others the most?
- Make the decision. Risk in faith!
Biblical references: James 1:5-8; 2 Timothy 4:1-4; Jonah 1:1-3; Romans 8:14-17