John 10:1-5 (NKJV)
1. "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2. "But he who enters by the door is the shepherd to the sheep.
3. "To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and lead them out.
4. "And he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
5. "Yet they will by no means (no way whatsoever) follow a stranger, but they will flee him, for they do not know the strangers voice.
John 10:25-30 (NKJV)
25. Jesus answered them, "I told you and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness to Me.
26. "But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.
27. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
28. "And I will give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
29. "My father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of my hand.
30. "I and My Father are one."
Jeremiah 1:9 (NKJV)
9. Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: " Behold I have put My words in your mouth.
Obedience heeding/submitting to the voice of God means you know His voice and that you belong to Him. Disobedience and rebellion to the voice of God means that you don't know His voice. Not only that it means according to the scripture that you don't belong to Him.
Hearing the voice of God is not difficult. It is not strange or unusual to hear the voice of God.
Hearing the voice of God is a common decision that you make once you say you belong to Him.
I use to take it for granted that the person standing next to me belongs to Him.
I mistakenly thought that if we are crying the same tears, speaking in tongues and dancing to the same music than that meant that we both belongs to God. And the tears were only an indication of passion and obedience towards Him.
Like wise I thought it strange how the same person can be so quick to walk out of the will of God for their lives and disobey Him, when in my mind He is clearly talking.
So I asked God about this. Lord why do we say we love God, but are so quick to disobey Him and fall into diverse sin.
Then the Lord took me to this scripture. First shouting, tongues and crying are not indications of our love for God. Obedience to His voice is.
If and individual is finding themselves having a hard time, knowing and obeying the voice of God is only means that they do not belong to Him.
And they are caught up in some kind of sin that prevent them from hearing His voice.
States that the sons of God are those individuals who are led by the spirit. So if you are being led by the flesh or your sinful nature you are not a son of God nor do you belong to Him.
Principle of the Kingdom # 1: The reason you can't hear the voice of God is because of sin and disobedience.
Principle of the Kingdom # 2: Whenever someone sins the first thing that they do is to hide themselves from the voice of God.
After Adam and Eve have sinned they knew that they were naked and were then ashamed. So they hid themselves. So according to the bible when God came to meet with Adam, he hid himself was afraid.
Hiding is always an indication of shame. It is an awakening or awareness of sin and a turning away from righteousness.
It was always God intention to speak with His people face to face and to allow them to hear His voice. Not go through another man but to hear His voice for themselves.
The people of Israel became afraid of God's voice. In verse 19 of Exodus 20 they say Moses when you speak with us we will hear, but don't let God speak with us, lest we die.
The voice crying out in the wildness. God was getting ready to put His voice back into His people so He sent a voice to prepare a way for His voice.
The voice of God always prepares you for the greater reveal (revelation) of His manifestation of earth.
Principle of the Kingdom # 3
Fear of hearing the voice of God is always a result of not wanting to hear the voice of God because of sin. Most people who are His, long to hear His voice for themselves. However the people of Israel assumed that they may die if they heard His voice.
They had committed the sin of constant complaining and speaking against God and His man servant.
Have you ever tried to give someone Godly sound advice or wisdom that you knew was from God. And they said "I don't want to hear that"? or they disregarded what you had to say.
Most of the time that is a result of sin.
Again if you are a child of God you recognize or are not spiteful of correction towards the voice of God.
Well if you are not in sin, why are you afraid to hear His voice? They were probably afraid of what He might say to them.
When your heart is right and you are not in sin, even it is in correction you long for God to take out even the things are in you that are not like Him.
Most people who long to be near Him are like David who said I long to be in your presence.
You see when you are in the presence of God and fear His voice instead of wanted to be near His voice something is wrong.
The true fear of the Lord means a Holy reverence towards Him. You aim to follow Him. You long to be lead by Him.
God talks about the blessing of obedience to His voice and the curses of disobedience to His voice.
So if I am acting in obedience and am following His voice there is no need to fear what God has to say because I am in His will. When He speaks He speaks to bless me.
But if I disobey Him, I have good reason to fear, because He is proclaiming His curses over me. Which is why disobedience people don't want to hear His voice. They only want to hear what they want to hear. They want to hear others who share their same voice (opinions and compromise) but surely not the voice of God. Lest He curse them.
I Kings 19:11-14
God speaks to Elijah in a still small voice.
Principle of the Kingdom # 4
God will always speak to you in a way you can understand. I once heard a pastor say if you are sitting alone in your house and you hear a big bass voice, with a great sound say "My child come forth" He said run that is not God.
God is not out to scare you. He will test you but He is not out to scare you.
So God will always speak to you in a way that you can understand. He spoke to the Elijah in a still small voice. This is the same God who answered by fire in Mount Carmel.
Principle of the Kingdom # 5
God may answer by fire, but He speaks to His people in a still small voice.
Acts 6 & Act 7:57
The bible says that when he (Stephen) spoke they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.
So after Stephen kept speaking in Verse 57 it says that they cried with a loud voice and stopped their ears and ran at him on one accord.
They stopped their ears.
What happened hear. They did not want to hear what the voice was saying. They couldn't bear it.
Again if they weren't wrong why stopp (cover) their ears?
II Timothy 4:3,4
Says that in the last days they will not endure sound doctrine, according to their own desires and they will turn away from truth.
That means they will no longer want to hear the voice of God, but would rather believe a lie. So they go where they want to hear what they want to hear.
God longs to speak to His people. It was always apart of His plan from the beginning, starting in the beginning with Adam and Eve.
We see God speaking to His people through out the bible. But if you don't want Him to speak to you like the people of Israel He won't
It is not God's will for you to go here and there and everywhere looking for a prophetic word from the Lord.
The prophet Joel said that in the last days God would pour out His spirit on all flesh. That is why He came.
Says that the spirit of truth will tell you what is yet to come. What is the spirit of truth? The Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will tell you what is yet to come. So there is a prophetic nature on the inside of you.
Says that the world cannot receive the spirit of truth. Meaning sinners/rebellious people because they don't want to know Him or hear His voice.
But the bible says you know Him and because you know Him, the spirit of truth dwells meaning lives inside of you and he will continue to be with you.
Tap into the prophetic nature that is on the inside of you.
Lastly when Jesus died on the cross, the veil was broken. We are no longer under the curse the people of Israel requested being under, where God no longer spoke to them and they God could only relay messages to them from Moses.
You have the spirit of truth on the inside of you.
It is sad to have the voice of God on the inside of you, and not use it.
It is just silly to long to hear His voice that is already on the inside of you but go seeking His voice through someone else who has the same Holy Spirit that you have.
God longs to speak to His people.
God will always speak to you concerning you.
I believe that God will not reveal more to a man or woman of God about you than He longs to reveal to you Himself.
They water, but He plants.
A prophetic word from others is meant to activate your faith not be the sole provider or be the means by which you hear from God.
I once heard a minister say that as Jesus was dyeing on the cross, with every lash He took. With every pain He endured. Maybe He was thinking of the words to a song that Barbara Streisand wrote:
The Way We Were.
Maybe He was thinking of the way we were and endured the pain to have that relationship with us again like He walked with Adam and Eve before the their rebellion.
The way we were.
God longs to speak with us more than we long to speak to Him.
So much so that He sends people our way to say hey he is trying to talk to you but you won't pick up your phone.
He longs to have a intimate relationship with us, more than we long to have a relationship with Him.
He longs to reveal mysterious and secrets to us. But He also longs just to communicate with us. He wants you to tell Him about your day. Talk to Him about things that may seem insignificant.
Our daddy just want to be with us.
He longs to be with us. That why He said to David "seek my face" meaning seek to get to know Him. But we must respond in our hearts like David. And say Yes Lord "Thy face I will seek".
Allow the voice to come in. Hear Him, He is waiting, longing and wanting to be with you.
Samaria M. Colbert © 2010