LISTENING TO THE VOICE OF GOD WITHIN YOU
Growing up as a younger Christian in my university days, I remember how I deeply desired to hear the voice of God as the great men and woman of the Bible did. People like Adam, Noah, Moses, David etc. It was my daily desire. I remember speaking to my fellowship coordinate who happened to be my spiritual mentor. She said to me when you kneel down to pray, just say, “Lord speak to me thy servant heareth”.
I would kneel down for hours waiting for God to speak to me. I waited for that audible voice but I heard nothing, and I thought to myself, God didn’t want to speak to me. I tried doing the same for a few more days, but I also ended getting up and feeling deflated.
As I began to grow in the things of the spirit, I paid more attention to reading and studying the word of God. Then it happened. I had learnt how to meditate on the word, and on this particular, I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to me. It was such a wonderful experience. It was from those experiences that I learnt about the voice of God from within the spirit of a believer. It was mind blowing.
While I was in my third year in the university, there was a year-long industrial strike by lecturers all over the country. So this gave me the opportunity to study the word of God continuously for 2 whole semesters. I spent hours meditating on the word. Because of the Holy Spirit. He spoke to me, teaching me great things from the word. The revelations were mind-blowing. There were times when I would reverently say to Him, “please stop, this Is so much”. During that time in my life I came to understand that God speaks to us every single day, but principally through His word. This was want God wanted me to learn. All those times I knelt before Him waiting for His audible voice, He must have been saying, “Go to my word and I will speak to you.
So the question is, “does God not speak to us audibly anymore? The answer is yes He does when He chooses to. In bible times, He chose to speak audibly to the prophets and the fathers of faith, however in this new dispensation of grace of which we are partakers, He has chosen to speak to us through the word.
The difference between those times and the times we now live in is that we have the person of the Holy Spirit living in the inside of us. A privilege that no of them got to enjoy. No of them were born of the spirit, but we are. Men such as Samson, Moses and David to say the least, were anointed by God and had the Holy Spirit upon them, but not living within.
They experienced the glory of God is some measure, but none of them had that glory living in them like we do.
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
These men had to go to God, or He came to them. But we have God living in us through the person of the Holy Spirit. God speak to us principally from within our hearts by His word. Many a times you would have heard that still small voice in your heart guiding you. Some believers have come to recognise that distinctive small voice, and other younger believers who are not yet conversant with the voice of God, would say their heart spoke to them. We don’t know how privilege we are to have the fullness of God live in the inside of us – Colossians 2:9-10.
The truth is that God can speak to you through people, situations or even the challenges and trial that you face on a daily basis. However, He will speak to you mainly through His word, because that is the final authority. Whenever you sense that God is speaking to you through any other means than His word, always check it out with He said in His word. Understanding this that God will not say anything to you that contradicts His word. His word is law and the final authority on all matters pertaining to the issues of life.
1 Kings 19:11-13
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.
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
God speaks to our spirit everyday, but many of us are too busy to hear that still small voice. Some of us have saddled our minds with worry, anxiety and thoughts of the issues going on in our lives, that it becomes almost impossible to hear His voice, because we are focused on our problems rather than on Jesus.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.
The less busy we become in our minds, the easier it becomes to focus on God and His word. When that’s happens it paves the way for you to hear that distinctive voice of your loving Father. It is very important that you practice quietness. Find a quiet place where you can spend time in God’s presence. Pray, worship or study the word in His presence and you will hear Him speak to you. God is more eager to fellowship with you, than you are with Him. He demonstrated this in the book of Genesis chapter 3.
“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
It took a while for me to recognise the voice of God, and to know that He speaks to us daily. It doesn’t matter what you are going through right now. If you can learn to trust and focus on Him, you will hear Him too.
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