KEY SCRIPTURE: Joh 12:1 KJV “Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.”
In our previous study we started looking at how to know and hear God’s voice. We realized in that study that, the Lord Jesus, had a consistent flowing ministry, because in the midst of the threats from the religious leaders, He could still move around, because He did so by the counsel of the Spirit. In today’s study, we would take an elaborate discussion on knowing and hearing God’s voice.
Let’s look at Romans 12:1,2
Rom 12:1 KJV” I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The above instructions are the two major ways that place an individual in the frequency of the Spirit of God, to be able to know and also hear the voice of God.
To present your body as a living sacrifice, implies, God should have total control of all that you do. It also means to offer yourself to the Lord and turn away from sinful ways. The man who is living to please himself is not subjected to the ways of God, and cannot even receive or hear God speak to him. (Rom 8:7) After presenting yourself unto God, you seek for a renewal of the way you view life as a whole. You do this through a study of His word and meditation. A renewed mind would result in a changed nature that makes you sensitive to God. The scripture also added that, this makes you prove that which is God acceptable, and perfect will of God. The voice of God is a function of the will of God. You would then, freely know whether it is God speaking, the devil or your own mind. As you keep doing what God says, your spiritual senses would grow to naturally know what the Lord may want you to know.
In what form, does God’s voice come to us?
1. It may come to you through the preaching of God’s word. 1 Thess 2:13
2. It can come as a dream, a vision, Genesis 40:5, Matt 2:12
3. Through certain circumstances, 1 Sam 9:5
4. A still small voice 1st King’s 19:12
5. An audible voice as a friend speaks to you. Acts 9:2-4
The Christian who has obeyed the instructions of Rom 12:1 and 2, would have his or her senses trained to know that, this is God speaking to me.
The child of God, who hears God’s voice and decides to obey would have peace in himself. Col 3:15
I commit my whole being unto God, as a living sacrifice in holiness and I give place to God’s word to align my thinking with God’s way. This helps me to know God’s voice in whatever means it comes to me. The joy is in doing what it says.
Heb 5:14 KJV” But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Joh 10:27 KJV “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”