We need to discern the voice of God from the voice of a stranger. When we hear God we need to respond correctly, not hardening our hearts like Israelites.
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 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. (Heb 5:9-1 KJV)
Emphasis here in on hearing God, responding correctly and give us an example what happens if we do not respond correctly to what God is saying.
The biggest hindrance to hearing God’s voice is mentioned in Ezekiel 14,
1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.
2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? (Eze 14:1-3 KJV)
Idolatry starts when things become more important to us than God. The biggest idol in most people’s life is called “self”.
KJV Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. (Heb 4:1 KJV)
KJV Hebrews 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. (Heb 12:26 KJV)
HOW TO HEAR GOD:
1. Know what the Scripture says, if a voice contradicts the Bible, it is not God.
2. Be accountable to others who hear from God.
3. Have an honest heart.
There are other voices that can influence you. They can be erroneously taken as God’s voice: your consciousness, your reasoning and opinions of others. Both God and devil can speak through them.
Flesh also can affect you. It has to be crucified. Idols in our heart can interfere – Ezekeil 14. The biggest idol is selfishness.
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September 29, 2014
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