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    NEWSLETTER Volume 5 Issue 8 Warring to Harvest August-October 2006

    If you are a servant of Jesus Christ, do you know that God Himself wants to talk to you? God desires fel- lowship with His people. The word “fellowship,” means a “sharing, unity, close association, partnership, participation, a communion.” All these things involves communication! Communication means talking.

    “ . . . that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3

    The Bible is clear, God desires to talk with us, to com- municate with us. What an incredible and precious privilege this is!

    The Apostle Paul wrote:

    “Now the Spirit expressly says that . . . “ 1 Timothy 4:1

    And in Hebrews, God Himself says:

    “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, say- ing ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.” Hebrews 8:10-11

    From all these scriptures it is clear that God speaks directly to His people. It is His desire for His people to get to know Him and to “hear His voice.” This is

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    not just a promise for the days of the early church when the Cannon of the Bible was being written, it is for us today. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) It is God’s desire to speak to each one of us individually and personally!

    But, how can we learn to “hear” God speaking to us? Is it actually possible for a human being to literally ”hear” God’s voice? The scripture says it is, that’s good enough for me. God’s Word does not lie.

    Many people struggle with this issue. I have had count- less requests from people asking that I teach them how to learn to “hear” God’s voice. That is why I am writ- ing this newsletter. When I first entered into a close walk with the Lord, this was one of the biggest

    awareness of the verse. The Holy Spirit works through our mind.

    Sometimes God will speak through another person. However, this is rare. This is called exercising the gifts of “word of knowledge,” or “prophecy.” The scripture I quoted in Hebrews makes it clear that God does not desire to speak to His people in this way on a regular basis. He prefers to speak to each one of us individually. Unfortunately, we have a large portion of the current Christians running around seeking a “word from the Lord’ from various self-proclaimed “prophets,” because they cannot hear from the Lord for themselves. Sadly, too many of these “words” are not from God at all, but are from the flesh of the per- son giving the word. Look around you. The many

    Is it actually possible for a human being to literally ”hear” God’s voice? The scripture says it is, that’s good enough for me.

    struggles of my life. I read so many books, and heard so many people talk about “hearing” the Lord. “The Lord said this, and the Lord said that.” But I wasn’t hearing Him say anything! And no one could tell me how to get started. Finally, I did what I should have done in the very beginning:

    I asked the Holy Spirit to teach me Himself.

    I want to share with you the quickest way to learn to “hear” the Lord’s voice, and some of the struggles you will have along the way. There are many ways that God communicates with us. You will notice that I always put the word “hear” in italics. That is because I am not referring to a literal audible voice. Very few people ever hear the Lord speak to them in an audible voice that they can hear with their physical ears. Some do, but not very many, and certainly not very often.

    What are some of the other ways God speaks to us?

    God speaks through His Word, the Bible. God’s Word, the Bible, is described as being “living and active.” (Hebrews 4:12) Many times God will speak to some- one through His word. How does He do that? As the person is reading and studying the Bible, a particular section or verse will suddenly jump out at him. He will become aware of the verse, and have a new un- derstanding of it that he never had before. Many times, he will just “know” without any doubt that God is giv- ing him that verse for instruction, or for a promise. This is the Holy Spirit giving that person the sudden

    popular prophets of today almost never give anyone a word of correc- tion. Instead they always tell every- one that “God has a BIG ministry for them,” or that “they are going to become very rich so that they can sew into the kingdom of God.” Their words minister to the flesh of the people receiving them, not as the two-edged sword described in He- brews 4:12. I strongly recommend you read a book by John Bevere

    called Thus Saith The Lord. In it he helps you sort out what prophecies are from God and which ones are from the flesh.

    IF God chooses to speak to you through someone else, usually it is to bring confirmation about something He has already been saying to you, or to bring to your attention something that you would not be able to hear directly from Him because it is not to your liking, or is completely outside anything you can think about or imagine. God does not speak to you through another person either frequently or regularly. If this is going on in your life, I challenge you to turn away and learn to “hear” God’s voice for yourself.

    God speaks to us directly. The Holy Spirit will speak to your spirit, and then the words will be placed into your brain as a thought. This is the normal and most frequent way that God speaks to His people. This is why, in Hebrews, God said that He would write His laws on the minds and hearts of His people. God communicates directly to our minds and hearts.

    What is the difference between our “minds” and

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    “hearts?” We think with our mind, and we feel and desire with our heart. For example: look at someone who is involved in all sorts of worldly things, drink- ing, partying, etc. When that person accepts Jesus, all at once he no longer desires to do the things that once meant so much to him. Why? Because God has changed his heart. Once his heart is changed, he no longer desires the things he once did. Now he desires the things of God.

    When God speaks to our minds, sometimes it is in the form of a clear thought with definite words, sometimes it is simply a new understanding of something that we did not understand before, sometimes it is a strong “impression” of something.

    How do we renew our minds? By intensive study of God’s Word, through praise and worship, and medita- tion on and memorization of God’s Word. King David recognized this:

    “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word . . . Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:9 & 11

    Why am I writing so much about our minds? Because our mind is the place where God speaks to us, so we must have it cleaned up and transformed so that God can use it for this purpose.

    O.K. so how, exactly, can you learn to actually recog-

    When God speaks to our minds, sometimes it is in the form of a clear thought with definite words, sometimes it is simply a new understanding of something that we did not understand before, sometimes it is a strong “impression” of something.

    The problem is that there is more than one source of thoughts in our mind. We generate our own thoughts, god can put thoughts into our minds, and demons can too. Paul makes this very clear:

    “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, cast- ing down arguments and every high thing [thought] that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captiv- ity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

    We see from this scripture that spiritual warfare is mostly fought in our minds. It is absolutely necessary that we con- trol our thoughts and discern where they come from — us, God, or demon spirits.

    Sound confusing? Sometimes it is. But the Lord en- ables us to sort it all out. Demonic thoughts usually tempt us to sin or discourage us. God NEVER tempts us to sin. Our sinful desires can tempt us as well, but we can also fight against these temptations in our mind. However, demonic thoughts ALWAYS try to bring us into sin, or turn us away from God. This is why we receive such strong instruction in Romans 12:2:

    “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Ro- mans 12:2

    nize when God is speaking to your mind? There is one good way that I have found to be the quickest.

    We need to understand that our natural mind does not dwell on or think about God’s word, or the things of God, unless we discipline it to do so. (1 Corinthians 2:14) Therefore, the best way to learn to “hear” God’s voice is as follows:

    Step 1: Memorize scripture verses that uplift and glorify Jesus Christ.

    Step 2: Ask the Holy Spirit to act. Ask Him to bring those verses that you have memorized into your con- scious thought during the day when you are busy think- ing about something else, such as