THE VOICE OF GOD Introduction

In the fall of 2006 I delivered a message about recognizing the voice of God and learning how to acknowledge His many languages. The feedback I received was startled me.  Many were expressing their failure to hear the voice of God regularly and some confessed having never heard His voice at all. These same people were hungry to experience His voice and ask me ways they could increase His voice in their personal lives. I would describe some of the more common ways the Holy Spirit speaks to me. But I had not thought of what I did to increase His voice in my own life up until that time I thought that every believer heard God, but, maybe not as frequently as they could if they “Just opened themselves up”. But, now I was hearing this was not the case, but, instead I found that most Christians were not experiencing the voice of God at all. It is not like they have not heard the voice of God they simply do not recognize his many languages and dialects. This also had me personally analyzing what I did to hear His Voice and what I and others could do to increase our hearing.

Job 33:14-18 For God does speaknow one way, now another— though man may not perceive it. 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men as they slumber in their beds, 16 he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, 17 to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride, 18 to preserve his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

God speaks in many forms and expressions all throughout my day. As I read my bible in the morning and in the evening, God is speaking through the pages and books; The inner audible voice is very active throughout my day, as are the languages of impression, vision, knowing, the voice of people around me. God’s heart and desires for me and those around me is to hear his voice and walk in relationship with Him. As I sleep at night, I invite Holy Spirit to teach me in the night and have rule and reign over my dreams. I often hear Him as I observe and experience His creation, which is constantly expressing His character and creative genius.

Tools to increase hearing the Voice of God

Daily Bible reading.

  1. Soaking, getting still and waiting on the Lord.
  2. Believing that God is talking all the time.
  3. Learning to recognize the many languages He speaks in.
  4. Write down His words and your dialog back to Him.
  5. Speak to Him (pray) expecting Him to respond
  6. Be alone with Him, set aside time daily
  7. Pray in the Holy Spirit (tongues) hours per day.
  8. Cultivate a lifestyle of dialog and recognizing His character, love, goodness, mercy, grace, power etc.
  9. Acknowledge God speaking through people, Christian or non-christian, remember God spoke through a donkey to get Balaam’s attention, Numbers 22:21-35.
  10. Ask the Lord for a sanctified imagination, this will open a whole new realm for the seeker of God’s voice

 Hebrews 8:10-11 This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put My laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people. 11  No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me,  from the least of them to the greatest.

 God is continually speaking to man, is a matter of fact, He is never silent. God’s desire is that they ALL know Him from the least to the greatest. God is at all times drawing humanity into relationship with Himself through His voice expressed in many languages.

 Revelation 21:3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

 THE VOICE OF GOD IS LIKE NO OTHER

When God speaks His voice transforms natural matter on a molecular level. “…And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light. And there was light…” God created everything by speaking it into existence. By the voice of God, God creates, transforms, changes circumstances and draws us to Himself.

Psalms 29:1  A psalm of David. Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 2  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. 3  The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters. 4  The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic. 5  The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.  6  He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. 7  The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.  8  The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.  9  The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!” 10  The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever. 11  The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

 IMAGES OF GOD’S VOICE

The subject of hearing God’s voice has been a growing passion of mine since I was a little kid. Images of Charleston Heston removing his sandals and bowing low before the burning bush in the movie “The Ten Commandments”. Later I was captivated by movie production called Jesus of Nazareth. The voice of God booms out of heaven speaking to the crowd lined up on the banks of the Jordan River, as John The Baptist, baptized Robert Powell (Jesus) and he came up out of the rivers waters, saying “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well pleased”. These and other film images affected my perception at a young age. Images of an approachable God. A God who wanted to be personally experienced, to be known. A God who spoke and carried on dialog with men and women.

HUNGER FOR ENCOUNTER WITH THE LIVING GOD

Christians not recognizing God’s voice seems to be the greatest trouble in Christianity today. However, encounters with the voice of God have radically changing the church from a formal, systematic program to a spirit empowered church, a church who knows and follows the voice of God. In the last 17 years since the beginnings of the Toronto Blessing and The Brownsville revival, the children of God have become hungry for daily personal encounter. This trend will not change as a matter of fact is rapidly increasing and will culminate in Christs returned. For those who are consumed with encountering God the return of Christ is already happening within them.

THE LANGUAGES OF GODS VOICE

Some of the languages of God that will be covered in this book will be detailed with biblical examples. Some of these languages of God would be; the audible voice, visions, dreams, people in conversation, prophetic words given, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, angelic appearances, feelings, translations, open heaven experiences, trances, physical touch, signs and wonders, visual triggers, smells, divine sight, tongues, Déjà vu, circumstance, seeing colors, the moon stars and planets, animals and their behavior to the supernatural, the creation itself, a visitation of the Lord, just to name a few. I will cover 29 languages that God uses will be discussed in detail as well as some of the dialects within the languages.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this book is to open your eyes to see and your ears to hear what the Spirit is saying, that spiritual deafness would diminish and that your ability to hear more clearly and grow and  intensify the voice of God in your life.

RULED BY FEAR or RULED BY GOD?

If your are ruled by the fear that Satan will deceive you, then you need to get a bigger God and not read this book…When your God has defeated Satan then please read this book and begin to delight yourself in the fact that Jesus Christ has all authority over the devil and the powers of darkness and you need to come into agreement with that FACT! Let’s begin the journey.

 

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THE VOICE OF GOD, Chapter One

BOOK ONE

 Chapter ONE:

The importance of the voice of God

John 10:3-4 The watchman opens the gate for Him, and the sheep listen to His voice. He (JESUS) calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When He has brought out all his own, He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice.

In the fall of 2006  I delivered a message about knowing the voice of God. Included in that message was about learning how to recognize His many languages. After that message people would ask me about how I heard God’s voice. So I found myself explaining different ways to tap into and recognize God’s voice. I began to understand that many people had no clue how to consistently hear God’s voice. Many confessions would follow of how rarely they hear God. Some acknowledged they had NEVER heard Him speak to them. Up until that time I thought that every believer heard God, but, maybe not as frequently as they could if they “Just opened themselves up”. However, this was not the case instead I found that most Christians were not experiencing the voice of God. The problem wasn’t that God wasn’t communicating; the problem was they simply did not recognize his many languages and dialects.

John 10:25-30 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for Me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not My sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow Me.

God speaks many forms and expressions throughout our day and learning how to tune into His voice is what this book is about. Personally, as I read my bible in the morning and in the evening God is speaking. I hear His voice resonating in my spirit as the inner audible voice come alive within me. But not just the inner audible voice but other forms and expressions of God’s voice come alive often in the come conversation. There are impressions of His heart and desires for me and those around me. By faith we have to learn to acknowledge His voice as His Voice in all our ways. It truly is a matter of learning to trust the Lord, learning to distinguish the difference between His voice, your own voice and other voice sources.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Acknowledge His voice in all your ways has to start with the foundation of believing He is and is speaking consistently. Most in the western world struggle with acknowledging His voice because reason and rational rule their thought processes. Your thought processes are the lense you see your world through. I have learned from a young age to view my world through my spirit first, then apply my mind (reason and rational) second. I have had to learn to not lean on my own understand and acknowledge Him IN ALL MY WAYS.

Hebrews 11:6  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

I also realize that my absolute certainty that God exists makes my ability to hear His voice a completely real. From my childhood God has revealed His voice to me. As an adult believer I have come to realize that I am responsible to fine tune my ability to hear through seeking Him and His ways. Often I will see things in vision form or sometimes as a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom. As I sleep at night I invite Holy Spirit to teach me in the night and to have rule and reign over my dreams. I often hear Him as I observe His creation which is constantly expressing His character and creative genius. God is continually speaking to man He is never silent. God is at all times drawing humanity to Himself through His voice expressed in many languages.

Job 33:14-18 For God does speaknow one way, now another— though man may not perceive it. 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men as they slumber in their beds, 16 he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, 17 to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride, 18 to preserve his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword. .

We have to learn to perceive His voice and acknowledge Him in all our ways, believing He is directing our paths. Because I am one of His sheep I do hear His voice and follow where He is leading. It is a very simple learning experience that takes the heart of a child to walk in the experience of a real relationship that demands dialog and conversation.

The subject of hearing God’s voice has been a growing passion of mine since I was a child. Some of the languages of God will be covered in this book with good detail and biblical examples. Some of these languages of God would be; the audible voice, visions, dreams, people in conversation, prophetic words given, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, angelic appearances, feelings, translations, open heaven experiences, trances, physical touch, signs and wonders, visual triggers, smells, divine sight, tongues, Déjà vu, circumstance, seeing colors, the moon stars and planets, animals and their behavior to the supernatural, the creation itself, a visitation of the Lord, just to name a few. I will cover 29 languages that God uses and discuss some of the dialects within the languages.

The purpose of this book is to open your eyes to see and your ears to hear what the Spirit is saying. This book is about eliminating that spiritual deafness and that your ability to hear more clearly and grow and intensify in hearing the voice of God in your life.

If your are ruled by the fear that Satan will deceive you, then you need to get a bigger God and not read this book…When your God has defeated Satan then please read this book and begin to delight yourself in the fact that Jesus Christ has all authority over the devil and the powers of darkness and you need to come into agreement with that FACT! Let’s begin the journey.

Hebrews 8:10-11  This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put My laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people. 11  No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me,  from the least of them to the greatest.

 

Revelation 21:3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed  away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

RECOGNIZING THE VOICE OF GOD:

Christians not recognizing God’s voice seems to be the greatest trouble in Christianity. Jesus clearly says that My sheep will hear my voice and those who do not are not a part of His sheep fold.

John 10:3-4 The watchman opens the gate for Him, and the sheep listen to His voice. He (JESUS) calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When He has brought out all his own, He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice.

 

Psalms 29:1  A psalm of David. Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 2  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. 3  The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters. 4  The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic. 5  The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.  6  He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. 7  The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.  8  The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.  9  The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!” 10  The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever. 11  The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

 

John 10:25-30 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

Recognizing that God is speaking is the part that takes practice. God speaks all day in so many different ways, forms and modes. The trick is learning to recognize and acknowledge that God just spoke to you. The life of a believer is to filled with the voice and presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.

GOD IS SPEAKING ALL THE TIME:

The most common way He reveals His voice to me is through the scriptures. At the time you read your bible He will bring those scriptures up again for remembrance or for deeper revelation and insight. The next most common way He speaks to me is through impression and the inner audible voice. The third most common way He speaks to me is through media, books, teaching CD’s, radio, music, even television. Then after that God uses a vast collection of modes through which to speak; the audible voice, visions, dreams, people in conversation, prophetic words given, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, angelic appearances, feelings, translation, open heaven experiences, trance, physical touch, signs and wonders, visual triggers, smells, divine sight, tongues, Déjà vu, circumstance, seeing colors, the moon stars and planets, animals and their behavior to the supernatural, the creation itself, a visitation of the Lord Himself, just to name a few.

Job 37:5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.

Getting your attention: 

God uses many languages and dialect as a means to get our attention. I have discovered that God often speaks in multiple languages in one conversation. As an example God may start speaking with the audible voice saying “I Am here” and then a panoramic open vision comes into sight and fades and strong impressions take over and then a quickening to a book, or a chapter and verse from the bible comes to mind. As I open the pages to that verse and read He then begins to explain how that is to apply to my own life, speaking in the inner audible voice and then another vision follows to clarify in an example…And on and on goes the conversation.

GETTING HIS ATTENTION:

When my son Levi was three years old he would crawl up into my lap as I was reading a book, possibly the newspaper or watching TV and would take a hold of my face in his small hands and turn my face into his and begin to speak to me as if to hold my absolute attention into whatever he was about to tell me. His sole purpose was to get my attention. I believe God wants us to have the same attitude as my son Levi did with me. Crawl up into God’s lap take a hold of His face in our small hands and turn His face into ours and begin to speak to God as if to hold His absolute attention… Jesus said we must ask, seek and knock in order to receive the kingdom. He taught that there must be a pursuit, a longing for, a desire for more of His manifest presence in our lives. There must be a pressing in and a taking hold of the Kingdom by force. But, There is also a receiving the Kingdom as a little child. My Son Levi took his daddy’s attention by force and then like a child settled into the delight of being in his father presence. This also pleases our heavenly Father, when we display this kind of holy pursuit of Him. This is the kind of pursuit the Father delights in.

PURSUING THE VOICE OF GOD

We have many different voices that speak to us all day long. People are speaking to us, we talk to ourselves, the media is always speaking to us, and we also hear demonic voices and influences. But we also hear God’s voice and His influence all around us throughout our day. Recognizing and learning to tune in to what God is doing and saying is the main objective of every believer. As a believer in Jesus Christ, if hearing God’s voice has not been a pursuit of yours then at the very least you have been misguided and at the very most you still do not know him and are still in your sins. This is a very serious issue in the body of Christ today as Jesus explained every sheep (believer) of the Shepherd would be able to recognize His voice.

John 10:1-5 (NIV)I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of His sheep. 3 The watchman opens the gate for Him, and the sheep listen to His voice. He (JESUS) calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When He has brought out all his own, He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

The sheep KNOW HIS VOICE and they will NEVER follow a stranger because they do not recognize the stranger’s voice as the Shepherds. “The Shepherd calls each by name”. This phrase is all about intimacy and developing closeness to the Shepherd.

John 10:14-16  “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—15  just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

TRUE SHEEP HEAR HIS VOICE:

Jesus said very clearly, that the close relationship that He and the Father have, is the same relationship that we are to have with Him, THE SAME. “…I know my sheep and my sheep know mejust as the Father knows me and I know the Father…” Then Jesus goes on to delineate, (to show the difference between) the religious leaders and the true sheep who know His voice.

John 10:25-30 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

True sheep (believers) actively believe in His miracles and recognize the Father’s work and more importantly recognize His voice and follow Him where ever He goes. If you recognize the voice of the Son you will also recognize the voice of the Father, if you recognize the voice of the Father you will also recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit as they are all one and the same.

COMING INTO UNION

When Jesus said, “I and the Father are One” this was not just a figure of speech, but rather a definitive description of union. Jesus was describing union as perfect oneness in thought, will, emotion, spirit and soul. Jesus would speak later of this state of perfect union in John 14:8-9 in His response to Phillip’s request “…Just show us the Father and that will be good enough for us…”

John 14:6-11 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”  9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.

Jesus uses the same line in John 10:25, 30 as He did in John 14:11 that the miracles themselves are testimony that the father is in union (oneness) with the Son. Notice that Paul states that Jesus is the exact representation of the Father’s being, the exact radiance of the Father’s glory.

Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s (THE FATHER) glory and the exact representation of His (THE FATHER) being, sustaining all things by His (JESUS) powerful word. After He (JESUS) had provided purification for sins, He (JESUS) sat down at the right hand of the Majesty (THE FATHER) in heaven.

Paul also writes concerning this union of the Father and the Son stating that Jesus is the image of the invisible God

Colossians 1:15-20 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.

The Creator of all things, has authority over all things, holds all things together, the head of the church, the first born with dominion over all creation and the firstborn of the resurrected. The strongs concordance puts it this way;

Firstborn G4413  ???????  pro?tos  pro’-tos  Contracted superlative of G4253; foremost (in time, place, order or importance): – before, beginning, best, chief (-est), first (of all), former.

Though Jesus was 100% God He set aside His deity and became like us in every way, having to trust in His heavenly Father to move in kingdom realities. The supernatural ministry of Jesus Christ was His demonstration to us of what normal Christianity is to look like.

Hebrews 2:17-18  For this reason He had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because He himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 4:15  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.

The Son can do nothing by Himself…This is key element in understanding the model Jesus demonstrated for us to follow. The supernatural ministry Jesus demonstrated was designed as a ministry model for us to emulate, copy, to repeat and grow and expand into. We can do nothing without the Holy Spirit. Jesus modeled this for us. As His disciples we too have to be completely reliant upon following the voice of God by seeing and hearing what He is saying and doing.

John 5:19-21 Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater thing s than these. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.

 

To be completely reliant upon the voice of God, we too have to develop the intimacy of union with Jesus through His Holy Spirit. Seeing the voice of God, hearing the voice of God, sensing the voice of God, perceiving the voice of God, recognizing the voice of God, understanding the voice of God, knowing the voice, feeling the voice of God, tasting the voice of God, partnering with the voice of God, acknowledging the voice of God, in increasing measure and abundant delight. This is how we too can say; “I only do what I see Jesus doing”, “I only speak what I hear Jesus saying, these words are not my own, I only speak what He commands me to say.” You might as well know now, the voice of God is an addiction. The quicker you can accept the concept that you can have as much of God as you like, that God is good and that His intentions for you are always good, then you can begin to trust Him and His voice will come alive…

 

John 5: 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and My judgment is just, for I seek not to please Myself but Him who sent Me.

 

John 12:49-50 For I did not speak of My own accord, but the Father who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it. 50 I know that His command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told Me to say.”

 

John also emphasizes that Jesus was so sensitive to the voice of God that He testifies to what He hears and sees. So too the voice of God must become our pursuit. We were designed to speak and say only what we hear and see Jesus is doing.

John 3:32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.

Below, in the next scripture, Jesus is teaching two vital things: first, the importance of partnership in union with the Holy Spirit (tuning in). Second, the need for absolute obedience to the directing of the Holy Spirit within us. The result of this fine tuning and obedience to the voice of God is the supernatural kingdom of God comes crashing into our natural realm in the form of signs, wonders and miracles. When we tune in and simply obey Him, then God is glorified and recognized by the world for who He really is…GOD!  “…on earth as it is in heaven…”

John 14:10-11, 31 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? The words I say to you are not just My own. Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, who is doing His work. 11  Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.

Recognizing God:

The beauty of Gods voice interacting with us is the delight of life. One of the amazing realizations in life is that God uses all different forms and modes in His relational communication with us. Once again it becomes a matter of fine tuning into the voice of God to recognize that God was speaking to us through that particular form or mode.

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The Spiritual Sense of Taste

The Five Spiritual Senses continued:

So far we covered two of the five spiritual senses; touch and smell today I will cover the spiritual sense of taste.

1.      Taste

Ezekiel 3:1 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. 3 Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.

 When your spiritual sense of taste is activated your taste buds on your tongue and throughout your mouth are triggered. The spiritual taste can be very pleasing or quite repugnant, just as the natural sense of taste can be. Like all the five spiritual senses, taste does not come from a natural source, but rather supernatural. Such as the supernatural experience Ezekiel had with God when he ate the scroll. As soon as he ate this supernatural scroll Ezekiel’s spiritual sense of taste kicked in. Like all the spiritual senses, God speaks to us through these experiences as we come to recognize the reality of His voice being exercised in our life.

 Psalms 34:8  Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

There is a taste to God, a flavor that is kingdom recognizable. this is the taste of daily manna that is Christ a flavor of His intoxicating wine, the wine of His presence. This is a tangible tasting that affects the taste buds of the tongue.

Psalms 119:103  How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

This reference is even more confirming and compelling of the spiritual sense of taste that comes directly from the language of God speaking. Taste and see that the Lord is good,  and that His spoken, written and revelatory word has flavor that can be tasted.

 Luke 14:24  For I say to you that none of these men who were invited shall taste of my supper. 

Taste also speaks strongly of experience, experience that religion and head knowledge are not enough. That one must taste of His supper to be a part of the Kingdom experience.

Hebrews 2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God shoul.d taste death for all.

Taste is not all good when reflecting on the five spiritual senses, as we see here the taste of death is also real and Jesus tasted of death so we would not have to.

  FIRST TIME EXPERIENCE

The supernatural sense of taste was demonstrated for me the first time as I ministered beside an individual who tasted something in their mouths. The Holy Spirit strongly impressed upon me that this taste they were experiencing held a key to unlocking the healing standing before us. I ask the person we were ministering to, if this particular taste meant anything to them and of course it did and their healing was secured based on the taste information. This was prophetic insight that the Lord revealed to me from another persons taste buds that lead to the breakthrough for the healing needed before us. Through that experience I have become aware of  out of place tastes in my mouth and others that were not the result of natural phenomena and led directly to God communicating to us.

Pastor Kevin Lindley

 

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The Spiritual Sense of Smell

LEARNING TO SMELL IN THE SPIRIT

1.      smell

2Corinthians 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in   triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. 15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being   saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the   smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?

 Fragrance, aroma, an aroma pleasing to the lord, all deal with smell and smelling in the spirit, smelling with your spiritual senses.  Recognizing that there are five spiritual senses and then beginning the learning process of distinguishing the difference between them. Paul writes in

Hebrew 5:14  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, even those who because of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 So exercising your spiritual senses is a part of maturing as a Christian. As you recognize the reality of the five spiritual senses you will begin to understand that God reveals Himself through them, but that the devil and his schemes will also be exposed by them.  2 Cor. 2:11(NIV) in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. Both good and evil will be revealed and exposed as you exercise the five spiritual senses…

 SPIRITUAL SMELLS:

Smell and taste are very close and often hard to distinguish. But, here are some examples of my experiences with smelling in the spirit. I have often smelled bread, like fresh baked bread. I take this to mean the Lord is pushing me into deeper fellowship and intimacy with Him. Right before an encounter with the Lord I often smell His fragrance, which tunes me in to being alert to His visitation. The fragrance of the Lord varies in aroma but is somehow easy to identify once you have smelled it.

EXPERIENCING HIS FRAGRANCE:

The first time I recognized His fragrance was when I had a death experience and spoke face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ. Since that time I have encounter His fragrance multiple times. This smell is like a candy rose, mixed with cinnamon and other mixtures I still cannot identify. The fragrance of the Lord is very intoxicating, but hard to describe in words that we understand in this natural world. But when you smell the Lords fragrance it automatically draws you to Him. He purposely entices you to want more. When I was in the hospital His fragrance would precede his visitation, I would begin to experience His fragrance and within a short time He would manifest before me. Today I can easily recognize His presence when I smell His fragrance.

DEMONIC SMELLS, “oh the stench of it”:

Foul unclean spirits stink. For some examples, the Holy Spirit has also warned me with putrid demonic smells that give me insight into deliverance for the person standing before me. I have smelled burning rubber and other natural smells that have clued me in to what God is trying to say or the demonic real is trying to hide. I have smelled cigarette smoke as a word of knowledge. I have smelled wonderful cake smells that turned sour in my noise that I have identified as deception and deceit on a person.

Smelling in the spirit is an interesting practice and only one of many weapons or tools that God gives His children to use.

Pastor Kevin Lindley

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The Five Spiritual Senses

FIVE SENSES: Learning to fine tune your spiritual senses.

Psalms 115:1 (NIV)Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. 2 Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. 4 But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. 5 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; 6 they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; 7 they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. 8 Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.

God has given you five natural senses through which to experience the world around you; sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. But he has given you five spiritual senses as well. These five spiritual senses are designed to tune into the unseen realm and they operate much as the natural senses do, except they are spirit.

John 4:23-24 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

Let’s see how each of the five spiritual senses are used in scripture.

1.      touch

Acts12:7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him  up. “Quick, get up!”        he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists

Ezekiel 8:3 He stretched out what looked like a hand and took me by the hair of my head.

Peter was struck by an angel to wake him and get his attention. I believe the Lord taking Ezekiel’s hair and lifting him up was a good attention getter as well. I have been pushed from behind, felt hands on my shoulder and chest, in prayer. I often will feel a light touch on my face. I have felt goose bumps, experienced shakes, stomach crunches, electric shock, heat and cold. I would consider these spiritual touch, ways God gets my attention and has me tune in to what he is saying. If I feel in my physical body a sensation of some kind of touch, I have learned to slow down and tune in to what is going on around me, “…watching to see what the Lord will say…”

Sensations of touch do not always mean what they meant the last time you experienced that sensation. KEY: Each experience of spiritual touch must be interpreted within the context of the circumstance in front of you. An example: one time I experienced a vibration in my right hand that did not stop until I ministered healing touch through that hand to an individual. A few days later the exact same vibration came to my right hand, but came this time as a word of knowledge to minister healing to that side of someone’s body, it has also meant write what you hear. My hands have often gotten really hot at times and I had at first thought it meant someone needed healing, but I have also come to realize it to mean that I am to release a prophetic word or speak a word of encouragement. The more I minister under physical touch, the more I am realizing the diversity of God’s language. Learning to minister in the five spiritual senses is becoming equipped to serve the men and women that our God loves so dearly. Ephesians 4: 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

 

Pastor Kevin Lindley

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Discovering His Mysteries

MYSTERIES OF HIS DELIGHT:

 Deuteronomy 29:29 (MESSAGE) GOD, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It’s up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation.

 The Voice of the Lord in all His diverse languages brings the revelation to us, His children through His Holy Spirit. Once we have received any revelation it is ours, given as a gift from Yahweh. The amazing thing about this gift of revelation given by Yahweh is the revelation is transferable to our children. And not only our children but also to others in our circle of influence. God expects us to transfer and impart every revelation we receive from Him.

 Matthew 10:8b “…Freely you have received, freely give.

 God tests us to see what we will do with the talent of revelation He has given. If we prove faithful with the revelation of His voice he will give us more. If we prove faithful with the more revelation of His voice, then He will increase the revelation to exceed our faithfulness. Matthew 25:14-30

 MEAT ALERT:  This has nothing to do with earning salvation or even brownie points with God, but, rather it has everything to do with growing in relationship and delight with and in Jesus Christ. It’s about learning to dance with the King, it’s about learning to harmonize with His melody, it’s about being where He is and doing what He is doing, saying what He is saying and about seeing what He sees. It is about becoming one with the Ancient of Days, the Lord of Glory, the Lion of Judah, the Prince of Peace, and the Ever Lasting Father. For him has ears to hear, it’s about becoming one with HIM. It’s about UNION with Him. It’s about over flowing with HIS goodness and righteousness. It’s about tabernacleing with the great and might KING.

     Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

 Bill Johnson, Senior Pastor from Bethel Church in Redding California describes this passage of scripture this way; “God doesn’t hide things FROM us, but rather He hides things FOR us.”

DISCOVERING HIS MYSTERIES

God has purposely hidden mysteries for us to discover through experienced relationship with Him and His Holy Spirit. Who am I that the God of the universe would take the time to hide gifts of revelation for me to find. God has purposefully hidden mysteries for you to seek out and find, ask so it can be given, knock so the door of revelation can be opened. The sad truth is that most humans never learn to receive the gifts of revelation on a continuous, growing basis.

ILLISTRATED STORY

There was a godly that died and entered into the joys of paradise. There were so many things to see and experience in heaven, things he could never have imagined on earth. A mighty angel was giving him a tour through the unending glories of heaven. The man noticed a beautiful building off in the distance and ask the angel about it. The angel replied; “you don’t want to know about that building”. The man said, “YES! I DO WANT to know about that building” and started to walk towards it. The angel now blocked his way and became very insistent, “truly you don’t want to know about that building.” The man push past the large angel and quickened his pace toward the beautiful building. He angel followed the man pleading with him to turn around, but the man refused. As he approached the massive columns and golden doors he noticed his name written above the doors. This surprised him, but now explained why he was so drawn to this particular building. Up the stairs toward the top with the angel following, but now silent, the man opened one of the massive golden doors. Brilliant light exploded from behind the door and it took some time for his eyes to adjust to see through the brilliance. He saw boxes of gifts, files of mysteries and beautiful treasures as far as his eyes could see. The man turned to the angel, “what are all these?” the angel replied; “these are gifts, revelations and untold treasures that your heavenly Father prepared for you from the foundation of the world, but never learned as a child to ask, you never learned and a teen to seek, and you never comprehended as an adult that you must knock. Therefore you never received, you never found and you never entered into your full destiny that God purposed for you. Matt 7:7-8

Psalms 14:2 The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

Luke 11:9(NIV)  So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

If you never learn the process of asking, seeking and knocking, you will never engage the voice of the Holy Spirit, therefore you will never know Him who sent Him to lead us into spirit and truth. These are the worshippers that the father desires. John 4:23-24

Pastor Kevin Lindley

 

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Eyes to See and Ears to Hear

MORE ON SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS:

 2 Kings 6:18(NIV) As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, “Strike these people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.

 The Aramean army surrounding Elisha and his servant represented the enemies of God. Elisha knew from the scriptures that the enemies of God could be struck with blindness at his speaking the word. Elisha spoke blindness and then opened the eyes of the army by once again just by his word. Then the prophet demonstrated the mercy and goodness of God by sparing the Aramean army from being put to death. When we come across the enemies of God, we too can speak the word of blindness in order to demonstrate God’s goodness and mercy bringing these enemies that defy the living God to repentance and revival.

Mark 8:17-18(NIV) Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or  understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?

 Jesus had good reason to be concerned about the hardness of His disciple’s hearts. He knew that without a soft sensitive heart, and the ability to hear the Holy Spirit, that His disciples not be able to tune into His leading once He returned to His Father in Heaven. They had to get this hearing His voice or He would not be able to advance the kingdom through them. We have to get this or He will not be able to advance His kingdom through US!!

 Mark 8:22-25(NIV) They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” 24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” 25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

 We must learn to pray, “Lord give me eyes to see and ears to hear Your voice”.  And then expect and anticipate to hear His voice.  Amen!

Pastor Kevin Lindley

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Shedding the Religious Spirit

SHEDDING THE RELIGIOUS SPIRIT:

Saul would find the goodness, love and delight in the voice and company of the Lord.  But before he could dwell in that amazing relationship, he would have to shed his old thought processes, world view and religious philosophies taught him by the traditions of men. Saul was a terrorist, a zealous murder, full of religious bigotry and hatred. Acts 9:1-9, Acts 26:9-12 God had plans for this terrorist, but, before God could use Saul, a radical encounter would have to take place. Physically blasted to the ground and struck blind, Saul had his radical encounter with God, an encounter necessary to break the religious spirit. People struck by blindness in the scriptures were always the enemies of God. The religious spirit is an enemy of God and it is blind and deaf, unable or willing to acknowledge the Voice of God. People of the religious spirit hear and listen to a different voice and a different world view. The voice and world view of the Devil.

John 8:43-44 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you     are unable to hear what I say.  44 You belong to your father,          the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for       there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native    language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

      In order to shed the religious spirit there must be a radical encounter with the Son of God. When Paul said; … “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”…he knew what he was talking about, because it happened to him on the road to Damascus and there after progressively grew within him over the next 12 years until his ministry was launched.

BLINDNESS AND THE ENEMIES OF GOD:

Saul would shed his birth name “SAUL” and go by the name “PAUL” after he spoke blindness over Elymas the sorcerer (an enemy of God) in Acts 13:6-12. It is interesting to note that Saul busted Elymas the sorcerer with the exact same tactic God had used on him, blindness. Is a matter of fact the experience of Saul on the road to Damascus was duplicated in the words Saul used against this Jewish Sorcerer on the island of Paphos. Carefully look at Saul’s words in Verses10-11 of Acts 13 and compare Acts 9:4-9, Acts 26:12-18. 

 In Genesis 19:10 two angels are sent to rescue Lot and his family from the destruction of fire that was about to come on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and struck the men at Lots door with blindness so they could not fulfill their sexual perversion with Lot and his family.

          Deuteronomy 28:28(NIV)The LORD will afflict you with          madness, blindness and confusion of mind.

 The curse of not walking in obedience to the law in the old covenant was blindness. Not walking in the revelatory Voice of God under the new covenant will incur physical and spiritual blindness as well as deafness of heart. We must break off the curse and learn to walk in the blessing of Deuteronomy 28. Open your ears and eyes and prepare to meet your maker and learn to dwell in His delight. To Him who has learned to walk in the delight of the Lord, the power of the flesh is broken and the anointing of righteousness is activated.

Pastor Kevin Lindley

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Enountering the Supernatural Voice of God:

Matthew 4:4 (NIV)Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ “

 He speaks to me, as He speaks to you. I hear His voice in the Thunder, From the Water in the creeks, The Winds in the tree tops, Breezes rustle through their leaves. There is the fragrance of the Roses, There is the freshness of the dew, there is the tender touch of a rain drop, God’s way of saying “I truly do love you”. Sometimes His words are very tender, the rose bud, as it opens up to bloom, but other times the thunder roars, moving the clouds to give Him room. If we will only look and listen, it will make us all feel proud, we can see God’s Son, Jesus, peeking through those stormy clouds. God is such an awesome God. His love is so pure and true. In all of God’s creations, which includes me and you. When you smell a scent of roses. Surrounding you in the air, give God a smile and a Thank You, because His angels have been there.

  Delores Frey, Twin Falls, Idaho

RADICAL CHANGE IN ORDER TO HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD:

All Saul’s perceptions of who God was had to change. Until that time Saul was externally a perfect Jew. He was a Pharisee of Pharisees’’, one who was a perfect example of biblical knowledge. Trained by the best biblical scholars of His day in the classical Jewish tradition few could challenge the knowledge Saul possessed. Galatians 1:14Saul set off for Damascus to defend God’s honor against this sect of apostate Jews. Looking for followers of the way and with letters in hand from the high priest Saul was hell bent to arrest all who would align themselves with this cult that followed the dead carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth. The plan was to arrest all that he could in Damascus and drag them back to Jerusalem in chains, making an example of any who might be considering joining this sect. Standing as the Jewish authority in charge at the stoning of Stephen, Saul (later called Paul Acts13:6-13) felt he was following the will of God and therefore, totally justified in his cruel scourge of these wayward blasphemers. Acts 9:1-30

ENCOUNTERING THE SUPERNATURAL VOICE OF GOD:

Then it happened, the supernatural encounter of God’s voice, which would not only change a man, but, the entire Gentile world and eventually give us 2/3 of the New Testament. A brilliant Light flashed from heaven to earth, knocking the Jewish scholar to the ground. A thunderous voice said: “Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute Me?” Saul said “who are you Lord?” And God said; “I AM Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting?” The armed guards with Saul were terrified and confused, seeing the light and hearing the loud voice but being unable to understand its language. Saul was blinded by this encounter and led by the hand to Damascus by his armed guard.

FIRST TIME ENCOUNTER WITH THE VOICE OF GOD:

Saul had for the first time engaged the voice of God. From that moment on Saul began to be schooled by the Holy Spirit. His process had begun and the ability to recognize the voice of God increased in Saul. God began to pull back the layers of His voice and revelation and knowledge grew. Saul would spend three years delighting himself in the Lord out in the desert of Arabia, filling his new wine skin with new wine. Galatians 1: 17-18 After Saul visited Jerusalem for a short visit to meet the apostles he returned to his home town of Tarsus, where for the next 9 to 10 years he made tents and deepening his love affair with the voice of God. So for 12 to 13 years Galatians 2:1-2 Paul was engaging the voice of God, unraveling the mysteries of the Kingdom allowing God’s voice to pull back layer after layer of the goodness and love of God in the University of Holy Ghost. Galatians 1:11-10

 Pastor Kevin Lindley

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Challenging Old Paradigms

ENGAGING THE VOICE OF GOD:   Once we experience His voice in one form or another the next natural step is to enter into a dialog with the Lord and His many languages. This two way conversation would be called engaging the Voice of God. It is truly a powerful revelation when you begin to recognize His voice and multiple languages, but even more powerful when the two way dialog begins. True dialog with God WILL CHANGE your whole world view. His voice speaking to you, you speaking to Him and His amazing responses back will change the way you see everything. It is like curtains being pulled back for the first time and exposing a whole new reality, truly amazing.

CHALLENGING OLD PARADIGMS: Experiencing God’s manifest presence, His Voice, His Power, His glory, will challenge your old thinking patterns, destroy many traditions and transform your world view. No longer will He be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Moses, Samuel and David but, He will become your God. You then join the ranks of all those who have gone before you who also discovered the voice and languages of the Lord and engaged Him in relationship, encounter and dialog.  Your old paradigms’ will be challenged and faulty thinking exposed. Be willing to accept His as he is and not how you though He was. Christians who have served the Lord for years and now begin to engage with His voice will begin to see scriptures from Gods perspective and will begin to talk like the apostle Paul in Galatians 1:11-12(NIV)I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

Paul had to learn how to engage the voice of God and tune into His many languages. But before Paul could engage the voice of God in dialog, his old religious paradigm had to change.  As a Pharisee, an educated Jew and part of the ruling class in Judaism, Paul was steeped in the popular scriptural teaching of his day. It took a radical encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus for Paul to exchange his old hardened wineskin for a new wine skin, soft and supple and able to receive the new wine. This new wine of the Gospel is the good news of God coming in the flesh and opening the way for all mankind to experience God’s voice, languages, dialog and relationship.

Pastor Kevin Lindley

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