In this series I would like to take you through the Word of God to show you how we can all clearly hear the voice of God. I would also like to show you how to train yourself in hearing and being led by the voice of God. Determine in your heart to allow the Word of God to be your guide and have an open mind as you are reading this book with your Bible. The Holy Spirit will witness with your spirit and reveal the truth, and the truth will set you free.
ROMANS 8:4, 13, 14 AMP
So that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit].
For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.
I was reading this scripture here in Romans 8:4 one day and the section that said, “who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit]". This made me think about my life as it may make you think about your life in Christ. I am very simple in my approach in God; I thought that Paul was implying that God expected me now as a born again recreated being in God to live different to the way I was living before Christ became the centre of my life and, if this was true, then I have not been fulfilling or living the way God expects His child to live. By reading verse 13 and 14 of Romans 4, I realised I needed to find out more, so that I may live pleasing to God. All because verse 14 tells me that the sons of God were led by the Spirit of God and I wanted to be led by the Spirit of God.
If you are anything like me, we were saved but still very much controlled by our flesh. So with that thought in mind and what this Scripture had opened my eyes to see, I said to myself, “Trevor, you need to search out the Scriptures on how to be led and controlled by the Spirit of God. " Because I wanted to be as pleasing to my God and Saviour as I possibly could. As we all do! So I am presenting to you today the results of my study notes for you to see what I found out. I hope you have as much enjoyment and excitement about this subject as I did in preparing it.
GALATIANS 5:16 AMP
But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [Responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit], then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).
This Scripture here in Galatians tells us that we have to be led by the Holy Spirit, controlled and guided by Him as believers. So that means we need to be able to hear and be led by the Holy Spirit .
Is that not true?
The Spiritual things of God are only understood by the children of God, so that means we have to be born of God to understand and to discern and appreciate the voice of God.
1 Corinthians 2:14 AMP
But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him, and he is incapable of knowing them (of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them) because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.
The natural man does not have the ability to recognise or understand the Spirit of God, but this Scripture is saying that the born again person has the ability to not only recognise the voice of God but to discern and appreciate His voice.
So then let’s become more discerning and appreciate and understand the method that God has established for us to communicate with Him by hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit.
The problem we have today is that very few people know how this communication is set up or what method is used.
Are you able to recognise and understand the voice of God, as a believer?
When we do hear the voice of God and we are guided by it, we get excited (overjoyed), because we have recognised that it was God and we heard correctly. It is meant to be a common thing for us to hear God’s voice the same way we hear anyone who is speaking to us, not a surprise to hear God’s voice.
People find it very hard to tell the difference between the Holy Spirit and their own spirit or mind, because we have never been told what the voice of the Holy Spirit really sounds like or how to hear it. We have only been told that it is a soft gentle voice, an unction from your belly, a knowledge not from your head, just a knowing. Have you heard it explained that way?
If you’re anything like me, all that information didn’t help me at all to understand the voice of God that I wanted to find out here. I wanted to know how to experience the voice of God all the time, not the knowledge of how I should know.
I now know that there are two ways to hear the voice of God, by His Word and by His Holy Spirit. The Word shows me that there are different parts to my being. To hear the voice of God I need to understand the make up of my whole being.
HEBREWS 4:12 AMP
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energising and effective], it’s sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analysing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
There are three parts to the natural way we’re made up!
Body - Physical conscious
Soul - Self conscious ( I , ME , MY )
Spirit - God conscious
When you are born again the (super) natural way we are made up is reversed, you are to be first, spirit controlled then soulish and last of all body (or flesh) controlled. A natural man is flesh controlled but as a born again believer, now dead-to-self, we are to be predominantly spirit controlled.
This shows me that being led by God is something to do with my spirit. A natural man works out of his mind, so a spiritual man works out of his spirit.
It’s not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.
Let us now have a look at Romans 9:1, to help us find this secret (silent) voice. Establishing how to hear the voice of God clearly, to have God recognised more in our lives, to know Him as a close and dear friend.
I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit.
Can you see it here? The secret has been revealed, if you look and read closely it’s here in this Scripture as plain as day.
To help, let’s look at this verse in the amplified Bible.
Romans 9:1 AMP
I am speaking the truth in Christ. I am not lying; my conscience [enlightened and prompted] by the Holy Spirit bearing witness with me.
HOW’S THAT! Are you able to see how to hear the voice of God?
Yes you’re right - it’s our CONSCIENCE.
Let’s look at what the Vine’s Dictionary has to say about the word conscience.
“The witness born to one’s conduct by Conscience, that faculty by which we apprehend the will of God. "
We as Christians have six senses not five!!!
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Copyright 1997 by Trevor Bartley About Trevor Bartley: Trevor Bartley is a Pastor from Perth, Western Australia. He heads up FAITH WORKS WA Itinerant ministry. He also heads up a online bible college called “Lifestyle Training School" This college programme is being taught live by Trevor and is also available as a correspondence online course or can be set up in your local church, taught there by your church team. Trevor’s own ministry, Faith Works Itinerant Ministries, is available for seminars, training programmes and teaching on a variety of topics; one that he specialises in is the Ministry of Helps seminars, discovering your gifts and talents. For further information regarding any of the above courses or for Trevor’s own ministry, please feel free to contact him direct at: FAITH WORKS WA
PO Box 2702 Nerang BC
Queensland AUSTRALIA 4211
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E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org He has ministry CD’s available and has written the following books:Ministry of Helps, How to have finacial success