Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice”. Pretty straightforward. No ambiguity there.
So do you?
I don’t mean on rare occasions. I’m talking about a way of life.
Most Christians don’t.
As a result, they try to make sense or derive meaning from circumstances such as, “I saw a billboard today with a message. Maybe that was God speaking to me.”
Well, that’s certainly possible, but it’s more likely it was the advertiser speaking to you.
You can know His voice for sure however, and I’m going to try to summarize the “how”, in this blog…
First of all, are you one of His sheep? Have you been born again? If so, you are one of His sheep. But yet you say you don’t hear God’s voice. At least not with consistency, as a way of life.
Are you lying when you say you don’t hear God?
Certainly not. Because lying, be definition, is the intent to deceive, and I’m sure that’s not your intent.
So, why the disconnect?
Here’s the answer…
Where does God live?
Jesus said that if anyone loves Him, that person will keep His word and He added, “My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
So, go with me here… Does He live in your arm? your leg? only in your mind? No.
Paul says in Ephesians 3:17, “...that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;”
So Jesus is always speaking to you in your heart with real words, pictures and impressions. Now catch this… Those words, images, etc., that He releases in your heart are not processed in your mind.
They’re being blocked!
If Jesus is in you, they ARE RECEIVED in your heart and then sent up to your mind, but because your mind is not very renewed, there’s an automatic blocking process that operates in the sub-conscious realm that blocks messages that contradict what it already believes.
One of the strongest beliefs is, “I don’t hear from God.” But that arrogant belief is a lie if you’re born again. Either that or you are saying that Jesus is lying.
You’re not… are you?
So let’s get to the problem…
Paul tells us in Romans 12 to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Well, in any renovation project I’m familiar with, you must first deconstruct (tear out) the rotten construction materials from the past.
These are beliefs in your mind that have accumulated over your lifetime that are faulty. And it is those beliefs that are blocking out the voice of God as it tries to make entrance into your brain.
Another big lie is that God said all you need to hear thousands of years ago, and if you want to know what God said, read the Bible.
As if God is somehow a mute now. Lost for words. Silent.
Of course you should read the Bible, study it and meditate on it. It is His Word. But He didn’t take up residence in you, just to go along for the ride. As Jesus said, the Holy Spirit lives in you to, among other things, “teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
Because of deeply embedded false beliefs, your mind is playing whack a mole with the answers God is sending up to your mind.
The thing about beliefs is that you don’t have to consciously think them for them to have effect. Once they’re embedded, they are there to stay unless you do what Paul said and renovate your mind.
Without that, there’s no transformation, and without transformation, there’s no manifestation.
How do you identify the faulty building materials in your mind?
You marinate your mind in God’s Word and the faulty materials will rise to the surface for removal, much like dross in the refining pot.
That’s when you replace those faulty building materials with the iron girders of God’s Word. You embed them in your mind and ultimately in your heart, through repetition and application.
The new materials act like a conduit or chauffeur to transport the fresh Word of God, the spoken Word of the Holy Spirit up from your heart, free from obstruction, into your mind, where you can process it and translate it into your native language and actionable intelligence.
As more and more of the faulty building materials are replaced with the Truth of God’s Word, His voice becomes more and more discernable, translatable, and actionable to you, and you need never wonder again, what God’s will is in any circumstance.
Believe it or not, I have a ton more to say on this, but hopefully this will give you a cursory overview of one big reason for the apparent disconnect and the solution.
God bless you my friend!