Posted by: splat | January 2, 2012

Hearing from God (with notes) – by The Splat

Here are the notes for a bible study which I led on Paltalk, in the Spiritual Growth 2012 room, on the 2nd January 9:30pm EST. The audio can be downloaded from here in mp3 format. Its in four parts of about 15 minutes each.

Who hears from God?

(John 10:27 NASB) “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;

James 4:8 NASB Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Jeremiah 29:13 NASB ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Proverbs 2:2-10 NASB Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; (3) For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; (4) If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; (5) Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God. (6) For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. (7) He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, (8) Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones. (9) Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course. (10) For wisdom will enter your heart   And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

Wisdom comes to those who seek and the wisdom needs to be in our heart and not just in our mind (head knowledge).

James 1:5-8 NASB But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (6) But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. (7) For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, (8) being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

From above we can see that anyone can ask for, and expect wisdom.

Recognizing the voice of God

James 3:17-18 NASB But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. (18) And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

1 John 1:5 NASB This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

If the voice is full of condemnation, oppressive and doesn’t offer a way out then it is not of our heavenly Father.

Matthew 23:4 NASB “They [the pharisees] tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.

Our Father is not a hypocrite. He wouldn’t do anything that He himself would not do. Therefore our Father is not about laying heavy burdens on us. Rather it is written:

Matthew 11:28-30 NASB “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. (29) “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. (30) “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

The purpose of revelation knowledge

The purpose of revelation knowledge is to keep from stumbling:

(John 16:1 NASB) “These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling.

(1 Peter 2:8 NASB) and, “A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.

For the purpose of bearing fruit:

(Colossians 1:6 NASB) which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth;

(Matthew 13:23 NASB) “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

For the purpose of being set free from slavery to doing sin:

John 8:30-36 NASB As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him. (31) So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; (32) and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (33) They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?” (34) Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. (35) “The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. (36) “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

Hindrances to revelation knowledge

(Proverbs 14:7 NASB) Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.

Psalms 1:1-2 NASB How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! (2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

Those that consistently ignore the leading of the Holy Spirit make it harder for them to hear the voice of the Lord in their spirit.

Mark 4:18-19 NASB “And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, (19) but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

One of the things here is worry and anxiety in our heart makes it difficult to hear from God. We have to not let our heart be troubled in order to hear from Him easily.

John 14:26-27 NASB “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. (27) “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

The Holy Spirit is sent to teach us but we are told not to let our heart be troubled as allowing our heart to be troubled hinders hearing.


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