Listening to God’s voice from within…
This requires a new way of thinking, on our part, a new paradigm for all of us; and in order for that to happen, we must all learn to change the way we think (which is what repentance is), and we need to launch our faith out into the deep, where Jesus is!
So Jesus in John 4:24, tells us what this paradigm and this new way of thinking entails:
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The Bible clearly tells us that we are each spirit beings, created in the image and likeness of our Abba Father, who is in heaven.
So this is who we are, we first are Spirit beings (like our Father in Heaven), we have a soul and we live in a body.
In the Old Testament God tells us:
“I will plant a new heart and new spirit inside of you. I will take out your stubborn, stony heart and give you a willing, tender heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit inside of you and inspire you to live by My statutes and follow My laws.
— Ezekiel 36:26-27
So when we are Born Again, God performs a heart transplant, as it were. He gives us a new heart.
The power of the Holy Spirit changes our hearts from sin-focused to God-focused.
The Bible also says that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us now, as Born Again Christians (Luke 17:21).
So when you consider all of these scriptures, obviously if God lives inside of us He doesn’t have to exit our bodies and talk to us from the outside.
No God has designed it to where all five of our senses become spiritual antennae; and when God wants to communicate with us He may use any one of our five senses to do so.
I think the following testimony will give you an idea of what I’m talking about:
TESTIMONY FROM REX ROUIS
“I was in my car pulling out of a tight alleyway in a downtown area.
Cars were parked on either side of the ally exit and I could not see the oncoming traffic very well.
Once I thought I was clear I started to pull out. But, deep inside, I heard a soft inner voice telling me to, “Stop, don’t pull out.” It was faint and easy to miss. I did notice and I stopped.
Immediately, a delivery truck rushed by directly in front of the alley, exactly where I would have been. If I had pulled out, I would have been hit and instantly killed. It shook me. I could have just died.
I thought about that soft voice that saved my life. I thought about how soft it was and how easily I could have missed it. It started to make me angry – “That is not loud enough! Why couldn’t God speak louder than that?” I even said so to God.
Then, I felt God’s awesome presence fill my car and the Holy Spirit spoke very forcefully to me.
He said, ‘Yes, it is a soft voice, and yes it is possible to miss it if you don’t pay attention, but THAT IS ALL YOU ARE EVER GOING TO GET.’
Wow, now I was really shaken. I cried out in heartfelt repentance, “Lord, I am so sorry. I thank you for your still small voice, I appreciate it and I am thankful for it just the way it is.”
Listen to this account given in 1 Kings 19:11-12 of how God spoke to Elijah in a still small voice:
So the Bible also tells us that God changes not, that He is the same yesterday, today and forever (see Hebrews 13:8).
And so God wants to speak to us in that same manner today; and since the Holy Spirit now lives inside of us, it’s much easier and more direct.
We just have to make sure that our receivers are on and are tuned to the Holy Spirit frequency each day.
So it’s all about our getting in tune with the Holy Spirit and resonating with the Holy Spirit, day by day and moment by moment.
This is something we have to practice.
Mon, Sept 28
GOD’S SONG WITHIN US
by Brother David Steindl-Rast
Our heart is a highly sensitive receiver; it can listen through all our senses.
Whatever we hear, but also whatever we see, taste, touch, or smell, vibrates deep down with God’s song.
To resonate with this song in gratefulness is what I call singing back.
This attitude of prayer has given great joy to all my senses and to my heart.
A completely different inner world of prayer where I also feel at home is one to which silence opens the door—silence, not only as perceived by the ears, but also a quietness of the heart, a lucid stillness inside, like the stillness of a windless midwinter day.
— from the book The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life by Brother David Steindl-Rast
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