Monday, September 6, 2010

How to recognise when God speaks - 5

Anticipating the voice of God

Have faith in it

"I know the Lord is speaking to me when the voice I hear is always challenging, always convicting and never allows me to be comfortable where I am. Not having a father, what an honour it is to have One who loves me so much that his greatest desire is to see me grow." Kirk Franklin

So far we have looked at the importance of expecting God to speak in a clear and personal way. Today we will look at the final component in preparing ourselves to discern Gods voice i.e. Faith in the power of the word.

Faith as small as a mustard seed is enough to come to God for His power (see Matt 17:20). Faith in Gods Word is the final component necessary to hear from God and clearly discern his voice.

There are so many believers who love the Lord and live holy lives, yet seem to be missing something in their christian experience. They feel like they are not fully experiencing Gods power, his presence, nor are they hearing his voice. We need to excise active faith that really believes God will do those things for us that he did for believers in Bible times. If we want to hear God speak we have to exercise active faith, believing God will work in our lives.

Faith is the channel of living trust that allows us to experience God in our everyday lives. He is looking for someone who believes he is who he says he is and he can do what he says he can do. Go to God expecting to hear his voice and don't hesitate to move forward in obedience. When you obey, you move from your agenda to his and Gods plan is always greater.

John 4:46-54 tells the story of a royal official of Capernaum whose son was sick to the point of death. He had so much faith in the power of Gods Word that he walked about 20 miles from Capernaum to Cana just to see Jesus. When he met with Jesus there, he requested that Jesus come to heal his son. Jesus responded by saying, " Go, your son lives". The official "believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started off."

The Official had no evidence that Jesus words had made any change in the life of his son since he was 20 miles away. His faith alone gave him the assurance to take the journey home. Can you imagine how agonizing that journey would have been for someone who didn't trust what Jesus said?. This man believed the word of Jesus enough to confidently walk back home. When his servants came running to meet him, they told him his son had been healed and when they compared the time the son had been healed with the time of Jesus' word the two were the same.

Gods word is enough. Having faith like the royal official will enable us to walk in confidence even when all we have to hold on to is his word. If God has spoken to you clearly about something, start moving toward it so you don't miss the glorious moment when your faith will become sight.

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