Numbers 7:89: And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him.
Isaiah wrote that we would hear a word behind us saying this is the way walk in it (Isaiah 30:21). As Christians, Getting direction from God is what we should push for. We are not supposed to practice trial and error, but rather walk in the light of the word of God.
David prayed: for your name sake lead me and guide me (Psalm 31:3). Being guided by God is about moving in the direction that glorifies him. The bible says that no one can say Jesus is Lord expect by the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 12:3). The primary concern of the Holy Spirit, is to affirm the lordship of Jesus on our life. That is the direction he moves us. He cannot move us away from the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
There is a way for you to achieve the best of God for you. You are not sent to this world to be a wanderer. You are to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit.
An example is Paul. He wanted to move into certain places, but the Holy Spirit restrained him (Acts 16:1-10). It is therefore not about what interests you, even in the general direction of the will of God. You need the specific direction in his mind per time.
Remember that what Paul wanted to do in those places he was restrained from going to was to preach the gospel. So it is not just about doing the right thing as you see it, it is about doing the God thing, the right as God dictates it.
Zeal is good, but zeal is not enough (Romans 10:2). We need knowledge of the will of God. That is what we are called to constantly renew our minds with the right information so that we can always line up with the will of God (Romans 12:1-2). Paul prayed that the church in Colossi, will be filled with the spirit of wisdom and understanding so as to please God in all things (Colossians 1:9-10).
Paul said that he went up Jerusalem to meet those who were apostles before him by revelation (Galatians 2:2). He did not just go because it was a good idea, not because it was popular or he was seeking relevance. He went because he was guided. Many times he referred to himself as a bondservant of Jesus, i.e. somebody pulled in a direction, tow any other option but to move.
As such he does not do things expect by divine direction. He prayed for the spirit of wisdom and understanding to manifest in the church (Ephesians 1:17).
David moved in the direction God pointed to with great results. But there was a time he decided to conduct a census of the nation, without moving with God as he should. He got himself and the nation in trouble (1Chronicles 21:1-15).
Some other time be slept with another man’s wife, probably because he was bored. The bible recorded that he rose up from the bed in the middle of the day, while other kings were on the war front to commit that adultery. He lost sight of his commitment to God, to following his direction, and he was severely punished for it. At the end of it, he prayed in repentance: take not your Holy Spirit from me (Psalm 51:11).
But there is the wrong voice. We are told to test all spirits because not all spirits come from God (1John 4:1-2). The devil himself is a spirit. This is because he was an angel (Ezekiel 28:13-17) before he fell into rebellion, and the bible says angels are spirits (Hebrews 1:7). And Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light (2Corinthians 11:14). Jesus warned that we should not just believe anyone who calls himself a prophet, but rather we should look at the fruit in their life (Matthew 7:15-23). It is not just about how they sound but what they sound. And what they sound must be x-rayed with the scriptures. Isaiah wrote: to the law and to the testimony, if they do not speak according to this law, there is no light in them (Isaiah 8:20). Light makes all the difference. If the voice does not increase light, it is not of God.
The bible says that the law of the lord is perfect enlightening (putting light into) the eyes (Psalm 19:7-8). When the eyes are infused with the light of God then making the right decision is possible, because we see correctly. The light empowers you to take the right steps, and make consistent progress.
You also have a voice, that is impart you should make on the earth. There is a uniqueness that you bring to the table as a member of the body of Christ. You are not to be a copycat, but an original, a creator. The power of your “voice,” is experienced by people around when they are ready to receive you, ready to experience the power of your impact.
Jesus had the ability to heal the people from their infirmity, but he met a brick wall of unbelief when the people in his home town refused to recognise that he has something special to offer them (Mark 6:1-6).
They rejected his voice, the voice of a healer and he could not manifest as such to them. The bible says that if we receive a prophet in the name of a prophet we will receive a prophet’s reward (Matthew 10:41).
A widow in Zeraphath in the Old Testament recognised Elijah as a prophet and because of that, rather than starving to death, she and her son, enjoyed supernatural supply for many days (1Kings 17:9-24).
Elijah gave her a difficult task to fulfil, it was to make a meal for him out of what she and her son were planning to eat and then wait for death to come. Elijah told her that if she give him a small meal first they will have abundance. She had a choice, either to receive Elijah as a prophet, who brings the word of the supernatural God to her, or to reject him.
There is the voice of the Holy Spirit, which we should learn to recognise. We should not confuse it with the voice of the flesh which manifests in lusts of the flesh, pride of life and lust of the eyes (1John 2:15-17). The Holy Spirit communicates the will of God.
- The Joy of Decreasing for the Fame of His Name (disciplesforlife.wordpress.com)
- Nathan Pitchford: What The Bible Says About The People Of God (The Fulfillment Of Prophecy, Part 2) (psalm115three.com)
- Saturday (October 18): ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’ (shechina.wordpress.com)
- How To Hear From God (krisbelfils.wordpress.com)