Read the book page if you haven’t. It will help you understand why it is important to hear God speak. Without hearing God speak it is unlikely that your career will have the power needed to change the world. If you aren’t changing the world in your career, then it is unlikely that you will find meaning in what you do.
Can anyone hear God speak?
God’s Word is available to anyone who wants to hear Him speak. See for yourself:
“Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.” (Isaiah 55:3 NLT) God says that He will speak to you if you come to Him with your ears wide open.
David said in Psalm 16:11 (NLT): “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” God’s presence is the place to find the way of life.
Isaiah 30:21 says “Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.” God’s Word is a lamp to your feet.
Jesus said “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.“(John 10:27 NLT) You are designed to hear God speak and follow Him.
Jesus quoted Moses “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4 NLT) Words from God need to be consumed every day like food.
Jesus said “And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.” (Luke 8:15 NLT) When you hear and cling onto God’s Word, your career produces real fruit.
“Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.” (Matthew 16:16-17) Peter may not have realized that this revelation was God speaking to him unless Jesus had pointed it out.
Paul said “For the word of God is alive and powerful…So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:12-16 NLT) Jesus’ sacrifice enabled anyone to come to God’s throne room in heaven. We can build our careers on the rock of God’s Word.
Is it Justifiable Not to Listen to God Speak in Case I Hear Other Voices?
This is what the Bible says:
“Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven!” (Hebrews 12:25 NLT).
Who do you fear more: God or the other voices? God is speaking to us from heaven! When our spirits are reborn, we can abide in God and He in us.
“To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.” (Matthew 13:12 NLT)
In order to increase understanding we need to listen more to what Jesus is teaching us.
How Can I Hear God Speak?
I sometimes get asked the question “I can’t hear God speak”. My personal belief is that the best way to hear God speak is to enter into the Kingdom realm (there are many other ways like praying in the Spirit). I recommend the Kingdom realm route because everyone I know who engages with God in His Kingdom can hear Him speak. This sounds complicated, but it is not. Jesus said anyone who comes to Him will find rest. How do you “come to Jesus?” It is in the Kingdom realm. (Note: I am not judging anyone who listens to God in other ways, but this is what I feel I need to share on this blog.)
I talk about entering the Kingdom realm in a career change context in my book Change Business Career with God. I recommend getting the book if you are interested in exploring this idea a bit more.
A more complete guide to operating in the Kingdom realm is the online Engaging God course by Freedom Church. This is how I learned.
How Do I Discern God’s Voice From Other Voices?
Another question I get is “how do you discern which is God’s voice?”
The Bible is clear that there is a spiritual battle. There are spirits actively seeking to disrupt our thought lives. These are sometimes called familiar spirits. They are familiar with what you do and how you do it. The Bible talks about testing the spirits. (1 John 4)
There are different ways you can deal with spiritual forces, for example Ephesians talks about putting on God’s armor. What has worked for me with removing the other voices from my life is removing the legal rights that they hold over my life. For example, if you hear a voice of hatred or resentment you know it is not God’s voice. What you can do is to say “I request a court room in heaven be assembled before my Father as judge and Jesus as my mediator.”
In the courtroom in heaven you ask “what are the accusations that have been brought against me?” Listen to what is said. These accusations are probably going to be true.
The next step is to say “I acknowledge the allegations made against me. However, I also present the blood of Jesus before this court, which removes the legal right that these accusations have in my life. I declare that all of my sins have been wiped clean by the blood of Jesus.”
At this stage you ask God the Father for His verdict and listen to what He says. When Jesus’ perfect sacrifice is presented, the Father always rules in your favor.
The next step is to sentence the familiar spirit. For example, you could ask God “Father, I request a restraining order on this evil force so that it will never come against me or anyone I know ever again. In Jesus’ name. Amen” Listen to God’s ruling.
The key to dealing with familiar spirits is not to stop listening to God speak. All authority on heaven and earth has been given to us. Until we exercise our legal rights in heaven and on earth we continue to live with thoughts that accuse us by the forces of darkness. We give these spirits legal room to operate when we hold unforgiveness and other sins in our heart. As a result, entering into the courts of heaven is an opportunity to cleanse our lives with the blood of Jesus.
If you bring these spirits to God’s court room every time you hear a strange voice, it becomes easier and easier to discern when God speaks to you. The only voice that remains is God’s voice. Recommended resources for hearing God speaking include Freedom Church, Shawn Bolz and Shawn Morris.
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