How can I hear from God?
On this Sunday afternoon, I want to share a few thoughts about revelation.
This morning the Father put a couple things on my heart about this question.
For much of my Christian life, I would go weeks even month not really inspired, not feeling like I was hearing anything like the voice of God. Much of the revelation that came into my life, came through others who heard God. I possess a strong ability to remember what I hear so I could re-share revelations I heard elsewhere, and others would be blessed.
I still receive tons of great insight from others and God often speaks through others into my life.
But I’ve come to believe that God’s best is for each of us to hear Him for ourselves.
Yes, there are times when we are slammed by circumstance and satan’s schemes when our only hope of receiving comes from our brothers and sisters.
Still, Jesus said,
“It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'” – Matthew 4:4
Keep in mind, the Greek word for “Word” here is rhema–the spoken word of God.
So this morning God linked this up with two other portions and this connection might helpful to you as it was for me.
First, there is a passage in 2 Corinthians 9 where Paul taught about giving, but it applies here.
For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. – 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 NLT
This is a giving scripture. But I want to suggest that as God gives you a bit of revelation from His word, consider whether it’s bread for you alone, or could it be seed, something you need to plant into other soil.
This is a spiritual law. As you plant, you will reap. Money, yes, but the word too. Sow what you have, and God will give you a harvest. From that harvest, you will have more for your own food, more to spread abroad, and perhaps more important still, He will put you in the lives of those who need a word. God will open your mouth and fill it with what they need.
The second connection comes from the day Jesus taught the crowds in parables.
And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure, it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. “For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” – Mark 4:24-25
Take a deep breath and read that again. We read over this because it’s not part of the parables, but it’s kind of filler. But it’s not filler. It’s deep and powerful truth.
Your ability to hear is based on how you care for what you have heard. What follows is really striking.
If you are a careless hearer, revelations that moved you in the past, things that used to make your heart beat faster, will be taken away from you!
How you listen today and how careful you are handling and sharing the revelation that comes into your heart, has a direct connection to its power to transform your life.
If you want more revelation, listen better, share more liberally.
God is speaking today.
His word is life!
You can have it. You can hear it.
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure–pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” – Luke 6:38
Thanks for hanging out with me.
See you again soon
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