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Jesus stated that His sheep will recognize His voice. That fundamental fact has been a source of frustration for me for many years. I made a choice to follow Christ when I was seven years old, but it would take me another 20 years or so before I could claim without hesitation that I had heard God’s voice for the very first time. While it’s possible that I was simply being obstinate or that I didn’t believe that God really wanted to talk to me, the most of my spiritual efforts in my twenties were spent vacillating between trying to hear God and attempting to figure out what was wrong with me that I couldn’t.
It is possible, though, that his voice will not come to you in the manner in which you had envisioned, nor will it be what you expect.
And there, right there, was the crux of my problem for the next two decades.
First and foremost, I had to set aside all of my preconceived assumptions, expectations, and aspirations.
- Second, I had to come to terms with the fact that I couldn’t believe it.
- It was past time for me to put my whole confidence in Him with my life – in every aspect.
- My prayer life had previously consisted solely of me conversing with God.
- Fourth, I had to learn to be patient with myself.
- So, since our expectations of God’s voice sometimes make it difficult to hear Him, how can He communicate with us?
- Fortunately, the path ahead is well marked, but we must prepare for the voyage ahead.
- Tozer’s words.
The patience of God is not sufficient when we want the glitz and glamour of life.
God desires for us to seek Him, to crave His presence, to comprehend His character and His heart, to exalt Him, and to love Him with all of our hearts and souls.
God is first and foremost concerned with our relationship with him, not with the plan.
The Word of God is audible and distinct.
When we immerse our hearts and minds in God’s Word, we begin to recognize the sound of His voice.
When you enter God’s Word, you should expect to come face to face with Jesus.
It is instead your preparation for an encounter with the living God that you are focusing your attention on.
I wanted to be able to hear God immediately and without the need of any other methods.
I made a significant mistake because I failed to recognize the reality of Hebrews 4:12: According to Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and active; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerned by the thoughts and intentions [of the heart].” It is possible for Scripture to be miraculously and specifically customized just for you and what is going on in your life right now because the Word is alive and searches your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit, making it possible for Scripture to be miraculously and specifically customized just for you and what is going on in your life.
- right now.
- Thoughts that are not yours may well be God’s thoughts as well.
- The same thing happens to me in prayer – sometimes when I am actively listening and remaining still, and other times when I am talking to Him with eagerness and an openness to being interrupted by Him.
- This same heart position also makes it possible for God to speak to you over the course of your day.
- Whenever He does think of you, it may come as a flash of inspiration or as a subtle pulling at your heart that gradually becomes more intense.
- And how can you know for sure that it is God who is speaking to you through the thought?
- Unless there is something about it that is in direct conflict with Scripture, it is not from Him.
This is just another reason for Christians to read, remember, and dwell on the Scriptures.
In my blog post for next week, I’ll discuss the distinguishing features of God’s voice, which will include the usual traits, style, and tone of His instruction in our life.
You may be seized with a deep-seated, unexplainable “knowing.”.
I’ve only experienced this once or twice, but when it occurs, the pleasure and peace of the Holy Spirit’s presence and assurance are nearly tangible, as well as being diametrically opposed to what I should be feeling (or what my intellect tells me to feel) at the time.
Only the Holy Spirit can lead us to see God’s truth and feel His grace.
Each and every day, when we have the ears to actually sit quiet and listen, we may see and hear God in the world around us.
In nature, God’s inspiration may not be directing or particular (although it may be personal if He desires), but the exquisite trill of a bird’s song or the sheer grandeur of the ocean may speak to us of God’s sovereignty, care for the little things, and imagination, among other things.
the flowers, the birds, the grass.
” But if God can dress the grass, which is alive in the field today and dead in the oven tomorrow, how much more will he clothe you, you of little faith?” says the author.
Dreams and visions guided by the Holy Spirit continue to occur today.
This has only happened to me a few of times in my life, but I’m aware that other Christians have had more frequent encounters with this.
By means of dreams or visions of life-like magnificence, He may inspire your creativity, motivate you, warn you, or call you to engage in spiritual combat with Him.
Moses had this feeling after seeing the burning bush.
God inserts concepts in our heads and alters our perceptions.
Never underestimate the power of a change of heart, a shift in thought process, or a burst of invention or inspiration that comes out of nowhere.
So the next time you see that your attitude (or someone else’s attitude) has changed or that your aspirations have moved to become more Christlike, take a minute to thank God for speaking into your life and express your gratitude.
If you desire to know God’s will for your life, you must prioritize knowing Him above all else.
There is the potential of a “outside” voice speaking from the outside.
In other words, a real, genuine voice that your natural ears can physically detect as emanating from somewhere other than your own mind is required.
Having said that, I’ve never met anyone who’s had this experience, and most Biblical scholars believe it’s extremely rare because of the Holy Spirit’s continued presence with believers since the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In contrast, God himself has taken up home within Christians as a result of the gift of the Holy Spirit.
In the second part of this post, you will learn about the distinguishing characteristics, or hallmarks, of God’s voice.
These phony voices are critical to comprehend, especially if we rely on the one that causes us the greatest difficulty – relying solely on circumstances to decide God’s will for our life.
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What Does the Voice of Jesus Sound Like?
According to the Bible, the voice of Jesus is like the sound of many rivers crashing together. Have you ever been curious as to what that phrase signifies in practice? The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is my setting for this piece, and I’m sitting next to a tumbling mountain brook as I type. There are several minor rapids and waterfalls in the area surrounding me, and the sound of flowing water hitting the rocks creates a unique atmosphere. I learnt from Ray Hughes that the sound of running water is comparable to the sound you would create if you made a lengthy “shhhhhhhhhhhhhh” sound with your mouth closed.
- Before I proceed, please try this and see what happens: Here is where you may put the sound of a “hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” in the middle of the sentence.
- It is also created with the use of fire.
- Consider the sound of a strong breeze passing through the trees.
- Yes, you guessed it: “Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh.” The same sound may be heard emanating from all three components of terrestrial existence: the elements of Earth (earth), Wind (wind), and Fire (fire).
Considering that the entire earth was created by Jesus on purpose, what parallel do we see here?
Is it possible that the very components of the earth are resonating with the voice of Jesus, Whom all things flow from, to whom all things return, and in Whom all things are rooted? What if these neutrons, protons, and electrons heard the voice of Jesus calling out “Be!” thousands of years ago, and that they not only heeded His Word, but also retained His Word inside themselves, manifesting the sound of His command millennia after? Is it possible that the voice of Jesus, which drove matter into being, continues to hold matter together, even in its current condition of decay?
Consider taking a walk by a creek and thinking about it.
In the words of the poet, “The skies reveal the glory of God, and the firmament demonstrates His craftsmanship” (Psalm 19:1).
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What Does God’s Voice Sound Like? Is it Him Speaking?
Greetings, Roger I have a difficult time distinguishing when it is God who is communicating directly to me. So many times I question whether or not I am simply making things up in my imagination. I understand that God communicates with us, but I was wondering if you could provide me with some criteria so that I can be certain that He is indeed speaking to me. Sincerely, Marcia Greetings, Marcia. “I have a word from the Lord for you,” a woman whispered gently to Julie during the worship service.
- After seven years, you will become a widow, and you will spend the remainder of your life serving in Jesus’ name in lovely service.” Don’t you see that I’m standing right here?
- We’re getting married in June, so stay tuned.
- This inquisitive woman is correct in assuming that I will be dead in seven years.
- God’s voice is not the only one that may be heard speaking.
- You might question why there are so few prophets in the Bible if you’re like me.
- “I’d be delighted to serve as your prophet.” “Then go out and marry a prostitute,” says the author.
- ‘I’m too young to be a prophet, but I’d love to hear you speak,’ I say to God.
The cost of receiving God’s word, on the other hand, was extremely costly.
They tossed him into cisterns and thrashed him until he was unconscious.
Worst of all, no matter what he said, the public didn’t believe a word of it.
“Just take them off,” says the author.
Imagine the sight as He strolled along the streets of Jerusalem, completely exposed.
“Isaiah, put on your garments and proclaim this word from Me: ‘As I have bared your buttocks, so I will bare the buttocks of Egypt, and let the Assyrians spank them.'” Finally, three years later, God spoke: Can you image walking about barefoot for three years with no shoes on, and the message wasn’t even for Israel?
- The privilege of hearing God speak comes at a hefty cost.
- They maintained their distance and told Moses, “Speak to us yourself, and we will listen.” ‘However, please do not have God speak to us, or we shall perish.’ We never return to our previous state after hearing the voice of God.
- This is a logical contradiction.
- (John 10:10).
- When was the last time you heard God speak to you personally?
- An excessive number of Christians are hesitating at a time when the secular world is screaming for solutions.
- You might come up with a few more.
- The Bible is a collection of writings that are arranged in a chronological order (Psalms 119:105) Signs and wonders are performed by Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-3).
The Role of Preachers and Prophets (Acts 11:27-28) The donkeys (Numbers 22:30) the bushes (Exodus 3:1-4) the angels (Exodus 3:1-4 (See also Luke 1:26-28) The Lord’s Angel appeared to me (Genesis 22:10-11) God’s Exaltation (Exodus 33:18-19) The following are the circumstances: (Acts 16:6-8)Reasons (Isaiah 1:18) Dreams are what you wake up from at the end of the day (Joel 2:28) Visions are a collection of ideas that come to mind when you read this (Joel 2:28) Errors and omissions (Matthew 26:75) From the Holy Spirit to the Human Spirit (Jeremiah 29:12-13) The voice on the other end of the line sounded familiar.
- I’d had a previous conversation with her.
- Without stopping, she launched into a lengthy proclamation that my wife Julie and I will be divorcing within the next several months.
- I was smart enough not to burst out laughing or tell her what she could do with the information she had given me.
- What if she’s completely correct?
- What pastor ever has enough time to spend with his or her family?
- Isn’t that correct?
- “Jack,” I explained, “I’m looking for your guidance.
Please, only assist me in making certain.” “Did the warning provide any possibility for mending the marriage and averting the divorce?” he inquired.
As a common response to those who claim, “God told me.”, I ask, “How do you know the words were from God?” If they are unable to provide a firm response, I am unlikely to take their letter into consideration at all.
My biblical checklist for what I believe to be the sound of God’s voice has grown more extensive over time.
There is no one point that can be used to show or reject the existence of God’s voice.
In my soul, I hear either my own voice or Satan’s voice (Hebrews 4:12).
The voice of one’s own or Satan’s voice frequently results in bondage (Matthew 11:28-30).
When we are intentionally seeking God, He is more likely to communicate to us.
Five, when God speaks, there is an unmistakable sensation that everything is in perfect order.
Self or Satan frequently speaks through a state of confusion and uncertainty.
God convicts individual sinners of their crimes.
Lies, deceit, and half-truths are frequently used by both the self and Satan (John 14:6).
Hearing God’s voice always results in a profound and lasting sense of calm.
We were thinking of relocating our church’s administrative offices.
When I was standing in front of the bathroom mirror one Saturday, the idea that flashed through my head almost caused me to drop my razor.
We may construct a new worship building and increase our parking lots in order to accommodate future expansion.
I informed our church’s leadership of what God had revealed to me, which resulted in the church making arrangements to acquire the neighbouring properties.
We backed out of the contract after six months, multiple uncomfortable neighborhood association meetings, and well over one hundred furious neighbors.
My human soul is referred to as my “knower” in several of my writings.
The preacher was talking about Jesus hunting for lost sheep, which was the subject of his sermon.
“I’m a lost sheep, aren’t I?” I confessed to my parents after church on that particular Sunday.
Once I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Shepherd, I was no longer adrift in the world.
He assured me that one day I will be a preacher as well, deep down in my “knower.” And that’s exactly what I did.
Not only does he talk, but he is not the only one who speaks.
I don’t want to be led astray by human ignorance, folly, or misplaced spirituality, and neither should you.
During my listening, I try to determine if the sounds I am hearing are coming from my soul (my mind) or from my deepest, innermost human spirit, which is where the Holy Spirit resides.
In Hebrews 4:12, the soul is referred to as my “organ” for intellect, will, and emotions.
As we grow in spiritual maturity, our growing spiritual experience and discernment enable us to distinguish between souls and spirits more clearly.
When we recognize that the internal voice is coming from our spirit, we realize that God is speaking to us via that voice.
When our human spirit has been properly developed, it is the most trustworthy and practical instrument for hearing God communicate.
This has been described as “prayer in my head.” The Holy Spirit also communicates with us through our human spirit, which is our deepest being.
This is what the apostle Paul refers to as “prayer in the spirit.” Whenever I get a strong impression that I am receiving a message from God, I refuse to accept it until I have thoroughly considered whether I am hearing from God, myself, Satan, or deaf humanity.
Then and only then will I take action in response to what I hear.
I don’t want to make a mistake and end up listening to the incorrect voice. After all is said and done, Marcia, I hope I’ve been of assistance to you. Thank you for your time. Love, Roger
What God’s Voice Sounds Like
When Bill and I (Kristi) were eating baskets of tortilla chips at a restaurant one evening while we were in college, he told about a lovely vision of Jesus he had that summer. I was intrigued to his spiritual experience, but I found it difficult to accept. Was Bill’s vision a gift from God or the product of his own imagination? What would you look for to determine whether the Holy Spirit was speaking to you through a vision or a word? I’d heard preachers and others discuss the experience of hearing God speak.
- “I must be a fraud,” I thought to myself after realizing that I couldn’t hear God’s voice in the same way others could.
- For example, a buddy was convinced he had heard God’s voice instructing him to establish a business, but this led to his overworking himself and resulting in a severe financial loss.
- Perhaps you’ve met individuals who were convinced that God was leading them to marry someone, relocate, or make a dangerous investment, only to discover after the fact that they were mistaken about their beliefs.
- What if it’s simply your own imagination playing tricks on you?
- 2 Corinthians 11:14).
- Many individuals believe that they are unable to hear God’s voice or that the only real words the Lord speaks are those found in the Bible as a result of these challenges.
- This was evident in the way my pet cat Charlie responded to my voice over a period of twelve years.
- It is with great awe that I tune into the Spirit of God and wait for a soft whisper, much as Elijah did in the cave (1 Kings 19:12).
- The Journey of the Soul, our newest book, teaches you how to hear God’s voice so that you can receive instruction and grow in your discipleship of Jesus Christ.
- However, perceiving God’s presence and knowledge is a part of every stage of life and every day of one’s existence.
My personal experience of experiencing God’s presence or direction corresponds to what I read about in the Bible and what some of Jesus’ greatest disciples, such as Teresa of Avila, have taught. A true communication or manifestation of the Holy Spirit, such as the following examples:
- Surprises you, provides a wealth of meaning, provides clarity, imprints itself on your memory, and ignites the flame of faith in your heart
As you go about your day, keep an eye out for and listen for the presence of the Holy Spirit. Expect that he wants to be with you, to lead you, and to warm your heart as much as you do. I wish that you may be surprised by some unexpected benefits! ©️ Bill Kristi Gaultiere’s Journey of the Soul is scheduled to be published by Revell, a part of Baker Publishing Group, in 2021. Permission was obtained to adapt and utilize the material. This week’s SoulTalk is presented by: The Spirit-Led Ministry stage is the next level in the CHRIST model, and Bill and Kristi are diving into it.
Those who are at this stage of life experience life with God as if they are sailing on the wind of the Spirit, relying in the wind of the Spirit both in times when God feels close and in times when God feels far away from them.
‘What does God’s voice sound like?’
Q:Can you describe the sound of God’s voice? It occurred to me as I was leaving my house to see a friend who lived about an hour away that I had forgotten to unplug the curling iron. I said to myself, “Of course you did.” Then I wondered to myself, “Are you sure?” Then I had the need to go back home and double-check everything. I thought to myself, “Don’t be silly.” Without a doubt, you did! Then I decided to turn around anyhow and returned home to discover that my curling iron had been disconnected.
- There are a few of different approaches.
- Chaos, worry, and back-and-forth thinking, in my opinion, are the antithesis of Godlike thought.
- The Bible states, “The voice of the Lord is mighty; the voice of the Lord is resounding with grandeur” (Psalms 29:4).
- The Truth’s voice must reflect the traits of Truth, which are forceful, factual, and rock-solid, in order to be heard.
- In addition, messages that do not empower us—for example, “I’m not sure whether I’m good enough to do it”—would never be sent by God’s authoritative voice.
- Because you are God’s child, divine Love talks to you in a way that only a mother could.
She supplies you with all of the information you require in order to make the best decision.
In other words, if what you’re hearing is consistent with the essence of Truth and Love, then it is most likely God speaking to you.
To determine whether or not you are genuinely hearing God’s voice, you must first evaluate God’s character.
At first, it appeared to be flattering.
But I didn’t know how to break out of the relationship, even though I didn’t feel like myself any longer.
Then a definite voice came to me as the following thought: “You may end your relationship with him.” Make a start right away.
My recognition of God’s voice led me to act on my intuition and end the relationship that very same day.
As a result, both of us were able to move on and establish more rewarding relationships.
His voice has steered me in new areas, prepared me for tough decisions, and, like a nodding buddy, urged me to keep with it until whatever has to be done is completed.
I am grateful for his guidance. The most wonderful aspect of God’s speech is that it is audible to everyone. The voice of Truth and Love is a universal and unbiased voice that speaks to everyone. Is God’s voice audible enough for you to understand it? Absolutely!
Exodus: Gods & Kings: What Does God’s Voice Really Sound Like?
Almost immediately after Cecil B. DeMille utilized Charlton Heston’s significantly manipulated voice in his 1956 film The Ten Commandments, the expression “the voice of God” has become synonymous with “deep masculine voice” in popular culture. However, this has not always been the way in which the voice of God has been imagined. The voice of God has been characterized as being similar to that of a parent (which might appear benign, benevolent, or scary, depending on your connection with your parents) at various points in history.
- It was so ordinary-sounding that Samuel mistook God’s voice for that of his teacher Eli when he heard God’s voice for the first time in 1 Samuel 3.
- In light of this, director Ridley Scott’s choice to portray an eleven-year-old child (Iaac Andrews, a British actor) as the voice of God in the 3-D spectacle seems understandable.
- Rather of being loud and thundering, God’s voice is frequently depicted in the Bible as being commonplace and gentle.
- According to a particular Jewish perspective, claiming that we know anything about God with absolute confidence, much alone that we know anything as precise as the sound of God’s voice, is erroneous.
- It is only by astronomical excursions, scientific inquiries, and empirical observations that we may learn about the latter, as opposed to the former.
- Moreover, theology is revelatory when it arouses in us sentiments of transcendence, when it connects us with God, the infallible Other, and when it inspires us to examine the numinous and ponder the mystery of our own existence.
- Because revelation has yet to reveal any physical or scientific information about God, the prophet Isaiah—or, as biblical scholars would have it, Second Isaiah—warns us against making any empirical claims about God: “To what can you compare Me?
- We may be able to see God’s “hand” in history, in our lives, and in times of transcendence, but we will never be able to determine what God’s “hand” actually looks like, any more than we will ever be able to determine if God even has a “hand” at all.
- The meaning of the Smetana symphony cannot be determined with factual certainty, nor can the precise sound of the symphony be determined with factual certainty, either.
We have evidence — not scientific or historical evidence, but biblical evidence — that, just as God has been experienced in different ways at different times throughout history, the sound of God’s voice has also been experienced in different ways at different times throughout ancient history, according to the Scriptures.
- God’s words are polyphonic, meaning that they may be interpreted in a variety of ways and with a variety of layers.
- Because God Himself is multi-dimensional and cannot be comprehended in a single glance (according to Jewish tradition, there are up to seventy possible interpretations), Scripture can cover a large number of interpretations (up to seventy, according to Jewish tradition).
- 34a), and thus could have been writing about theological truth as well as artistic truth.
- The ancient rabbis claimed that when Moses heard God speak to him for the first time at the burning bush, God’s voice sounded to him like the voice of his father Amram, who was Moses’ grandfather.
- Just as Moses heard God’s voice in a certain way, no two people hear the voice of God in exactly the same way, according to rabbinic theology.
- God spoke to the whole Jewish people at the Theophany at Sinai, and each person’s perception of God differed because God decided to make Himself understood “according to the comprehension of everyone,” according to the Rabbis of the Talmud (B.T.,Chagigah13b).
- When the rabbis explain that God talked to Moses in the voice of his father to put Moses at rest, there is no reason to believe that God didn’t raise an octave or two in order to speak to Joshua in the voice of a small child.
- However, there is still room for an even more radical—though still firmly traditional—tonal change to take place.
- Is it really that far away from aBook of Judgesmovie in which aGladiator-like Moses hears God speak to him in the voice of an eleven-year-old boy, or from aXena: Warrior Princess-like Deborah hearing God speak to her in the voice of an 81-year-old lady, such as Judi Dench?
- If the current state of presidential politics and forecasts for the 2016 election are any indicator, the answer is a loud affirmative.
- Is anyone in Hollywood paying attention?
And it is only our unbridled imaginations—as well as God Himself—that can be credited with this revolutionary departure from traditional scales and modes and toward exciting new vocalizations.
What Does the Voice of God Sound Like?
Since Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments (1956), in which he employed Charlton Heston’s substantially manipulated voice, the expression “the voice of God” has been synonymous with “deep masculine voice” in popular culture. However, this has not always been the way in which the voice of God has been perceived. The voice of God has been characterized as being similar to that of a parent (which might appear benign, benevolent, or scary, depending on your connection with your parents) at various periods throughout history.
- It was so ordinary-sounding that Samuel mistook God’s voice for that of his teacher Eli when he heard God’s voice for the first time (1 Samuel 3).
- In light of this, director Ridley Scott’s choice to cast an eleven-year-old child (Iaac Andrews, a British actor) as the voice of God in the 3-D spectacle was justified.
- Instead of sounding loud and thundering, God’s voice is more typically described as plain and humble in the Bible.
- The assumption that we know anything about God as a matter of factual certainty, much alone that we know anything as particular as the sound of God’s voice, is an error, according to one school of thought in the Jewish tradition.
- It is only by astronomical excursions, scientific inquiries, and empirical observations that we may learn about the latter, in contrast to the former.
- Moreover, theology is revelatory when it inspires in us sentiments of transcendence, when it brings us into contact with God, the infallible Other, and when it prompts us to examine the numinous and ponder the mystery of life.
- Because revelation has yet to reveal any physical or scientific information about God, the prophet Isaiah—or, as biblical scholars would have it, Second Isaiah—warns us against making any empirical claims about God: “To what can you compare Me?
- However, we will never be able to know what God’s “hand” looks like since we will never be able to experience God’s “hand” in history, our lives, or moments of transcendence.
- In a practical sense, claiming to know what the sound of God’s voice actually sounds like is like to claiming to understand the precise meaning of a piece of music, such as Smetana’s Ma Vlast.
Perhaps Smetana intended for it to be played in different ways at different times; perhaps Smetana anticipated that it would be played one way in his time, and that later, as the craft of music, the individual members of an orchestra, the variety of conductors’ interpretations of the piece—and the instruments themselves—underwent change, the piece’s sound would be subtly but noticeably different from the way it was played then.
We have evidence — not scientific or historical evidence, but biblical evidence — that, just as God has been experienced in different ways at different times throughout history, the sound of God’s voice has also been experienced in different ways at different times throughout ancient history, according to the Bible.
- God’s words are polyphonic, meaning that they may be interpreted in a variety of ways and with a variety of layers of interpretation.
- Because God Himself is multi-dimensional and cannot be comprehended in a single glance (according to Jewish tradition, there are up to seventy different readings of Scripture), Scripture can incorporate a large number of different interpretations.
- Moreover, according to Jewish tradition, not only is the message of God heard in a variety of ways, but the voice of God itself is heard in a variety of tones as well.
- After all, the Bible declares that one cannot stare at God and live, thus God’s image does not appear to be in the eye of the beholder, but the sound of God’s voice appears to be in the ear of the hearer.
- Throughout history, God has shown Himself to humans in a manner that “responds to the ability of each particular listener” (Babylonian Talmud,Bava Metzia59b).
- The divine word, like the sound of God’s voice itself, may be open to new, numerous tones and meanings if God’s voice alters in order to accommodate the ear of the listener.
- By implying that God is restricted to a specific voice range, one is attempting to curtail God’s power.
- Abat-kol is a celestial voice described in the Talmud as God communicating to the wise through a “daughter of a voice,” as the Talmud puts it.
In a world where Ridley Scott can direct a movie in which aGladiator-like Moses hears God speak to him in the voice of an eleven-year-old boy, how far are we away from directing aBook of Judgesmovie in which aXena: Warrior Princess-like Deborah hears God speak to her in the voice of an 81-year-old woman, such as Judi Dench?
As far as presidential politics and electoral projections for the 2016 election are concerned, the answer is an unequivocal “yes.” Almost a century after Virginia Woolf requested that women be allowed their own rooms, it is probably past time for women to be granted their own voices as well.
It’s because our authority figure will sound an awful lot more like our mother’s voice very, very soon, rather than our father’s voice, in our ears.
And it is only our unbridled imaginations—as well as God Himself—that can be credited with this revolutionary shift away from traditional scales and modes and toward fascinating new vocalizations.
What Does God’s Voice Sound Like?
It never fails to astound me how God communicates with us. I’m convinced that He has been speaking to me my entire life, and I was completely unaware that it was Him. The closer I get to God, and the greater my connection with Him becomes, the simpler it becomes for me to discern God’s voice in my head. Did you realize that He also speaks to you on a regular basis? It’s possible that you didn’t even know it was God speaking to you, merely mistaking His voice for a random notion that passed through your mind or a strange sequence of circumstances.
“My sheep have learned to know my voice.
Jesus pointed to his arm and said, “This is where your arm should be.” That was the message I wrote to my spouse, half-jokingly, half-seriously, and it was intended to be humorous. On one of my walls is a carved wooden cross with a figure of Jesus suspended from it. Eric had brought it back to me as a memento from Budapest while he was on vacation from the military. It was a nice touch. It normally hangs in the living room, at a certain spot on the wall. I had temporarily removed it in order to put up some Christmas decorations in its place while it was being repaired.
After Christmas was done and the decorations were taken down (I’m not going to tell you how long after Christmas this occurred), I took the cross and placed it on an end table, intending to hang it back up later that evening.
It had been severed in two places.
Christ directed my attention to the location of his arm. Half-jokingly, half-seriously, that was the text message I had written to my spouse. I have a wall decoration that is a carved wooden cross with a figure of Jesus hanging from the cross on the backside. As a memento from Budapest, Eric had brought it back to me while on vacation from the military. It was a nice touch. In the living room, it is normally hung in a certain location. For the time being, I had taken it down to make room for a few Christmas decorations.
After Christmas was done and the decorations were taken down (I’m not going to tell you how long after Christmas this occurred), I took the cross and placed it on an end table until I was ready to hang it again.
Later, one of the children happened to walk by and inquired as to where Jesus’ arm had disappeared to. Because of the break, it was no longer attached. When the kids didn’t tell me what happened, I believed they had broken it while playing with their relatives and had forgotten.
Obedience to a “voice”
I swallowed it up and resolved to listen to the “voice” within my brain instead of fighting it. I’ve learned enough about God at this stage in my spiritual journey to recognize God’s voice and know that I must obey it, no matter how ridiculous or inconvenient it may seem. The fact that I KNEW the arm was going to be in the bottom of that box made me even more irritated. After taking out the garland and foliage that had already been wrapped and tucked away, I took a closer look at the ground beneath it.
There were still some lights in the bottom of the box, but I merely pushed my head through them and moved them around a little bit and couldn’t find anything else.
“All right, all right!” So I took the strands of lights down and guess what I discovered below.
Consider the implications of it.
Needless to say, Jesus now has his arm back, and I received yet another mini-lesson on the importance of listening to and obeying that quiet, tiny voice in my brain, even when it seems insignificant or difficult.” “Go out into the wilderness, and stand on the mountain before the Lord,” He instructed.
Take Some Practical Steps to Hear God’s Voice:
If you’re not paying attention, you could just miss it! Pay close attention to those stray ideas and coincidental occurrences. I really liked what comedian Michael Jr. stated when he came to our church for a performance. He claimed to know the name of God, which he identified as “Something.” Then he responded, “Keep an eye on it; I’ll prove it to you.” You’ve probably had to deal with the consequences of making a poor choice or decision at some point in your life. “Something” warned me not to do it!” you thought to yourself.
(You may find out more about how to detect God’s voice by visiting this page).
Confess (say out loud)John 10:27 … ”I hear God’s voice. I know it and I recognize it.”
“My sheep have learned to know my voice. “I’m familiar with them, and they follow me.” 10:27 (John 10:27) (MSG)
Write down when/what God speaks to you.
It appears to be a little out of control at times. Nonetheless, I assure you that if you begin to do so, you will see a marked increase in your trust and confidence in hearing from God. While reading my Bible, I had a similar experience in which a line from a passage leapt out to me as if God were communicating directly to me via the words of the passage. It was something I jotted down in my journal (even though I felt a little crazy). Later on in the day, the identical word sprang into my thoughts during an extremely “coincidental” moment in my life.
It caused me to think to myself, “Wait a minute, that WAS God.” It served as a sort of evidence to myself. I was relieved that I had written it down. You will be as well. Moreover, you are not insane, so don’t be concerned!
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*Correction: This article was first published on September 9, 2014.