Table of Contents

Hear God’s Voice (May 25, 2013)

  1. Intro
  2. The Need to Hear – Why?
  3. Hindrances to Hearing – How to overcome them?

Intro

Questions

  1. Is God still speaking today?
    • Many Christians appear to have settled their relationship with Christ for a DUMB God!
    • If the devil can speak ofcourse God can speak.
  2. Is it possible to hear the voice of God
  3. how do we hear the voice of God?
    1. we need to acquire the skill
    2. distinguish between the world's noise and God's voice.
      • know the word of God
      • commit yourself to prayer. Be on your knees all the time.
    • through the word of God
    • through other people
    • gift of discernment
    • through the Holy Spirit
  4. What does the Bible Say?
    • See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? Heb 12:25
    • “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” For 7 times He said in Rev Chapter 1 to Chapter 3.

The Need to Hear

  1. Matt 4:4 - Proceeds = Present-continuous tense
  2. 2 Cor 6:16 - God wants to dwell amongst us.

God still dwells amongst us and He continues to speak to us to help us live a victorious life on earth.

Questions that Church Pastor & Leaders face

  1. What does God expect me to do?
    • If I know what I am supposed to do, God will get it done.
  2. What am I to leave up to God to do?
  3. Where does my responsibility end and God begin?

Luke 12:47-48 - 47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Hindrances to Hearing God's Voice (June 1, 2013)

1. Heart Not Perfect Before God

  1. Worldly Affection - That offends God (1 Jn 2:15; Matt 22:37)
  2. Impure motives - God will judge us like Balaam (Num 23)
  3. Wrong intentions - God despises it. Like Ananias & Sapphira (Acts 5). God knows our heart.
    • read 1 Sam 16:7 - if we do not keep our hearts right in his sight, we will not hear God's voice.

2. Hardness of Heart (Heb 4:7)

  1. Un-forgiveness Stops God's voice. Ask for examples.
  2. Forgiveness Brings a return of God's Voice. Ask for examples.
    • confession of unforgiveness, being honest with God
    • debate with God and sharing with God how you feel (the pain)
    • praying and asking God to help us to forgive

3. An Unregenerate Condition

  1. John Wesley was asked by the Moravian believers shortly after his mission trip to USA: Are you born again of the Spirit of God? (it was an offensive question). In short, he repented and God used him as founder of one of the greatest revival moment in church history - Methodist. Wesley encountered (1) Rom 8:16 (2) 1 John 5:10

Saving faith or Intellectual agreement

You can know you are save and able to explain it

4. Disobedience Stops God's Voice (Rom 10:17)

Pride Prevent Obedience

Preconceptions Hinder Obedience

Closing Prayer (groups of 2-3)

Lord deliver me from my:

  1. disobedience
  2. preconceptions
  3. traditions
  4. hardness of heart

…all of which prevent me from hearing and obeying your voice.