A LIFE OF FAITH
God has already done everything He can possibly do for you to live in freedom and abundance. In Christ you are already blessed. Salvation was given to you as a free gift. You have a brand new identity. You have authority to rule on this planet. The glory of God is upon you (Isa 60:1).
So, what is stopping people from living the blessed life God has for them?
GET THE MIND OF GOD
“Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had.”
(Phil 2:5 NLT)
“Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.”
(Col 3:2 NLT)
If you want the freedom and abundant life God offers you, if you want to do the works Jesus did, and if you want to live in the reality of your promises, you’ll have to start thinking and acting like God.
You’ve probably heard people say that the thoughts of God are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. Yes, God did say His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways (Isa 55:8-9). He knows that we will never be able to understand Him or know what He’s going to do through our own reason, wisdom, or intellect. Our thoughts and our ways are extremely limited. Wise as we might think we are, God still sees our human wisdom as foolishness (1 Cor 3:18-19).
So, what God meant is that we should move away from our limited and lower way of thinking to get His thoughts and to get to know His ways of doing things. The Word says that as born-again people we have the mind of Christ. We can know the secret thoughts of God because God reveals them to us by His Spirit (1 Cor 2:11-12; Ps 25:14; Isa 42:9).
For years the devil’s lies, incorrect religious programming, or life in general programmed us to live a life that was not at all in line with God’s will for us. Our environments influenced us. Our upbringing influenced us. People influenced us. Our family influenced us. Our friends influenced us. Our culture influenced us. Various religions influenced us. The media influenced us. And not all of those influences were beneficial to us. We were told to face facts, to get real, and to accept our fate. Life has often let us down, people deserted us, we failed, and certain circumstances left us confused and hurt. All of that somehow left us with a messed up mindset light-years removed from the life God wants for us.
“Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their closed minds are full of darkness, they are faraway from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against him.”
(Eph 4:17-18 NLT)
Remember we are three-part beings: spirit, soul and body. Your soul (or mind) houses your reason, will, intellect and emotions.
Now, it is with your heart that you believe the Word of God, not with your mind (Rom 10:10). God gave all of us the same gift of faith, and the same measure of faith, to start out with (2 Pet 1:1). However, if we fail to transform and discipline our minds and thoughts to the mind and thoughts of God, our reason can stop our hearts from believing the life God has for us. You see, you can be a good Christian, but an imprisoned mind, or carnal mind, will disconnect you from the blessing of God.
The question is not whether God wants to bless you or not. The question is what do you believe?
You know, God never intended for us to use the Bible to condemn people to hell, or to make them feel unaccepted or unworthy. The Bible was written for believers, to get us to live a life of abundance and victory right here on this planet. So often we read the Word of God and apply it to everyone else but ourselves. No, God will not talk to you about what Jack should do, or what Sarah should change. God’s not into gossip, He hates gossip (Prov 6:19). He will talk to you about you, your heart, and your life. He has given you His Word to teach you how to live as a child of the only eternal King.
“(T)here must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes.”
(Eph 4:23 NLT)
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
(Rom 8:6 NKJV)
There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes!
Your attitude should become the attitude of God. Your thoughts should become the thoughts of God. To live in the victory Jesus purchased for you you’ll have to let the Word of God dominate your thinking. You’ll have to let His Word master your mind. You’ll have to let the realities of heaven fill your thoughts (Col 3:1-4). You’ll have to set your mind on the Word of God!
See, whatever your mind is set on will determine your belief system. If you’re spiritually minded (if your mind is set on the Word of God) it will bring life and peace and joy into your life. If you stay carnally minded (if your mind is set on your own old opinions) it will be impossible to experience the higher life that God has for you. It’s as simple as that.
God doesn’t want you to stay a carnal Christian whose mind is controlled by reason, experience, natural laws, or logic rather than by His Word. He knows that with an imprisoned mind you’ll live an imprisoned life in spite of everything that He has given you. And He knows that it will stay that way until you change your mind about things. Why?
Because you are controlled by your thoughts, not influenced, controlled (Prov 23:7). Yes, your heart may shout one thing but your mind may be so alienated from the life of God that your natural reason can override your heart!
The only way that you’ll really live in the freedom and blessing that you have received in Christ is to change your old way of thinking. And the best way to change your old way of thinking is through the Word of God (James 1:21). The Word of God has the living power to wash your brain from imprisoned mindsets (Heb 4:12). Real change always begins from the inside out, never from the outside in!
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.”
(Rom 12:2 NLT)
Don’t just scan the words in your Bible. Meditate on the Word of God. Meditation simply means to constantly think or ponder about something until you discover its meaning.
Take a scripture and stay with it until you find the life and freedom it offers (Prov 4:20-22). Meditate on that promise day and night until faith rises up in your heart. Stay with that promise until it becomes a clear picture in your heart. See yourself living in the reality of that promise. Stay with that promise until you become fully persuaded that God meant what He said, and that He meant for you to have it. You cannot allow your mind to slip back into a lower level of thinking. Remember, Satan will always try to imprison your mind. He’ll always try to distract your focus from the promise of life that you have in Christ.
This is what God wants us to do: “Take My mirror, which is My Word” (James 1:23-25). “Look into it long enough until you see what I see. See who you are, what you have, and what you can do. Discover the life I have for you in Christ. Allow My Word to get rid of all your incorrect religious beliefs, preconceived ideas and own intellectual opinions. There is no other way to set you free and to transform your life but by My Word. My Word will break through the iron bars of all lies that keep you imprisoned. My Word will build up your mind and your spirit so that you can move forward from a mere natural life into a supernatural life. If you get your mind renewed by My Word, and act on what you’ve discovered, you will prosper in every area of your life” (3 John 1:2).
“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’”
(Rom 1:17 NKJV)
To live by faith was never meant to be a complicated concept. To live by faith simply means that you live by childlike trust in your heavenly Father. To live by childlike trust comes through knowing and believing how much God loves you (Gal 5:6). To live by faith is being confident in the truth that God is completely faithful, absolutely able, and more than willing to do exactly what He promised (Heb 10:23). To live by faith is to believe what God says above all other opinions. And to live by faith is always a matter of the heart, not of reason (Rom 10:10).
“Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.”
(Ps 119:37 NLT)
Because God loves you with all of His heart, all of His soul and all of His might, He gave you His Word to bring you into your Land of Promise. He knows that faith only comes one way – by His Word (Rom 10:17). Miracles won’t build your faith, signs and wonders won’t build your faith, and testimonies of people won’t build your faith. It will inspire you but it won’t build your faith. You will have to build your own faith by getting to know the Word of God.
The Word of God, made alive in your heart by the Holy Spirit, is your most precious possession!
God’s promises are your inheritance. His Word is your deliverance. His Word is your protection. His Word brings healing. His Word is higher than any sickness, poverty, depression, lack, or any part of the curse. He gave you His Word to bring divine wisdom and understanding into your life. His Word brings life where there is confusion, barrenness, or death. God gave you His Word as an anchor for your soul, to secure you in times of distress. He gave you His Word to be your guiding light when all seems dark and hopeless. He gave you His Word to keep you safe from the devil’s plots and schemes. He gave you His Word and called you to live by it.
God knows all about the battles you face. He knows that you can get so caught up in this visible realm that you often forget the Rock from which you were cut. He knows the wickedness of your enemy, and how the fight can sometimes drain you, discourage you, or downright tempt you to give up. That’s why God gave you His Word. And that Word will always carry you through to victory because God is always faithful to His Word.
“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you, anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God.”
(Mark 10:14-15 NLT)
God wants us to have childlike faith. He wants us to develop childlike trust in Him (Mark 11:22). Our lives are based upon the promises of God. Now, if we don’t trust God, and if we don’t trust His Word, what hope do we have?
Our heavenly Father doesn’t want us to only talk about His promises, or just know something about His promises. He wants us to live in the reality of His promises. We can’t become so “grown-up” that we miss the simplicity of childlike trust. We can’t become so analytical, deep, serious, and religious that we miss out on the adventures of a life of simple faith. We have to take the Word of God at face value, like little children, and prove it.
I BELIEVE, THEREFORE I SPEAK
“They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”
Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”
(John 6:28-29 NLT)
“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak.”
(2 Cor 4:13 NKJV)
God doesn’t have a challenge with the devil, or with demons. He conquered them. He doesn’t have a challenge with sin, or sickness, or disease, or poverty, or lack. He settled those issues on the cross of Christ.
His greatest challenge today is simply to get us to discover what Jesus did for us, to believe what He did for us, and to say what we believe He did for us. Let those who have been set free by the Lord say so!
We are often quick to say a lot about what’s wrong with people, or about what’s wrong with this world. But how often do we say who we are, what we have, and what we can do in Christ? How often do we say what we believe about our heavenly Father, or what we believe about Jesus, or what we believe about the Holy Spirit, or what we believe about His Kingdom, or what we believe about His promises?
See, words are not merely a way of communication. Words are also the carriers or transporters of our faith. As a speaking spirit you’ve received the power to speak life, or death, into your life (Prov 18:21). What you say you will bring into your life – good or bad. If you think this truth holds no ground, look at your life and listen to what you say. Then come to your own conclusion. You can hear what people stand for by what they say. And the result of what they say continually is usually evident in their lives.
This is exactly what Satan is after – our words. If he can get us to doubt the trustworthiness of God he can easily get us to side with his wicked words.
If you’ve ever wondered why things are in chaos, that’s it. A tongue out of control sets the cycle of death in motion (Rom 8:2). And a tongue out of control is set on fire by hell, in other words by Satan himself (James 3:6). “This country is going down the drain. God has left Africa. The economy is in a total mess. I will never get a job. I will never get healed. I will never get out of debt. I will never be free. I will never live in my dream. I will never!” Sounds like setting death in motion, doesn’t it?
“If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.”
(James 1:26 NLT)
“A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.”
(Prov 18:7 NKJV)
“He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”
(Prov 13:3 NKJV)
We usually think that perverse or corrupt speech has to do with cussing or swearing. Not entirely. Every word you speak that goes directly against what Jesus obtained for you with His death and resurrection is corrupt. If you want to say something, let it only be words of truth, words of edification, or words of life.
CASE SETTLED AND CLOSED
“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we can not yet see.”
(Heb 11:1 NLT)
God gave you His Word to be the confident assurance that what you hope for is going to happen. He gave you His Word as evidence that whatever you trust Him for will become a reality in your life.
Remember, God has already taken care of all your needs on the cross of Christ. Your relationship with Him has been settled. Your healing has been settled. Your provision has been settled. Your protection has been settled. Your forgiveness has been settled. Your new identity has been settled. Your authority has been settled. Anything that you may need, spirit, soul or body, has been settled at the cross of Christ (2 Pet 1:3). The case is clearly settled and closed. It leaves no room for a debate!
If you don’t make a firm decision to take the Word of God as the final say in your life the case of whatever you trust God for will never be settled. It will always be open for debate. And if the debate is not settled your faith will never be settled.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding… Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.”
(Prov 3:5, 7 NLT)
Listen, living by faith will never make sense to your natural mind.
Think about this: The Holy Spirit of God is living within you. Does it make sense to your mind? No! That you can speak the Word of God and expect your situation to change won’t make sense to your mind. Speaking in tongues definitely won’t make sense to your mind. To worship a King whom you’ve never seen won’t make sense to your mind. The fact that Jesus was born of a virgin and that He came to rescue us from a life of eternal damnation won’t make sense to your mind. To think about an invisible world existing within this visible world won’t make sense to your mind. The Good News of Jesus Christ won’t make sense to your mind. That God created the heavens and the earth with His spoken Word won’t make sense to your mind. And yet, the fact that it won’t make sense to your mind doesn’t mean that it’s not the truth!
That’s exactly why analysing will not help you. Jesus is not appealing to your intellect or reason; He is appealing to your heart. You’ll have to get to the point that even if nothing about Jesus ever makes sense to your mind you are going to believe it with your heart.
Building a boat in the middle of a desert didn’t make any sense to Noah’s mind but Noah chose to obey the Word of God (Gen 6-8). Now imagine the mocking he must’ve endured from people as they watched him. Really, building such a huge boat, and for what reason? Besides, Noah has been talking about this so-called flood for years and years but what happened to all his predictions, why aren’t they coming true? Look how long it’s been!
Eventually the day came when Noah, his family, and the animals proceeded into the ark. God closed the door behind them and there they sat for another few days – without a drop of rain. What do you think went through their minds? “Are we crazy! We told you that you’re a fool, Noah. You probably never heard from God. We’re going to die in this boat and it’s all going to be your fault!”
Well, what if Noah had thought that the Word of God was foolishness or only his imagination? What if he decided to quit? What if you think the Word of God is only your imagination?
We have to understand that the life of a true believer is a supernatural life. It’s a life that supersedes all natural laws, human intellect, common sense, logic, reason, or experience. Of course it takes courage to do what God told you to do, especially when all the odds are stacked against you. You may even think that either you’re the biggest fool or God is as good as His Word. Thank God He’s as good as His Word. You’ll never be embarrassed for putting your trust in Him (Ps 22:5).
AGREE WITH YOUR KING
“Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?”
(Amos 3:3 NLT)
“God is not a man, so he does not lie.
He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
(Num 23:19 NLT)
The commands of your King are settled forever. The commands of your King are exalted above His Name. The whole world will pass away but the Words of your King will stand forever (Isa 40:8). Whatever the King said shall come to pass. So, if the King said it, that’s the way things are going to be!
When you come to God with a need, He will take you right back to His Word. Poverty – there’s a word on that. Sickness – there’s a word on that. Anxiety – there’s a word on that. Protection – there’s a word on that.
Deliverance – there’s a word on that. Impossible – there’s a word on that. Whatever your need, there’s always a specific word from the King. So find that specific Word of Life and choose to speak the Word only. Make a firm decision to agree with your King!
Time cannot change the promises of God. Unfavourable conditions cannot. The unbelief of some people cannot. The lies of the devil cannot. God’s Word is forever settled in heaven. And His Word will always have the final say.
God is perfectly fair. He’s not a respecter of persons. His promises are not restricted or limited by your gender, your colour, or the borders of your country. Whoever receives His Word with gladness will reap from it the life it offers. Yes, in the visible world you may be facing an impossible situation, but in the mind of God there’s nothing to it. Now, in your mind there should be nothing to it too. You saw the truth in the Word of God, and you are going to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth until that promise manifests in your life!
You know, mental assent doesn’t mean that you’re living by faith. Shouting “amen” or “hallelujah” doesn’t mean that you’re really trusting God. You’ll have to be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only (James 1:22-25). In other words, you cannot only think about the Word, or talk about the Word, or pray about the Word, or simply know the Word. You will have to declare the Word of the King out loud. Why?
“The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born … For when He spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.”
(Ps 33:6, 9 NLT)
“You will also declare a thing,
And it will be established for you;
So light will shine on your ways.”
(Job 22:28 NKJV)
Faith is not silent. Faith has a voice. Your words, not your thoughts, are backed by great power (Eccl 8:4). Your words, not your thoughts, are the carriers of your faith. I believe; therefore I speak (2 Cor 4:13)!
We overcome our challenges by saying what we believe. We receive the promises of God by saying what we believe. We establish the will of God in our lives by saying what we believe. We transform into the image of Christ by saying what we believe. It’s whatever you say you shall see, not whatever you think you shall see (Mark 11:23). The Word of God has to be in your heart and in your mouth before it will produce the desired result in your life (Rom 10:8-10). That is how the faith of God operates. God said, and God saw (Gen 1:1-26)!
You see, we can know we’re anointed but if we don’t believe it in our hearts and say it with our mouths we won’t live in the reality of the anointing. We can know our bodies are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit but if we don’t believe it in our hearts and say it with our mouths it won’t become a living reality in our lives. We can know the glory of God is upon us but if we don’t believe it in our hearts and say it with our mouths we won’t live in the reality of God’s glory. We can know every promise in the Bible but if we don’t believe it in our hearts and say it with our mouths we won’t live in the reality of those promises.
“And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand.”
(Isa 51:16 NKJV)
If you want to live by faith get your heart firmly rooted and grounded in the promises of God. Then say what you believe until you see what you believe.
Be confident in the truth that the Word of God is alive and powerful and will always succeed in its mission. If you send out the Word of God it will accomplish whatever you send it out to accomplish (Isa 55:10-11).
Now you may have to say something many times a day before you really understand the meaning of that promise, or before the life of that promise drops into your heart. You may start declaring the promises of God and the more you say it the more your mind seems to fight it and the less you seem to believe it. But keep on saying it until you see it. Don’t ever allow what you feel or what you see to take priority over the promises of God. Just keep on saying what you believe!
“I am free in Christ, I keep the commandment of love, I am rooted and grounded in the love of God, the love of God strengthens me and drives out all fear in my life, I am blessed in every area of my life, I am healed by the stripes of Jesus, I am favoured by God, the glory of God is upon me, I am a citizen of Heaven, my family is blessed, I have the wisdom of Christ, my mind is renewed by the word of God, I have the peace of God and I refuse to worry about anything, my God is the strength of my heart, I am a believer and not a doubter, I am more than a conqueror, I am anointed to do the works Jesus did, no weapon of the enemy formed against me shall succeed in its purpose, for my Lord is my shield and my salvation, my victory comes from Him, He will see me through.”
You see, God does not want us to live from prayer line to prayer line. Yes, He can touch us through people or heal us instantly or turn around our businesses in a flash, but ultimately, He wants us to learn to live by His Word – continually and steadfastly (Matt 4:4). We have to grow up to the point where we fully rely on His Word alone to meet our needs, and not always on people!
If you went to a prayer line, and you did not immediately get what you wanted, don’t think that all this “faith-stuff” is just hype, a lot of nonsense, or merely an illusion. God is not a puppet on a string. He is a King. And He knows how to work with you. If you’re really serious about changing your life, keep on seeking your Father with a willing mind and a pure heart. It might take a while before you live in the reality of what you trust God for, but know this; God is not a deceiver, if you trust Him He will always come through for you.
“So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said.”
(Acts 27:25 NLT)
God wants you to expect results when you stand on His Word. In fact, He challenges you to prove His Word. Nothing gives Him more pleasure to see you living in the reality of His promises
(2 John 1:4)!
That’s what Jesus did. And the people were amazed at the power and authority of His words (Luke 4:36). His words calmed the raging storms, created missing eyes or missing limbs, turned the molecular structure of water into that of wine, raised the dead, healed the sick, and drove out demons. Jesus lived by faith in the Word of God and confidently expected to see whatsoever He said.
Remember, the promises of God are His eternal, unchangeable agreement with you (Gal 3:15; Heb 6:12-18). He swore by Himself to keep His Word, and will not change His mind about it. This confidence, that God is to be trusted, is a steadfast anchor for your soul. So take a firm stand and trust God, regardless of what you see or how you feel (Heb 10:23).
Tell God that you’re confident in Him, confident in His ability to bring His Word to pass, confident in His compassion, confident in His faithfulness, confident in His integrity, confident in His love for you. Tell Him that you’re confident that whatever you trust Him for shall come to pass in your life. Tell Him that you’re confident that you will live in a nothing-missing, nothing-broken spirit, soul and body. Tell Him that you’re confident in the fact that He keeps careful watch over you and your future and that great joy is coming your way.
Don’t try to figure out the how, where and when (Mark 4:26-28). Your responsibility is to believe, and to continually say what you believe. It’s God’s responsibility to bring His Word to pass. He will come through for you but the when, where and how is entirely up to Him. Just trust Him.
A good prayer to pray over yourself is to ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen your spirit with the power of His love so that you’ll have all the patience and endurance you need while waiting for His promise to manifest in your life, and that you’ll always be filled with joy (Col 1:11).
DON’T LET SATAN STEAL YOUR WORD
“When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.”
(Mark 4:15 NKJV)
“Hold tightly to the word of life.”
(Phil 2:16 NLT)
Satan knows the living power of God’s Word. He knows that he has absolutely no defence against the Word of God. He clearly remembers the living Word that defeated him and stripped him of his power. He knows very well that he’ll always have to bow his knee to Truth (Eph 6:17; John 17:17)!
That’s precisely why the devil is beyond desperate to shut you up. He knows that if you don’t send out the Word you won’t see what you trust God for. The devil knows if he can keep you silent, or in disagreement with God, he can steal your healing, your miracle, your breakthrough, your victory, or whatever it is that you are trusting God for.
Don’t allow the devil to ever steal your Word of Life!
If he opposes you, shut him up with exactly the same Word that he’s trying to steal from you. “You’ll never get healed.” “No devil, you’re a liar. I am healed. It is written in 1 Peter 2:24 that I have been healed by the wounds of Jesus!” There are times when you will have to shout back at the devil. Don’t ever allow him to have the last word!
To bring some perspective: Declaring the promises of God is not a “name it, claim it” game. How shallow can that be? Neither is it something you do to persuade or to manipulate God. You don’t have to persuade or manipulate God. He already gave you His Word, freely (Ps 107:20).
You declare the promises of God with confidence because you know in whom you have put your hope and trust. You declare the promises of God with boldness because God has let you in on His plan (1 Cor 2:9-12). You declare the promises of God with courage because you know what belongs to you. You declare the promises of God because you stand on the foundation of Truth and not on mere natural facts (John 17:17). You declare the promises of God with a fully persuaded heart because you know that God is faithful and able to do exactly what He said (Heb 10:23).
Just keep in mind that faith works by love (Gal 5:6). We can huff and puff and declare our promises many times a day but if we neglect to keep the commandment of love, if we allow anger, strife, envy, bitterness, offence, resentment, or jealousy to harden our hearts, all our declarations will be absolutely meaningless. No life can flow from a hardened heart.
THE HALL OF FAITH
“‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”
(1 Cor 2:9-10 NKJV)
God wants to do the impossible through you. He loves it when you hold Him to His Word. By the way, that’s why God hates it when we make promises we never intend to keep. Integrity means that we keep promises made (Ps 15:4).
Look again at Hebrews Chapter 11. By faith Abel, by faith Enoch, by faith Noah, by faith Abraham, by faith Sarah, by faith Isaac, by faith Jacob, by faith Joseph, and by faith Moses! By faith all these people obtained their promises. They had absolutely nothing to stand on but a promise from God, and everything in the visible realm contradicted that promise. Yet they kept their focus and obtained good reports. In other words, they saw the expected end of their faith.
One answered prayer, one impossible situation that became the possible, after blood, sweat, and tears, what is better than the sweet taste of victory right in the face of your enemies?
You know, stepping out on a promise of God is not always an easy decision. You might even have a fleeting thought that if God is not real you are in serious trouble. But, choosing safety above risk will only result in the death of you soul. Stepping aside from the promises of God will cost you far more than you can imagine. It will leave a void in your life that can never be satisfied by safety or comfort or the pursuit of anything else but that promise. Once you’ve heard the Word of God in your spirit you will never be able to escape its demand on you.
LISTEN TO WHAT GOD IS SAYING TO YOU
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27 NKJV)
“Come closer and listen. I have always told you plainly what would happen so you would have no trouble understanding.”
(Isa 48:16 NLT)
God knows you. He knows the way you think. And He knows exactly how to get your attention. He’s very practical and wise in His dealings with you. That’s why a personal relationship with Him is so important. You cannot live off second-hand revelation. In other words, you cannot live off someone else’s relationship with your heavenly Father. You cannot depend on other people to always hear the voice of God for you. You will have to get to know your King yourself!
The way God handles you may not be the same as the way He handles other people. He knows how you receive and process information. You don’t need a degree to figure out what God’s trying to tell you, and He’s not going to bombard you with strange riddles. God will speak to you in such a way that you’ll know what He’s saying to you, whether through His Word, through His Spirit, through dreams, through visions, through people, nature, books, movies, spontaneous thoughts, or through whatever it takes for Him to get His Word through to you!
Yes, sometimes we do wonder, is it merely my thoughts, is it the voice of the devil, or is it the voice of God? What to do, and how to discern.
Well, God speaks to your spirit. And the voice of the enemy will always appeal to your physical senses. So, if you’re confused become still and listen to the voice of your spirit. In other words, listen to your heart, not your mind. Become sensitive to the voice of your heart. Call it your gut, your instinct, or your intuition. It will sound like your own voice talking back at you but you’ll recognise the peace of God in that voice.
The voice of God will always warn, correct, or convict you in love. His voice will never condemn you or pressurise you. His voice will never leave you feeling ashamed, guilt-ridden, afraid, helpless, or confused. His voice will never be negative, bitter, or abusive. His voice will always be kind and compassionate. His voice will always restore your hope. And His voice will always be in agreement with His Word. The voice of your enemy, however, will always be the exact opposite, leaving you more depressed, more condemned, more hopeless, more anxious, more confused, or more negative than ever before.
Now, the more time you spend with God and His Word, the more you’ll get to know His still, small voice. Remember, we hear the voice of God by faith, not by reason. If you believe in your heart that you’ve heard from God, stick to what you’ve heard. Don’t question the voice of God every second day. Always listen to your heart and never allow anything or anyone to make you give up what you’ve heard.
“The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
(John 6:63 NKJV)
There are times when we desperately need a special word from God – a specific promise that will anchor us through battle, a word that will get us through a storm, a word of guidance, or a word of encouragement. Now you’ll only get that living Word if you take time to listen to God!
What do you hear? What is God bringing to your attention?
Be quick to obey. Deal with issues God prompts you to deal with. If you do that one little thing that God brought to your attention, you can save your life, your marriage, your business, your children, or your dream!
God might drop a word, or a picture, directly into your spirit. Or He might take you to a scripture. Or He might show you something in dream, or in a vision. As you see that picture in your mind, or read that word, you’ll just know that this is what God is saying to you. You’ll just know that this is your personal word of correction, healing, comfort, guidance or deliverance. You might not understand everything in detail yet but choose to run after what you’ve heard or what you’ve seen with all your might.
Nothing will anchor your soul and your heart as much as a Word from God. His Word is the surest Word you’ll ever hear on this planet. His Word is all you need! If you’re standing on a sure Word from God, you’re standing on a solid foundation. If you have a sure Word from God you don’t have to run away when fear or trouble comes. You don’t have to run away when opposition or persecution comes. You don’t have to run away when bad news comes. You don’t have to run away when criticism comes (Isa 28:16).
If you have a sure Word from God you don’t need the opinions of people, as expected (Gal 1:12). You’ve heard from God, and that settles it.