I want to challenge you with something: to find the time to learn a new language.
Genesis 11:1,7. Zephaniah 3:9. 1 Samuel 3:1. Back in this time, God talked very little to the common people. He usually spoke to priests and people like that. I have to admit that I am scared of people that say that God speaks to them 24 hours a day. I know He speaks to us though. Exodus 24:16. It used to really bother me when I really got into the glory of the Lord and He didn’t speak to me. But His glory was thereupon Mount Sinai for six days before he ever said a word to Moses.
Fear screams, but God often whispers. Goliath’s loud voice attempts to bring us under fear, but God’s voice always brings peace.
What is God’s voice? It’s a tug on the heart to go pray for someone. It’s a thought that you can’t shake coming through your mind saying someone needs prayer, a text, or a call. English comes through the ears or the eyes, and God can do that too, but He can speak to you in so many different ways. He can speak to you out of the Bible.
He speaks through your soul your spirit your mind and your heart.
He speaks to your soul (the eternal part of you). You can be praying for someone and just somewhere deep inside you know that everything is going to be okay. When He speaks to your spirit, He is often leading you to something. God will speak through your mind putting Scriptures and bits and pieces of His Kingdom together like puzzle pieces. He’ll speak to your heart. When you come upon a tragedy or trouble, God’s voice is usually the first one you hear.
Jesus stands at the door, knocking. It’s not just for your salvation. He knocks every day even after you’re born again. But a knock will not always determine what you are going to do. Your heart cannot be opened from the outside. The only doorknob there is lies on the inside. God will not tear open your heart from the outside and make you love Him.
To open the door, you have to move.
The reason why most people never hear the voice of the Lord is because they never open the door. They just stand there on Sunday morning. They wonder why God doesn’t touch them, but it’s because they never get up to open the door. Revelations 3:20. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock, and if any man hear my voice…” Which are you listening for? The knock or the voice? You are not going to hear the voice until you open the door. If you open the door, Jesus will come in and sup with you. It’s not enough to hear a voice itf you don’t know the language.
Don’t be a stranger to God.
1 Corinthians 14:4,11. A barbarian means a foreigner, a stranger. If I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be a stranger to him that speaks. When God speaks to me, I don’t want Him to be a stranger, and I don’t want to be a stranger to Him. We carry a certain label because we believe the Holy Ghost dwells in us and we speak in tongues. There are some that believe spelling the word “comic” is enough to say that they’ve spoken in tongues. You don’t get the Holy Ghost by repeating syllables. You get the Holy Ghost when He moves inside of you. Really speaking in tongues is not controlled by you, it’s God speaking through you. If it’s real tongues, you don’t memorize it. If it’s real tongues, something stands up inside of you and flows out like a river. The spirit that moved across the face of the deep moves through you.
Sometimes we don’t know how we should pray. God will look around and see things He wants to fix and heal, but He needs a vessel to work through. He’s wanting somebody to let Him take authority in the earth. Somebody who will be a willing vessel that He can speak through and flow through.
In Esther, Haman came to the king and got permission to kill a certain people. The king later found out that Esther, his queen, was one of those very people. The king knew he couldn’t change his word after he had granted Haman’s request with his seal, but there was one thing he could do. He could give Esther and her people greater power over their enemy. When man fell, the devil got certain power, but God has given us greater power.
Most of the average church folk only hear the voice behind them.
Revelation 1:10. 1969 (I was 9 years old), I was dying. The doctor told my parents I was not going to make it. My dad heard a voice behind him, “I am the Lord, thy God, that healeth thee.” He started a 7 day fast and the word God spoke to him started catching up. By Monday, God’s word got to me and it came to pass!
“If you draw nigh to me, I’ll draw night to you.” All anyone wants to do anymore is listen to the voice behind them about what God has done in the past. You have to reach for the voice in front of you.
When are you going to know God? Not when He’s knocking at the door, but when He sits down and talks with you. Don’t just go to church! Don’t just go to hear a sermon! Go to open the door. Don’t settle for the preacher’s voice. Open the door, listen to Jesus. This is the language I want you to learn. The language of God.
–Pastor Anthony Wynn