Can You Hear Him Now?

Can You Hear Him Now?
By Glenn Thomas Walter, M.C.Ed, PhD
 Hearing involves the sensory experience of perceiving audible sound waves that travel through the atmosphere and are detected by our ears. The Word of God gets into our spirit when we hear it and understand it. Even deaf people hear the Word of God when spoken language is translated to sign language. If they are listening to a sermon or a lecture, as soon as they gain an understanding of the message, the effect is the same as audibly hearing sounds. God speaks to the deaf at the same level and with the same impact that a hearing audience receives a spoken message. 
 God communicates to the spirit of a person. If the Lord downloaded revelations, prophecies, and visions in your soul, worldly cares, worrying, and fears would eradicate them. Therefore, the Lord God does not put spiritual instructions in your soul/psyche. The Holy Spirit places spiritual promises in your spirit. Your spirit hears despite what you see (physical senses – body) and how you feel (emotional feelings – soul), God’s promise must come to pass because heaven and earth will pass away, but His word shall not pass away (Matthew 24:35). Can you hear Him now?
 God rarely uses an audible voice. Therefore, we must prepare to tune out noises, commercial bombardments, and worldly distractions. The Holy Spirit communicates with us individually to give us direction, especially when we need help understanding an essential time of transition and change. Cooperating with God’s change means that we must hear His instructions prior to entering into a new job, a new relationship, or a new phase of life. We must hear and heed God’s instructions to navigate life successfully. God uses a variety of means to communicate with us. Some communication methods the Lord initiates, but other methods are activated after we demonstrate initiative.  
Consider the ways we see God communicate with people throughout the scriptures. 
  • Prayer – Jesus began his day early through prayer, often isolating himself in a solitary place (Mark 1:35).
  • Dreams – Joseph dreamed a dream from God that forecast his future as a leader of a nation and a deliverer of his family (Genesis 37:5-10).
  • Visions – Daniel was given a vision from God that involved his nation’s future and the world’s future (Daniel 8:15).
  • Preaching – The Apostle Paul preached until midnight, testing the energy and endurance of his congregation (Acts 20:7-10).
  • Teaching – Priscilla and Aquila expounded upon the Word and explained the way of God more perfectly to Apollos (Acts 18:26).
  • Music – 288 musicians were appointed to minister under David’s leadership at the temple (1Chronicles 25:6-7). God works through music, as witnessed by how David played the harp to drive the devil away from Saul (1 Samuel 16:23)
We must learn to hear the Holy Spirit by listening to His messages and giving Him praise, no matter how He chooses to commune and communicate with us. Again I ask, can you hear Him Now?

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