SURPRISED BY THE VOICE OF GOD…
After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Mark9; 2-7.
There is something amazing that I have come to learn that is behind the voice of God after him speaking. If you could look at the story of the apostles that is Peter, James and John who escorted Jesus Christ to the mountain, there is a transfiguration that happened and that means the place where everybody went was transfigured to the Realm of the Holy Spirit, you could see that John, Peter, and James were opened to the Spiritual realms and they were able to see Jesus Christ as he was in his great splendor that was setting apart the earthly body, this time he was transfigured into the Spiritual splendor of his calling and the apostles saw his splendor and indeed this encounter with Elijah, Moses and the Voice became a Faithful to testimony to those who would believe. The apostles when they saw the Splendor of Jesus Christ in reality they had nothing to contribute simply they were not used to this realm of the Holy Spirit in its glory. They became afraid and frightened by what they saw and on top of that the Voice of God was heard clearly than ever before and this made them faint as dead, so they could not cope up the reality of the Spiritual realms. (The splendor of the Spiritual Realms).
That voice of God that came from the cloud that appeared and covered them was God’s voice and imagine God did not speak much he only said this is my beloved son listen to him. Wasn’t that a surprising Voice of God? The Apostles could not have thought of what would happen at the mountain where they went with Jesus Christ, but I can assure you that mountain was the Presence of the Living God and that was the Spiritual realm in its whole splendor and Glory and no one can comprehend the glory of the Spiritual of the Holy Spirit unless you have been Transfigured to its realm reality. The voice of God spoke to the apostles to listen to his son Jesus Christ, you would wonder why God could only say that isn’t it? But to the mystery behind the Voice of God was that the apostles were merely seeing Jesus Christ in a human distorted view and therefore God wanted to dispel the defiled thinking of the Apostles. That great encounter was a great one and this gave them a lot of trust in Jesus Christ, they now understood with God everything is possible. If you encountered the real voice of God you cannot remain the same as you were, and this can be through his great mysteries of Revelation, open Visions, inner Voice, and the Dreams of God and it can be a transfiguration like that one of Jesus Christ our Lord and the Apostles. This is the best way to hear God’s Voice.
Many Christians today have not learnt how to listen to the Voice of God, this has hindered them to know Jesus Christ who he is in his splendor. Some Christians will read the bible and stop at reading the bible and they say God has spoken to them, indeed if it was then all the Catholics God has spoken to them but is that so? Of course not. The Bible becomes the Voice of God when you are guided by the Holy Spirit, you will hear God’s Voice clearly. Many churches read the bible as a story book as if things happened long time ago during the Prophets, Apostles of the early church and may be during the Genesis of this world. They take the events of the bible that can never happen today saying that those people God used to talk to were much very special and therefore God has ceased to work in that kind of way. But that is so misleading and illusional because God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Have you heard about this, that God wants to speak to you more than ever? This is true because God speaks more truly and more than he used during the prophets and early church, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit back on earth was to usher in another dynamic way of how God could to speak to his people and build up relationship with them individually, that had failed during the days of the prophets. But after death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ the gap has been bridged to return to God in the initial state but of course that would be through genuine regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. (Surprised by the work of Jesus Christ)
Christians today are even ignorant of how God speaks, and how the Holy Spirit manifests, but those who try to know still are in despair not knowing whether it was God speaking only hurting the Holy Spirit for not recognizing his Voice, some say that I heard something telling me, and some say some spirit was talking to me, this only raises questions to us whether we are Christians since there is no discernment.
I have a daughter of mine who normally gets much of hearing God’s voice and sometimes she fails to handle what she saw and of course I cannot condemn her, because she is in that Spiritual school of learning on how to handle revelations, this daughter of mine is always surprised by the Voice of God during the revelations she gets. The Holy Spirit is training on how she can start managing intensive revelations by revealing intensive revelations that she may get to start discerning the Voice of God, the more God speaks to you the more you also grow in knowing his voice and discern it from that of the devil of lies and deception.
A few Christians today can hear the Voice of God, and some think God does not speak, but they believe that Demons can speak so sometimes I can wonder at people’s perceptiveness on How God manifests. So many Christians are yearning to hear God speaking to them but they cannot get it, and some have dropped out of Christianity because they have searched for God, according them no reply what a disappointment to my Sisters and brothers, and some also say I read the bible and I believe the bible has all it takes. There is a great dilemma in the entire earth on how Christians behave towards the word of God. But think about this my brother or my Sister have you ever thought of how God can speak to you without you speaking? Most Christians want to speak to God but they never want God to speak to them.
The religious leaders of this generation and most pastors have become like the Pharisees during times of Jesus Christ and apostles, they only search for scriptures to suit their own motives, and they never teach their congregations how to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Did you know why? How can they teach on someone whom they have not encountered or known? They only take the bible as a plain library book. According to them they don’t believe that God can speak and can direct he used to do during Moses, prophets, and apostles time and their argument is that time has passed, within me I wonder which bible they read if God cannot manifest the same he used manifest after the death of son and the his resurrection. His sole purpose was to bring a man to his reconciliation and build relationship with him like he used to do with Adam before his fall.
Indeed it’s a great mystery that is behind the Voice of God, before I was a Born Again Christian, I could believe that God can speak but I was not so sure he could more often and even did not even know he could come and speak to me, the great sinner of all. One time I was discussing with my Mother in Christ whom I met in Christ, as we discussing about Christ Jesus she told me many stories about her encounters with Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and God Almighty. I asked her whether God could ever forgive me because I had really sinned greatly and feared whether Jesus Christ take me on again, because before I met this Mother Christ I had been called by Jesus Christ, though did not take it seriously because I saw was still in the world. And he had called me even when I knew nothing about Spiritual realms all in all I had forgotten about my call years ago because some one year had passed. After speaking with the mother in Christ that day I was really convicted by the Holy Spirit, so I went home and started repenting over my sins and I did not know God could still speak again to me. But I was indeed surprised by the Voice of God, Imagine he came with a sweet loving voice that I could never imagine I become like the young Samuel who heard the Voice and did not know where the Voice was coming from. I can’t really say that I did much in searching for God, it was by his grace that found me where I was, I did not go to any church or any mountain in order to hear God’s voice or interact with him, if say so I would be a liar, in fact God did much more than I did I always also wonder, I was at Home and I had never desired even to serve God so do you see how God desires so much to reach us but we fail him in many ways though his mercy and love are abounding forever But in short of my story I wouldn’t want to go into the details of my second encounter with the Lord but what I was surprised about was his voice is that it was pure, fully of peace, love and loud. Since that day I can assure you I never remained the same and still being changed by the Voice of God. For the very first time I heard God’s Voice and I was surprised that God can still speak to sinners like us.
Therefore as Christians we need to know where we can hear God’s Voice for the change of Life, may be you are connected to the wrong people, may be you are not repenting genuinely, may be you have not been convicted by the Holy Spirit, or better still where you are worshiping you are under bondage of other Spiritual beings that intrude the voice of God, or maybe you have not been regenerated genuinely, I can assure you will be surprised by the Voice of God.
Without the Voice of the Holy Spirit and his conviction you cannot change, your first step to hearing the Voice of God, is genuine regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit and that will be genuine repentance, and being Born Again day by day until the end. When the Holy Spirit takes residence he will have to direct you in righteousness of God, obedience in supernatural way or divinely. (Growing in gifting of the Holy Spirit).
Many Christians have sin obstacles to hearing the voice of God, they only stop at reading the bible and that’s all they can know but the other part of building the relationship with Holy Spirit to Christ to God they do not know and this makes me grieved because God has brought his son to the world in order to reconcile himself to man in a life changing and life experience not in words but In power. Christians today think singing the songs of the Holy Spirit they possess eternal life and they think the Holy Spirit is with them. False teachers have also told them how to close their eyes during a worship that he is coming but in reality they welcome either demons and other funny beings and they compare that to the Holy Spirit manifest what devastating state of a Christian, how can he or she get to know the Voice of God or discern he is the Holy Spirit. There is no way the Holy Spirit can be in you minus you recognizing his presence it’s like when a woman is pregnant she will have to know the presence of the baby the in the womb.
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. Proverbs29; 18.
Indeed where there is no revelation everyone wonders and people are cast off restrained. You can imagine how someone would read the bible and understand it the way God wants. Do you see why you need the revelation of the whole bible by the Holy Spirit not your carnal mind reading and plain reading?
Those who read the bible with plain reading are lost because they do not have revelation of the Holy Spirit. How can you know about Jesus Christ without the revelation of the Holy Spirit? Without the revelation of the Holy Spirit we are restrained and we do not know where we are going and we wonder even at noon day as twilight like Isaiah saw. How can we even know about the Voice of God? With revelation of the Holy Spirit Peter, John and James they were able to see the splendor of Jesus Christ, minus revelation of the Holy Spirit we still have distorted view of Jesus Christ. And we cannot know where we are and how we can get there, that shows we are blind and almost falling into the ditch which will be our next home.
Even this Peter and the apostle went through it, they moved with Jesus Christ but still they were calling him one of the prophets, and yet through all the scriptures they talked about Jesus Christ but no one knew him except by the Holy Spirit to peter. Those who read scriptures without the Holy Spirit revelation will never know who Jesus Christ was and who he is now even when they carry their bibles for 100 years. They can be self-called pastors but they will perish with the bible yet it has hidden truth.
Peter’s revelation of Jesus Christ
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am? “Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. Mathew16; 13-17.
Peters revelation only shows that flesh and blood cannot know Jesus Christ and even cannot reveal about Jesus Christ, because by nature flesh and blood is depraved and its naturally corrupted so its limited to the Spiritual realms because of sin , this means without the help of the Holy Spirit we can never know who Jesus Is however much we go to church, however much we read the bible we cannot know Jesus Christ, only the revelation by the Holy Spirit from the Heavenly Father can help us find out who Jesus Christ is. (Surprised by the power of Revelation).
You can reveal from the above scripture that nobody knew about Jesus Christ yet they had been walking with him around the villages, possibly they were in their flesh and blood. For it is by Grace of God that can help you know Jesus Christ, but even the revelation of the Holy Spirit is by grace of God. By grace of God peter saw what others could not see and he was a blessed indeed, those who have ability to see the Spiritual realms are blessed. But all this should be for all Christians who have come to believe in Jesus Christ. Peter heard the voice of God.
The God of the Bible reveals much more to us than the sins of others. He speaks about many things. Sometimes we fail to hear him because he says more than we want to hear. Sometimes we fail to hear him because we are ignorant of the varied ways in which he speaks. And sometimes we fail to hear him because his voice is drowned out by competing voices that masquerade as God’s voice, throwing us into confusion.
The Bible is more than a theological treatise. It is a guide to dynamic encounters with a God who works wonders. The Bible was given to us that we might hear God’s voice and respond to that voice with life-changing faith. Yet it is all too common for Bible-believing people to read the Bible without ever hearing that voice.
ARE WE FOLLOWING THE PHARISEES?
The Pharisees read, studied, and memorized the Bible more than most churchgoing people today will ever do, but unlike Moses and the other Old Testament heroes, they could not hear God’s voice. Jesus said the Pharisees never heard his Father’s voice at any time (John 5:37). The Pharisees claimed to be looking for the coming Messiah, but they never really expected the Old Testament examples of supernatural phenomena to be repeated in their lifetime. They had a theoretical belief in the supernatural—they believed in angels and the resurrection of the body—but expected nothing super-natural in their own lives. They did not listen for God’s voice apart from the Scriptures, and they never heard his voice in the Scriptures.
A word of caution here: Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that since the Pharisees weren’t Christians, you and I can’t repeat their sins.
MYRA AND THE VOICE OF GOD
In the words of a sad country song, Myra Wattinger “was down on her luck and down on her love.” Alone and penniless, she wandered through the South Texas towns of the 1940s, finally getting a job caring for an elderly man. The pay was pitiful, but at least she had the security of a place to sleep and food to eat.
Myra had a history of what psychiatrists today would call “rejection.” She and her husband had recently divorced. Although he was prosperous, he refused to give her any money. Her parents had died when she was an adolescent, so she had no one to turn to for help.
Could go. Sadly, she was wrong. The devil had planned a new torment for her, something that would even bring her to the point of killing herself. One day, while the old man was sleeping, she found herself alone in the house with one of his sons. The son, an alcoholic, had previously made sexual advances toward Myra. Although Myra had made it clear she found him and his actions repulsive, on this day he was determined not to be refused. He raped her.
Nothing in Myra’s short difficult life came close to the humiliation of that afternoon’s violation. How God must hate me, she thought. Why else had he let this happen? What had she done to make him so angry? About her situation, she heard nothing from him. It could have been the turmoil of her emotions, or the fact that she had no real history of conversation with God, that kept her from hearing his tender comforts and promises. But Myra didn’t ponder either of these options. Instead, she concluded that God had abandoned her.
Sometimes when things can’t get any worse, they, in fact, do. The incidence of pregnancy in forcible rape is incredibly low, less than three pregnancies out of every hundred rapes. Myra’s body defied those odds. It seemed to her God had gone out of his way to add one last torment to her misery—to have her become pregnant through the rape. God was forcing her to carry the drunken brute’s child. Even if Myra had been able to support a child, she had no intention of supporting this child. She had been forced to endure the humiliation of the rape, but she was not going to let the rapist, or even God, force her to endure the humiliation of the pregnancy. It just wasn’t fair. She shouldn’t have to suffer any more consequences from that horrible afternoon. She decided to kill the baby.
But her doctor wouldn’t cooperate. Quickly, Myra found out that in South Texas in the 1940s it was not easy to get an abortion from a physician. She still thought the best course of action would be to kill the baby with or with-out the help of a doctor—without any-one’s help if it had to be that way. For the control of Myra’s mind on a spring afternoon in 1943, as she trudged back home from the physician’s office. Sitting on the back porch of the home where she had been raped, a new option came to her mind—suicide. Just at the point when the thought of suicide seemed to promise the quickest end to her pain, there came an urge from somewhere deep within her spirit to pray. She looked up to heaven and cried out, “Lord, I am carrying this child, and I don’t know what to do.”
She was never really sure afterward if the voice was audible or not. It was, however, as clear as any voice she had ever heard. God said to her, “Have this baby. It will bring joy to the world.”
Those two, short divine sentences dispelled all thoughts of suicide and abortion. Heaven’s words have a power that no voice from hell can match. When Myra heard those words, not only did her destructive thoughts leave, but the joy of heaven entered into her soul and crowded out the depression and anguish. She was convinced God would give her a baby girl whom she would call Joy, for according to God, this baby girl would bring joy to the world.
On October 9, 1943, Myra brought her baby into the world in the charity ward of St. Joseph’s hospital in Houston, Texas. Things began to go wrong immediately. Myra almost died in childbirth. The baby turned out to be a boy and not a girl as she had thought. The next few years were not easy for Myra or her young son. They were often separated, with the boy in a foster home.
Over the following years, the son showed no promise at all for fulfilling his heavenly destiny of bringing joy to the world. He did become a Christian in his early teenage years, but showed no promise for Christian work. In fact, he was so incredibly shy he simply could not speak in any kind of public setting.
The summer after the young man graduated from high school he went to a revival meeting, and, on the last night of the revival meeting—a Friday night—he heard God calling him to preach. It was as clear as an audible voice, although no one else would confirm it. They all knew this young man was not gifted for any sort of public ministry.
On Monday he went back to work at the chemical plant. Most of the men who worked at the plant were not Christians. Their conversation was filled with profanity, dirty jokes, and sexual references about their wives and mistresses. While this talk had never bothered the young man before, what had happened to him on the previous Friday night made all of the obscenity unbearable. As he listened to the men on the job and then again at lunch, where two hundred of the workers gathered around two flatbed trailers, the young man was overcome by com-passion for the workers and filled with anger at the sin separating them from Christ. Suddenly, without realizing what he was doing, he jumped up on one of the flatbed trucks, and shouted to all two hundred of his coworkers, “Listen to me!” The men stopped chewing on their sandwiches and stared in amazed silence.
“I am just a boy out here trying to learn how to be a man. All you men are teaching me is how to talk filthy, think filthy, live filthy, be filthy! Men, I wouldn’t talk about a dog the way most of you talk about your wives. But God loves you. And he gave Jesus to die for you.” This was the introduction to the young man’s first sermon. Pipe fitters, insulators, craftsmen, and their helpers sat stunned as they heard these words. As the young man continued to preach, the conviction of the Holy Spirit swept over them. When he stopped speaking, no one said a word. They just hung their heads and shuffled back to their jobs—without realizing a revival had just begun in their chemical plant. Over the next few weeks the young man had the privilege of leading many older workers to Christ. It became apparent to all that he was called to be an evangelist. Some thirty years later, that young man has been responsible for leading millions of people to believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
His name is James Robison.
In the spring of 1943, his mother, Myra, was truly surprised by the voice of God saying, “Have this baby. It will bring joy to the world.” Who would have ever thought a baby conceived through rape would bring joy to the world? Who would have ever thought that an incredibly shy young man who had no ability to speak in public would be responsible for introducing millions of people to Jesus Christ? What God said to Jeremiah could have also been said to James Robison: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jer. 1:5).
James, and others who knew him, objected to this call, just as Jeremiah did: “‘Ah, Sovereign LORD,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am only a child’” (Jer. 1:6). However, James was not being called because of his abilities but in spite of them, and for the sovereign purposes of God. His heavenly Father had saved his life with two short sentences spoken from heaven to a mother determined to kill him. And in due time the God who makes even the wrath of man praise him (Ps. 76:10 NASB) would give James the ability to fulfill his divine calling.¹
Today it seems strange to many of us that God would speak so clearly and personally of a child’s destiny at his conception, especially one conceived like Myra’s baby. In the world of the Bible this was not so unusual. Many times God spoke at or before the birth of children, especially those children destined to play a prominent role in his kingdom. This was certainly the case in the most famous of all the births in the Bible. Like the birth of Myra’s son, this birth also occurred in “questionable” circumstances. Without the heavenly voice, no one would have ever guessed the role this Son was destined to play in his Father’s kingdom.
THE BIRTH OF JESUS AND THE VOICE OF GOD
When it came time for God’s Son to dwell on the earth, who could have foreseen that an elderly priest at the end of his ministry and his barren wife would have a significant role to play in the earth’s greatest visitation? That’s why God had to send the angel Gabriel to Zechariah and Elizabeth. Even with the majestic Gabriel standing before him, Zechariah could not believe the message that a special son would be given to him in his old age. It just wasn’t possible for an old woman to have a child.
Zechariah made the mistake of asking Gabriel for a sign. The angel told him he would be struck mute until the birth of his son, John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah (Luke 1:5-25). Although Zechariah was a godly man, he became an unwitting symbol of the religious leaders’ response to the Messiah: They too would be dumbfounded and filled with unbelief, even in the presence of over-whelming supernatural evidence.
If it wasn’t possible for an old woman to have a baby, how about a teenage virgin conceiving a son without a man’s help? This was Gabriel’s next message. But the biological impossibility of Gabriel’s announcement wasn’t the hardest part to believe. His word to the young Virgin Mary contained what seemed the most outlandish spiritual absurdity ever uttered— human womb was about to become the first home on earth for the Savior of the world. All of the fullness of God was about to be compressed into the womb of a teenager. Who could have ever imagined that God would stoop so low? Yet Mary believed Gabriel when he said, “For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). These words would become the motto of Jesus’ own ministry, and later, the motto of the New Testament church.
Jesus Found Only by Divine Revelation
Even though nothing is impossible with God, no one could have guessed how he intended to send his Son to the earth. No one found the way to the baby Jesus without direct revelation from the Holy Spirit. Zechariah knew what was about to happen because the angel Gabriel told him. Mary knew her womb would become his first home on earth because of Gabriel’s announcement. Elizabeth had to be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to recognize Mary was carrying the Lord Jesus. Joseph had to be told in a dream or he would have divorced Mary. The shepherds found their way to the child through an angelic announcement, and the Magi were guided to him by a star. Simeon and Anna were moved by the Holy Spirit to recognize him and speak prophetically of his mission. The most striking absence at the birth of Jesus was that of the current reigning religious intelligentsia. The Bible scholars of the day never made it to the manger.³
God was setting the pattern early for all to see: no one would ever find their way to Jesus without direct, supernatural revelation. Religious scholarship, human intelligence, political power, and social influence were all insufficient guides.
This divine pattern shows that even knowledge of the Bible is an insufficient guide to Jesus. After all, the Old Testament had prophesied the major events surrounding the birth of the Messiah. Matthew pointed out Isaiah had prophesied the Messiah would be born of a virgin. The religious leaders knew Micah had prophesied the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. The Old Testament was clear that the Messiah would be persecuted. Matthew reminded his readers that the Old Testament, properly understood, prophesied the Messiah would be called out of Egypt just as Israel had been called out of Egypt at the time of Moses.
But the Old Testament never said which virgin, where, or at what time. No one could understand the application of these prophecies without supernatural guidance. Even though the scribes knew the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, that knowledge ultimately proved worthless to them because it was not illumined by the Holy Spirit. The revelatory ministry of the Holy Spirit surrounding the birth of Jesus demonstrated that we are utterly dependent on the voice of God to find and recognize the Messiah. Every-one who got to the crib of Jesus had to be guided by something or someone greater than their own Bible knowledge. The birth of Jesus teaches us the need for supernatural guidance, regardless of our intellect or knowledge of the Bible.
THE HUMILITY OF GOD
Another of the major lessons taught to us by the birth of Jesus is how utterly humble God is. The God who lives “in a high and holy place” (Isa. 57:15) made his first home on earth the womb of a young woman. He made his second home a stable—not the nice, warm manger scenes you see at Christmastime, but a crude, first-century, Palestinian stable filled with steaming piles of manure. The Light of the World entered Bethlehem in the dark of night. The Word of God became a speechless infant. The One des-tined to clothe a heavenly army in clean, white linen was wrapped in coarse strips of cloth. The Bread of Life was laid in the feeding trough of an animal. No one expected something like this of God, so most people couldn’t accept it. No one could have imagined that the Creator of the universe would stoop so low, could be so humble.
God’s humility is both a blessing and a very great problem for us. A blessing, because his humility leads him to fellowship with people as low as we are. A problem, because his humility leads him to come to us in ways that make it easy for us to reject him.⁵ No one would have imagined God would enter the world in a stable, or that he would allow his Son to be born with the stigma of illegitimacy hanging over him.⁶ No one would have thought the Son of God’s first visit to his temple would be in the form of a helpless infant. All but two worshipers that day crowded past the little baby who one day would redeem them (Luke 2:21-38). Which Jesus was born frequently escapes the church. The first two chapters of Matthew and Luke are not just nice stories given to make us feel warm and sentimental once a year at Christmas. The birth of Jesus shows us something of the very character of God and how he relates to his fallen creation. His highest purpose for the earth was birthed in a stable—his highest purposes are still being birthed in stables. Who would have ever thought Myra’s little baby, conceived through a forcible rape, would grow up to love God and lead millions of people to Jesus? Yet without the voice of God, Myra might have killed her son, and the One who controls our destinies might have chosen another woman’s baby to fulfill his purposes. But Myra did hear and believe, just as Mary heard and believed. The humility of God surprised Myra just as it did Mary.
God’s humility ought to surprise us too. God is so humble he doesn’t mind the shame of the stable or the stigma of illegitimacy. Have you ever noticed God’s preference for the humble, the lowly, and the afflicted (Isa. 57:15; 66:2)? Have you ever noticed how he resists the proud (Ps. 138:6; 1 Peter 5:5)? The humble will share the shame of the stable, but the proud won’t even come near it. The birth of Jesus teaches us that the humble will be the first to hear the voice of God. Whether driven to it through desperate circumstances or having acquired it through careful cultivation, the quality of humility is essential for hearing the voice of God.
As we pass from the birth of the Messiah to look at Jesus the man, we will find the same themes emerging again: the necessity of supernatural revelation, and the requirement of humility to receive that revelation.
The Limitations of Jesus’ Humanity
Some people feel such incidents from the life of Jesus are not valid examples of what our ministry ought to be like today. They say that Jesus was God, and he should be expected to function with omniscience. This is true, of course. Jesus was and is God—fully God and fully man. He is Omni-omniscient. He is also omnipresent and omnipotent. However, the Scriptures teach that Jesus restricted the use of these divine attributes when he took on the form of man (Phil. 2:6-11)⁷.
This was what it meant for Jesus to become human. He could become hungry (Matt. 4:2), thirsty (John 19:28), and tired (John 4:6). His human body could only be in one place at a time. In his human nature, like other children, “Jesus grew in wisdom” (Luke 2:52). In his adult ministry, he learned things through natural means (John 4:3). He did not know the “day or hour” of his second coming (Matt. 24:36). Instead of de-pending on his own power for healing, he waited until “the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick” (Luke 5:17). And there were times when he allowed the unbelief of people to limit his healing ministry (Mark 6:1-6; Matt. 13:58). So even though Jesus was fully God, he took on the limitations of humanity in such a way that he did not heal, prophesy, or minister out of his own divine power.⁸ but he did minister in power. From where did this power come?
The Source of Jesus’ Power
The Scriptures are extraordinarily clear about the source of Jesus’ power. His supernatural ability came from the Holy Spirit, who infused his humanity with grace, wisdom, and miraculous powers. The total dependence of the Messiah upon the Holy Spirit was prophesied by Isaiah (11:1-5; 42:1-4; 61:1-3). At his conception, it was the Holy Spirit who gave the Son of God his human body (Luke 1:35). At his baptism, the Holy Spirit came on him and remained on him (Matt. 3:16; John 1:32). At his temptation, he was led and empowered by the Holy Spirit to do battle with Satan. Luke wrote that Jesus was “led by the Spirit in the desert,” and that he was also “full of the Holy Spirit” at the beginning of his conflict with Satan (Luke 4:1).
At the beginning of Christ’s public ministry, both Luke and Jesus himself made it absolutely clear that the source of power in Jesus’ ministry was not his deity, but rather his dependence on the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the only who can give us the divine nature of God and better still he is the only we can hear the voice of God clearly through his perfect realm. Without the realm of the Holy Spirit communication from God becomes more difficult. First you need Jesus Christ in order to have the Holy Spirit and also without the Holy Spirit you cannot know who Jesus Christ is. This all seems a mystery but it’s that reality of all this supernatural power of God that worked in Jesus Christ during his ministry. As Christians today we need to get rid of our self-reliance, selfishness, self-imposed on God’s work in order to perfect God’s work as Jesus Christ did.
Jesus Christ demonstrated that actually by the use and guidance of the Holy Spirit you are able to life covered by God’s protection that even when the temptation they will not overcome you because the Holy Spirit senses them and reveals them that you may not fall into them. How do you think God protects? Through his warnings, revelations, visions, dreams and much more of his inner voice that speaks to us of any danger coming to us. (Growing in listening the voice of God).
As it is now many Christians have lost conscience that they cannot hear what the Holy Spirit is telling them. Human’s conscience is lost due to much sin in the mortal body and this affects the ears of the Spiritual person, that even when God wants to talk to you, still you cannot hear because there is an obstacle to hearing the voice of God, and that obstacle is un repented sins. That is why Repentance is needed in every Christian’s life to open the eyes, the ears of the Spiritual person to see and hear the voice of God respectively. Sin is also a hindrance to opening of the heart’s eyes and therefore it becomes stiff because of sin and many do not conceive the Holy Spirit power because of unrepentant hearts. In this Paul heard something to say of it.
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Ephesians1; 15-23.
Paul brings another mystery in scripture about knowing of the Hope that we been called to, but he says that our eyes of the hearts must be first be enlightened in order to know that hope of our calling in Christ Jesus, meaning without the eyes of the heart being enlightened by the Holy Spirit we cannot know the riches of Christ Jesus that are glorious nor can we know about our calling in him. That through the eyes of our hearts after being enlightened that is when we still know about his Devine power of God he exerted on Jesus Christ when he raised him from the dead. The eyes of the hearts to be enlightened will take a lot of repentance and even intercession by other people who have been already enlightened by the Holy Spirit and that shows what Paul was doing because he was praying for the Christians at Ephesus that they could receive the eyes of their hearts opened in order to comprehend spiritual realities of God. Maybe they could have thought like Paul was different and were not experiencing what the bible was talking about. Still Paul was praying for the church at Ephesus that they have a Spirit of Revelation because that was the only way to encounter with Jesus Christ and know more about God, the needs the Spirit of revelation to know the power of God and his extreme riches and promises for his Holy Children. Without the revelation we can barely know about Jesus Christ and God but Paul made it a prayer always remembering his flock in prayers for the Lord to open the eyes of the hearts and be enlightened because once the eyes of the heart are enlightened the Spirit of unbelief is dispelled out and then Christians can be able to accept God’s realities and hear his Voice perfectly.
What hinders Spiritual revelation and Eyes of the heart to be enlightened is sin and un repentant hearts. And this has hindered the church from seeing victory of Jesus Christ. The Christians do not know their God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and this is surprising to me. Who will take them to heaven? And how will they know it’s the time.
I am watching this drama coming ahead of us. My prayer is also like that one of Paul
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
Basic conditions to hear the voice of God
Now that we know for sure that God still speaks today, the next question is: how can we hear the voice of God? And, how can we be sure we are not deceived by a wrong voice, for example by a deceiving spirit? First of all I want to outline two very basic principles that help you hear the voice of God accurately. For some this may sound too obvious, but it is absolutely essential not to skip these two steps.
The first foundation to hearing the voice of God in a pure way, is to deeply and radically repent from your selfish life and believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to set you free from your sins and accept him as Lord and the only Saviour of your life.
Only Jesus Christ is the way to God and without him you will never be able to hear the voice of God clearly.
If you do not submit your life, your pride, your will, your emotions, your spirit – your entire being to the lordship of Jesus Christ, you will start hearing voices of spirits that imitate the Holy Spirit and you will be deceived. (Power and deception of the devil)
Jesus Christ came to set us free from the realm of witchcraft, deception and darkness and to bring us close to God. He made it clear that he is the only way to a relationship with the heavenly Father:
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. (John 8:12)
Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose back to life, as conqueror over every power of lying and deception.
Without Jesus Christ we are exposed to spirits and spiritual powers that want to mislead us. But he came into this world to bring the true light that sets us free.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. (John 1:9)
So first of all: bow down before Jesus Christ with all your heart, all your mind and all your soul.
Deny once and for all every other spiritual source of influence, close the doors to every form of occult practice, sorcery, new age, witchcraft, fortunetelling… throw it as far from you as the east is from the west, repent from it with all your heart and bow deep before the throne of the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, who died for you, to forgive your sins and give you a brand new life in him.
Let your pride go down the drain, let your own opinions and every form of rebellion fall away and kneel before Jesus Christ. Surrender to him and ask him to become your one and only true Lord, God, King and Source.
In conclusion you can always be surprised by the Voice of God and the way he does his things. Sometimes I can just get amazed by the voice of God. When you do not expect him to speak, he gently comes and speaks to you, when you demand a revelation he cannot give it to you, he only does the way he wants especially in his communication since understands our human behavior. So we cannot demand how God should speak to us, we only need to be humble before God and waiting for his communication and that is part of obedience. (Growing in obedience and Ministering to the Lord).
May the Lord of Lords, King of Peace JESUS CHRIST direct your heart today and give you grace to hear his voice through his Holy Spirit. Peace to you All and God protect your Spirit.
I remain Asher Namanya the Bond servant of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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