READ GOD’S WORD THE BIBLE TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE
Hearing God’s voice is the most important part of your prayer & fellowship time with God. It is absolutely vital to have intimacy with God. You cannot have intimate fellowship with God, and become one with God without hearing God’s voice. And you cannot have a partnership with God in His great Kingdom work if you do not reverently listen to Him. You need to read God’s word the Bible daily and seek God with all your heart to know God. And to know God’s calling on your life.
In John 10 Jesus tells us that His “sheep” or true followers know His voice and they follow Him. You cannot truly know and follow Jesus unless you can hear His voice. And unless He reveals Himself and His ways and His will to you.
John 10:4 “When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”
John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Here is why you need to daily read God’s word the Bible and learn to hear God’s voice:
GOD SPEAKS TO YOU THROUGH HIS WORD THE BIBLE. HE REVEALS MUCH ABOUT HIMSELF AND ABOUT HIS WILL & PLANS. AND HOW TO PLEASE HIM. AND ABOUT LIFE THE WAY HE INTENDED IT TO BE. (Read Exodus 33:11-34:11)
Exodus 33:11 tells us that God spoke to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Verses 13-18 show us that Moses had a humble & seeking & hungry heart (hungry for God), and because of his heart for God, God was able to reveal Himself and His glory to Moses. Moses also faithfully served and followed God, however God would lead.
Exodus 33:11 “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.”
Exodus 33:13-18 “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
READ GOD’S WORD THE BIBLE EARLY IN YOUR QUIET TIME. ALLOW GOD TO SPEAK TO YOU, AND HAVE FIRST PLACE IN YOUR PRAYER TIME WITH HIM
Read 1 Samuel 3:9-10. Your heart attitude needs to be “speak Lord, your servant is listening.” The Biblical word for listen means to “reverently listen to God, with the intent of doing or following whatever you hear. Even before you hear it. Is this your heart attitude ?
1 Samuel 3:9-10 “So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
- The Biblical word for Listen means to hear God’s voice… with the intent in your heart of doing whatever you hear God speak
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN AND READ GOD’S WORD THE BIBLE – IT IS YOUR LIFE
Deuteronomy 8:3 “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.”
Deuteronomy 30:15-19 “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed… Now choose life, so that you and your children may live”
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Jesus Is The Source of Life – Abundant Life & Eternal Life
John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Remember, God wants you to have the fullest, most satisfying & fulfilling life. Never forget that without close fellowship with Jesus, you cannot have the abundant life (purpose & meaning) that God wants you to have. Jesus is The Source of abundant life. If you do not regularly, daily read God’s word the Bible, you cannot have intimate fellowship with God and abundant life. God wrote His word personally to you, so that you, His dearly loved child, would follow Him & have abundant life.
READING THE WORD OF GOD ALLOWS YOU TO GROW SPIRITUALLY CLOSER TO HIM, ONE WITH HIM & HIS WILL & PLANS, AND MORE LIKE JESUS – FILLED WITH HIS ABUNDANT & VICTOIOUS LIFE, HIS POWER, HIS VICTORY, HIS GLORY,…
Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. God gave you His word to teach you, to correct and transform you. And to train and help you to seek and obtain the fullest and closest fellowship and partnership with Him. It is His primary way of speaking to you and instructing you. And to help make you the best you can be – which is to become more and more like Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
1 Peter 2:2 “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation”
THE WORD OF GOD TEACHES YOU TRUTH:
In John 14:6 Jesus tells you that He is the Way, He is the Truth, and He is the Life. Because Jesus is Truth, anything and everything He tells you is the truth. You need to spend time with the Truth so that you will know truth, especially spiritual truth. Then you will never be misled, and you will be able to discern what is truth and what is not truth.
John 17:17 “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
Acts 17:11 ” Now the Bereans were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these teachings were true.”
Beware Of False Teachers
These days you need to be very careful and read God’s word the Bible daily, in order to not be deceived by false teachers. There are many false teachers and churches that are not preaching and teaching God’s word the truth.
Matthew 24:24 “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Acts 20:28-30 “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.”
GOD’S WORD THE BIBLE WILL SET YOU FREE
John 8:31-32 “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
What do you need to be set free from ? Do you need to be set free from fear ? Anxiety ? Worry ? Deception & lies ? Insecurity ? Depression ? Discouragement ? Sin ? Something else ? Run to Jesus and His Word – He wants to set you to know Him- Truth, and Jesus wants to set you free !!!
THE WORD OF GOD HELPS PURIFY YOUR HEART & MIND. AND TO TRANSFORM YOU TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS
2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the LORD’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the LORD, who is the Spirit.”
Ephesians 5:25-26 “…just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.”
Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
How Can You Be Holy And Pure ?
Psalm 119:9 “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.”
God wants you to be a special and holy person of glory, completely set apart from evil and the things of the world. He also wants you to become the very best person you can be, which in God’s definition is to become more and more like Jesus. Holy like Jesus; loving like Jesus, joyful like Jesus, kind like Jesus, patient like Jesus, faithful to God like Jesus, passionate about God like Jesus, and passionate about reaching the lost like Jesus (see 1 Timothy 2:4, Luke 19:10 and Matthew 4:19)
GOD ENCOURAGES & ASSURES YOU THROUGH HIS WORD
“The only way to remove the fear from our lives is to listen to God’s assurances to us in His Word.” – Oswald Chambers
Since God is Truth, His Word and His promises are all truth. When you read God’s word the Bible and let God speak to you early in your prayer time and early in your day, He will bless you and encourage you through His word.
In Part 2 we will see more reasons and benefits of why you should daily spend time with God and read God’s word the Bible.
Pursuing Intimacy With God is committed to helping you with the most important thing in your life… your intimacy with God , your fellowship with Him, and your partnership with God in His Kingdom work & mission.
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