Hearing Impaired

God is still speaking to all who choose to listen. We shouldn’t have our hearing impaired. You and I have access to the very throne of God 24/7. Hebrews 4:16 (KJV) says, “Therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”.

Our God has made Himself very approachable through the shed blood of Jesus. We have direct access because of His precious blood. Like you, I don’t want to be hearing impaired when God speaks to me.

I want to remind you about the wonderful ways God continues to speak to us.

1. Through His Word, the Bible. 

This is His primary way to communicate. He has given us 66 letters to reveal His plan and purpose for mankind and to give us specific guidance. When we read the Bible, it’s like receiving a personal letter from the Lord. 

Do you remember the letters you wrote to your future wife and/or girlfriend? They were received with deep love. Your heart felt like it was going to burst when you saw the handwriting on the envelope. That’s the way God wants us to feel when we open His letters to us! Job said, “I have treasured the words of your mouth more than my necessary food” (23:12). Oh, my friend, let’s feast and savor every morsel of God’s Word. The psalmist said, “The word of the Lord is worth more than gold, even more than much fine gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey straight from the comb” (19:10). The apostle John tells us that His words are “spirit and they are life (6:63). When we read His word and open our spirit to receive, He imparts whatever we need at the time. 

Do you need healing? Read the many scriptures on healing. Do you need financial help? Do the same. Whatever you need today, look to His Word. Mix it with faith and watch as the Lord undertakes in your life.

2. Through words of knowledge and wisdom

Have you ever received answers to specific problems or questions when you were least expecting them? If we walk in the Spirit, He will often give us answers or solutions from “out of the blue,” Usually, this happens when you’re not particularly thinking about anything or anyone. Maintain a prayerful attitude and know that God will likely give you a word of knowledge or wisdom when you need them the most. He imparts both knowledge and wisdom from above for which none of us can take credit. We’re not that smart!

 

3. Through prophetic words

To prophesy means to “speak forth.” Many in today’s church operate in the gift of prophecy, which happens when God wishes to confirm an already given word through another person. Prophetic words should not be seen as direction. If God wishes to speak to you, He never goes second or third party! Although, much abuse continues regarding prophetic words, God does on occasion use others to encourage and confirm His word in our lives. Everything spoken must be weighed according to scripture and time tested. Don’t believe everything you hear. We are living in the end times when many “voices” are clamoring for our attention. A lot of well-meaning believers place way too much stock in prophetic words that seek to over-sensationalize what God is saying. Proceed with healthy caution!

 

4. Through nature

God speaks through both specific and general revelation. Specific revelation refers to the Word of God. General revelation refers to nature. The psalmist says, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words, to all the world” (19:1-4) “We note God’s splendor and majesty in nature. 

 

When I was a young boy, my dad let me clear a small section in our woods to make a get-a-way place. I worked hard clearing the space, making a firepit and building a small shelter. Many hours were spent enjoying the beauties of nature. I remember basking in the presence of the Lord as I stared into the sky, watched the clouds, felt the warmth of the sun, and listened to the gentle breezes as they moved through the trees. And I felt the wonderful presence of the Lord. After all, He is the God of nature. I encourage you to get away by yourself in a secluded place. Worship the Creator, not the creation! Open your heart and allow the Lord to speak to you. 

 

  5. Through our conscience

I still remember the time when my boys were small–ages 4 and 7–and I was filling up the gas tank at a service station. I had pre-paid but wasn’t paying attention when I went over five cents. My first thought was, “It’s only five cents!” However, two little boys who had their faces squished against the car window saw the whole episode. Immediately, my conscience was quickened, so I went back to the cashier and laid a nickel on the counter. Conscience won the day! As long as we stay in the Word and allow it to “fine-tune our spirit, we can trust our conscience to guide us along righteous paths.

 

But we must be careful. The Bible talks about those who stray from righteous living, who allow their conscience to become numb and even dead. This I never want to do. In matters of conscience, we need to always heed the voice of the Lord, so as not to become deaf. The Bible says in Acts 2:37, “Now, when they heard this (Peter’s preaching), they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Conscience is not one-hundred percent reliable. Only as we stay in God’s Word and allow it to fine-tune our spirit, can we sustain a clear conscience. We are told, “Let your conscience be your guide.” Allow the Lord to maintain within you a pure heart that always desires to walk uprightly before the Lord.

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