If you don’t know already, I want to assure you that you’re not crazy in thinking or wanting to hear God’s voice. Some of you may be asking yourself – Does God want to talk to me? Let alone, can I hear the voice of God!
Our heavenly Father wants to be in relationship with you. He wants you to know Him as much as He knows and loves you. Think of it this way, to build a relationship with someone, you need to talk to one another. When we pray, we talk to God – but communication is a 2-way process. Therefore we also need to hear what God wants to say to us. So, how do we know God wants to talk to us?
Back at the beginning
Right at the very start of creation – God created man to be in relationship with him and to take care of everything He had created. God brought Adam to life by breathing His breath into his nostrils (Genesis 2:7). How close and intimate do you have to be to breathe into another’s nostrils? But God didn’t leave Adam alone, even after He created Eve. God would join them in the garden in person because they heard him walking. (Genesis 3:8).
Sadly because of Adam & Eve’s sinful actions, they could no longer stay in the Garden of Eden. But we know that this wasn’t God’s original plan. He wanted to be in a close relationship with His human creations. God doesn’t change who He is, but how we experience this relationship had to change because of sin. Holiness and sin can’t live in the same space. But God didn’t give up on us. It just took time for us (humans) to see the solution to the problem of sin separating us from being in a closer relationship with God.
Jesus came in physical form partly to model his relationship with Father God so we could learn how to have a similar relationship with God as our father as well.
Jesus only did what he saw his father doing – John 5:19
“…the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
Then Jesus goes on to say in John 14 that he came was to show us the Father.
Jesus died so we would be entirely made right with God – thus He could send the Holy Spirit to live in us. Part of the role of the Holy Spirit is to speak to us, guide us and make God known to us. (John 16: 5-15).
If you haven’t read John and especially chapters 10-17. I highly recommend it. These passages are the clearest in Jesus sharing with his disciples why he came, his relationship with God and an introduction to the Holy Spirit’s role to help us grow in our relationship after Jesus leaves.
Jesus also talks in John 15 about remaining / abiding (depending on your translation) as a vine and its branches. That we are the branch and He is the vine. Such a beautiful picture of love and unity together. How close and life-giving in love and relationship when we stick this closely with God. To abide means to endure for a long time without changing. Remaining means to not leave. If a branch was to leave the vine, it would wither and die because it was no longer receiving what it needed to live. This is how close a relationship God/ Jesus wants us to have with Him.
Part of our human father’s role is to model how a father-child relationship is meant to be. Sadly too many of us have fathers who aren’t perfect or didn’t have a good role model themselves. Thus are unable to help us understand how to have a quality father-child relationship. Thankfully our heavenly Father is perfect and won’t let us down. We just need help in learning how to build a close relationship with Him.
Does God speak to us personally?
Hearing from God is not just for those we think are holy or perfect or have somehow attained a certain level of maturity that qualifies them to hear God’s voice.
Jesus says many times in John 10 – “My sheep listen to my voice” We are described as being like sheep because Jesus is described as being the good shepherd who takes care of us as a shepherd does with his sheep. The only thing we need to do to qualify to be a sheep is ask Jesus for forgiveness and declare Him as Lord of our lives.
Please know that if you have made Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour and have invited him to come into your heart – then you are children of God (Romans 10:9). Therefore, you can hear God’s voice.
Jesus has this interesting and challenging ‘talk’ with the Pharisees in John 8. They challenge him, and he is strong in his replies back to them. Even saying that their father isn’t Abraham but the devil! (v44). Jesus then says – “He who belongs to God hears what God says…” (v47).
I’m sorry if this is coming off a little too preachy today – but I want you to know the truth – as a child of God, you can hear your Father God’s voice.
Jesus also describes us as being his friends, not servants: John 15:15
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
The word ‘everything’ is interesting. Is there anything left out from being included in everything? No. So there isn’t a subject that God doesn’t want to talk with us about.
If you can have faith to accept that God wants to talk to you but are struggling with hearing His voice. My next blog will be on – How do you hear God’s voice as a continuation on this topic. But I pray that you will take some time to read the passages in John and ask God to speak to you and then stop and listen for his reply.
A personal note from me
When I’m praying about what to write as a blog and as I’m writing. I am partnering with the Holy Spirit. To guide me as to what to include, how to share the message growing in my heart. And a huge prayer is that it would speak to those who need to hear these exact words. To help you in your journey of discovering who you are and who God is. Today’s blog feels a little different from others – like it’s a heart’s cry message from God to some of you who need to hear this particular truth. God loves you and wants you to know that He wants to speak to you. AND that you can and do hear His voice. You may already have heard God’s voice a lot but just not realized it yet.
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