If you and I are going to learn to hear His voice – as Jesus, “the Good Shepherd” told us we could in John 10:4,11,14 – then it is important that we understand some things about what happened to us when we received Jesus as our Savior….as we see in this recap of some things from my January 15 & 22 posts about our beginnings in Him …..
The first important thing that you must understand is that new life came into your spirit – in the form of a spiritual rebirth which the bible refers to as being “born again” (John 3:1-8). In that spiritual rebirth you and I received eternal life and a new nature in our spirit. ….. Inherent within that new nature is the desire to know and follow after God – the father of our born again spirit… and Jesus His son, who paid the price to redeem us back to God. John 17:3 explicitly tells us that …….” this is life eternal – that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Now we can come to know Him because He gave us that capacity with the new birth that took place in our spirit.the moment we received Jesus.
All of this adds up to the fact that we had a new dimension added to our life when we received Jesus – giving you and I the capacity to begin to see and understand the things of the Kingdom of God – including “an ear to hear” in our born again spirit – so that we can learn to hear and recognize the “voice of God” – and be led by the Spirit of God. Being born again is the start of this Spirit to spirit relationship with God – the beginning of our capacity to hear and know “His voice.”
We need to hear the voice of God – His Spirit speaking to us (He is the One that Jesus promised to send to us to be our teacher and guide – and to bring to our remembrance the things that He has already said to us (John 14:16,17,26) Also in John 16:12-15 Jesus tells us: “I have many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now – but when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth. He will take what He hears from God the Father and show it unto you. All things that the Father has are Mine – these things He will show unto you that I may be glorified ….. and He will show you things to come.” These are things we need to hear! And…….
To recap what I have just shared, I would say this – God gave us ears to hear in our born again spirit – and in His word, He tells us clearly that He wants us to hear – hear what the Spirit is saying!….And these few things that I have spoken to you about today are some things important to that hearing in the spirit…. (Matthew 13:9; Luke 14:35; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29 & Revelation 3:6, 13, 20, 22.)
On March 7th, I began sharing about the things I have found to be most helpful in developing our ability to hear in the spirit – and pertaining to that I shared several posts about the value of personal worship – and now in the next posts I purpose to begin sharing some things about understanding the true value of God’s word and how that very much plays a part in developing our hearing in the spirit.