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The Not So Audible Voice of God.

There are many people who have heard God’s voice very clearly. Some so clearly they’ve described it as sounding like an audible voice. If you’ve never heard God speak in such a voice, you might feel as if you’ve never actually heard Him speak at all. Don’t worry. It’s likely you have heard Him speak, but not in the way you expected. When we use the word audible, we’re referring to a sound that is made which can be heard by anyone with normal hearing. If I were to strike a gong in the middle of a crowded auditorium, it’s likely that everyone present would hear the audible sound made by the gong. An audible sound is not selective for certain people. Anyone who is present can hear a sound that is audible. When God speaks to someone in a way that is unusually loud, they may perceive the message to be one that was spoken in an audible voice. But unless others who are nearby are also able to hear the same voice and the same message, the voice was not an audible one, but something else.

When I speak to someone, the sound that is heard is the result of different forms of energy being transmitted through physical structures of the human body. In order for me to speak in a voice that can be heard (which is the definition of an audible voice) my lungs must exhale air through a set of vocal cords that stretch and contract to form sound waves, which are shaped by my mouth. The sound waves travel through the air and are picked up by the hearer’s ear drum. The structures in the hearer’s ear transmit the sound waves and change them into an electrical signal which is carried to the brain through the auditory nerve. The hearer’s brain processes the signal and converts it into the audible voice of the speaker.

God is a Spirit. Spirit beings do not have physical structures like ear drums and vocal cords. His voice is not a wave of sound that comes from His lungs. It does not travel through our ear drum to our auditory nerve and then to our brain. Even though it may seem to some as if they’re hearing an audible voice like any other human voice, spirits do not have the physical structures of communication required to create audible speech. Spiritual communication uses a completely different set of senses. It is done primarily through the transmission of thought impressions (and impressions via other spiritual senses) directly from spirit to spirit. These impressions bypass the physical structures of the human body.

When God speaks to the person sitting next to you in a meeting, you can’t hear what God is saying, but they can. This is because spirits have the ability to direct their messages to specific targets, while concealing them from those who are nearby. If spirit beings communicated in ways that relied on the structures of the physical body, everyone nearby would hear them speaking just as clearly as the one they were speaking to. They also have the ability to manifest their appearance to only certain individuals, while remaining invisible to others.

God speaks to us through spiritual language because it is the only way in which spirits are able to communicate. Spiritual communication is easy for our spirits to sense, but it is impossible for our physical bodies to sense. Because there are two different types of communication we must sense and interpret, God gave us a third component with the ability to receive both forms of communication. This third part of our being, the soul, is the bridge that ties the spiritual and the physical together.

God gave us a soul for many purposes. It is commonly believed to be the seat of the mind, the will, and the emotions. It is also the part of our being where input from both the physical and spiritual worlds are received and interpreted. The soul is able to process all the input from the various physical senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell, as well as the entire range of 


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human emotions. And in the same way that it processes these senses from the physical body, it is able to receive and interpret these same senses from the spiritual body.

God, angels, and demons can all be sensed through a set of spiritual senses nearly identical to the ones the physical body has. For those who have difficulty recognising spiritual beings and the things they communicate, the problem is that their soul has not been conditioned to recognize this kind of communication. The exercises provided at the end of the chapters are intended to train the soul to become more sensitive to spiritual communication. It’s common when we first recognise that God is speaking to us to sense Him as a voice of gentle correction.

He speaks to our conscience to help us develop patterns of thinking and acting that are in accordance with His character. As children, the development of godly character is a primary focus, but as we grow more mature, there are other things we need to learn. It is God’s desire for us to understand and manifest our true identity.

The world tends to shape us into its own mold through interactions that we have with friends, parents, and teachers. The world has an identity it would like us to conform to, but God has a very different one that He has created for us. The identity He has prepared for us is sometimes in direct opposition to the one the world wants us to accept. One of the most important parts of our spiritual growth is rejecting a wrong identity the world may have given us, and receiving the one God has given us.

The world may tell you that you’re a failure, but God will tell you that in time, you’ll be a success.

The world may tell you that you have no creative talent, but God will show you the specific talents He has placed inside you. The world may tell you that no one cares about you. The Spirit of God will tell you that heaven rejoices at even your most feeble accomplishment. The world may tell you that you are not lovable. God will tell you that He has always loved you from the very beginning and He will never stop loving you. The world may tell you that you are acceptable only as long as your behaviour is acceptable. God wants you to know that no amount of mistakes or failures can ever diminish the acceptance He has for you. The world may tell you that you are on your own. God will tell you that He has hundreds of angels waiting to assist you in your divinely ordained destiny. God reveals these things to us in a variety of ways. Some of it may be revealed through prophetic words from others. Some will be revealed through dreams or visions. But much of it will be revealed through the personal conversations you have with Him.

 

Is It God or Is It Me?

One concern you might have about hearing God’s voice is whether something you heard originated in your own mind or the mind of God. For some, there is too much uncertainty over knowing the origin of an idea that they prefer not to attempt to discern what God might be saying, for fear of being wrong. Determining the origin of revelation may seem like a daunting task, but there are a few simple steps we can take that will help us verify the source of any revelation.

A few of the ways in which God speaks to us are visions, dreams, aromas, emotions, skin sensations, and thought impressions that carry messages to our mind. (In the next section we’ll look at these modes of communication separately.) It’s common for us to attribute these things to an over-active imagination. But here’s the thing I’ve noticed about God’s messages that helps me distinguish them from the workings of my own mind:


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The believer has two spirits living inside them—their own spirit and the Spirit of God. These two spirits are the sources of two different kinds of thought or streams of revelation. Before we can know which thoughts are God’s we must first know which belong to us. One problem many of us have is that we do not know our own thoughts the way we should. When we know ourselves well and understand clearly the ways in which our mind works, we can view our own thoughts like an objective observer. The better we know our own thoughts, the easier it is to discern the thoughts that are not ours, but God’s, or those of a demon. The first step in learning to distinguish our thoughts from God’s is becoming more aware of the nature of our own thought life.

It seems that the longer one lives, the more keenly one knowns oneself, or to recognise the ways in which one’s own mind thinks.   If we see a painting, we know the kind of paintings that capture our thoughts and other’s that may be painted by a famous known and esteemed painter, but nevertheless doesn’t move us, in fact we may deem it to be of little value to us or our appreciation.

It may be the same when watching a movie or other entertainment, we know what we like and appreciate and we fairly quickly know what we don’t.  It is a personal matter, we are not judging others, but simply expressing the reality that we know ourselves.

While the thoughts of mortals are different, they are more or less of equal quality. The thoughts of God however, are infinitely higher and distinctly different from our own. God’s thoughts are so much more sublime than our thoughts. They are full of love, life, wisdom, compassion, and mercy. Although I would like to think that my thoughts are like this, if I am honest with myself, I must admit that God’s thoughts carry a certain quality that my thoughts do not have. If we’re going to discern God’s thoughts from ours we must learn to be honest with ourselves about our thoughts.  Otherwise we deceive ourselves and we can’t hope to distinguish God’s thoughts from our own.

We know that every good and perfect thing comes down from the Father of Lights (Jas. 1:17). Everything that is good in the world has its origin in God. We would like to think that the good thoughts we have, originated in our own minds. But when I have a thought that is full of love or compassion or mercy—even though the thought seems to have sprung forth from within my own mind, I must conclude that it could not have come from me.

I know its source must be the mind of God—for that is the origin of everything that is good and perfect. We must remember that although God’s voice is external to us, His Spirit resides in us. Because of this, when He speaks, we perceive His external voice to be an internal experience. We perceive His thoughts as our own thoughts. The way in which His thoughts come to us is so subtle it’s often hard to recognize that they had their origin outside of us. But these brilliant, loving, compassionate thoughts are the thoughts of God being spoken by the Holy Spirit.

The same is true for visual images that we receive from Him. Many times we think an image came from our imagination, when it actually came from God. Half the battle of knowing that what you’re seeing, feeling, or hearing is from God is simply a matter of knowing that it isn’t from you.

Confirmation of the things we believe we’ve heard from God is important. But how do we begin to know if something is from God or from another source? Our soul creates its own messages, including thoughts, impressions, emotions, and visual images. One difference between the ones that come from an external source and ones that come from our soul is that those which come from an external source are difficult or impossible to manipulate or change wilfully. 


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message that is external to us cannot be changed by us. Whereas a message that originates in our soul can be changed by exerting our will over it.

There is another way in which we can distinguish the origin of revelation, but it is different (and contrary) to the way that is taught by many church leaders. Many people teach that anything we believe we’ve heard from God must line up with scripture in order for us to know with certainty that it’s from God. If it does not line up with scripture, they say, we must toss it out. There’s nothing wrong with searching the scriptures to see if something has a biblical basis, but many of the things God will reveal to us cannot be verified by the scriptures.

Things like accepting a new job, turning down opportunities to speak, and many other personal issues, none of which could be conclusively verified by scripture alone. A wise person takes their decisions before God and asks for His input. But whether something came from the heart of God or some other place is not determined by its inclusion in the Bible. The origin of wisdom and the source of any revelation can best be determined by evaluating the fruit it produces. Jesus taught that a polluted stream does not give pure water and that you do not gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles.

The source of anything is always best determined by examining the fruit that it bears. False teachers and evil spirits can quote the scriptures, but the fruit that a thing produces will always reveal its source. The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter, the Spirit of Grace, the Spirit of Peace, the Spirit of Wisdom, and the Spirit of Truth, because these are the things that His words produce. If anyone hears the words of the Spirit and acts on them, the same fruit will be produced in their life. The voice of the Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22).

So if a person says they are hearing from God, and they act upon what they have heard, but the fruit produced is condemnation, fear, discord or any other negative quality, we can tell that this person was not hearing from God.

You might receive an impression from God that you should speak to a neighbour about their marital problems. If you speak to them and learn that their marriage is in trouble and God gives you counsel that you share with them which saves their marriage—the revelation you received is confirmed. You were hearing from God. If on the other hand, you find that your neighbours are not having marriage problems, you may have not been hearing from God. The fruit of any revelation testifies of its source.

The kingdom of God is advanced when we take risks. Taking risks is one of the best ways we can learn to know if and how we are hearing from God. As we obey the revelation we receive and act upon it, producing fruit, we’ll grow in confidence that we’re hearing accurately from God.

 

Notes for June 11th

  GOD IS STILL SPEAKING TODAY

Some years ago, almost by accident, I found the path that leads to the kingdom. There are other paths you might choose to follow, but they all lead to other places. If you don’t care where you end up, any path will take you there. But there is only one path that leads to the kingdom of God. There is also a gate through which you must go if you want to enter that kingdom. There are other gates you may choose to enter, but they too, lead to other places. Jesus is the only gate to the kingdom of God. Contrary to what many people teach, God’s kingdom is not really about “religion.” It’s about a relationship. We enter God’s kingdom by entering into a relationship with Him, through Jesus. I didn’t like this proposition when I first heard it. We don’t like being told there is only one way to do something. But I found that when I accepted Jesus’ offer of friendship, I received much more than I expected. Once I was inside the gate, I realised that the narrow path I took to get there disappeared and before me I saw a spiritual kingdom of limitless possibilities. Those possibilities are revealed to us as we learn to communicate with God.

Jesus said to His disciples

“But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jn. 10:2-5

This observation is literally true of sheep.   The first is that He has a voice which we can hear. He did not say His sheep “may” hear His voice, but that they will hear His voice, whether they realise it or not.

The second point He makes is that there is a stranger who has a voice we can also hear. I would interpret His reference to the “stranger” as the voice of Satan or demonic beings. The stranger has a voice we can hear. He did not say His sheep would not hear the voice of a stranger, but that when they did hear it, they would discern that it was not the voice they should follow. When they heard it, they would flee because they’re able to discern which voice is speaking and which they should follow.

The Bible is clear about the existence of angels and demons. If they exist, it’s because there is a purpose for their existence. Angels, demons, God, and Satan are all real and they speak to us every day in their own spiritual language. Demons assist in the work of the kingdom of darkness and angels assist in the work of the kingdom of heaven.

Becoming a fully mature believer requires us to discern life from death, truth from error, and the kingdom of God from the kingdom of darkness. If we never learn to distinguish one voice from another, we cannot grow into fully mature children of God.

God is always sending messages to us. If we allow ourselves to become distracted by the people and things that make demands on our time, we may never consider what He is saying, or even hear the messages. For those who are not hearing God as well as they would like to, the problem is that other things have taken the highest priority. Hearing God is mostly a matter of correctly prioritising the things that have our attention. This is not to say that we can completely ignore our responsibilities and relationships and focus exclusively on God. We need to strike a sensible balance between giving adequate time to thinking about our family, work, and friendships, while setting time aside to focus on what God is saying.

It’s easier to focus on hearing God in an environment that is free of distractions. Many people find it helpful to spend time in a secluded, silent location as they focus on hearing His voice. This is not because God speaks more or because He speaks louder in such places, but because it’s easier to hear Him when background noises are eliminated. Although He can and does speak to us in virtually any setting, most people find it initially helpful to be in a setting that is free of distractions. Once you’ve practiced, you’ll be able to hear His voice in a noisy environment, but it’s best to begin in a quiet place.

Meditation

There is much that can be learned about communing and communicating with God by studying the life of the psalmists of the Bible. Despite the fact that they suffered incredible hardship and adversity, it’s clear that they found great solace, wisdom, and power in times of quiet meditation. David wrote in
                Psalm 145:5, “I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendour and your    wonderful           miracles.”

Christians meditate on the person of God, who is a loving Father to us all. Meditation as it was practiced by the psalmists and which has been used by believers throughout the entire church age focuses on our oneness with God. It’s tuning out external noise and becoming quiet in our soul so that we might focus on the person of God. When our mind has been cleared of other thoughts, we’re able to focus on His goodness, His mercy, or His other characteristics, so that we might receive whatever He wants to impart to us—whether peace, wisdom, healing, or something else. This is what the psalmist meant when he wrote, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Meditating on the goodness of God is an excellent way to grow in your ability to hear Him. As we meditate on His goodness, it tends to produce thankfulness and gratitude in us. These attitudes can lead us to praise Him. Psalm 100 says: Come before His presence with singing. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.

Singing, thanksgiving, and praise can serve as gates through which we enter into the presence of God. Meditation is not a goal in itself. It is something like a launching pad that positions us to have an encounter with God. Exercise

Meditation can seem difficult or strange if you’re not familiar with it, but let me assure you, there’s less mystery to it than you might think. Forget whatever preconceptions you might have about what it means to meditate. The process of meditation itself can be virtually anything you want it to be. Some people begin meditation by allowing a familiar worship song to invade their mind. As a worship song plays in their mind, other competing thoughts tend to dissipate. That’s the main goal of meditation—to displace the mental clutter that occupies our mind, which allows our mind to be filled with the thoughts of God.

Meditation can be as simple as turning your thoughts intentionally toward God and turning them away from whatever else you habitually think about. A successful meditation session for a beginner might simply be a five-minute exercise of thinking about the good things God has done for them during the past week.

If you’re able to do this for five minutes at first, try going ten minutes the next time. You should begin to discern thought impressions in your mind that seem foreign to you. These impressions may be from God. You may feel such things as a deep sense of peace or love. You may begin to see images in your mind that are of heavenly things. These images, emotions, and thoughts may be things God wants you to consider.

If we want to hear God’s voice we must come to expect that when we turn our attention toward Him, He will turn His attention toward us.

He wants to connect with you every day. If there is anything preventing you from knowing God more intimately, it is on your side of the relationship, not His.

By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. Heb. 11:5-6

So the moment you make a choice—the choice to believe that He existed, that you can know Him, and that He can be heard—His voice is as easy to hear as that of anyone else. Your choice to believe is what allows you to draw near to Him. We must choose to believe He wants to speak with us.

Everything we do that pertains to God is done by faith. We walk by faith in and through all of our experiences with Him. Faith is trusting that we’re hearing His voice. Not knowing for sure that it’s Him, but trusting that it’s Him, in spite of any uncertainty we might have. “Faith” can be a nebulous term. You might wonder what this faith is that’s required to walk with God. There are a couple of other words I use to describe faith. One word I use interchangeably with faith is confidence.

Faith is believing that we will receive what we’ve asked for or as detailed above, he other word to use interchangeably for faith is expectation.

If we want to connect with God, we must expect that He is going to speak to us. It is not presumptuous for us to expect this. He’s already promised that He will. When we come to Him with the expectation of hearing His voice, we’re simply choosing to believe that He will do what He promised. When we expect to hear God speak we’ll recognise what He is saying with greater accuracy and we’ll be less prone to doubt what He says.

One important factor that affects how well we hear God’s voice is our desire. That is to say, the degree to which we want to be instructed by Him. The degree to which we sincerely want to hear His voice creates the terrain in our soul that receives communication from Him. The receptivity of our soul to His revelation is determined by how much we want to hear and follow what He tells us. This principle was explained by Jesus when the disciples asked why He spoke in parables. He said that He spoke in parables so that He might reveal the truth to those who had ears to hear it and at the same time conceal it from those who did not have ears to hear: “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’”

Luke 8:10 God desires to reveal the mysteries of the kingdom, but only to those who desire to receive them willingly and act upon what they receive. To those who have no desire to receive the things of the kingdom or act upon them, the truth is revealed, but it’s revealed in a way that does not bear fruit. As Jesus said in the parable of the different types of soil, a person with this type of heart is like the hard ground, where the seed, after it is sown, is picked up by the birds of the air and carried away. God sows the seed upon all types of soil; He speaks to every type of heart. But hard ground cannot receive the seed. In the same way, a heart that is reluctant to hear the truth from God and act upon it cannot receive revelation and what is received doesn’t bear fruit. Jesus described a different type of soil which allowed the seed to germinate, but shortly afterward, weeds grew and crowded out the seed and it could not produce a harvest. He explained that the weeds were the cares of the world. They’re the things that become distractions which divert our attention away from the revelation we receive from God. It’s not even that these distractions are necessarily evil. Some of them are good things. But they’re things we’ve placed out of priority. They are the people, events, hobbies, and concerns that we give our attention to, which divert our attention away from the things He shows us. If we don’t give proper attention to the revelation He gives us and put it to use, it cannot bear fruit.

Jesus said in the parable of the talents, to those who make good use of what they’ve been given, they will be given more. But to those who have little, if they do not make good use of it, what little they have will be taken from them. The key to receiving more revelation from God is to make use of what He has given you. One reason why some people seem to receive so little revelation from God is that they’ve done nothing with what they’ve received.

We can be fascinated with the idea of receiving revelation from God, but many times do nothing with what we’ve received. We aren’t supposed to receive revelation just to have more information. Revelation from God is like a seed. Its purpose is to bear fruit. And everything that is revealed to us from God is something we become responsible for.

Living by faith isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s rather difficult, especially when it seems as if our efforts are not bearing fruit. But the more we do what God asks us to do, the more we will see fruit produced, and the more fruit we see, the more confident we’ll become that we are truly hearing His voice.

Persistence.

In Luke chapter 11 we find an important lesson taught by Jesus. After teaching His disciples how to pray, He taught them how to persist until they received what they asked for.  We must therefore consider how our persistence is.

Luke 11:5-10  5 And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

I’d love to be able to guarantee that you’ll have dramatic results in a few days or even in a few weeks. Unfortunately, for some people, it might take longer than a few weeks before they notice a significant change in their ability to discern God’s voice or see visions. For some of us, the change will be instantaneous, but for others the process will be much longer. The recalibration of our spiritual senses might take a little longer than we’d like. I can’t promise you a definite time period in which you’ll notice changes, but I can assure you that if you’re willing to stick with a regular routine of getting alone in a quiet place and being intentional about hearing God speak, you’ll notice that He is speaking, however faintly His voice might seem.

Homework:

Set aside between 15 and 30 minutes for this exercise. Find a place that is free from noise and distractions and allows a comfortable way for you to sit or lie down. Have something ready to write with so that you can record the impressions you receive from God. Get comfortable and fix your mind on God. Expect that He is going to communicate something to you. If there are questions you’d like to ask, you might ask them to Him. After asking a question, wait for an answer which could come as an image in your mind, a thought impression, a sudden emotion, or some other change you sense that was not present before you asked the question.

Make a mental note of any impressions you receive and ask follow up questions if you’d like. Write down the impressions you receive to make a permanent record of them. Writing down the revelation you receive serves a couple of purposes: If you go through a time when it seems as if God isn’t speaking very clearly, you can look back at what He told you in these exercises and see that He is really speaking to you. Some of what you receive in these exercises will provide insights into His future plans for you. If you write them down it can serve as a kind of road map for your future. When the things that you wrote down come to pass, you can look back at how He showed you them in advance and it’ll demonstrate His faithfulness to do what He said He would.

 

PRAYER 

Asking the Lord to help you eagerly desire spiritual gifts as you should.

Lord, Thank You for Words of Knowledge and the powerful effects they have. I first and foremost ask that You would help me begin to hear personal words of knowledge for myself. Tune my ears to hear You and my eyes to see you moving.

Father, I want to be the best prophet to myself. I ask that You would help me explore each type of Word of Knowledge and provide me with opportunities for growth in each type.

Bring full understanding and deep revelation of how You want to use words of knowledge through me. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

 

What Are Words of Knowledge and How Can You Move in Them?    Sid Roth.

Words of knowledge. To many of you that term may sound like a foreign language. I asked recent TV guest Randy Clark, who moves in words of knowledge, to explain.

He said, “It’s supernatural knowledge you don’t get through education or learning or any natural means.”

Okay. Still a bit confused? If you are a child of God, He is speaking to you all the time, right? If we learn to listen to Him, one of the things He wants to communicate to us is knowledge we can use to bring healing and wholeness to others and expand His Kingdom.

If the knowledge comes straight from God, it’s supernatural! Wouldn’t you agree?

Randy started to operate in this spiritual gift after someone mentored him on the phone in five minutes.

How does it work? Randy describes various ways of experiencing a word of knowledge. Here are a few basic ones:

When you feel pain, but you know it is not “your” pain.

When you have an impression of a disease, or somebody’s name.

Sometimes you see how a person was hurt, the place of an accident or a part of the body, like a mental picture or a daydream.

You may actually see a word on a person so you can read it.

You don’t have to say, “Thus sayeth the Lord…” You can just share the word of knowledge as part of your prayer for a person or just in conversation. Sometimes you hear yourself saying something you didn’t know you were going to.

There are times when you may have a dream about someone’s sickness before you meet them and the dream gives you the faith do say or do what you know God wants to.

Just remember, God is speaking to you! Be in a listening mode and be ready to move in the supernatural to bring healing and salvation to others!

 

1.  Unveiling of sin in someone's life.

Joshua 7: 10-11.   The Lord said to Joshua, stand up. What are you doing down on your face?? Israel has sinned. They have violated My covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things, they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions.

 

2.   Discovering truth./ uncovering a lie.

2 Kings, 5: 25-27.  When he went in and stood before his master, Elisha asked him, where have you been Gehazi? Your servant didn't go anywhere, Gehazi answered.

But Elisha said to him, Was not My Spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money or to accept clothes - or olive groves and vineyards? Or flocks and herds, or male and female slaves?

Naaman's leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever.  Then Gehazi went from a Elisha’s presence, and his skin was leprous- It had become as white as snow.

 

3.   Finding people / Lost property.

1 Samuel 9:19-20. 

One Samuel, 9: 19-20. Samuel replied. Go up ahead of me to the high place for today. You are to eat with me and in the morning I will send you on your way and will tell you all that is in your heart. As for the donkeys, you last three days ago, Do not worry bout them, They have been found.

 

Tracking your words.

The best way when you're learning something is to have lots of feedback. The reality is that God would never give us gifts to pursue that we couldn't excel in.

 

Two types of feedback.

Giving feedback while sharing. There is nothing worse than someone who speaks of a sentence. Declared from God. And state some inaccurate black and white facts, but because of their authoritative, almost arrogant delivery style and allows absolutely no course for correction.

If you're sharing with someone leave no feed for feedback.

 

Learn to get feedback as you go Requires an interactive style that can be a bit uncomfortable and in some circles actually discouraging. But I want to encourage you to ask questions and learn the difference between your thoughts and God's thoughts.

Getting feedback can also open up a conversation that helps give you indicators pointing to what to ask.

How to interact with somebody. The gifts of the Spirit all work. Best through the deep love we may have for others. The relational gifts, which means that the more we know about someone, the deeper we will pursue their spiritual breakthrough and advancement because we know that the Word of Knowledge and Word of Wisdom gifts are part of our prophetic tool set. And our prophetic  gifts are also relational tools.

  Maintain a wise and sensitive presentation manner.

You may have received a word from somebody in the past, with an emphatic and strong convincing presentation, but after all, does not come to pass.  The problem with this is that it can build a sense of mistrust when someone, next time, seeks to give you a word.  They may be sincere, but that doesn’t change the inner voice of partial doubt or even indifference.

 

The wisest method of presentation and one with the greatest integrity, is to preface your words with such comments as:

“I believe the Lord is saying”

“I feel really strongly about this”

“This is just a light impression”

“I thought this may be helpful”

“I believe I have heard from God”

Sadly, many times people with perhaps the best of intentions, give out prophetic words about such matters as political outcomes, or financial matters or prophetic words, which can be quite specific, or prophesy about a world event, which as the time passes does not eventuate.

Rather than present our words, like it’s “extremely” God, when as we are learning, it may not be, or may only partially be, it is wise to preface our words with an introduction as listed above.

Seek feedback by asking such questions as “How has this word impacted your life”?

Do you feel the word was accurate?

Do you feel like you have had any fulfillment of this word?

If you haven’t shared words of knowledge with siomeone before, then thinkabout a time when you received a prophecy of any type,   Describe the feedback youb wouldn have given the person if you had the chance.  Then think about these questions. 

How impactful was the word?

How accurate was the word?

Was there any fulfilment of the word.  If not, do you still have hope for the fulfilment?

Did it help you connect to God more deeply or think about something differently?

QUESTIONS:

1.  Are you in the practice of seeking feedback after giving a word of knowledge?

2.  How concerned are you to acknowledge personal accountability?

 

PRAYER:

Lord I want to walk in Words of Knowledge with maturity. Grow me in this tool that reflects your love so well. Help me to hear You with detail, clarity, and accuracy as I begin receiving Words of Knowledge from You.

Give me the courage to stay accountable to what I share with others. I desire to walk in integrity with the Gift of Words of Knowledge. I ask you to surround me with community that will support me as I develop this gift.   I choose to create a system for myself to track my words. I commit to ask for feedback after I give a word.

Thank you Lord for guiding me in my growth journey with Words of Knowledge in Jesus Name, Amen.

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