If you were to ask me what is the most important thing a Christian must know and develop, my answer will be learn to hear God’s voice. To the world that sounds crazy and they might think you are suffering from schizophrenia. But to us believers, hearing God is as important as breathing air. Look at what Jesus says in Matthew 4:4, “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”” Jesus is telling us that our source of food is God’s words. You must understand that Jesus isn’t talking about physical food for our physical body. He is talking about spiritual food for our spirit. In this blog and this teaching I talk about our spirit in great detail.
John 6:63, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” Jesus once again tells us that His words are spirit and life. In this scripture, He specifies that His words only impact our spirits. These and many other scriptures highlight the importance of hearing God’s voice. Jesus kept on repeating this phrase, “whoever has ears to hear let him hear.” That tells me it is our responsibility to learn to hear his voice. So how do I learn to hear God’s voice?
The condition of our heart determines how well we hear God’s voice. In Matthew 13, Jesus describes different types of ground. The quality of these grounds determines how well the seed grows. The seed was not the issue, the ground was the issue. The bible calls God’s word a seed (1 Peter 1:23), and His seed always produces, the issue is always the ground. The good ground in Matthew 13, was the ground that was tilled, had not rocks, and no thorns. The number one most important step to take is to let the Holy Spirit till our hearts. This is done by spending time with the Holy Spirit and spending time in His word.
As we are doing that, we must learn to wait on the Lord. When I started this journey, I would set time aside and just wait. Sometimes I would play worship music and sometimes I didn’t play anything at all. The hardest part was learning how to quite down my mind and listen. I’m not saying keep your mind blank, because if you do, the devil can easily add thoughts as well. What I did, was draw my attention to my heart and wait. At the beginning I didn’t hear anything at all. I would get frustrated but Holy Spirit was my anchor and I didn’t quit. As time went by, I began to hear a word or two till I got to where I am today, and the Lord and I have conversations. This journey started with me spending time in prayer, reading the scriptures, and listening to teachings from other men and women of God.