The work of the Holy Spirit
When a person repents of his sins and surrenders his life to Jesus, is he responding to the sweet gospel talk delivered with excellent rhetorics and apologetics, or to the skillful performance in leading a person to Christ, or to the conviction of the Holy Spirit (John 14:7) ? When a person experiences the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, light shines on him so that darkness leaves him. Then he feels the warm manifestation of God's great love, making his hardened heart soft and his feelings pure and holy. He responds in tears, asking and receiving forgiveness. His emotions get high blessing and exalting God. And behold! There is great rejoicing in heaven and on earth. A soul is set free from sin and from damnation.
The conversion experience may be the first time you experience God in spirit and in truth. If you are sensitive spiritually, you can sense the Lord even without knowing it is the Lord ( Acts 9:1-20 ). Many have experienced this but because nobody taught them, their sensors were not developed. Nobody told them that they had actually experienced God's visitation. The devil does not want you to know and understand this experience. He is cunning. He comes and speaks some truth to lead you into a lie. And God allows him for a time to teach and train you to discern.
The fear of being deceived by the devil when a person seeks to hear God's voice is prevalent in the Body of Christ. There are risks to take but God takes the risk with us. Don't be afraid of committing honest mistakes and blunders in hearing God's voice or you will totally miss out on receiving the benefits thereof. In training, God allows you to hear the devil's voice to distinguish spirits and resist them. Therefore, get rid of fear.
There is a huge room for you to explore and develop knowledge and understanding on the spirit realm. You can receive understanding from God if you love and seek Him for God will make you grasp truths hard to explain to the point that your image or life is threatened. If you gave your love and commitment to Jesus, this high risk is an exciting challenge, an avenue for perfection and a venue of experiencing God's awesome power.
This is my testimony: It is God who initiates me to come into His presence. I respond pouring out my heart in worship, work, rest or recreation. I express my love and worship Him by singing, strumming the guitar, saying and writing my prayers. And God responds. He talks. Then I learned that he loves to talk with me and with those who love him. He speaks spontaneously not only in King James version or Greek or some exotic foreign language I cannot understand. He also talks in my dreams and in visions. He talks even when I am not talking to him or when I am thinking of other things. He speaks in pictures or in plain words easy to comprehend. He speaks to those who earnestly seek his truth and righteousness.
Faith that works miracles is activated when you receive a revelation from God. He reveals something to your spirit. Your spirit may hear His voice, see visions, smell or taste or feel His message. Then you know it is going to happen because you are certain that it is God who is visiting you and is communicating the message. Therefore, faith is not the product of positive thinking but a dynamic relationship with God--- where you receive a rhema word or revelation then respond accordingly.
Faith does not work with positive thinking. Positive thinking is a form of discipline on taking control of your mind. You think of good and noble things, thoughts that are biblical, godly, kind, loving and honoring God because you dispel evil thoughts that defile the heart. Positive thinking may serve as part of your faith only when your thoughts are thinking positively on the revelation of God.
Your mind should not be used to create thoughts on its own for a miracle to happen. This is manipulation and a form of witchcraft. God's miracles are purely coming from God's command. The Bible is very clear on this. Men of God performed miracles because they heard from God and obeyed his voice.
A mind which does not contain truth for making right choices may experience crisis and defeat. So, it is essential to develop sensitivity to discern and accept truths written in the Bible and revealed by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. Then these truths are stored in the mind to provide knowledge, wisdom, and ability to be become godly in all situations. Therefore, get connected. Be online with the Holy Spirit, your source of knowledge and wisdom.
Logos + Rhema = Faith
Faith + Obedience = Miracles
Logos - Rhema = Positive Thinking
Rhema - Logos = Deception
Positive thinking + Prayer = Manipulation
Positive thinking + Prayer + Manipulation = Witchcraft
I had this experience of praying for sick and dying people in the belief that healing will take place. The common ministry practice is to prayerfully cite the goodness of the Lord, his blood sacrifice, death on the cross, and the common prayer verse " ...by His stripes we are healed ". Some got healed; some died. It is the death of those who were prayed for healing that bothered me. I checked my heart, my faith, and God's written word. I couldn't see anything wrong there. "Why did they die?", I asked the Lord. The Lord brought me to that place where I understood a person's life plan and span. He made me realize that praying by faith is not presenting a good plan to God for Him to execute his miracles but by hearing his voice and receiving the rhema word. From that time on I would talk to God first; get his word, know his plan, thought or word for the sick or dying person before praying.
The desire is likened to a door that opens the entry of God's voice into your spirit. Desire is like a path that leads the way to his voice or the path that connects God's voice to your spirit. It is an objective which must grow and develop in the heart and mind of a person who loves God. Its growth may create the true foundations and components necessary in building a powerful communication link to God. ( See Desire by Zeny Calderon )
The mechanics of hearing
the Spirit to spirit communication
spirit-reason + body
The human being is a spirit with body. His spirit is the dominant factor leading over his body. Mind is part of the human spirit. Normally, it is the mind or reason that dictates the response of the body. But in exploring and in learning the spirit world, the mind or reason must move aside and let the Holy Spirit teach. If the mind or reason has questions, he shall address them to the Holy Spirit. A spiritually sensitive person perceives the spirit world without understanding. So, perception should be managed by the mind or reason interactively with the Lord also using the Bible as the tangible source of truth. The Bible should be the reference of truth because without it, deceiving spirits in the spirit world can pose as angels and teachers.
This person initially uses his reasons and files before accepting spiritual truths then interactively connects with the Lord in spirit. He does not allow himself to accept spiritual truths without any challenge by his reason. This process slows down the acceptability of spiritual phenomena manifested by God.
mind-body + spirit
The mind or reason of this person is in tune with the physical world. Spiritual matters are least in his priorities. It is written in 1 Cor 2:14 ' The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.' This person makes intelligent choices that suits his body, not his spirit. In extreme cases, he does not go for spiritual matters. This category is where atheists belong because they intellectually refuse to accept them.
This person is carnal. He cannot appreciate or grasp spiritual truths and experiences. His choices are based on the desires, wants and needs of his flesh rather than his reasons. The carnal and unreasonable people belong to this order.
The spiritually sensitive person can sense the spirit realm. Those in this category tend to search knowledge and understanding on spirit beings, manifestations, and spiritual matters. Some of them are drawn to the New Age teachings, spiritism, faith healing, occultism, satanism, ESP, parapsychology and so forth. Some of them were converted to Christianity who experienced God's love and power. Because of their sensitivity and desire for righteousness and truth, they are led to Jesus. They responded because they heard, felt or seen the presence and power of Jesus.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.(Rom 12:1-2)
There is a point when men and women become contented with themselves for having acquired and achieved valuable things in life. This is a stage where adults settle down and reminisce. Sometimes when their authority, credibility, or ability is threatened, they put up a wall of unteachability behind the mask of pride, education, experience and age.
Delete the lies and deceptions
Our relationship with God is a dynamic process of sanctification. We are like a child getting educated by his father who teaches and trains his son in all aspects of life inside and outside the home. We grow to become fathers or mothers too, because we were created not to remain children. Life must be dynamic and it must not end somewhere. That is why we should have eternal life if we know its value.
By his word. His word is truth. It erases lies and deceptions. His word activates us to do his will, obey his comamnds. It is by his Spirit that we receive truth. It is not the ability of our intellect to grasp truth but by the level of humility and our determination to obey to the point of death. But what makes us die bravely if we do not love God? That love must also come from him because He first loved us ( 1 John 4:10 ). God is not after our death but after our transformation so that we will enjoy Him in eternal life ( Ezek 18:23 ).
Make a list of all your fears, people and situations who hurt you, situations of shame, failures, insulting labels and negative words spoken against you or you have spoken about yourself. They are deceptions. Item by item, pray and speak the will of God against them. If you do not know the truth to counter the lie, ask the Spirit of Truth, seek the scriptures and you shall find. For example, you have been the butt of jokes and labels that attack your self worth, and you are going thru rejection pains. Declare the truth of who you are in Jesus: that you are in fact precious and priceless, fearfully and wonderfully made, not rejectable but always acceptable in the beloved. Declare what Jesus has done for you at the cross and after. After praying against these lies, burn your list and declare them erased in your spirit, soul and body, in the heavens and the earth. Thank the Lord and worship Him. You are now free.
Your philosophy and aim.
First of all, understand that your spirit and God's Spirit must be linked. This hearing God's voice is a spirit to spirit communication. Is the sound of God's voice distinct in your hearing? Yes. But you must harness your skill in distinguishing it because the sound of God's voice is similar to your thought. This is a common dilemma. The crisis of mixing our thoughts and the voice of God occurs often However, we can confront this crisis and sharpen our ability to distinguish God's voice. I have observed some factors involved everytime the Lord speaks to me. If you have other observations you think is beneficial in distinguishing the voice of God, please let me know.
The sound of his voice is similar to my thought.
Sometimes, it is so loud that it is like the human voice. This is commonly known as the audible voice.
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