Hearing and Knowing the Sound of God’s Voice, God’s Way
Unless otherwise stated: all Scripture is being quoted from the Amplified Version of the Bible
I will also be quoting from Apostle Renny McLean’s teaching on “Hearing the Voice of God” which can be found on YouTube.
The Psalmist David in Psalm 85:8 wrote: I will hear [with expectant hope] what God the Lord will say, For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones—But let them not turn again to folly.
If you or I want to truly hear and know the sound of God’s voice, then we must be prepared to set ourselves apart, to be willing to say: “not my way, but God’s way.”
Frank Sinatra sang he did it his way, well, he can have his song, I prefer to do things God’s way 🙂 because Hosea 4:6 writes that God’s people are destroyed from a lack of knowledge which results in our becoming frustrated by our limited understanding when trying to do things our way.
Apostle Renny McLean said:
“God speaks through thoughts, visions, dreams, angels, by the gifts of the Spirit, circumstances, the Word, and nature”
According to Strong’s Concordance #8085 to hear is an expression of motion, and #6030 to hear as a house of replies…
Examples of how God is able to help us to respond to His Supernatural Sound of His Voice through nature
2 Samuel 5:22-24 The Philistines came up once again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. When David inquired of the Lord, He said, “You shall not go up, but circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees. And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you shall pay attention and act promptly, for at that time the Lord will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.”
When the four lepers chose to step out in faith instead of sitting there to die, God caused their footsteps to “sound like the sound of chariots, and the sound of horses, the sound of a great army to the Arameans’ (who were Syrians) army” (2 Kings 3).
And Psalm 29 gives us an awesome description of how nature responds to the sound of God’s voice and how God responds when He hears the sounds of the voices His people praising and worshiping Him with one voice… Our unity through praise and worship sounds like the voices of many waters…
In Isaiah 55:8-9, God said: 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Since God’s ways and thoughts are higher than our ways and thoughts, then there is no way that, we with our finite minds can ever begin to ever understand the infinite mind of our Creator God according to our own head knowledge.
Ecclesiastes 5:7 writes that: “in a multitude of dreams and in a flood of words there is worthlessness. Rather[reverently] fear God [and worship Him with awe-filled respect, knowing who He is],” for when our wills are in alignment with God’s, then His thoughts and ways will become our thoughts and ways…
When we: Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all our hearts by not relying upon our own insight or understanding, but acknowledge and recognize God for who He is, then He will make our paths straight and smooth by removing every obstacle that blocks our way (Proverbs 3:5-6 paraphrased).
God in Isaiah 1:18a calls us to: Come now and let us reason together… God is calling us to not to wait to come to His table to receive His instruction.
God desires that we come to the table now, “now faith is the substance hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” so that through His infinite wisdom and knowledge, He will help us understand as to why His thoughts and ways are far higher than what we can ever begin to think or imagine.
Faith is a gift and is listed after wisdom which comes first and knowledge which is second: See 1 Corinthians 12:8-9…
Colossians 3:15: the peace of God rules and reign in your heart.
Philippians 4:7: the faith of God will gird up your mind and heart.
Apostle McLean defines faith as:
“…heaven’s permission for us to do something… without the faith, heaven has not authorized it” “Faith needs discipline, with faith comes expectation, and peace rules expectation which is the mechanics of faith”
Since we serve a supernatural God who exists in eternity, and not in a world that is limited by time, seasons, or signs, then how much should we be learning from the Holy Spirit who will help us to come to know His thoughts and ways (See Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8, and Zechariah 4:6).
God gave us ears to hear, eyes to see, and a mouth to speak with. To hear is to listen, to listen is to perceive, to perceive is to discern which helps us to receive insight to what we are hearing and perceiving before we speak.
Apostle Renny McLean said:
“God speaks in a dimension that cuts you out from other people, places or things. When we know His voice, we will give our lives for the voice, because we know it as the voice of God”
John 10:27: The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me.
Jesus, in Matthew 8:3 said: “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent[that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives]and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
In other words, not by my head knowledge, not by my way of doing things, not by my wisdom or understanding, but by His Spirit who knows and understands the mind of God.
Proverbs 2:6: For the Lord gives [skillful and godly] wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. And in Matthew 4:4 Jesus said: “It is written and forever remains written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.’
In Strong’s Concordance #s 239 / 239 defines hearing as to expand, to broaden out the ear, to listen, to perceive through the idea of scales as if they were two ears, or to weigh or to ponder.
The way I would paraphrase #s 238 / 239 would be to bring balance to discern truth from falsehood when it comes to rightly dividing the Word of God.
According to Apostle Renny McLean “There are four types of ears: (1) The open ear, (2) The trained ear, (3) The itching ear, and (4) The deaf ear.” (McLean).
To me, an open ear is willing to hear and receive instruction whether it is what we want to hear or not. A trained ear knows, hears and discerns the voice of God while an itching ear wants to just scratch the surface, and will draw from off of others before getting it for itself. And as for the deaf ear, all it wants to hear is what it wants to hear by tuning out what it should be hearing.
2 Timothy 3:16-17: 16 All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage];
17 so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
“Two ways we will not hear God’s voice is by (1) disrespecting the vessel who is our Pastor, and (2) by becoming too familiar” (Apostle McLean)
To paraphrase a quote from Apostle Renny McLean:
“The day we do not hear our Pastor’s voice will be the day when we will neither hear nor discern the voice of the Great Shepherd. Why, because our Pastor speaks what the Spirit of The Great Shepherd instructs him to speak…
Hence the High Priest in heaven who connects with the Pastor who is the Priest in your house…
Heaven touches earth and earth touches heaven, and we have agreement 🙂
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