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Hearing the Voice of God and Fulfilling God's Purpose for Your Life (book by Eric Gondwe)
Different Ways God Speaks
The following are among the major avenues God speaks to us:
1. Through prayer
2. Through the Bible
3. Through books, other types of literature, and multimedia
4. Through wise counsel (other people)
5. Through circumstances and opportunities
6. Through fellowship
7. Through prophecy
8. Through Visionary Leadings (including Through Visions)
9. Through dreams
10. Through inner peace
11. Through fasting
12. Through testimonies (past experiences - ours and others’)
13. Through inborn (natural) abilities or gifts and personality attributes
14. Through newbirth (spiritual) gifts
15. Through an authoritative voice
16. Through an inner voice and affirmation
1. THROUGH PRAYER
Prayer is basically us talking to God, just as reading the bible is God talking to us. It is expressing our thoughts, desires, feelings, gratitude, praises, disappointments, concerns, burdens, our inadequacy without him, etc. Through prayer each of us believers has personal access to God. When we’re praying we leave the earthly realm (spiritually, not physically) and we enter the heavenly realm of God’s kingdom.
Prayer is also an avenue God uses to enable us, believers, to establish our given authority on earth. Our given authority is in the area of fulfilling his will on earth and extending his kingdom to all people on earth. Through prayer we’re able to ask God, according to his written will in the bible, to fulfill matters on earth he has burdened us with:
“Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession,” Psalm 2:8.
“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete,” John 16:24.
Through prayer, God desires us to ask him for things that he world like to fulfill on earth and in our lives. Thus without asking God may result in him not bringing to pass many things he’d planned to fulfill on earth and in our lives. This is a profound gesture from God. The almighty, all-powerful God has chosen not to impose his will on earth and opted to work with his children, us believers, on many critical matters.
It could be that certain matters not yet fulfilled on earth and in our lives are due to not having asked and cooperated with God in fulfilling them. In his book titled, Understanding the Purpose and Power of Prayer: Earthly License for Heavenly Interference, Myles Munroe shows how through prayer God has placed us in such a central position in making a difference in this world.
God has given us the keys to his kingdom. “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 16:19. This means that there’re certain places and matters that unbelievers and Satan’s hosts cannot have access to in heaven. It’s our Father’s house that only his children have access to. It carries with it immense authority.
The whole verse in the passage reads: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven,” Matthew 16:19.
(On what binding and loosing means according to the bible, please read Chapter 2, Our Territory and Nature of Our Christian Authority in my book on spiritual warfare, titled Spiritual Warfare Principles for Every Christian. Some in the body of Christ recently began to assume it implied binding and loosing evil spirits in geographical territories, in the heavenly realms or the spirit world).
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2. THROUGH THE BIBLE
The bible is God’s word to us. Reading the bible is God talking to us, just as prayer is basically us talking to God. Reading the bible is listening to God in the most plausible way. However, we need God’s help through his Holy Sprit to be able understand it from his perspective.
Unlike other books, the Bible was not inspired by human beings. The Holy Spirit is its single author (2 Timothy 3: 16-17, 2 Peter 1: 21). The people that were used to write it were his secretaries as he dictated the matters to write. That same author who spoke through the hearts of great secretaries also lives inside each one of us believers.
As we remain submissive to fulfilling God’s will in our lives the Holy Spirit is able to work in our lives and guide us to all truth in God’s word. He is called the “Spirit of truth,” the one that brings us the truth.
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come,” John 16:13.
What we’ll hear and learn from his book will amaze us as the Holy Spirit is able to work in our lives. We’ll not learn intellectual stuff for our memories to accumulate.
We will learn spiritual stuff that will feed our spirits and those we proclaim the Gospel to. Our human spirits will then be having good food to grow stronger in faith. As we read God’s word under the guidance of the Holly Spirit, the author of God’s word will always highlight certain areas for us to “hear” and put into effect.
Book on hearing from God: Hearing the Voice of God and Fulfilling God's Purpose for Your Life © 2008 Eric Gondwe