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Worship Opens Your Ears To God's Voice

Worship Opens Your Ears To God's Voice

Welcome to Part 27 of this blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you just want to understand it a little better, this blog series is for you. For Part 26, "Hearing God Through Dreams And Visions" click here. Today, we will focus on Point 4 of 7 listed in "Developing The Art Of Hearing From God"

It's much easier to hear God's Voice when you're in a posture of worship. Your focus is on Him so you're ready to hear what He has to say.

John 4:23-24(KJV) - But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

John 9:31(KJV) - Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

John 4:23-24 says that God seeks true worshippers to worship Him. John 9:31 puts all people into two categories; worshippers of God or sinners. Which one defines you? You are either one or the other. If you're a worshipper of God, feel free to talk to God because He hears you loud and clear. While sinners may run into resistance, He keeps His communication lines open to worshippers.

How do you receive tangible confirmation that God has heard you? When He responds. Therefore, if you need to hear from God your best posture should be one of worship. I know you should pray in faith and believe God hears you with only The Word as your confirmation. However, there's nothing like The Holy Spirit confirming in your heart that The Lord has acknowledged your prayer request. It gives you complete peace.

Revelation 1:10-11(NKJV) - I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

When The Apostle John received The Book of Revelation he was in The Spirit on The Lord's Day. In other words, he was in a posture of worship. Psalm 22:3 says that God chooses to dwell where He is praised. As The Apostle John found out, the best place to hear God's Voice is in His presence.

Some of the best revelations from God that I have ever received came in the midst of intense worship. That's why the moment I sense the worship in a church service going deeper and deeper I listen intently for God's Voice. When His Spirit begins to move He usually has something to say. Worship opens the door for revelation. The opposite is also true.

Worship Opens Your Ears To God's Voice

1 Samuel 3:1(KJV) - And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

There was a season in Israel's history when they hardly heard from The Lord. Do you want to know why? Their worship was messed up. Here's what was going on in the temple where the sacrifices were supposed to be offered up to The Lord.

1 Samuel 2:12-17, 22-25, 27-30(NKJV) - Now the sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the Lord. 13 And the priests’ custom with the people was that when any man offered a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fleshhook in his hand while the meat was boiling. 14 Then he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; and the priest would take for himself all that the fleshhook brought up. So they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there. 15 Also, before they burned the fat, the priest’s servant would come and say to the man who sacrificed, “Give meat for roasting to the priest, for he will not take boiled meat from you, but raw.” 16 And if the man said to him, “They should really burn the fat first; then you may take as much as your heart desires,” he would then answer him, “No, but you must give it now; and if not, I will take it by force.” 17 Therefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord, for men abhorred the offering of the Lord..... 22 Now Eli was very old; and he heard everything his sons did to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 23 So he said to them, “Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all the people. 24 No, my sons! For it is not a good report that I hear. You make the Lord’s people transgress. 25 If one man sins against another, God will judge him. But if a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for him?” Nevertheless they did not heed the voice of their father, because the Lord desired to kill them......27 Then a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Did I not clearly reveal Myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh’s house? 28 Did I not choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be My priest, to offer upon My altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod before Me? And did I not give to the house of your father all the offerings of the children of Israel made by fire? 29 Why do you kick at My sacrifice and My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling place, and honor your sons more than Me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel My people?’ 30 Therefore the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I said indeed that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever.’ But now the Lord says: ‘Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.

When corruption entered the house of worship, God's Voice grew more and more silent. In fact, it got so bad that by 1 Samuel 4, God left the place. The Ark of The Lord was stolen and His glory went with it (1 Samuel 4:21-22). This was a hard but necessary lesson about the importance of worship. However, in the midst of all of that darkness, God still spoke to Samuel because his heart was in the right place.

Revelation flows in abundance in a house where God is truly worshipped. However, where the worship has been corrupted the wells of revelation begin to dry up. This direct correlation between worship and revelation should be used to your advantage. Since it works on a corporate level, make it your priority to actively participate in true corporate worship. In Matthew 18:19-20, Jesus confirmed this when He stressed the power of agreement.

Nonetheless, this principle works even more on a personal level. If God placed so much value on the worship He received in His temple in Israel what do you think His position is now? According to 2 Corinthians 6:16, you are the temple of The Living God. If your worship is pure you will hear God's Voice loud and clear. Therefore, make true worship your number one priority today because God has something to say to you.

Amos 8:11-13(NLT) - “The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread or water but of hearing the words of the Lord. 12 People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from border to border searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it. 13 Beautiful girls and strong young men will grow faint in that day, thirsting for the Lord’s word.

A famine of God's Word is coming. Don't get caught in the middle of it. Worship God with a pure heart and maintain your access to His Voice.

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