Waking Up To The Sound of God's Voice!

Waking Up To The Sound of God's Voice

Isaiah 50:4-5(NKJV) - “The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned. The Lord God has opened My ear; And I was not rebellious, Nor did I turn away.

God has impeccable timing. Over and over I hear His voice the instant I awake from sleep. Sometimes, He gives me a scripture. Other times, He gives me specific instructions but at all times whatever He says is loaded with power. I am learning that there is a dimension of spiritual wisdom reserved for those who receive a direct impartation from God Himself. He's eager to share what's on His heart but He first needs to find those of us who are willing to listen. Morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear mysteries so that I could speak profound things reserved only for the wise.

This fresh revelation has the power to transform everything both inside of me and within those who receive what He has given me to say. If you choose to wake up to the sound of God's Voice, you too will have a word in season that will bring strength to the weary. You too, will have the ability to speak with supernatural wisdom. You too, will have open spiritual ears to hear wondrous things but there is one condition. You cannot be rebellious and you cannot turn away. From Isaiah 55:11, we understand that God's Word will not return to Him void so He won't give it to you if He knows He won't get results.

Welcome back to the blog. Hopefully, you took advantage of the break to catch up on the Worship sermon series that we posted to the site. This morning God told me that many of us are blindsided by the enemy because we do not position ourselves to hear His Voice consistently. We decipher what God is doing by construing that if the enemy is attacking us then God must have something planned. Though that may be correct, God wants to remind us that He's actually a person and we can talk to Him. He's also the revealer of secrets according to Daniel 2:28. As we discussed in our sermon series, nobody shouts a secret. If you're going to hear secrets from God you need to be very close to Him.

Now, let's go back to the beginning of the blog. Why is it so important to hear God's Voice the moment we wake up? Is that even necessary? Why do we have to even wake up to hear from God? Can't God just speak to us while we sleep with dreams?

Job 33:14-18(NLT) - For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings. He makes them turn from doing wrong; he keeps them from pride. He protects them from the grave, from crossing over the river of death.

Yes, God can speak to us in dreams but not all of us have the ability to recognize what He's saying. Any dream can be a message from God but every dream is not. In fact, even if you get a dream from God that does not mean you know what it means. You can make up your own meaning but if you do so, you'll probably get it wrong. It is true that we are in the last days and with the outpouring of The Holy Spirit has come an increase of dreams, visions and prophetic utterances. However, with an increase of dreams must come an increase of dream interpretation. As you can see by reading The Bible, anybody can dream but very few can interpret.

Ecclesiastes 5:3,7(NKJV) - For a dream comes through much activity, And a fool’s voice is known by his many words... For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God.

If you're going to try to guide your life strictly by dreams you're going to be very confused. Why? Some of your dreams reflect an over-active mind. Sadly, that's one reason why some spiritual people veer over the edge and become spooky people. They don't recognize the line that separates a true message from God and their imagination. Anyway, that's why sometimes God chooses to wake us up to speak to us instead of giving us the directions we desire in a dream while we sleep. He doesn't want us to miss His voice in the midst of our internal noise.

So if we can be noisy on the inside while we sleep what about while we are fully awake during the course of a normal day? Why can't God wait until we wake up and get rolling with our day to start speaking? I'll put it like this. If your sleep can be noisy because of all the things on your mind what do you think your day can be like? Remember, sleep usually takes place in the midst of physical silence so all of the noise is internal but once your day gets started the decibel level of the noise becomes deafening. All of the activities of your day can overwhelm the one voice you need to hear and that's God's Voice. So what do you do?

Psalm 4:4(NKJV) - Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah

Psalm 63:6(NKJV) - When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.

Psalm 149:5(KJV) - Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

Take advantage of the most quiet times you have each day which are just before you sleep and just after you awake. Meditate, be still, remember The Lord and sing praises upon your bed. Think about that. When you lay on your bed, you have a great opportunity to set the tone for your night and your day ahead. In Psalm 4:4, the Psalmist David says it's okay to be angry as long as you don't sin. Then he immediately follows that by saying meditate with your heart on your bed and be still. Hmmm, what's the connection between anger and meditation? Let's see. Have you ever gone to bed completely distressed or beside yourself with anger? Did you try to get a good night's sleep? What do you think that did to your sleep? The best way to be tormented in your sleep is to be tormented before you sleep.

The scripture instructs us to meditate on The Lord and be still upon our beds. You might not control your circumstances while you are awake but you can control what your sleep will be like. David's son Solomon said the following in Proverbs 3:24(KJV); "When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet." I'm sure you've heard some version of the saying, "Don't lose sleep over that." Well, if you want to develop your ability to hear God's Voice clearly don't let anything or anybody rob you of your sleep. Remember, you don't just want to hear God while you sleep, you want to hear Him before you sleep and just after you awake when your heart is completely still.

Ephesians 4:26-27(NKJV) - “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.

When you let the sun go down on your wrath, guess who you've given place to? The devil! He loves angry, bitter, resentful people. There's nothing like some wrath to open the door for him to walk right into your life. Many people have done things they regret because they let anger linger in their hearts. They may be good people but the devil exploited their anger. Do you want the devil and demons to visit you while you sleep? Go to bed angry! However, do you want The Lord to visit you? Go to bed meditating on His Word with a praise on your heart! Still your heart and focus it on The Lord.

Psalm 27:8(NLT) - My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

The moment you awake is one of the best times to hear from God. He is inviting you to talk to Him. What does your heart say?

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