THE FIRST TIME I RECOGNIZED GOD'S VOICE (part 4) - by Pastor Darius Good

Charles Capps sermon, "Understanding the Human Spirit," rang over and over inside of me. For every example he gave of hearing God's voice I thought of examples of my own that I could offer. I told my father how God had never spoke to me and now I was realizing He's been speaking my entire life. 

Then as I was reading Kenneth Hagin's book "I Believe in Visions," he shared a story that reemphasized my moment of understanding.  He explained how he had received an invitation to speak at a church. He was struggling to type his acceptance letter and had typed several versions and thrown them away. Jesus suddenly walks into the room. At the end of their conversation, Jesus explains to Kenneth that his struggle to complete the letter was due to the check in his spirit, which was Jesus telling Kenneth not to go. He was not to accept the invitation to speak. Jesus said we have to learn to follow that feeling of peace or that feeling of uneasiness. That was another way in which He speaks to us. 

This was the second minister that explained this hearing by feelings. It was all becoming clearer to me, however, it did raise a major question for me I needed answered. 

My dad and pastor talked about hearing God's voice. Many people did, and even in the scriptures it talks about Him speaking to us. Why was I only experiencing being led by feelings, and how come I didn't see any being led by "feelings" in the scripture. 

The Lord eventually answered both questions for me. He said to look at children as an example. When they are born they communicate with their parents but not with words. Words, followed by sentences come much later. So babies rely on their senses to understand the messages being spoken to them. They rely on tone and facial expressions and other senses to understand. The Lord said as we mature we begin to understand words. But feelings will always be one way in which He speaks to us. Just as in the natural we rely to our senses to receive messages. So in essence I was a baby Christian. 

The answer to the second question was answered with scriptures. 

Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

The word "led" comes from the Greek word "ágō," which means to drive, carry, to lead or take with one. This action doesn't require words. 

Let's look at another story in the scriptures. Jesus was on his way to Galilee when all of a sudden he felt the need to go a different direction. 

John 4:3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.

John 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

Now if you are not familiar with Jewish customs, Jews never had dealings with the Samaritans. So the thought of going to Samaria wouldn't be in the mind of a Jew. As I have often said, stop and recognize when another idea different than your original plan comes. It may be God. And when you find yourself reasoning and debating with yourself, stop and think "maybe the Lord is trying to help me out." Well after reading the results of Jesus experience in Samaria we see that it was God's will to deviate from Jesus' plan. How often have I said, "I knew I should have listened," after debating with myself and deciding this new idea didn't make sense.

Romans 8:14 (KJV) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Recognize His leading and be obedient. In the next part I'll explain how God had to emotionally reset me so that I could hear Him. 

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