Two Kinds Of Christians

  1 Cor 3:1-9

Carnal Christians

A. Although when we become saved we are placed or baptized into Christ’s body (Rom 12:5; 1 Cor 1:30; 12:13), we are not thereby all equally mature. In Corinth Paul recognized that many of the believers were not growing and called them “carnal” Christians. “And I, brethren could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1).
B. As “babes in Christ,” carnal Christians have had the new birth, but they have not grown spiritually. Therefore, these immature believers must be fed baby food as were the Corinthians (1 Cor 3:2).

1. The reason there is so much baby food made available to Christians today is because there are so many Christians who are just that, babies! If Christians would only grow up and work for God instead of being crybabies who only want to be fed, our world would probably experience a great spiritual revolution. The reason why so little is done for God is because babies cannot work. They just complain and cry for comfort!
2. One treatment for carnal Christians is to feed them the solid spiritual food that they need to grow. To treat such a Christian constantly like a baby will perpetuate his or her state of immaturity. We as preachers are partially responsible for the infantile state of Christians today insofar as we have diagnosed our people as babies and have, consequently, only given them elementary truths. The result is that our congregations remain unfruitful for Christ.

C. Carnal Christians are also those whose bodily care is their greatest concern. Flesh is the old man in us who was crucified together with Christ when we believed (Rom 6:6), and he remains there during our entire Christian life, raising his ugly head to claim pre-eminence over the new creation we have become through faith in Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:17)

D. Another symptom of Christian babyhood is attachment to the humans who nurture them. In Corinth, the believers became followers of Paul, Peter, Apollos, etc. We are also baby Christians if our allegiance to any human Christian leader or denomination comes before our obedient and humble attachment to Jesus Christ. Paul tried to bring the Corinthians to their senses by asking them who, after all, was crucified for them, Paul or Christ? (See 1 Cor 1:13). Likewise, we must not put those preachers whom we see and hear closer to our hearts than Jesus who died for us and now lives, making constant intercession for us (Heb 7:25). If we put Christ first, we will start to grow into spiritual adulthood.

E. A carnal Christian is one who places any particular doctrine or practice that distinguishes him or her from other Christians as the basis of his acceptance of and fellowship with them. Apparently, the Corinthians took pride in their baptism (1 Cor 1:13-17). It is not through water baptism that we become brothers and sisters, but it is through our common redemption by Christ Jesus. While he chided the Corinthian Christians for being carnal babies, observe how Paul in the same breath called them brothers (1 Cor 1:10; 2:1). Our brotherhood rests solely in our union with Jesus Christ (Eph 4:4-6), and not in our baptism, as important as that may be.

F. The Corinthians were also filled with an attitude of spiritual superiority, which is another mark of an immature Christian. When Paul addressed them as he did in 1 Cor 12:1, he really intimated that they were ignorant of spiritual gifts. Similarly today, a carnal Christian learns to do something “in the flesh” then calls it a spiritual gift. This person must guard against the ensuing spiritual pride which accompanies such a work. Endeavoring to prove that one has more gifts than others is certainly a sign of spiritual babyhood.

 II. Spiritual Christians

A. These believers are exactly the opposite of the carnal Christians. “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal. . . .” (1 Cor 3:1).

B. The spiritual Christian, no matter how much he accomplishes for Christ, realizes that it is God who gives the increase (1 Cor 3:6). That verb ‎auxánœ‎, “to give increase” (“to cause to grow,” NASB; to “make things grow,” NIV) is very important for us to understand in 1 Cor 3:6. It is growth which is brought about by a factor or a cause other than oneself. A seed is placed in the ground, it is watered, and it grows. In the regularity of the experience, we are tempted to conclude that there is self-generation. But it is not so. We must always recognize that it is God who puts life into the seed, and it is God who makes it grow. A manmade seed with all the same constituent parts, placed in the ground and watered, will never grow. A spiritual Christian is one who recognizes and bows to God’s power in all of the demonstrations of life. He recognizes that he is the zero after the one and that without the one coming first, he will always be a zero.

C. A mature Christian is one who never considers himself as having arrived. He is constantly growing; the moment he stops growing he is reverting to the status of carnality. In 1 Cor 3:9 there is a word translated “building.” It is ‎oikodomê‎, which means a building in the process of being constructed. “For we are laborers together with God: . . . ye are God’s building.” He never finishes with us till our last breath. When we allow Him to keep on building us, we are spiritual. Interestingly enough, ‎oikodomê ‎is the same Greek word used in 2 Cor 5:1 to represent our eternal house in the heavens. The quality of our home in heaven will be determined by the quality of our lives as Christians on earth. What better incentive could we have to become less carnal and more spiritual!

Therefore ask yourself this question “What kind of Christian am I” —
{A carnal or a spiritual Christian}?
Remain Blessed

The God-Kind of Love Forgives

What is the God-kind of love like?

The God-kind of love is full of kindness and is tenderhearted. Since God’s love is kind and tenderhearted, it is always ready to forgive.

Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Sometimes I think people interpret this verse by saying that we are to forgive people only when they are kind to us. But that’s not what the Bible says.

This scripture also doesn’t say, “Forgive one another when the offense doesn’t amount to much. But if people have done a lot against you, then it’s okay to not forgive them.” The verse doesn’t read that way, but too many times that is the way people practice it.

Too many Christians allow their flesh to rule them, and then wonder why they aren’t receiving God’s best in their lives. But it’s impossible to walk in the God-kind of love while allowing the flesh to rule.

If we’re going to obey the Bible, we have to let the inward man rule us so we can be “kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.” It’s only as we “put on” Christ and make no provision for the flesh (Rom. 13:14) that we will be able to forgive one another, even as God for Christ’s sake forgave us.

How can we forgive the way God forgives? Well, the Bible says that God is love. And the same kind of love that God is has been shed abroad in our heart, or spirit, by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5).

What kind of love is it? Is it natural, human love? No, it is divine love. It is the God-kind of love. And one characteristic of the God-kind of love is that it forgives. Another thing about divine love—when God forgives, He forgets!

Isaiah 43:25 says, “I, even I, am he that BLOTTETH OUT THY TRANSGRESSIONS for mine own sake, and WILL NOT REMEMBER thy sins.” Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

These scriptures tell us that once we ask forgiveness, God doesn’t remember our sins anymore. God doesn’t say, “I’m going to hold against you everything you’ve ever done, and I’m going to remind you of your sins every time I think of them.” Thank God, this verse says that when we ask forgiveness, God will remember our sins no more!

Sometimes husbands and wives can be prone to remind each other of past mistakes every time a disagreement arises. There’s no way they can develop a good relationship if they keep doing that. Also, if spouses constantly remind each other of past mistakes and failures, it will ruin their prayer lives and will make their faith inoperative.

1 PETER 3:7

7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; THAT YOUR PRAYERS BE NOT HINDERED.

If husbands and wives hold unforgiveness and ill will against each other, it can affect their health, and their prayers will be hindered. Their faith won’t work.

You want your prayers to be unhindered, don’t you? Then walk in love and forgiveness. Learn to forgive and forget like God does.

You see, if you really love people and forgive them, you will not keep reminding them of their past mistakes, sins, and failures. You will not keep reminding them about the way they hurt you, let you down, or offended you.

Now the devil may bring a picture to your mind of something that happened between you and another person. But you don’t have to entertain the devil’s thoughts. You can go on your way and walk in forgiveness, knowing that the Lord has forgiven you of your sin, failures, and shortcomings, and that you have forgiven the other person.

Some people say, “Well, I just can’t forgive.” But that doesn’t line up with the Scriptures, because if you are born again, the God-kind of love has been shed abroad in your heart.

Other people say, “Well, I can’t forgive the way God does because I’m not God.” Of course, you’re not God! But, you see, God forgives because He is love (1 John 4:8). And the same kind of love that God is dwells in you. Therefore, you can forgive with His love, just as God does.

Because the love of God has been shed abroad in our heart by the Holy Ghost, that means that God even furnishes the love for you and me to forgive with! But too many believers make the mistake of going by their head instead of their heart.

So divine love not only forgives, it forgets! That’s the way God wants us to forgive too. And we can forgive and forget because God has already furnished His love in our heart, enabling us to forgive. Therefore, there’s no excuse for failure in our ability to forgive.

Colossians 3:13 says, “Forbearing one another, and FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, if any man have a quarrel against any: EVEN AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU, SO ALSO DO YE.” You see, when we walk in the light of the Word, we can enjoy all the benefits thereof. But to walk in the light of the Word, we have to walk in love and forgiveness.

There is something else we need to see about how love and forgiveness work together regarding answered prayer. Unforgiveness—the lack of forgiveness—is one hindrance to prayer that Jesus Himself mentioned.

MARK 11:23–25

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

25 And when ye stand PRAYING, FORGIVE, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

A lot of times, people take these verses out of context and make them say something they don’t say. Then, they try to make them work, anyway. But, you see, there are some conditions involved in getting Mark 11:23 and 24 to work. Did you ever notice that many of the promises of God are conditional?

You see, the blessings of God don’t just fall on us like ripe cherries off a tree. You have your part to play—you have some responsibility in the matter.

When Jesus tells us in Mark 11:23 and 24 that we can have what we say, we all rejoice and are thrilled with His words. And we should be. But that is not all Jesus said about answered prayer.

Mark 11:23 and 24 do not present the whole story on the subject of faith. For example, in Galatians 5:6, the Bible has something else to say about faith. It says that faith only works by love.

So you won’t be able to get your faith to work for you if you’re not walking in love and forgiveness. I don’t care how many biblical confessions you make or how scriptural they are—your faith won’t work without the God-kind of love.

You can make all the confessions you want, but they won’t work for you unless you forgive. You can get up every morning and go through your list, take time out at noon to make faith confessions, and even get up in the middle of the night and repeat the same confessions—and your faith still won’t work for you unless you’re walking in love.

You could make your faith confessions like that for a hundred years, but your faith simply will not work in an atmosphere of unforgiveness.

You see, believing you have your petition and confessing your faith with your mouth is only part of effective faith and receiving answers to prayer. In fact, Mark 11:23 and 24 won’t work without Mark 11:25: “And when ye stand praying, FORGIVE. . . .” Why won’t verses 23 and 24 work without verse 25? Because faith won’t work without love, and love forgives.

Notice that verse 25 begins with the word “and.” The word “and” is a conjunction. It joins what Jesus just finished saying to what He’s about to say. Notice what Jesus had just said in Mark 11:24: “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when YE PRAY. . . .” Jesus was talking about prayer. And He was still talking about how to make your faith effectual in verse 25 when He said, “When you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive.” When you pray—forgive!

Why did Jesus say that? Because Jesus knew that if we have an air of unforgiveness about us, our prayers won’t be effectual. Faith only works by love (Gal. 5:6).

Now if Jesus had just said, “When you stand praying, you’ll have your petition,” we’d all have it made. But He didn’t stop there. He said that when we stand praying, we have to do something. What do we have to do? Forgive! If we have aught (or anything) against anyone, we have to forgive.

This great truth bears repeating: Prayer and faith won’t work when there is an air of unforgiveness about you! And unforgiveness is what has so many people stymied in their faith and prayer life.

Whether you realize it or not, a lack of compassion and an unwillingness to forgive others are the things that hinder us from receiving from God and from growing spiritually. Unforgiveness will hinder us from being what God wants us to be and from being who God wants us to be.

In Mark 11:25, Jesus said, “When you stand praying, forgive if ye have aught against anyone.” The word “aught” means any kind of grudge or ill will or wrong feeling about anyone at all. That means a little grudge, a middle-sized grudge, or a big grudge—anything at all against another person.

God’s Word works, but you have to be a doer of God’s Word before it will work for you. Part of being a doer of God’s Word is to forgive others and to forgive yourself too.

It’s believing, acting on, and confessing God’s Word that makes it work for you. You can’t act on the Word and be a doer of God’s Word if you aren’t willing to forgive. It’s absolutely impossible.

So learn to forgive so you can receive God’s best in life. Practice what Paul did. Forget those things which are behind and “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).

The Father’s Care

Father’s Love

God the Father, Cima da Conegliano, Circa 1510-17.

God the Father

John 17:23 says, “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” I want you to notice particularly the expression “ . . .and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” There’s no truth so far-reaching as the blessed fact that our Father God cares for us. John 17:23 says God loves us even as He loves Jesus!

In the Old Testament, God was Jehovah, Elohim, and El Shaddai to Israel. The children of Israel did not know Him as Father. They did not know Him as a Lover. Under the Old Covenant, He didn’t indwell men; He dwelled only in the Holy of Holies. He dealt with the lawbreakers and the disobedient in awful judgment. They were commanded to love and obey Him, or suffer the consequences.

Into that harsh atmosphere of justice, Jesus came. He talked about God as His Father. He told of the Father’s love and of the Father’s care for His own—and the people could not understand Him.

If He had come with a message like John the Baptist’s, commanding people to repent and calling them bitter names, then they would have understood Jesus’ message. But when He introduced a loving Father God, His words fell upon unresponsive ears.

I want to share a few scriptures in which Jesus talks about God as a loving Father.

JOHN 16:23,27

23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the FATHER in my name, he will give it you. . . .

27 For the FATHER himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

MATTHEW 6:8–9a

8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your FATHER knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him [notice that even though God knows what we need, He still told us to ask Him].

9 (And so He said then) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our FATHER which art in heaven . . . .

MATTHEW 6:26

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly FATHER feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

The way Jesus referred to God as Father was utterly new. The Jewish people had a hard time grasping it. To tell the truth, it’s a new concept to many church members today. Most people have been taught to fear and to shrink from a God of justice. We’ve never seen the love side of God the way we ought to have seen it. Jesus came to show us that side of God. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son . . .” (John 3:16).

Almost everyone knows what John 3:16 says, but do you know what the next verse says? It says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Thank God, He did love us, didn’t He? And He does love us right now.

MATTHEW 6:30–33

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

Notice Jesus didn’t say that all these material things would be taken away from you. He said they would be added unto you. That proves that the Father cares for His own.

Matthew 6:34 says, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Another translation reads, “Be not therefore anxious for the morrow.” You see, God doesn’t want His children to be anxious or to worry. He says, “Have no worry, no fret, no anxiety. I am your Father. I know what things you need before you ask. But seek first My Kingdom and My righteousness, and all of these things shall be added unto you.”

Your Heavenly Father knows what you need. So have no worry, fret, or anxiety. If God is your Father, you may be assured that He will take a father’s place and will perform a father’s part. You may be certain that if He is your Father, He loves you and will care for you.

In John 14, Jesus tells us what it means to love God and to be loved by Him.

JOHN 14:21–23

21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me SHALL BE LOVED OF MY FATHER, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and MY FATHER WILL LOVE HIM, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

In this passage, we have the revelation of the Father’s attitude toward His children. There are two things in particular that are emphasized in these scriptures.

Number one, Jesus said, “He that has My commandments and keeps them . . .” (v. 21). What are Jesus’ commands? That we “love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves” (Mark 12:30–31). Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). There’s no use for you to worry about any other commandment. Walking in love sums up the whole business because the Word of God says that love is the fulfilling of the law (Rom 13:10). If you keep Jesus’ command to love, you will have fulfilled the rest of the commandments.

Number two, Jesus said, “He that has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me and the one who shall be loved by My Father” (v. 21). If you walk in love, you walk in God’s realm, for God is love (1 John 4:7). The great Father God is a love God. And if you walk in love, you walk in His realm. His very nature, because He is love, compels Him to care for you and protect you.

Even natural love cares for and protects. How much greater is divine love than natural love! Jesus said, “If ye then, being evil [or natural], know how to give good gifts unto your children, HOW MUCH MORE shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matt. 7:11). A thrill goes through my spirit when I get to that “how much more” part!

How many parents want their children to go through life poverty-stricken, nose to the grindstone, sick, afflicted, downtrodden, downcast, down-and-out? Not a single one! Many parents will sacrifice and work their fingers to the bone to help their children gain a better life than they had. Parents also want to shield and protect their children from hard times. Natural love does that. And if we, being natural, love that way, how much more does our Father God love and care for us!

In John 15:1, Jesus says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.” The Greek word translated “husbandman” also implies caretaker, protector, shield, trainer, and educator. Our Father God is the Caretaker. He is the Protector and Shield. He is the Trainer and Educator. As the husbandman trained the branches of the vine, so our Heavenly Father trains the branches of the Body of Christ.

Now then, since God loves me as He loves Jesus, I’m not afraid to face life’s problems, because He is with me as He was with Jesus!

JOHN 16:32

32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I AM NOT ALONE, BECAUSE THE FATHER IS WITH ME.

Since the Father God loves us as He loved Jesus, then He is with us as He was with Jesus. Thank God, we’re not alone!

Nothing can be more comforting than the fact that the Father Himself knows you and loves you. When you study these statements that Jesus made relative to the Father, many scriptures in the Word take on new light. Many verses in the Bible become more real to us when we examine them in light of what Jesus said about the Father. Let’s look at just a few such verses.

1 PETER 5:7

7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

This is the Father’s message to us. He wants us to end worry, fear, and doubt. You might say, “Can I do it?” Sure you can. You do it by casting all your care upon Father God. He wants you to abandon yourself to His love and to His care. So He said to cast “ . . .the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully” (1 Peter 5:7 Amplified).

Philippians 4:6 almost becomes a new message to me when I read it as being from the very heart of the Father that Jesus came to introduce. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” The Amplified Bible says, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” This is a message from the very heart of my Father God.

God is sending you a message from His heart of love. He’s telling you that you can do anything. You can rise to the place where you are unafraid in the most unpleasant circumstances because you know that your Father is on your side. The Father’s love compels Him to care for you. When you know His love and learn to swing free in that love then all doubts and fears will be destroyed.

When you remember that your Heavenly Father loves you even as He loved Jesus, then you can understand why you need not be afraid—even as Jesus was not afraid. Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” God is your Light. He is your Salvation and Deliverance. He is the Strength of your life. There’s nothing to fear! Praise God! What can anyone do to the one whom God loves and protects?

Hebrews 13:5 says that God will never leave us or forsake us. “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Heb. 13:6). I’m glad the Lord is my Helper. Is He your Helper? He wants to be your Helper today.

He also wants to meet all your needs. Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” This is not religious jargon or mere preaching. This is a living truth from the heart of our wonderful Father.

Now when you read the Word, read it in light of God as your Father—the same kind of Father to you as He is to Jesus. The Word will come alive and so will your heart, as you realize and come to know experientially the great love your Father has for you.

I am so grateful for my Heavenly Father. His love for me is perfect. He may be Judge to the world. He may be God to the sinner. But to me—He is Father!

A MESSAGE OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

It has been observed over time that either consciously or unconsciously, humans have always felt that there’s an unseen force greater than them that rules the earth…whether named or not. Well, we believe that too! But the difference is that we are capable of feeling and observing His show of divine love in our lives. We don’t need to think because we have a letter and an assurance that GOD loves us! John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not die but live an everlasting life” Wow! How powerful is that? Can you sacrifice your only child for an unselfish reason? For the world? Think about it!
But that’s not the best part! Whether you believe it or not, YOU were on His mind when He made this sacrifice…yes, you! You may say that you weren’t even born yet! But, my dear, before you came into this world, He knew you and ordained a great future for you (Jeremiah 1:5). He didn’t bring you into this world to suffer…nooooo…He brought you to enjoy, to rule the earth. You know what: that provision was made for you more than 2000 years ago when God’s son died! He didn’t just die anyhow but He was crucified which means that He felt the pains before He died. They FLOGGED Him before crucifying Him and every stripe there was for you…Isaiah 53:4-5 says that “Surely, he hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgression; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes, we are healed..!” Sweetheart, it was done all for you! Better believe it because He loves you!!!
It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or what has been done to you. What matters is that HE LOVES YOU!!! There’s no two ways about it. Do something for me, will you? Take a moment and imagine the cross…imagine everything you don’t like in your life (fear, failure, sickness, poverty, depression, etc) and take it and drop it there!!! Were you able to do that? Now, that’s imagination but let’s put it to practice and the only way that can be done is by believing with all your heart that Jesus Christ (i.e God’s son) is Lord and savior over your life! Then, confess it with your mouth…Romans 10:10.
The only reason why you’ve been through all the challenges you’ve been through is because you’ve been in sin and sin gives the devil a hold over you. ROMANS 3:23 says that “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. Now, it’s time to get out of it! It’s time to get rid of challenges. It’s time to live a victorious life. IT’S TIME TO ACCEPT GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!!! My dear, stop running and fall into a loving father’s arms and I promise you that you’ll NEVER regret it. Never forget Jeremiah 31:3 “….I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you.” That’s God talking to you. If you are ready to accept this love, pray this prayer with all of your heart with me: “Dear Jesus, I thank you for the provision you made for me on the cross. Thank you for your unconditional love towards me. I ask that you come into my heart and make me clean with your blood. I believe that you are the Christ, the son of the living God and I ask that you be my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Jesus for saving me totally in Jesus’ name, Amen.” Now, you are born again and I’m sooo happy if you made this decision and trust me, God is also happy with you. Remain Blessed!!

Hearing God’s Voice

 

Hearing God’s Voice – Are You Ready to Listen?
Hearing God’s voice is something we all long for-but did you know that it’s not hard to do? In fact, God wants you to hear His voice! He doesn’t speak to us through a quiver in our liver or through vibes or mediums. Hearing the voice of God is as natural as hearing your best friend talk to you. What’s more, we can hear Him everyday and not just on special occasions or by chanting special incantations. He speaks to us in the natural moments of life. Do you want to hear God’s voice? Then you must be ready to listen.

Hearing God’s Voice – Why Do You Want to Hear Him?
Why do you want to hear God’s voice? That may sound like a silly question, but motives are important in anything we do. The Bible says this about God’s Word: “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

Do you want to hear God’s voice? If you do, it’s possible you’re hearing Him already, for He may be the one giving you the longing to hear Him.

Hearing God’s Voice in the Bible
In his book Knowing God, J. I. Packer says, “God has spoken to man, and the Bible is His Word, given to us to make us wise unto salvation.”

The Bible itself declares, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). In another place, we read: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16).

You may hear people say that the Bible is just a book written by men, but the Bible itself claims to be God’s Word! Can we rely on it? The evidence of history, archaeology, fulfilled prophecy and personal testimony over thousands of years is overwhelming that the Bible is, indeed, God’s Word. Do you want to hear God’s voice? Then read the Bible. Find a good daily reading plan, and stick to it.

Hearing God’s Voice through Prayer
When you want to have a conversation with someone, how do you begin? Do you stand in front of the person and hope they will talk to you? That might work, if the other person is outgoing enough, but usually we begin a conversation by opening our own mouths and talking, engaging the other person’s attention. It’s the same with God! He loves to hear us talk to Him, and it’s in those moments that we prepare ourselves to hear the voice of God. Prayer is like saying, “Hello, God, it’s me. I believe You created me and that You know way more about how I should live my life than I do. I’d like to get to know You better. Here’s what’s going on in my life, and I’d sure like Your thoughts on how to handle it. Would You please speak to me about this today?”

In an ordinary conversation, we speak, then listen for the response of the other person. It’s the same with God! Once we’ve prepared our hearts to listen through prayer, we’re more likely to hear the voice of God. Does He speak to us through an audible voice? Some claim He does, but usually that’s not the case. We may not actually “hear” the voice of God, but He speaks to us in many ways. Here are some of them:

  • God speaks through His Word
  • God speaks through our thoughts
  • God speaks through conversations with others
  • God speaks through circumstances

Hearing God’s Voice through Jesus
The Bible also tells us that Jesus is God in the flesh. Therefore, if you want to hear the voice of God, you must study and know the teachings of Jesus. Here’s how John describes Him: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.” (1 John 1:1). You must also have a personal relationship with Jesus. Have you ever tried to carry on a conversation of any depth with a person you did not know? It doesn’t usually go very far.

Shortly before He was crucified, Jesus met with His disciples to reassure them of what would happen after He was gone. He promised them a helper: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17). The Holy Spirit, then, is the fulfillment of the way we hear God’s voice!

Hearing God’s Voice with the Help of the Holy Spirit
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26). The second chapter of Acts describes the events that occurred on the day of Pentecost, after Jesus ascended into Heaven. Verse 3 says they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, the Counselor promised by Jesus. This unique aspect of God’s personality did not come to them as someone they could see and touch, but rather He came to live inside them. That same Spirit is available to you and me today. Are you a Christian? If so, you already have the Holy Spirit available to you. Ask God for a fresh filling everyday, and He will prepare your heart to hear God’s voice. His Spirit, that still, small voice inside you, is the One who will remind you of what God said, and help you recognize God’s opportunities in your life.

Hearing God’s Voice – Conclusion of the Matter
So we have the Bible, prayer, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and our own hearts to help us in hearing God’s voice. Do you want to hear God’s voice? That is the final question, for God responds to willing hearts. In the book of Revelation, we read: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20). God will never force you to obey Him, but waits for your willing response to His call. Are you hearing His voice right now? Don’t let your final answer be the wrong one. God isn’t the variable you are the variable… God speaks all the time but are u sensitive enough to listen to all he has in stock for You… Walk in the consciousness of him as a father who talks to his son/daughter everyday… He longs to talk to u even more than u want to talk to Him… I Prophecy that God will enlighten you more by his Spirit in Jesus name… (AMEN)!!!

Grow More Now And Make Sure You Know God’s Will!