Many persons have a godly desire to serve the lord to become Apostles, Prophets pastors-teachers, evangelism, elders. The best way they can prepare themselves for this is firstly giving themselves all unto God and learning to hear God speaking to them.. Surprising ring how many professing Christian people do not still hear God personally speaking to them. Tragic that most so called Christians don’t hear the voice of God and are not really led by him at all. As they definately don’t wait upon the Lord including Pentecostals.
(1 Sam 3:10 KJV) And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant hearth.
In our fast food, take control society Nobody wants to wait. It would be easier to quit on a need than wait.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
God’s voice and spiritual gifts are not the only thing the devil blinds many people too
Clearly one of the unique, great, valid emphasis of the Pentecostals from the other denominations is also their emphasis on personally hearing God speak. even personally and collectively speaking to us, verbally individually or in a collective setting by prophecy.
In today’s take charge , self control freaks society one waiting for God to tell us what next to do is still not very popular. Get used to waiting for God. Even Prayers are not always answered immediately. This may be a bit uncomfortable statement in age that is after “fast food” and everything “instant”. Someone said that God responds to prayer in three ways: the first is an immediate answer “yes”; the second is a definite “no”; and third often is “wait.” Wait upon God some more too. It also indicates your true spiritual state, the waiting part and your reactions are quite revealing as to who you really are as well. Patience is a virtue and impatience is not, impatience is a sign of spiritual immaturity too.
(Psa 127:1 KJV) Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. (Psa 94:17 KJV) Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.(Psa 94:19 KJV) In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
But still God will not be coerced into our way of doing things.
(Isa 55:8 KJV) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts..
But the Lord is saying to us that if we wait upon Him, we will not be tired, we will not be frustrated, and all of His tasks will be accomplished in the perfect amount of time http://pbulow.tripod.com/wait.html
There is a huge pitfall in Christianity: thinking the Bible is the Word of God, and thinking all the commands in the Bible referencing the Word of God, refer to the Bible; when the references really mean going to God directly and listening to the Word of God speaking to you. If you don’t listen to the Voice of God, you will never grow; you will never know from what to repent; you will never receive his changing, purifying grace; you will not find God; and you will not have any reward in the Kingdom of God or Christ.
You can memorize the entire Bible, quoting chapter and verse, and it will gain you nothing with God. It is easy to read the Bible. It often feels good to read the Bible, as long as you discount all the requirements such as holiness, perfection, and purity while ignoring the disqualifications of anger, lust, immorality, impurity, greed, etc. The Bible wasn’t even printed until 1516, but the early church thrived for 300 plus years without it. Like many in the early church, even if you can’t read, you can be changed and purified to enter the Kingdom of Heaven as a son of God forever – by listening to God’s voice and obeying it. For he calls us all to repentance, Christhood, and the Kingdom of Heaven.
Hear this! Understand, the Bible is not the Word of God, for the many scriptures that refer to the Word of God are not referring to the Bible, but rather to the voice of God or the Lord – his words from him, the living spirit Word – otherwise you are looking to the wrong source of growth – a book, instead of God’s spirit, who desires to speak and teach you outside of the Bible. The Holy Spirit will teach you all things. John 14:26. He desires to teach you individual, personal things about yourself, and how he wants you to live, how he wants you to improve, what he wants you to deny – as well as encourage you, tell you of his love for you, and open up the scriptures to you, including the mysteries. If you limit yourself to reading the Bible, you will only get crumbs beneath the table.
Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Mat 4:4
(There is no life without hearing words from the mouth of God.)
But we have to listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, to hear. http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/god-still-speaks-outside-of-the-bible-as-well/
Personal Humbleness is one of the basic prerequisite to allow God to personally speak to us. I know that many persons now tend to limit, cripple how God can speak to them, as only being through the Mind, through the Bible, only through others, or through circumstances.. well I also know that the devil can speak to you and me that way now too.. or he devil can send you a supposedly wise person telling you what you should do , what to do. and often rather making it a lot worse. http://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/01/21/god-speaks/
How can I be more spiritual? How can I tap into the hidden wisdom of God that will bring forth my breakthrough? The key is hearing God’s voice behind His written Word. To identify God’s voice, we must actively communicate with Him. If we want to hear from Him, we must fellowship with Him through regular praise and worship, even by meditation on His Word and our consistent prayers. As Believers who have been Baptized with the Holy Spirit, we can also speak to God by praying or speaking in tongues. Through praying in the Spirit, we speak the very mysteries that could unlock the answers to the situations we face in life! By speaking in tongues and praying for the interpretation it we get divine revelation Knowledge imparted by God directly to each one of us. There is something miraculous powerful that happens when we spend time communicating with God, praying in tongues. It is often during these quiet times that we do even hear the voice of God speaking truth and wisdom directly from Heaven.