August 12, 2012 Uncategorized Comments Off on Hearing God Speak
A couple of years ago a friend and I were hiking Thunderbir dMountain having a great time in conversation about the Lord when I mentioned how God talks to me. With astonishment my friend, who was in the lead, stopped dead in her tracks, turned around to look at me and asked, “Did I just hear you say God talks to you?” At first I thought she was kidding but I soon realized by the intensity of her gaze that she was totally sincere in her question. Stunned, as I thought all believers heard from God, I answered humbly, “Yes, God talks to me.” As we continued our hike at a slower pace, my friend asked “What does God sound like? How do you know it is God talking to you?” and many other questions. For the remainder of our hike we ruminated over the answers to her inquiries.
Later as I reflected on my friend’s questions and how God has spoken to me through the years I realized not all Christians hear God talking to them. I came to a further conclusion there are three transformations that must take place in the believers’ life in order to hear God’s voice; live a spirit led life, listen for God to talk and have an active desire to walk by faith. These transformations were the crux of my life change, giving me the ability to hear God and empowering me to be willing to implement His call to found Discipleship Ministry International, Inc. (DMI).
First I had to be Spirit led. In 1990 I met a woman who began to disciple me. I knew my life was a mess. My problem was I did not know how to get my life turned around. Having lived in dysfunction as a normalcy for so long I had come to accept my lot in life. As I studied Ephesians 5:18 “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” I began to understand the word ‘be’ in this verse. This word is an active word which means to ‘continue to be’ as in ‘being’. At that moment the rhema Word (the Word alive in Greek) became clear that this ‘being’ is something I must continue to practice. It is not a one time filling. No, on the contrary it is a continuous activity of reading the Word and meditating on it, having quality prayer time, staying in fellowship with other believers, being accountable to my husband, other leaders and peers; those in authority, asking for prayer in decisions, abiding with Jesus moment by moment and day by day as I walk out my life. As God reveals any thing in my life that is not pleasing to Him, according to Psalm 139, I must confess it as quickly as possible so as not to hinder this flow of God’s Spirit as He pours into me as it speaks He will in 1 Corinthians 2. It is out of this overflow of filling I can pour into the lives of others. This is the Spirit Led life.
The next transformation that took place in my life was a willingness to hear God speak to me. The other evening my husband and I were at dinner with a husband and wife who had just come back together to work on their marriage. We were talking about God revealing truth to us when I opened my little purse Bible to I Corinthians 2:9-12 and read, “However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him, but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us”. As I emphasized verse 12 to the husband he responded that he did not need to hear from God. Shocked, as this man is a believer, my husband and I began to relay times in our lives that God revealed to us wisdom in situations that we did not have an answer. This man apparently did not need to have God’s wisdom. Having a desire to hear God speak is an exciting adventure in the Christians life. How boring if we always knew what each day would produce. Oral Roberts often said, “Today expect a miracle!” As the years have passed by, this phrase has become more and more a reality as I have seen many miracles. If I expect a miracle I will see it and the same with listening for God to speak. If I listen, then I will be available when He does.
As I was being discipled it became very clear to me many other women would benefit from the experience that had so radically changed my life. God began to stir within me a desire to see spiritual multiplication as emphasized in 2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” I was listening to God speak to me. I was hearing His voice. It was impossible or so I thought at first. But looking back I can see that the next transformation in my life had to take place in order for the message to go forth.
In Hebrews 11:6 it says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Faith is the key to the third transformation that I began to see happening in my life. Anything not of faith is sin and sin hinders the believers’ life keeping them from experiencing a Spirit led walk. I knew as God was speaking to me about spiritual multiplication I had a decision to make that required my faith to be tested. As I prayed and God nudged I shared with others what God was saying to me. It was not long and I began see a contagious energy around me. Several ladies caught the vision and we joined forces to disciple, minister through seminars and brunches and soon DMI was birthed.
Today DMI is a 501c3 ministry equipping hundreds of men, women and teens to live a spirit led life, listening to God speak and walking it out by faith.
By Cathy Cheshier
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