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YWAM DTS Notes Hear God's Voice based on lectures by
As Steve Wells mentioned the whispers
of the Enemy. I thought of how the Enemy wants to deceive us as Christians.
Satan has used three great deceptions today, in seducing mankind away from the
truth of God's revelation in Jesus Christ. It is important for us to understand
these, since we are not immune to Satan's deception, even though we are God's
children. We have the indwelling Holy Spirit to give us discernment, so that we
can be aware of the deception. The first and foremost deception of Satan is in
reference to Biblical truth. He has tried, down through the centuries to produce
many false Christs (i.e. so called Prophets); he has tried to undermine the
truth of Scripture by addition or subtraction; he has used religious people to
twist scripture, to try and get it to say something that it doesn’t.
If Satan is unable to
deceive one through a false Christ or false teaching, he then turns to the
second great deception, that in regards to Sin - Heb. 3:13, "But encourage one
another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the
deceitfulness of sin". I have rationalized and justified what I have wanted to
selfishly do, to try to shift the guilt or give the okay to something I wanted
to do. I might fool others and I might fool myself, but God calls this being
deceived in sin. Heb. 4:13 notes that, "all things are naked and opened unto the
eyes of Him with whom we have to do".
The third and most subtle
deception of Satan is in regard to Humanistic Philosophy - See to it that no one
takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the
tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather
than according to Christ.
In I Tim. 4:1, it points
out that "In the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to
deceiving spirits and doctrines that demons teach". Demons deceive first in
doctrine (e.g. most cults and isms deny the Deity of Jesus Christ, the
inspiration of Scripture, the work of Christ on the cross, and His
resurrection). Then in II Tim. 3:1,2 it states that in the "Last days perilous
times shall come. For mankind shall be lovers of SELF". There is much self-
centeredness in our world today. Verse 13 says, "Evil men and deceivers shall
wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived".
Paul noted that Timothy
had, "From a child known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise
unto Salvation through faith which is in Jesus Christ" (v.15)
Finally, in II Tim. 3:16
we have God's antidote to Satan's three deceptions of False doctrine, Sin, and
Humanistic Philosophy, which says, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God
and is profitable for doctrine (as the antidote to false doctrine), for reproof,
for correction (as the antidote to sin), for instruction in righteousness (as
the antidote to humanistic philosophy)". God's conclusion is found in v.17 which
tells us, "That the child of God may be brought to maturity, thoroughly equipped
unto all good works". Adapted from Biblical Principles for Christian Maturity
by Dr. John Stoll
I enjoyed meditation on
Psalm 1. I paraphrased it, as well as made personal application. V. 1 Happy is
the one who does not listen to worldly wisdom, popular opinion, trying to do the
same thing in the same way that unbelievers do. Even while knowing that many in
the majority are mocking the ways of God. V. 2 Joy comes in meditating on the
Word of God in the morning and in the evening. V. 3 Doing so can be compared to
a healthy green fruit tree growing near a river. The tree produces fruit. The
fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, patience, peace, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. The one who does this will be
successful in God’s eyes. V. 4 In contrast, unbelieving, sinful people are
dead in sin and blown around by many different worldly beliefs and opinions. V.
5 When God’s judgement comes they will not be with those who have been made
righteous by Christ. The Lord knows what is best for us. He wants to speak to
us and lead us. We enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the
way is broad that leads to destruction and there are many who enter through it.
The gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life (Matt. 7:13-14).
3 "To him the doorkeeper
opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and
leads them out. 4 "When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and
the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
Jesus knows my name, He
has called me, He can speak to me. He goes ahead of me. I need to learn better
to know His voice. I am one of His sheep and He is the Shepherd.
As the deer pants for the
water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for
the living God; when shall I come and appear before God? Psalms
I must understand how to
understand God’s will both His active and passive will, and how that applies in
my life. I should not expect that whatever happens is God’s active will since He
gave me the ability to make choices. I realize that God allows me to miss
opportunities that I should have taken had I been more faithful in following his
leading. This causes me to be more vigilant in seeking out His desires for my
life rather than complacently expecting God to have things fall in my lap.
Does God speak today? (With my
own or scriptural answers to the questions)
God spoke in times past. “God, after He spoke
long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in
these last days have spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all
things, through whom also He made the world.”
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today
When you are in distress and all these things
have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the LORD your God and
listen to His voice.
"You said, 'Behold, the LORD our God has shown
us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of
the fire; we have seen today that God speaks with man, yet he lives
Then the LORD came and stood and called as at
other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for Your servant is
Then he came there to a cave and lodged there;
and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, "What are you
doing here, Elijah?" 10 He said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God
of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your
altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they
seek my life, to take it away."
11 So He said, "Go forth and stand on the
mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and
strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before
the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake,
but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake a fire, but the
LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. 13
When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood
in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, "What are
you doing here, Elijah?" 14 Then he said, "I have been very zealous for the
LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn
down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left;
and they seek my life, to take it away." 15 The LORD said to him, "Go, return on
your way to the wilderness of Damascus, and when you have
arrived, you shall anoint Hazael king over Aram; 16 and Jehu the son of Nimshi
you shall anoint king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah
you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 1
Kings 19:9-16 (NASB)
'Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will
tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know
It will come about after this that I will pour
out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your
old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Joel
'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if
anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine
with him, and he with Me.
Who does God speak to?
His prophets, and today to His sheep or
people. Henry Blackaby’s book ”Experiencing God”. Blackaby did a study of how
God spoke in the Bible and wrote them down. In the Old Testament He spoke
through: creation, angels, prophets, dreams, visions, casting lots, the strange
thing called the urim and the thummin, a gentle voice, fire, a burning bush,
preaching, judgments, symbolic actions, signs, miracles, writing on a wall, a
donkey, trumpets, thunder and lightning, smoke and storms, a fleece, sound of
marching in the treetops, sometimes face to face, in personal guidance, plus
various unspecified ways.
In the New Testament He spoke through: Jesus,
the Risen Christ, nature, angels, dreams, visions, prayer, prophets, signs and
wonders, preachers, scripture, an unbeliever, the church, sometimes a direct
word from God, the Holy Spirit, plus various unspecified ways
How does God speak today?
He speaks through His creation. “For since
the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine
nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so
that they are without excuse.”
He speaks through His Word and Jesus is the
Word. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for
reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.
2 Tim 3:16
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. John
He speaks through circumstances.
He speaks through the preaching and teaching
of His Word.
He speaks through His Spirit
He speaks in visions and dreams
He speaks in answer to prayer
God communicates with us as friends
He desires relationship
Our view of God, or what I believe God is
like, is shaped by a number of things.
How I’ve seen others relate to
What I’ve seen lived out by
friends and family
What others tell me
My personal experience in life
Beliefs -> values ->
actions -> habit -> character -> destiny
Beliefs and values need
to align with the Word of God.
We may well need to have
a paradigm shift in a number of areas that is a significant change from one view
to another. Steve shared a story of a long period of assigned group prayer,
praying for a nation. The group determined to pray for Northern Ireland.
Individuals in the group had impressions, one saw ships, another saw custom
officials and another weapons. They determined that God wanted them pray for
the custom officials safeguarding the country from illegal weapons. The
following day the report came out that custom officials in N. Ireland had
arrested the largest ever gun smuggling ring. Steve experienced a paradigm
shift in his concept of prayer.
My view of God will
determine what degree of relationship I will have and my level of intimacy with
Him. God wants to work with us. We must ask, "where is my relationship with
God?" Do I need a paradigm shift in my thinking and in what I believe?
Types of relationships we
have with God.
- Academic / head
knowledge "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have
eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; 40 and you are unwilling to
come to Me so that you may have life. 41 "I do not receive glory from men;
42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. 43 "I
have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes
in his own name, you will receive him. 44 "How can you believe, when you
receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from
the one and only God? 45 "Do not think that I will accuse you before the
Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. 46
"For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. 47
"But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"
For the kingdom of God does not consist in
words but in power.
1 Cor 4:20
For the word of the cross is foolishness to
those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, "I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS
OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE." 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe?
Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the
world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not
come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message
preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks
search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block
and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and
Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the
foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than
men. 26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise
according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen
the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak
things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things
of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that
He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. 30
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and
righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is
written, "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD."
1 Cor 1:18-31 (NASB)
- Religious /
legalistic who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of
the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives
2 Cor 3:6
3. Distant, a sense of having to earn favor,
or having a fear that we will be asked to something by God that we don’t want to
do. Unresolved sin, guilt, and shame may be involved. A lack of obedience, and
having our emotions cut off.
Business / contractual You ask
and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it
on your pleasure
James 4:3 (NASB)
5. Casual, lukewarm, easy going. 'I know
your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.
16 'So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out
of My mouth.
6. Growing, hungry, thirsty for more of God.
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger,
and he who believes in Me will never thirst. John
7. Intimate two way relationship with God.
More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,
and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him,
not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is
through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of
faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the
fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I
may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Personal application: Where I am now?
Academic and religious
Where would I like to be? Intimate and
Therefore repent and return, so that your sins
may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence
of the Lord;
More on His communication with us as friends
God knows what’s best for me.
"If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do
15 "If you love Me, you will keep My
commandments. 16 "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper ,
that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world
cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him
because He abides with you and will be in you. 18 "I will not leave you as
orphans; I will come to you.
(NASB) Just as the disciples
were not abandoned by God and left as orphans, neither are we.
"These things I have spoken to you while
abiding with you. 26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send
in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that
I said to you.
14:25-26 (NASB) Thankfully, we have
the Holy Spirit abiding in us, to teach us and remind us.
"You are My friends if you do what I command
you. 15 "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his
master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard
from My Father I have made known to you.
Very cool to be called friends of Jesus.
We all hear God, we just need to learn to
discern His voice.
The secret of the LORD is for those who fear
Him, and He will make them know His covenant.
(NASB) God wants to share His hear with us.
What do you do when faced with a decision? We
can be influenced by peoples opinions. Instead we should be, “…destroying
speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and
we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2
Cor 10:5 (NASB). You can be influenced
by your own thoughts, desires and feelings. Instead you should, “Trust in the
LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all
your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
(NASB) God can use
circumstances to guide us, but beware of fatalism. “If it’s God’s will it will
happen.” Another false guide are the whispers of the Enemy. Thankfully, James
Submit therefore to God.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
The best choice of
course in making a decision is listening to God.
How does God communicate? Spirit to spirit.
We are spiritual beings living in a physical
Basic principles: God is spirit. The earth
was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the
Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
God is spirit , and those who worship Him must
worship in spirit and truth."
Man is spiritual. God created man in His own
image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE
HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which
HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR
THOSE WHO LOVE HIM." 10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the
Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows
the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the
thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received,
not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know
the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in
words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining
spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
1 Cor 2:9-13
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you
entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without
blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
1 Thess 5:23
(NASB) For just as the body
without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
We are led by the Spirit. Jesus answered,
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he
cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 "That
which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is
But now we have been released from the Law,
having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the
Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.
so that the requirement of the Law might be
fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the
Spirit. 5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things
of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the
Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit
is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God;
for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do
so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
For all who are being led by the Spirit of
God, these are sons of God.
(NASB) Now we have received,
not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know
the things freely given to us by God,
1 Cor 2:12
(NASB) If Because you are
sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba!
Father!" Gal 4:6 (NASB)
we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the
Placing ourselves in a position to hear from
A position of humility He leads the humble in
And He teaches the humble His way.
You younger men, likewise, be subject to your
elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for
GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the
mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
1 Peter 5:5-6
Desire to know and do what God says. For if
anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his
natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he
has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks
intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having
become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in
what he does. James
Willingness to be counted a fool for Christ.
The point being to step out on faith even when you are all alone and even fellow
believers may suggest that you are acting foolishly. It also reminded me of:
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us
who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Cor 1:18
Doing the last thing God has told you. Being
obedient. Samuel said, "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and
sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than
sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.
1 Sam 15:22
“Christians in the West are the most
challenged but the least changed.” Billy Graham
Satan will try to stop us with excuses,
reasoning, and delay. You will be tempted every time you take an important
A clean conscience is required. "Blessed are
the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
To hear God we must spend regular times in the
Word of God. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Expect to hear Him. And without faith it is
impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and
that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
No guidance (something we might think is God
speaking) will be contrary to the spiritual truth of the Scriptures.
Ways God speaks
Inner witness For all who are
being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
(NASB) This is usually
accompanied by joy and peace as we respond.
God’s Word. All Scripture is
inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for
training in righteousness;
2 Tim 3:16
(NASB) For the word of God is
living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as
the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge
the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Heb 4:12 (NASB)
Pastors, teachers, other
believers, and even unsaved people can be used of God to speak.
Visions and dreams. Now there
was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision,
"Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord."
Impressions, mental suggestions,
God brings a verse of Scripture to mind. Example God may prompt you to give to
an individual or ministry and give a scripture. Each one must do just as he has
purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a
Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give
you the desires of your heart.
Areas God has brought
to my attention
was surprised when I prayed and asked the Lord, “what do you think of me?” And
“what is the reason You brought me here to this school?”
The impression I had to
the first question was, “you are accepted, forgiven, loved, on like David, a man
after my own heart. I want to use you to bless others”. Looking for “a man
after God’s own heart” brought me to II Samuel 7:8-9, and 18-19. The LORD has
sought out for Himself a man after His own heart
1 Sam 13:14
Application: David loved
the Word of God, if I meditate on it as he did, God will use me to bless
others. Singing and making melody in my heart to God. I am tempted as David
was tempted and must resist or suffer the consequences that David suffered,
realizing that sin of spiritual leaders affects not only himself but also his
family, his ministry, perhaps even his nation.