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As leaders, what must we teach those we lead in regard to hearing God’s voice? We must know how to hear God so that we can inspire those we lead to hear God too. We must also know the reason we hear God, and we must lead others to embrace what is most important in regard to hearing God.
In the present world, there is a lot of emphasis on hearing truth. There are mass amounts of information available, and that information is filled with truth, partial truths, deceptions, and blatant lies. The information available is presented as truth, but what is truth? Jesus said that He is the truth. He is the substance of all that is real, true, and life-giving. God wants us to become expressions of truth, but truth is not merely a matter of being right. It is a matter of being real! It is a matter of being true to the likeness and the image of our heavenly Father. It is a matter of being alive and being life-givers to our world in all things. This is the testimony of being family members in Christ. Our family tree is life and not merely a family tree of knowledge. A tree of knowledge seeks to know truth based upon what is good and what is evil, what is true and what is false. For us as believers, we must be the light of life to the world in a greater way than mere knowledge. We must become light and life by way of substance. As leaders we are called by God to lead the family of God into this increasing testimony in the earth. Hearing God is not about knowing what to do. Hearing God is about knowing God. I believe I can explain this best by using an example of an everyday relationship. As a husband, hearing my wife is not about knowing what to do. It’s about knowing my wife. It is about relationship. It is about me becoming real as her husband and her becoming real as my wife. We are one flesh to bring life to our world! If I don’t understand this, I will grow cold in my relationship with my wife and I will no doubt estrange her from me. In the same way, we are to be one flesh with Jesus as Lord and Christ to bring life to our world! God is our Father, and we are His light to our world! Hearing God is a matter of a relationship with God. Our calling in Christ is not merely about knowing what to do. It is about becoming who we are meant to be by a fellowship with Jesus as both Christ and Lord in our lives.
1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
The apostle Paul was by nature and training a man of law. As Saul of Tarsus, he prided himself in knowing good and evil. His persecution of the church, his assault on what was real was an assault of being right seeking to destroy what was wrong. He was a Pharisee of Pharisees, but his encounter with Jesus Christ the Son of God transformed his life. It transformed him to know his own true identity, to live with a true testimony of life, and to commit his life to a life-giving purpose as light to those who had been bound to darkness.
Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
The true wisdom that exercises authority over principalities and powers in heavenly places is the testimony of our lives as in the mystery our fellowship with God our Father, and Jesus Christ the Son by oneness with Holy Spirit. This is the true life that makes us one with God and one another as the family of God. This is the foundation of our leadership and our membership in the family of God. Hearing God is for a healthy, intimate, life-changing relationship with God!
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
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