2 Peter 1:4 (KJV)
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these we might be partakers of the divine nature”
For the last few Wednesdays we have been discussing a series on hearing the voice of God. The material we are using is from Mark Vicklers. I have listened to his material through the internet and found him an excellent source. One of the first points I would like to raise is that when we hear what we believe is God speaking to us, we can understand very quickly if it is God by its character. You can ask yourself the question, “If it is from the Holy Spirit, does it carry the character of the Holy Spirit? His nature being the comforter, encourager, teacher, and edifier?” In other words, does it stand the test that the Apostle Paul was given. Does it edify? We can also know the voice of God in what we hear by testing it with Galatians chapter 5 verse 22 where it lists the fruit of the spirit as love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and tolerance. It is my conclusion that if you understand the character of God, you are much less likely to be deceived by another voice when you are hearing from God.
According to the Apostle John, Jesus said, “I am the true shepherd and my sheep know my voice and they will not follow another.” When we compare Satan's kingdom, if we understand the character of it, it can sound a lot like condemnation, accusation, lying, adversity, deceit, and one that generally leaves you demoralized. When you are hearing the voice of God, there is a very noticeable difference between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light. Proverbs chapter 21 verse 18 reminds us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. The natural course of the Christian should be that they are drawn to life. Those wholesome words can sound a lot like I am born again. I have a new heart. My spirit is one with God. I am led by the Holy Spirit. I am a partaker of the divine nature. I radiate Jesus and his love. Mark Vicklers suggests that if you say this, believe it, and see it you get to live it. He also said, in contrast, that if you say, “I am evil. I'm just a sinner. My heart is wicked.”, you can apply the same principle. If you say it and believe it you will live it. He also suggested that this will resurrect a wicked heart in you.
Mark found that through journaling his thoughts that God gave him, it cleaned out the garbage pictures and they were replaced by life pictures that were based on the word of God. Philippians chapter 4 verse 8 says, “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on weigh and take account of these things [fix your mind on them].” Could anything be clearer? The next verse in the Amplified Bible says to practice what you have learned. In other words when it comes to these issues, keep doing them. The Apostle Paul also says that we have received and heard and seen them in him. In other words, they could hear it and the words were clear. They knew his speech was of the kingdom of God. This is what I call living by grace. Your mouth virtually sets the course of your life because if it is coming out of a flow. That flow of hearing the voice of God will produce life into every area of your living.