How we opened our ears and minds to God's purpose in our lives.
This week we accomplished a lot in our pursuit o positioning ourselves to receive a vision from God. Here is a summary of our accomplishments with links to direct your to read our posts:
Wait! I thought Visions were about seeing God's purpose for me.
On Tuesday, we unearthed one of the most overlooked things concerning visions. Most if not all of the visions found in the Bible came with God speaking to the individual or entity receiving the entity. Interestingly, a lot of visions in the Bible don't have a visual representation to go along with the verbal message. Those that do often are vaguely mentioned while the verbal message is recorded in great detail. We witnessed this in the story of Saul and Ananias who both received specific verbal instruction from God without much visual leading. We saw this as God's voice being far more important to us than any image He could put in front of us. After all it is the voice of God that leads us daily when we read our Bibles. We also noted how both of these men talked back to God in the midst of their visions and that we should feel free to communicate back to God when we hear from Him. This helps us to clear things up and to ensure we are headed in the right direction. Click here to read more about this topic and add your voice in the comments.
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Clearing Up What We See and Solidifying What We Hear
In our Extra Access, went further into the concepts of hearing as being important in visions by looking at the story of Cornelius and Peter in Acts 10. Both of these men had visions that showcased visual images as well as specific verbal instruction. Especially with Peter, we notice the importance of verbal instruction and how it clears up any missteps we might make from just looking with our eyes/mind's eye. We also looked more into the idea of talking back to God and how it helps to shore up the idea He is planting in our lives. God isn't going to beat us up when we miss what He has to say. He will answer every question and guide us if we have an earnest and submitted heart to Him and His will.
We asked those who wanted to share their stories of listening and trusting God when He spoke into their lives to post them in the comments. You can do that on our ACCESS Page or in the comments below.
Understanding How God Speaks So We Can Better Listen
In our Briefing, we shared 5 ways in which God speaks and how that can better prepare us to receive His voice when it begins to speak. The 5 ways we found were as follows:
God speaks to us through His Word (i.e. a word or phrase jumps out at you as you read the Bible)
God speaks to us through others who are moved on by Him (i.e. tongues and interpretation)
God speaks to us internally (i.e. gives us a message in a dream or our minds as we meditate)
God speaks to us audibly (i.e. you actually hear God's voice or the voice of an angel)
God speaks through you as you pray (i.e. the words just fall out of your mouth)
These may not be the only way God speaks to us, and we asked our ACCESSORS to add their thoughts on other ways. Some of their response included through a song or sermon. Do you have any other ideas? You can add your voice below the video on ACCESS or in the comments below this post.
Aim To Listen
In our weekly Aim Challenge, we laid out a specific challenge that included separating ourselves from the flesh, praying intentionally for God's voice, reading God's Word for His voice, and positioning ourselves in a place of quiet reception for His voice. Check it out on our ACCESS page and share how this challenge helps you in your quest to receive the vision God has for your life.
This week, we show what is expected of us once we receive our vision from God. We'll do so by going back to the story of Saul and Ananias one more time and looking at what they did directly after receiving their vision. We'll also go into the future and look at a vision of Paul's that he received that changed his course of action once again. We'll look at how we can better act in response to the vision God has for us and what it takes to fulfill a vision once we receive it. We look forward to having you on this journey with us and hope that you join us for our Access exclusive content throughout the week. Join ACCESS by clicking here and registering or logging in.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.