Frequency Week 2 . The Whispers of God

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“The gatekeeper opens the gate for Him, and the sheep listen to His voice. He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. When He has brought out all His own, He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”  John 10:3-5 NIV

Here, Jesus give us a metaphor that describes our relationship with God. He says that God is like a shepherd and we are like His sheep.

Jesus also reminds us that we have a speaking God. God doesn’t only speak to us generally, God also speaks to each of us individually. He speaks to each of us by name and He leads us out.

Part of our problem is we have so many other voices speaking into our lives. God is calling us to block out the other voices, reject the other voices, run away from the other voices and hear and follow the voice of God.


Why God Speaks

God wants to have an individual conversation with you, because He is a personal God. God wants to have an up close and personal relationship with you.

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).”  Matthew 1:23 NIV

Mary and Joseph name the baby Jesus, but they are going to nickname Him, Immanuel, which means “God with us.” There are things that God wants to say right into your heart if you’ll let Him. There are several reasons why God would want to do that.

  • God speaks to facilitate friendship.

“The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.”  Exodus 33:11 NIV

A lot of people don’t see God that way, as a friend. God speaks to you to facilitate friendship. You can speak to Him in the same manner, as a friend. If you want to hear from God, you need to cultivate a friendship with Him. You create friendship with God by spending time with Him in conversation.

  • God speaks to us is to give guidance.

The Lord sees the dangers ahead. He sees the roads we shouldn’t take and He is trying to guide us. Here’s the tension with guidance; If God guides you away from something you’re doing, you’re probably not going to be happy about it. But God knows what lies ahead and He is trying to turn you from evil and steer you toward righteousness.

God knows what’s up ahead. He sees the beginning from the end. We have to learn to trust God in every situation even if it seems like He’s doing something we don’t like, something we don’t understand. God speaks to you to guide you through the things that you cannot see.

“Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.”  Proverbs 3:6 MSG 

  • God speaks to provide perspective.

God has a perspective that you don’t currently have. Not everything that you see is what’s going on. Not everything that you see in the natural world is actually what’s going on. There is another dynamic, a spiritual, eternal dynamic around us.

God has both perspectives at the same time and He wants to unveil and reveal to you things that are happening in this spiritual realm, not just the physical realm.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for you, but God will reveal it to you by His Spirit. God would love to show you a new perspective on life and on the world.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”  2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

God wants you to walk by things you are not seeing on the surface. Walk by faith, not sight.

Don’t just trust what you see, but listen for what the Spirit of God is telling you.


There was a Wisconsin Badgers football game and they were losing the game, horribly. The fans in the stands were cheering like they were winning though. The Badgers would make a bad play and the fans in the stands would start cheering. It was confusing to the players and to the announcers who were calling the game.

Why would the crowd cheer for this horrible play? It turns out that the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team was also playing at the same time in a post-season game and the Brewers were winning, wonderfully. So the fans in the stands had their ear buds in and were listening to the game. So when the Brewers would score a run or make a great play, the fans would cheer wildly regardless of what the Badgers were doing on the field.

The people in the stands are watching a game they are losing, but they are listening to a game they are winning.

They are watching defeat but they are listening to victory. They were looking at one realm, and they were listening to another realm.

They were responding to what they were hearing, not what they were seeing.

God would love for you to respond to what you are hearing from Him not what you are seeing in the world.


How God Speaks

The Bible gives us a number of ways that God speaks to us. He speaks loudly through peals of thunder and rushing mighty waters. God speaks through His word. God speaks through prophets and pastors and leaders, through pain and circumstances.

God is able to and will speak to us in a lot of different ways. But today let’s look at one way in particular that God speaks to us. It’s the way that God uses the most and it’s the way that God speaks to us that we often don’t recognize.

We call this The Whispers of God. It’s a nudging, a prompting, an urging in your spirit.

In 1 Kings 18, Elijah fights the prophets of Baal and he wins a great victory over them. Then in chapter 19, after that great victory, Elijah enters into a deep depression.

Often after a spiritual high point, you enter into a spiritual low point. Spiritual highs are followed by spiritual lows. Don’t be surprised by that.

Elijah actually runs off to hide in a cave by himself. He’s become convinced that he is all by himself that he is the only one trying to serve God. That he’s the only one trying to do the right thing. God came to speak to Elijah in order to pull him out of his depression. 

“The LORD said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”  1 Kings 19:11-12 NIV

Some translations call it a still, small voice. We need to learn to recognize the whispers of God. Here are four areas where God whispers to you.

1. He whispers encouragment.

God is doing this all day long. When someone irritates you, when the enemy is trying to rob you of your joy, the Spirit of God is right there trying to encourage you.

God is not disappointed in you saying, “Why don’t you read your Bible more? Why don’t you get to church? Why don’t you stop all your bad habits?”

 “The Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our heart and tells us that we are God’s children.”  Romans 8:16 NLT

God sees you as part of His family.

 “Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life- nourishing words. I’m making a lasting covenant commitment with you, the same that I made with David: sure, solid, enduring love.”  Isaiah 55:3 MSG

God knows every stupid mistake you’ll ever make and He still loves you. He may not like what you’re doing, but He loves you just the same.

Today God is saying:

You are my child.

I love you.

I am so proud of you.

2. He whispers warnings.

Have you ever been heading in one direction in life and then all of a sudden you have a “feeling” it’s not the right way to go? The Holy Spirit can offer warnings to keep you from going off track.

“After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.”  Acts 16:6-7 NKJV

If you give the Holy Spirit room to speak into your life. He will guide and direct and protect you.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”  Isaiah 30:21 NIV

He may be whispering:

Don’t do it.

End the secret.

Get help.

3. He whispers direction.

Some of you are looking for direction in your life about who to marry or where to work or what house to buy. God will speak to you, if you involve Him in the process. Here’s the secret to this one; let the emotion of the excitement of buying something new pass and then place it before the Lord and ask Him what you should do.

Let that first jolt of the emotions pass and then ask God to direct your decision and He will. Luke 2 tells the story of when Jesus was dedicated in the Temple as a baby and Simeon, this old man who had been waiting for the Messiah heard God speak.

Simeon was, “Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts.”  Luke 2:27 NIV

The Holy Spirit told Simeon He had an assignment for him. God wanted him to pray for that Christ child. It was the greatest moment of Simeon’s long life.

Paul, in the book of Acts said, “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.”  Acts 20:22 NIV

Simeon was moved by the Spirit. Paul was compelled by the Spirit. The Spirit speaks to us to direct us. He can speak pretty specifically to you too, if you let Him.

He may give you general directions like:

Slow down.

Do it now.

Take the next step.

4. He whispers dreams.

God will put inside of you something that you never thought you could do. 

“For God speaks again and again… He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night.”  Job 33:14-15 NLT

God speaks to people in different ways. We believe Jesus could come back at any time. It seems as though all the signs of the end times are being fulfilled now.

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”  Acts 2:17 NIV

God says He’s going to put something inside of us so we can be a solution to all of the problems. Your role in the End Times is to be the salt and the light that points people to Christ.

What God might be saying to you today is:

Go all in.

Give God your best.

Make a Difference


So what do we need to do in order to hear the whispers of God? We need a posture and attitude that says, Speak to me LORD, I’m open to hear what You want to say.

“Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.”  1 Samuel 3:9 NIV

What if before every tweet, every email, every Facebook post, every conversation, every decision and every purchase, we said, “God speak to me and tell me what to do, I am eager to respond.”

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 NIV


Check Back

Check back on your discussion from last week. Do you have any more thoughts, questions or conclusions about the message on Preparing to Hear? What have you been hearing from God during 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting?

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Hear the Word

This week, Pastor Kelly continued the Frequency series on how to cut through the noise and hear God’s voice.  Not only does God speak, but He is speaking to you!  Why and how does God speak?  God speaks because He is personal, close and relational.

“The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” Exodus 33:11

God speaks to facilitate friendship, guidance and perspective. That’s the “why” behind all of this.  God speaks because he is seeking a close, personal relationship with you. He is our guide, friend, and Lord. 

So how does God speak? He is not limited to one way of communicating. It may be that God speaks to you in a clap of thunder, a still small voice, or directly through His Word.  The key to an open line of communication with our Father is intentionally keeping our ears open and our hearts receptive to what He is speaking.

“The gatekeeper opens the gate for Him, and the sheep listen to His voice. He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. When He has brought out all His own, He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice.  But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”  John 10:3-5 NIV 

Application

1. Tell your group about a time when you heard the whispers of God.

2. Has God ever used the pain of a difficult situation to speak into your life? How did you react? What did you learn?

3. If we need to have the right “posture” to hear God’s voice, in what ways are you posturing yourself through prayer to hear God speak?

4. Do you have any tips on prayer that you can share with your group?  What has helped you to hear from God?

Tell Someone Else

Who can you encourage to listen for God’s whispers in their life?

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