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theoretical in nature, such as that he spoke in the past, the various ways in which He spoke, and all the people He spoke to; but I was not aware
of any books that showed people how to actually hear God for ourselves today, or how exactly God speaks to us personally, or how to develop
that aspect of their relationship with Him. So I conducted several searches on the matter.
With the power of the Internet, searching anything is fast and easy. I looked on Christian book sites as well as on Amazon.com. I found
literally dozens of books with virtually even the exact titles: “Hearing God,” or “How to Hear God.” Most books about hearing God are too
broad in nature, merely outlining the various ways God speaks in general. They also highlight only generic things that God says, such as God
loves you, God has a purpose for your life, God wants you to be prosperous and successful, God wants you to live above your circumstances etc.
How God talks personally to us in everyday life is not addressed in almost every book about hearing God. Even in most of the books that have
“Hearing God” in the title, half way through the book we realize that it has now become all about us! Instead of learning how to hear God, the
focus becomes about the reader doing all the talking. Many such books encourage the reader to read more, pray more, meditate more, as if more
effort on their part will cause God to start talking. A classic example is in one of the top 10 bestselling books about hearing God, here is what the
first 4 chapters of the book exhort the reader to do, word for word: Ch 1: “Pray and ask God…” Ch 2: “Ask God for guidance…” Ch 3: “Talk to
others…” Ch 4: “Meditate and ask God…” I thought the book was supposed to be about hearing, not doing all the talking!
Another common characteristic of many books about hearing God is that they are almost all theological and theoretical but not practical in
the sense that they do not offer the reader much in terms of what they can apply to their own personal lives. They deal with the fact that God
does speak, and even how He speaks, but not what he says. The content is basically the same in about 90% of them, and they even have almost
the same order: The Bible, The Holy Spirit, Prayer, Prophetic people, Dreams/Visions, Angels etc. Then if they are not dealing with how God
speaks, they outline who God spoke to: Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David etc etc etc. Not much fresh or new or how to practically apply it to our
Studying market statistics for books about hearing God, I learned that only 4 of the top 20 selling books have been published in the past 5
years, and the bestselling book about it was published back in 1999. To me that says there has not been much new insight that is practical in the
past 10 years on the subject.
The key words that describe the way this book is different than most on the market are specific, personal and practical. This
book deals with the specific ways God can and does talk to each of us personally and individually in the course of everyday life. It is written
directly from my own personal experiences, drawn from over 35 years of desiring to know and hear God, and developing sensitivity to the
various ways God speaks to me, and the actual and practical things He says. Understand that I am no more gifted or enlightened than anyone
else; God speaks to everyone.
WHAT LANGUAGE DOES GOD SPEAK.....BABEL?
God speaks in an infinite number of ways: audible voice, signs and wonders, natural manifestations, prophetic words, angelic visitations,
dreams, visions, inner voices of the heart, silent promptings, even ways that stretch our theology and belief such as when He spoke to the
prophet Balaam out of the mouth of his own donkey. As I studied and meditated on this material, the Lord impressed two scriptural instances
on my heart: the Tower of Babel and Pentecost. They may seem unrelated, but they have a common element: God causing people to
communicate in specific but distinctly different languages.
The first instance is at the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9. It is interesting to note that for whatever reason, God is the one who devised
and caused every different language on the face of the earth. From that point on, whenever He spoke to an individual, He would have
had to do it in that individual’s own language! So if he wanted to pronounce some revelation to mankind, he would have had to do it in
one specific language to someone from one particular tribe or nation, yet the very same revelation would have had to be conveyed in a
completely different language to another person in a different tribe or nation. The same word or revelation would have to be transmitted in
several distinct languages that each particular recipient would comprehend.
The other instance is at Pentecost in Acts 2:1-21. The interesting thing in the instance of Pentecost is that it seems God did the opposite of
what He did at Babel. There He created several diverse languages that confused the people and caused everyone to be scattered. Here in Acts
He caused several diverse languages to be uttered and understood while they were all unified. These two incidents seem to me like bookends.
In times of rebellion and pride it was diversity of languages that caused nations to be confused and scattered; yet now in the last days God
actually uses the diversity of languages to reveal and glorify Himself in the context of spiritual unity.
Another thing that stands out to me is a seeming contradiction in the nature and working of God. The Bible says that God is not the author
of confusion but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). It’s even in the context of orderly prophetic speaking. It seems to me and my feeble brain that if
God wanted to bring people together in unity and peace He would have spoken a single language and made everyone understand it. However
His method of choice was to speak in every nation’s own language so that only they could understand it for themselves. After pondering this for
a while I actually like this method better, because that means that God speaks to each of us in our own individual language that we
can comprehend! God’s daily revelations to us are personally tailor-made for our own understanding! I like it when God turns
out to be smarter than me!
PERCEIVING GOD—OUR OWN PERSONAL SPIRITUAL DASHBOARDS
abilities to perceive God and our spiritual environment, and that no two person’s sets of sensory abilities are exactly
alike. One winter night I was driving along in the center lane of a busy 3-lane thoroughfare. It was very dark and
traffic was congested and stop-and-go. I had slowed to a stop in a poorly lit section waiting for the traffic to progress.
Because of the darkness, all I could see were the dashboard displays on the cars next to, and in front of me. The vehicle
directly in front of me was a brand new, very expensive luxury SUV with a large back window, allowing me to see
everything on the well-lit dashboard and console. It was stunningly impressive and looked like a jet cockpit,
containing every digital high-tech instrument and gadget imaginable. It had vivid, multi-colored controls lit up all
over it: the dash, the center console, the floor console, the sunroof console, the steering wheel, the armrest, even the
rear view mirror had lighted controls. I was very envious and wished I had a car like that! In contrast, I glanced at the
ones to the left and right of me and noticed they were very plain and boring compared to the Learjet in front of me.
They just had some large dials, a few small gauges and some indicator lights, all white.
console and configuration is slightly different, every car on the road is equipped to sense the same basic information and communicate it to the
driver to function in the vehicle: speed, RPM, fuel level, engine temperature, oil pressure, battery charge, if the emergency brake is still on, and
so on. And just like all these cars have the same basic instruments, every person, believer or not, has been endowed with a set of spiritual gifts
and abilities to perceive God and our spiritual world, as we will see in this book. Some cars may have more instruments than others, or more
highly advanced technology, and are more visually attractive. In the same way, some people’s giftings or sensory abilities may be more
developed or more attractive than our own, but we should not envy other’s gifts nor minimize our own just because theirs are more dazzling or
more public and flashy than ours. We all have been given the same ability to see and hear God, just not all look the same.
Just like that button some cars have that when you press them, the seat, mirror and steering wheel move to your own personal
configuration, the Lord showed me that we all have our own individually-designed, tailor-made ability to sense God, hear Him, talk to Him and
receive instructions from Him. Everyone’s package of instrumentation is unique to their individual “vehicle.” Some may only have indicator
lights and a gyro compass, while others may have more advanced sensory abilities, such as in-dash GPS, digital gauges, Bluetooth capability,
outside temperature gauge, tire pressure sensor, On-star connection, and others. But as we will see later, such advanced empowerments are only
imparted to those who desire them, seek them and utilize them to their fullest.
Will you be one of these such people who will develop more highly specialized abilities to see and hear God, and put them to use? This
book will show you how to acquire the most well-equipped and best-looking spiritual dashboard on the road!
THE NATURE OF OBJECTS: WHY SOME HEAR GOD WHILE OTHERS CANNOT
The reason some people have no trouble whatsoever seeing and hearing God, while others cannot perceive Him in any way no matter how hard
they try, illustrates my Big Idea: what you see is what you are. It has to do with the nature of the objects. Observe these pictures. If you place some
objects in the sun, such as a candle, an ice cream cone or a snowman, they soften, melt and become useless. Yet others, such as grapes, raisins, plums,
bricks or pottery harden, transform and become more useful. Why does the very same energy from the sun strengthen some things while others are
destroyed by it? Because of the nature of the objects. What we see is what we are.
To use a similar example, observe the magnet. It has an invisible force that draws certain objects unto itself, while other objects can remain
completely unaffected by its mysterious power. How can this be? Because of the nature of the objects. A paper clip is drawn to it because it has
it in its nature to recognize and respond to it, while a pencil remains unaffected by its attraction because it lacks in itself that characteristic which
would allow it to recognize its power and draw closer to it.
We will see in this book how these wonders of science illustrate actual spiritual truths; specifically how some objects (people) recognize, are
attracted to, and are transformed by God; while others remain unaffected and are oblivious to the reality of God and the spiritual world. We will
explore what it takes to see and hear God clearly, and how to become the right type of “object” in order that we might respond to His energy, and be
strengthened and transformed by it, instead of melting away into a puddle of uselessness!
I am very excited to have my first book complete and now in print! For several years I felt the urge and prompting of God to write, and to have
several various topics of interest that I have been researching put into books. It is fitting that this is my first one, because everything starts with
first knowing God, then making ourselves open to hearing what he has to say to us on a daily basis.
The Bible says that God is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow; or in other words, He does not change. If He desired to speak and reveal
Himself to the world, especially His own children, over literally centuries of history, then there is no reason to believe that he does not still do so
today. I believe God speaks to anyone and everyone on a daily basis. The question is, are we tuned in to how to hear Him and understand how
and what he is speaking to us?
This book answers that question. In the 1st part of my book I have laid out the Biblical basis for God to speak to us today, principles that may be
applied in our lives to develop our ability to hear God, and 10 specific hindrances that prevent us from hearing what God is saying to us, as well
as how to remedy them. I cite Biblical examples that illustrate the positive and negative of each of these hindrances and principles.
The 2nd part of my book is a 52-chapter devotional section, one for each week of the year, highlighting one specific topic, such as praying with
expectancy, faith, values, service, priorities, prosperity, wisdom and many more. In each chapter I describe an anecdote from my own experience
that God orchestrated in order to communicate something to me, and what He said to me specifically. At the end of each of these chapters is a
short study guide encouraging you to develop your own ability to recognize when, how and what God speaks to you, along with 7 scripture
verses related to that topic that may be used as a daily devotional for each of these weeks.
I have included the Foreword and Table of Contents here so you may get an overview of the book.
Click here to see the Foreword and Table of Contents
It has always been my desire, interest and passion to be able to hear God, experience the reality of His presence and to continue to get
to know Him better. Probably the verse that best addresses this desire is Jeremiah 33:3, where God invites anyone to just call on Him
and He promises us that He will answer us, speak to us and reveal to us wonderful things we could never know apart from Him. So I
named my ministry and website accordingly to reflect this greatest desire and purpose, and the primary focus of my writings. It is my hope
that the material you find here will inspire you as well to call on God, get to know Him, and that He will reveal great and wonderful
things to you too!
|Jeremiah 333 Ministries
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|My first book: What Language Does God Speak?
How to hear and understand God's voice daily
|About my book
|How do we hear God speak today? Excerpts from my book
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