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Before diving into that answer, let us consider this first, "Why don't I hear God's voice!?" Upon asking that question, we venture on a journey to find ears capable of hearing His holy voice.
Our God is the living God. He is omnipotent and omniscient. He is the Alpha and the Omega and far beyond human comprehension. As a loving Creator, He is in constant communication with all of us. In fact, He speaks to us every day. It is we who do not hear Him. Why?
As human beings, we are born of the flesh, but the Spirit that lives within us (our soul) is the life-giving essence of God. He gave us that Spirit. Being born of the flesh also means we are born of sin ever since Eve's deception and the fall of mankind happened. Can our Spirit become holy as He so desires? Here's what Jesus has to say:
"I am telling you the truth," replied Jesus, "that no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. A person is born physically of human parents but is born spiritually of the Spirit." - John 3:5-6
Jesus clearly explains that we cannot access God's Kingdom unless we are born of water. This means public acknowledgment of Jesus as our Savior through water Baptism. He also says that we need to be born of the Spirit. What does it mean? It means when we invite The Holy Spirit in our being, He purifies and frees our Spirit held in sin. Picture your Spirit as an orb distinctly glowing with a particular color associated, each representing our uniqueness. Even though we are all made in His image, we are created to be unique and one-of-a-kind. Think about it as our fingerprint, none are alike.
Our orb (Spirit) is a communication device with our Creator, but then why aren't we able to use it? Let me explain further:
Since we are born of sin, we are drawn to sin. Our Spirit (the orb) is fragile because we are sinners, by birth, and through our sinful acts. Every willful act of sin puts a dent (crack) in our Spirit. The Bible mentions how Jesus' Spirit is broken to heal ours.
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." - Isaiah 53:5.
He does this for us. Yes, even to this day, He bears our pain and suffering so we can be free and to show His abundant love for us!
Before I knew Jesus, I was a satanist. In my teens, I came upon pornography and got drawn into its sin. At first, I became aware of my wrongdoing and was overcome with a sense of guilt and shame. It was the first conscious sin that cracked my Spirit. Subsequently, as I kept on with the evil, I felt less guilty and less shame until I felt no remorse. This was the time when my Spirit broke entirely, and sin took over. Once this happened, I began to feel hollow and empty on the inside. I recognized I was addicted, and I desperately wanted a way out. This one addiction led me towards committing several other sins until I forgot what it felt like to have a living soul. I envisioned myself spiraling down to the depths of hell. It is in these depths, and at my darkest hour, Jesus found me. He rescued me when I needed Him desperately. I received Jesus as my Savior and accepted Him wholeheartedly. He was my way out of my addictions, and His saving grace was crucial to me to break me free from my addiction.
Jesus knows what it is to be tempted by the enemy and our inability to help ourselves from being sinless. For this reason, Jesus suffers for us, as we suffer in our sin. He took our pain when He made the atoning sacrifice for our sins and redeemed us fully. Now, the good news remains that He saved us and has conquered sin for good! What does that mean for us apart from being with Him in heaven? It means that our broken orb (our connection system with God) is fixed! We now have a spirit that allows us to communicate with Him and hear His voice, freely.
Now, you may ask, "I'm a believer of Jesus, and I know Him for many years. Why can't I hear Him speak?" This is a fair question! Thanks to Jesus, we are free of sin, and whoever believes in Him, bears His holy nature. So why then can't we hear Him?
In one of my quiet-time prayers, I asked God to reveal to me why I could not hear Him speak to me every day in prayer? To which He spoke to me and said that we do not know HOW to communicate with God as we do not know how to use our spirt by ourselves; we need a helper. Jesus clearly explains this:
"I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive Him because it cannot see him or know him. But you know Him because he remains with you and is in you." - John 14:15-16.
In my case, the only time I hear God speaking is when I spent time seeking Him.
The key is learning how to access the Holy Spirit that God gives us!
Remember when I said that our orbs were unique to each individual with its distinct color? Yes! Just like that, our nature and addictions are individual to each one of us, but we were given the ability to unlock our communication with Him by seeking Him fervently. The only way we hear God is by spending time with Him. God says,
"You will seek me, and you will find me WHEN you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13.
What it means is that we NEED to seek Him first if we genuinely desire to hear Him and understand more about Him.
If it takes 10,000 hours to master any skill, ask yourself, how many hours have you spent trying to seek God? The thing is, He is longing for you to hear Him, and He waits for you to seek Him. He promises you will find Him, and I can attest to that. I hear Him from time to time, but I also need to do a whole lot more seeking to be able to communicate like how we do with each other freely. Lastly, I encourage all of you to continue your journey. I believe God is eagerly waiting for you to run towards Him.
"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." - Psalms 34:18
God bless you guys! God be with you and keep you all safe.
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