April 11, 2009
It is by the hearing of faith that we minister the Spirit. In other words, like Jesus, we speak the words that we hear the Father saying to do the works that He is doing. Paul tells us that we minister the Spirit by the hearing of faith, ” He therefore that ministers to you the Spirit, and works miracles among you, does he do this by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” (Gal. 3:5) In order to minister the Spirit in faith, we must be able to hear His voice that comes by the hearing of faith.
And so then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Ro. 10:17).
Faith does not come by having heard, but by hearing Him now. This scripture implies that the nature of faith comes from a relationship with God. The emphasis is on hearing God in the now. Jesus is the “I Am” which means Lord of the moment. He is a now Word, a person that desires to communicate to us. When Paul states that faith comes by hearing, he is not saying that faith comes from having heard, but from a listening heart that hears!
Faith comes by hearing His voice – the Lord Jesus Christ. The Word of God is a person, Jesus, who in the beginning was with God, for “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John1:1). We also see in the book of Revelation Jesus returning on a white horse with the armies of heaven following Him, and His name is called “THE WORD OF GOD” (Rev. 19:13).
Even though we know the revealed will of God from Scripture, we still need the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the Holy Scriptures, the written word of God and they are complete, but in order to receive their divine truth, we need the Holy Spirits help interpret them. True faith does not come by hearing with our natural ears someone quoting scriptures, but by hearing His voice that enlighten our hearts with His understanding. This imparts faith because of the source Jesus Christ- the author of Scripture. Without the Holy Spirit, the Bible is simply the letter, but when brought to light by the Holy Spirit, we hear the voice of our teacher.
But the anointing which you have received of Him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you, but as the same anointing teaches you all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in Him” (1 John 2:27).
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth who Jesus said will teach us all things. Does this mean that we are to disregard the teachings of men? No, that would be foolish as God has chosen to use men to minister His word. God is looking for those that He can speak through as messengers of fire to reveal His heart. (He. 1:7) We are to hear the voice of our teacher speaking to our hearts through them. It’s a “heart to heart” ministry.
Jesus said that He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says. Our goal is to hear THE teacher speaking to our hearts through those that are teaching. We must be able to discern His voice no matter who He is using or how He is communicating for “the things of God are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14). To discern means to be able to recognize and distinguish His voice from ours, His thoughts from ours and His feelings from ours. To presume that our thoughts and feelings and our understanding are the same as His, is presumptuous pride.
We Are Living Epistles
Before Jesus death, burial and resurrection, He promised to send the gift of the Holy Spirit “that we might know the things that are feely given to us of God” (1 Cor. 2:12). The New Testament Covenant purchased by the blood of Jesus enables us to boldly come before His throne that we might know Him in Spirit and in truth. We are called to be living epistles for His words to be written on our heart by the Spirit of the living God. You are the book that others are to read to hear His voice.
Forasmuch as you are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered to us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart (2Cor. 3:3).
We become living epistles when we hear His voice, receive His word in our hearts and let them take root in our spirit. When the Word matures within us to the place where it has substance and depth, we can teach others that which we have been taught. Jesus gave us this teaching in the parable of the sower of the Word. (Luke 8:5-18) If we want to bear fruit, we need to be filled with His truth “as the truth is in Jesus” (Eph. 4:21) It is His words that we speak to minister His life to others that bear eternal fruit,
“Which things also we speak, not in the words of man’s wisdom, but that which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with that which is spiritual” (1 Cor. 2:13).
When I was born again I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to me. This came to me through prophetic impressions. Prophetic impressions is the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit that speak His thought to your mind, His feelings to our emotions, His truth to our heart and His love to our soul. His voice is so gentle, that we often miss them thinking that it is our own thoughts that we are hearing. This brought life to me with His understanding. Also my soul felt complete in Him as a whole man.
When I came under the religious teaching that taught me that God speaks through the Bible only, and that we must live by principles and formulas of the Word, I learned to live a godly life but without spiritual life. The result was a form of life that had the appearance of godliness on the outside but with dry bones on the inside.
One day in desperation for the things of God, I cried out to God “Please help me.” Immediately the Holy Spirit whispered, “Return to your first love and follow Me!” As I returned to the main thing, which is intimacy with God, the voice of the Holy Spirit became more distinct. Over time I learned to walk with the Word and through the Holy Spirits guidance, learned much from the Holy Scriptures. I love His Word!
His truth filled me with new life and joy that came from His presence. He is our daily bread. Out of the place of intimacy came the true knowledge of Him that released me to be who I am created to be. It is His truth that makes men free.
Some Ways That We Speak
We speak that which we hear. Such as during the time of intercession to fulfill His purpose or a timely teaching that comes from the Father’s heart, or to minister a word of prophecy. We can also by faith receive a word of knowledge for healing, to identify spiritual activity, the condition of someone’s heart, or the specific purpose of the Lord’s presence in a meeting, as well as specific guidance and counsel for our lives.
In 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, Paul list nine distinct spiritual gifts. Three of these gifts are revelatory in nature that we received by the hearing of faith. These are a word of knowledge, a word of wisdom and the gift of discerning of spirits. These three spiritual gifts are common to the ministry of prophecy. Anytime that the Lord is speaking there He is in the midst of His people, for the Spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus.
Oracles of Life
God’s heart is for restoration, redemption and renewal. In the beginning when God saw the world was void and in darkness, His heart was moved with compassion. He spoke and said, “Let there be light and there was light.” It was because of this light that life came. As you speak His Words, light will minister to those who are void and living in darkness that will bring forth new life.
God is a Spirit who created mankind to hear His voice to speak His words in spirit and in truth. When His words are spoken to us and through us, light shines in the darkness. Light is always greater than darkness. As sons and daughters of the creator, you are called to speak life to a world that is void and in darkness to bring forth life – His life.
Seek to minister His life and God will give you His words to minister grace to those who have an ear to hear. Jesus said all we need to do to receive is to ask for it is God’s good pleasure to give good gifts to those that ask Him. When you heart is to exhort others, He will give you words that will lift them up into Christ “Even as you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the Church” (1 Cor 14:12).
“Let no corrupt communication process out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace (the anointing) unto those that hear” (Eph. 4:29).
Jesus said “It is the spirit that quickens; (brings to life) the flesh profit nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). The words that originate from our understanding, insights and wisdom profit nothing! If we want the life that is in His Word, we must hear His voice in Spirit for the things of God are spiritually discerned. If we want to minister His life then we must speak His Words that Has His life. If we want to be where He is, we must hear His voice in order to follow Him.
All believers are to know Him and speak His Words, but God has ordained each with a specific gift and call. For instance, the eyes are the sight for the body to see. Paul tells us that the body of Christ has many members and that each member is needed
For the body is not one member but many. (15) If the foot shall say because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it not part of the body? (16) And if the ear shall say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not part of the body? (17) If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body was an ear, where would the smelling be? (18) But now God has set every member in the body of Christ as it has pleased Him (1 Cor. 14-18).
To deny any member to function as they are called in the body of Christ is to reject that part of Jesus Christ. If we say to those that have prophetic vision, “we have no need of you” (spiritual insight comes from seeing God’s purpose through prophecy, visions and dreams) then the Church will remain blind. If we say that we have no need to hear His voice, then the body will remain deaf. If the body cannot hear His words, then the body cannot speak His words and thus remain dumb. A church that is blind without prophetic vision will stumble in the dark and a church that cannot hear His voice will remain deaf and without hearing His words, the body will remain dumb, unable to speak His Words that brings life to lost and dying world.
We are living in wonderful season where the Lord is restoring the prophetic ministry to the body of Christ that will in it, create a harvest. Soon the fire of the Holy Spirit will be breaking out everywhere. If you would like to know more about the prophetic, I recommend a book from MorningStar Ministries written by Steve Thompson called, “You May all Prophesy” and “The Prophetic Ministry” by Rick Joyner. You can reach MorningStar by calling 1-800- 542-0278. Ask them to send you a catalogue of their resources.
In His heart and love,