Posted: 07/07/2010 at 5:30am
Godís Spoken Word
By Ron McGatlin
Hearing God speak is sometimes as much feeling as hearing. Intimately relating to God in the Spirit involves all of our inner senses. Our entire being Ė spirit, soul, and body are quickened from deep within by His presence. God is love. He always speaks in love even when he speaks strong corrective words. To commune with God is highly exciting and beyond pleasant in a deep rich atmosphere of life and joy. We are encompassed with peace beyond understanding and filled with life as His life permeates our being.
We know that God never leaves or forsakes His children. However, there are seasons or experiences of His intimate presence that fill our lives with purposeful life and great joy. For many it is not a matter of God not being present but rather a matter of our being somewhere else doing busy things and therefore not fully available to Him.
Relating to a loving father is pictured for us in natural life. For a young child one of the most natural things is to be joyful and excited when daddy comes home. His presence changes the whole atmosphere in the house. The child wants to be hugged and tell him their exciting news. When he looks into the eyes of his child and speaks to them, the words mean much more than all other voices. The words of a natural father to his child are powerful and have a great impact on forming the life of the child. Like seeds planted in the soil of a childís heart, a fatherís words can grow into fruition in the life of a child forming the perimeters and fabric of future life. As it is in the natural, so is it in the spiritual.
The words of our heavenly Father are the most powerful things in existence. The words of God spoke all creation into being. He spoke life and order to earth, and what he said came into being. The earth was void, without form and in darkness, and God said, ďlet there be light,Ē and there was light. Father God spoke the creation of living things and the order of all things on earth; except God did not just speak man into existence. From the dust of the ground, God formed man with His hands into His own image and likeness. God gave man the special place of ruling and reigning on earth with Him according to His will and design.
Godís spoken words are the source of creation. All order and systems of earth came into being by Godís spoken words. All creation exists and consists in order by the words coming from God. All creation is formed by and subject to the spoken words of God. However, only human beings have the potential to intimately relate to God and hear clearly His spoken words and speak them forth with His authority into the world and thereby produce movement of change toward Godís order in the world.
The breakaway from the order of God flowing through mankind occurred when the first Adam moved into rebellion against God. Disorder entered the world because man became separated from intimate relationship of hearing and obeying the spoken words from God on a daily basis as he walked with God.
Will the peaceful and perfect order of God ever fully return to Planet Earth?
Please be patient with me here as I seek with my whole heart to accurately relate the love and truth God is speaking to all who have ears to hear. Before going on we need to know what this IS NOT SAYING. It is NOT saying that there is no heaven and no hope of heaven when we die. It is NOT saying that Christ Jesus is not going to bodily return in the future.
I am thankful for the great hope that has sustained a mostly powerless church through many centuries. In our desperate struggles of life in the limitations of our religious mindsets of the past that were handed down to us by the patriarchal theologians of our religious faith, two great hopes for the future gave us hope to keep going.
One great hope was for us and the other was for the world.
The personal hope was that we would be with Jesus and experience the perfect order of God after we died and went to heaven. There was little or no hope for this life to ever be fully in Godís order.
Our great hope for the world was that at any time Jesus would bodily return to earth and then bring everything back into the order of God. There was little or no hope for the world to be in Godís desired order until Jesus bodily returned.
We truly thank God for the sustaining effect of these hopes that have allowed our forefathers and some of us older ones to survive the wiles of uncertain disordered life in the world. We also thank God that limitations of these hopes that have restrained the practical reality of the at-hand kingdom of God in the past are being removed from many in this season.
The good news is that God is implanting even greater hope as we intimately relate to Christ Jesus and the Father in Him by the Spirit. Through this intimate spiritual connection in relationship with Christ Jesus and the Father, the clear voice of God is again being clearly heard within Godís people on earth in whom Christ Jesus dwells. An avalanche of revelation of glorious truth is flowing life from heaven upon the mountain of God on earth.
Revelation is not some new thing. It is the uncovering of what has been there all along. When we are given eyes to see and ears to hear the lid comes off, and what we could not see before is revealed. The written word is unchanging but it is alive when the Holy Spirit reveals more from the same word we may have read many times before.
Fresh revelation does not come from chasing after new revelation. Nor does revelation come from doing religious things or even reading and studying the Bible over and over without abiding in Him and Him in us by the Spirit. It comes from so closely abiding with God that by his presence we are further purified from our selfish nature and our religious beliefs. This clears the land of our hearts to receive more of the word of the kingdom (Mat 13:19-23).
The most significant life we can live in this world involves hearing and obeying the spoken words of God released into our inner being by Spirit God. The strength of love, wisdom, and power of God will speak into us the deep hidden mysteries of life that are hidden from the natural man and natural thinking.
This is a very satisfying life completely free of frustrations due to unmet needs. Jesus becomes completely sufficient for our every desire. God promises to give us the desires of our hearts as we abide in Him (John 15:7). Plainly spoken, in Him we have everything we want or need and can do anything He says for us to do (Psa 37:4). When He speaks, the empowerment to carry out what He says in within the words He speaks. The desires of our hearts become only what He desires. Our will becomes His will. We want or need nothing apart from His desire and His provision (Psa 37:25-26).
Whether we live or die we are the Lordís and He is with us to will and to do His good pleasure (Rom 14:8) (Phil 2:13). His spoken words Ė His presence with us will see us through the most difficult times and the most prosperous times (Phil 4:11-13). Whether we have little or much, we are completely satisfied in His presence. The devil and all evil forces in the world are powerless against us in His presence (1 John 4:4).
Psa 91:7-9: A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
For more on hearing God see Kingdom Growth Guide (#001)
For more on the deep hidden mysteries of the kingdom of God see Kingdom Growth Guides: (#025) (#027) (#028) (#029) (#030)
Kingdom Growth Guides are available as a free download on the archive.openheaven.com website.Keep on pursuing love. It never fails
and His kingdom never ends.
Edited by Ron McGatlin on 07/07/2010 at 11:29am