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Hearing The Father: Week 1

I am a certified pastor and an active Christian of over 15 years, The Lord has made His voice know to me. I have heard and seen His angels.

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Hearing Him Starts with His Word

Hearing Him Starts with His Word

Welcome!

This study focuses on your personal relationship with God the Father. Our daddy in heaven is waiting for us to open our physical and spiritual ears and not just hear Him, but listen. This includes seeking Him, hearing Him, and carrying out His instruction. Over the next six weeks, you will participate in a small group, complete 3 readings per week, and focus on listening to His voice. I don’t add a ton of fluff because God wants to speak to you personally. He wants to build an intimacy with you that is strong and everlasting. For that reason, I recommend taking time each day to have a “date” with God. Set aside time to revel in His presence and truly hear Him.


Getting Focused

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The beginning of something new is always exciting. Let’s take a moment and clear our thoughts. Take as much time as you need to lock away all of those stresses and thoughts that are hindering you from hearing, accepting, and immersing yourself in the word. Tuck away that to-do list, those financial worries, the stress of life. Those are all barriers that satan weighs us down with.

OK, now lock them up and hide the key.

Start With Prayer and Worship

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Next, we are going to take one minute. One minute of silence for you to finish clearing out the last bit of cobwebs lingering in your thoughts. Clear your mind and just be.

Prayer is super important and essential in both speaking to God and hearing His voice.

Let’s pray:

“Father, we ask that you enter this place. We ask that your Holy Spirit be here with us and guide us towards a better relationship with you. Please guide us in opening our ears and our hearts. In Jesus' name, amen.”


Today we are going to start by watching a short video introduction to the study’s topic. After that, we will be doing some praise and worship:

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Let’s welcome the Holy Spirit into this place:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=eFByOX8Fb0M&feature=share

Diving Into Scripture

John 10:1-5 NIV

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 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. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”


When we are able to hear God clearly and listen to His word, He can reach more people and help us grow closer to Him.

For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

— 2 Peter 1:21

His Voice

But what is God’s voice like? How do we recognize it?

In the Old Testament, Moses had many encounters with God. In Exodus, we learn that His voice can be pretty harsh. At this point in time, Moses had brought God’s chosen people out of the wilderness. Even though God had parted waters and brought them to safety, they still had doubts and disbelief. As a result, the Lord chose to use a stern and loud voice. Let’s find out what happened by reading Exodus 19:16-20.

On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain[a] trembled violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him. 20 The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up.

Elijah

Many centuries later, Elijah came to the same mountain. You see, He had witnessed a great horror. God’s prophets were being murdered by pagan worshipers. Elijah was so afraid that he hid the remaining prophets in caves. Then he went deep into the wilderness to hide in caves as well. Those were scary times.


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

God wanted Elijah to know that He is strong and powerful, yet does not cause bad things to happen to those who follow Him. He is not thunder, He is not earthquakes. He is a still, small voice with the power to do anything.


  • According to these last few passages, what does God's voice sound like?



  • How can we discern it?


Let’s close in prayer by asking God to help us better discern His voice.


"Father, thank you for your word and your instruction. Help us to carry it with us all week long. We know that we can’t do this alone. You are our rock. Please reveal your voice to us so that we may grow closer to you each and every day. Anyone who has a prayer on their heart or something they want to bring to God, go ahead and share your heart..... in Jesus name, amen."

Below, find the three readings for this week.

Readings

Week 1

This week, plan to dive into the word at least three times. Take a moment of silence and begin with prayer before you start each reading.


After reading each passage, answer the questions in your notebook or journal and reflect on what God might be revealing to you through His word.

Reading 1

Today, begin with a moment of silence and prayer.


Open your Bible to John 12:27-29, where Jesus is about to be crucified.


Answer the questions below based on this scripture.

  1. Was God’s voice comforting?
  2. If you were a spectator at this moment, how would you react?
  3. Is this passage in the New Testament or the Old Testament?
  4. How does this apply to you and the passages that you have already read this week?
  5. What is God’s voice like in this passage?

Reading 2

As always, begin with a moment of silence and prayer. Empty all of your worries, distractions, and stress into that locked box and hide the key.


Today we will take a look at another New Testament example of God’s voice.


Open your Bible to Luke 3:21


Answer the questions below based on this scripture.

  1. If you were a spectator at this moment, how would you react?
  2. Is this passage in the New Testament or the Old Testament?
  3. How does this apply to you and the passages that you have already read this week?
  4. What is God’s voice like in this passage?

Take some time to just listen for God‘s voice. Ask one or two questions, but focus on listening, not asking. Write down what you hear.

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Reading 3

Begin with prayer. Remember to take that minute of silence for yourself to clear away those cobwebs and center your attention.


Today we are going to read about not just hearing God’s voice, but choosing to listen. Isaiah 30:21 talks about how His voice is all around us. He is ever-present and always giving us instruction. We just have to choose to turn on our listening ears. We can’t be a defiant teenager who pretends to listen to their parents while secretly listening to music through earbuds and expect to have a great relationship with Him.


Isaiah 30:21

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.”


Wow! He is right there, waiting for you to open up your heart and listen to what He has to say..


In fact, in Proverbs 3 we are told to actively seek God‘s voice. He is calling us, we just have to pick up the phone. Go ahead and read Proverbs 3:6-13.


  1. Where can we find His voice?
  2. Are these passages in the New Testament or the Old Testament?
  3. How does this apply to you and the passages that you have already read this week?
  4. What is God’s voice telling you right now?


    Read on for next week's instructions.

© 2021 Miranda Hoepfner

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