HOW TO HEAR FROM GOD- PART 4
By: Isaac O. Agbenla
This morning, I have a strong feeling to explain deeper, the misunderstanding that assumes that “feelings is a way of knowing God’s presence. God’s presence in a place or meeting is known primarily by faith not feelings.
The Bible says where two or more are gathered in my name, he is there in their midst. Now, whether you feel God’s presence when you meet or not, the Word of God says he is there and that is the final. If you don’t believe that God is among three of you in prayer, then, you are carnal.
No doubt, there are baby Christian who wait for some kind of sensation to believe that God is with them. God understand their babyhood and relate with them as such.
You see, the wrong biblical perspective on the presence of God we have built over the years is responsible for the spiritual misunderstanding of God and his omnipresent ability. For example, we emphasize ” bringing down God’s presence in every service” as if God presence is not yet among us but scripturally, the presence of God is already in the midst of hundreds gathered together in worship to God. To put it in right context, it should be seeing as drawing people’s heart to the consciousness of his presence so that they can enjoy the awesome presence of God.
In Acts 4:31, the Bible says:
*And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.*
We need to understand first that, apostles were already filled with Holy Ghost in Acts 2:1-5, definitely, they have Holy Spirit in and with them already. The second experience shows we can be filled to overflowing and generate power when we pray in one “accord”. Holy Spirit didn’t come from heaven to fill them again. He is already with them. When they seek for more of him, he fills them to overflowing. The fact is that he is with them even as they prayed. They draw more to him in prayer and he draws more into them.
It’s good to understand that God’s presence is with believers in their gatherings. God promised to be with us always. His presence is in us. What we need is to be conscious of his presence and maximize the presence of God in whatever place we are.
However we must understand that “feelings” is not the voice of God but the voice of our flesh. To wait till you feel God before you do spiritual exercise is like waiting like that man at the Pool of Bethesda. He was waiting for the time the water will be troubled before he jumped in and waited for 38yrs. Don’t wait for sensational feelings before you pray, pray when due.
God doesn’t walk by feelings but faith. Faith is our spiritual currency. Without faith is it impossible to please God -Heb.11:6. You don’t need to feel anything to know that God is present. You know God by knowledge and acceptance of the truth in His Word.
Hear this truth, you don’t feel God, you know God. Don’t wait to feel God before you pray, pray with understanding that God is with you always.
In 2 Timothy 1:6, Paul told Timothy,
*Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that THOU STIR UP the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.*
Notice Paul told Timothy to stir up the gift of God. He is talking about the Holy Spirit. Timothy could probably be undergoing depression and felt God is no longer with him for example. Paul didn’t pray for him but asked him to STIR UP what is already in him. That is, what he needs to come out of depression is there inside him, you don’t need to feel it since you know that God is living in you through the Holy Spirit.
For example, you will not wait to feel God before you pray when you see danger around you. You consciously or unconsciously shout “Jesus”. When you relate with God by faith, you will begin to know deeper things about the person of Holy Spirit.
When Daniel was in the Lion’s den, he didn’t wait for any feeling, because God was there with him. The three Hebrew children didn’t fear the fiery furnace because they knew God was there waiting for them
Beloved, faith is the currency of heaven
Thanks for reading
Isaac O. Agbenla