Hearing God

Exodus 3:3-4 “So Moses said “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him…”

Hidden in these verses is a key that will unlock a door you may have desired to be opened for a long time – hearing God. There are a myriad of questions that arise when this subject is raised. Why do some people hear God and other don’t.  How do I hear God’s voice?  Can it be that hearing God is only something ministers do? Do you have to be “special” to hear God? My pastor says hearing God is not for today – can that be true?

I can only go back to the words of Jesus in John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice and I know them, and they follow Me.”  According to what Jesus says here, this is one of the indicators of being a sheep in His pasture. Therefore we have to conclude it is normal to hear the voice of the Shepherd and it is abnormal not to hear His voice. We do not have to settle for an abnormal existence in our walk of faith.  Stir up your desire to hear God more clearly.  That is a prayer God will answer.  So how did this work for Moses?

At this point in his life, Moses was an employee for his father-in-law; he worked as a shepherd. You might say he was in that phase of life that is always most uncomfortable – the transition.  In his life there was this chasm that existed between what he understood to be the purpose of his life and his reality as a lowly shepherd.  God speaks to us in so many ways – He has limitless avenues of communication, as evidenced by Moses and the burning bush.  However, there are some things we can do to create the right atmosphere to be able to hear God more clearly.

Positioning is an essential part of hearing God. Moses “…turned aside to look…” at the burning bush, and then God spoke to him.  He took time to look and when God spoke to him, he responded. So how does this work today for you and me?  I have found it essential to have a daily time with the Lord where there is nothing pressing in on me. Sometimes I just ask God if He has anything to say.  Sometimes He does and sometimes He doesn’t.  He’s God and He can tell me what He wants when He wants to.

Positioning means creating an atmosphere of worship. Sometimes it means just sitting in silence before the Lord and waiting. Sometimes it means having an attitude of expectancy, like you know you are in one of those pregnant moments. Sometimes He will speak through the Scriptures, or during a time of worship, or during times of prayer. There is heavenly wisdom for you during the workday.  Are you positioning yourself to tap into it, or do you fill up your times with noise like a radio or TV? Positioning and creating the atmosphere where God is not competing for your time are essential ingredients.  Moses positioned himself and he received the fulfillment of his destiny.  So will you!

Position yourself to hear God today.  He has all the wisdom and insight you need and He wants to give it to you. His gifts are available to us 7 days a week, not just on Sunday.  They are meant for day by day, minute by minute operation, not just to observe on Sunday.  Hearing God is for you today, just as much as it is for your pastor on Sunday.  Listen, look, and expect His voice. I have learned if I’m not hearing, sometimes I’m not listening.

The 2nd Economic System

There are two, distinctly separate economic systems in the earth today.  The first is the economic system of the world and the second is the economic system of the Kingdom of God.  The characteristics of these economic systems are different and distinct.  The effects they have on their participants are polar opposites.  If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, it is likely that you have this gnawing discomfort with the things you see taking place in the world.  You may even feel uncomfortable living in and by a system of economics that you are told is normal.  For example, in many nations corruption and bribery are deemed “normal”.  You may be told “this is just how business is conducted here.”   Most of us do not understand why

 

The Kingdom of God is a system of government that is the most dominant spiritual and moral force on the earth.  Like all governmental systems there is also a system of economics.  You and I are experiencing the re-emergence of the Kingdom Economy as the understanding of the Kingdom of God grows in the earth.  It is not something new, but rather a restoration of a system of economics God gave to Moses in the Torah.  As you see nations in crisis, both economically and governmentally, know that God is tearing down a worldly system and establishing His system, the Kingdom.

You may be saying “This book has no relevance to our situation today. God doesn’t care about economics; He only cares about what happens in church!”  Consider that in the Torah (first 5 books of the bible), God established the government of a nation that was non-existant.  He established how leaders were to govern, the qualifications necessary for appointment as a judge, and how small business was to be conducted, lending procedures, and the list goes on.

God established a system for capital accumulation (the year of Jubilee), income maximization (edges and corners of the fields were to be left unharvested so the poor, the widows and orphans could have it), debt retirement (every 7 years there was to be debt cancelation), and there was more.  He stated that if Israel obeyed His directives, His desire for His people was that they would be a lender nation, not a debtor nation.  The result was when Israel followed the ways of the Lord, there was no long term debt; the blessing of God was on the small businesses, and Israel became a lender nation, not a borrower nation.

How does this apply in our day?  God has established a covenant with His people, both Jew and Gentile, that is unshakeable.  As you and I pursue knowing God and understanding His ways as He has revealed them in Scripture, we position ourselves for the wisdom and insight in the worlds of commerce and government.  Moses said these profound words in Ex 33:15-16 “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?”  God’s presence will enable you to operate on a higher level than your peers because of His wisdom, His insight, His understanding and His authority.  You will make better decisions, have better judgment and learn to recognize and walk in His favor as you come to know God.

God’s Protocol for Promotion

 1 Sam 13:14

“But now your kingdom shall not endure. The LORD has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.”

What a tragic moment in the history of Israel!  Though Saul continued to rule as King for many more years, at this moment, he lost the support of God and thereby His delegated authority. Without authority, there is no power to lead.  These same leadership failings exhibited by Saul are evident in many of our leaders today. Yet, God “appointed” another man and through the prophet Samuel, listed one of His key qualifications for leadership – “…a man after His own heart…”. Continue reading →

Does God Care About Economics???

The Kingdom of God is a system of government that is the most dominant spiritual and moral force on the earth.  Like all governmental systems there is also a system of economics.  You and I are experiencing the re-emergence of the Kingdom Economy as the understanding of the Kingdom of God grows in the earth.  It is not something new, but rather a restoration of a system of economics God gave to Moses in the Torah.  As you see nations in crisis, both economically and governmentally, know that God is tearing down a worldly system and establishing His system.

You may be saying ” God doesn’t care about economics!”  But He does!  The prophet Amos was was alive when Israel was divided into two seperate nations, the Southern Kingdom and the Northern Kingdom.  Each Kingdom had it’s own king and forms of worship.  The Northern Kingdom was at the pinnacle of it’s prosperity.  While the economy was booming, the people were steeped in idol worship and performed rites of human sacrifice demanded by their idols.

Rabbinnical scholars say that Amos was not a humble shephard who walked around in a loin cloth wandering the fields with his sheep and occassionally traveling to the Northern Kingdom to pronounce judgment that was coming.  They say he was in fact a wealthy landowner with a sheep and cattle breeding business.

Changing Seasons

Exodus 6:2-5 God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered My covenant. 

There was a day when commerce seemed so much easier. Opportunities abounded and you and I were in a constant state of gratitude as we all raced to keep pace with the world’s flourishing economies. The formulas for success and prosperity we all embraced seemed to be working because everything was working.  Yet, something was out of God’s order and we knew it, but we were all running so fast that what was actually abnormal had become “normal” to us.  Whether we recognize it or not, we have experienced a change of seasons.  Make no mistake about it, God changes the seasons. He doesn’t bring change because He thinks we need something new to keep us engaged; He changes things for His strategic purposes. Continue reading →

Anointing To Influence

Daniel 11:32 “…but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” NKJV

Christian leaders around the world are asking some penetrating questions in our day. How did we loose the ability to influence the cultures of our respective nations? Did we fall asleep? Have we lost our national cultural relevance? There is a perception that we no longer carry the authority, or have the ability to influence the way business is conducted, or the way public policy is determined. There are a few voices today shouting out this message of cultural transformation, yet the message seems like a dissonant chord to the ears of many. Why? Continue reading →

A Time To Establish!

Many of us in the marketplace, who live in the world of silver and gold, the world of commerce, trade and government, have quoted Haggai 2:8 countless times; “The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the LORD of hosts.” It has become a rallying cry for those who consider the issue of ownership to be the benchmark of the Kingdom Constitution. However, the preceding verse, in my view, is a definitive statement of what is taking place in our world today – Haggai 2:7 “I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts.” NASU Continue reading →

Understanding the Economic Times

 

The global economy has produced many benefits for the nations of the world.  Through the internet, people in Africa can market products that can be purchased in Chile with the click of a mouse.  On a global scale, commerce is conducted and money changes hands instantaneously between continents.  We live in a world where travel between continents is common and commerce is the key.  People all over the world are inter-connected and inter-dependent.  Yet as we have seen in recent weeks, the economies of all nations are inter-connected, as well.  Could it be that God was actually speaking of our day when he spoke to the prophet Daniel 2500 years ago?  Dan 12:4 But  you Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end. Many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.  NLT Continue reading →

The Presence of God Produces Focused Productive Activity

Ex 33:15-16  Then he said to Him, ” If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. 16 “For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?” NASU

One morning the Lord woke me very early to pray. This has been a regular occurrence for me over the years and the part of my day that I cherish. I had been struggling, however, with what I perceived as a decreased activity level in my life. For over 20 years, I had run a demanding business, and at God’s direction, I began a process of re-structuring my life to spend more time in prayer, study, writing, and fulfilling the two assignments He gave me in the mid-90’s. In many ways, this was my time of activation, so to speak. Continue reading →

Living in The Kingdom of God Requires Living by Kingdom Economics

Deuteronomy 11:10-15   For the land into which you are entering to possess it, is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you used to sow your seed and water it with your foot like a vegetable garden. But the land into which you are about to cross to possess it, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of Heaven, a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year. It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the LORD your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul, that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil. He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied…. 

These powerful verses describe the beginnings of an entirely new culture for God’s people. They were finally going to the land that was promised after 400 years of bondage in Egypt. Continue reading →