1. Recognize God Speaking
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.?(John 10:27 NKJV)
When God speaks we listen. ?Jesus told us that His sheep hear His voice and they follow Him. ?It is so important for us to tune in the voice of God. ?This is the greatest place of safety we can know. ?It is a place of great assurance and hope. ?When we hear God speaking to us there is a confidence that accompanies His voice. ?His voice is like the sound of many waters.
God speaks to us in many ways. ?Most of the time it is in a less spectacular fashion. We want to experience God’s interactions with us on all levels. ?Many times though, He will test us to see if we will listen to Him in less spectacular forms. ?The key is to recognize is voice in the form He chooses to reveal Himself in. ??Whether it be a dream, vision, encounter or just the inner voice of His Holy Spirit. ?Our responsibility is to be on that wavelength of His Presence.
2. Discover the Promises
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. (Matthew 13:13 NKJV)
Once we are on that wavelength the next thing we need to do is discover what God is giving to us. ?Every time the Lord speaks to us there is an accompanying invitation for us to respond. ?Just because we hear does not mean we understand. ??When we discover or understand what God is trying to communicate to us then we can move at a different level of faith and confidence. ?Faith comes by “hearing” and by hearing the Word of God. ?This refers to hearing in the sense of understand.
Just as Jesus described in the Parable of the Sower. ?He who understands brings forth the multiplication of the seed that was sown, some 30, 60 and 100 fold. ?Why? ?Because when we understand we will respond with actions to the invitation and gift of stewardship. ?When God speaks to us it is like a gift that needs opened. The more we glean on His Words to us the deeper our understanding is, the more we see what He has actually given to us.
3. Agreement in Prayer
Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.?(Matthew 18:19 NKJV)
Once we have this understanding, our spirit is quickened. ??When we see as we should then we can take it to the next level of apprehending the promise that He has given. ?There may not be a more powerful weapon available to us than the prayer of agreement. ??God has revealed through Psalm 133 that there is a power in agreement that opens the heavens where the oil of His anointing, blessing and favor are poured out. ?Jesus told us that where two or more “agree” in His Name He would be there in the midst. ??When we stand agreeing in prayer there is much greater power released.
If you are married, you have the greatest opportunity to release power, to apprehend promises and actualize what God has spoken to you. ?This is the power that has always been intended for the family that dwells in the heart of God. ?Yet, any people who come into agreement for God’s revealed will and promises to be done will have a more powerful result because of this agreement. ?The authority of Jesus is manifested in greater manifestation through prayers of agreement. ??How can two walk together unless they be agreed? ?(Amos 3:3)
4. Give Thanks
Once you have agreed and decreed His will and promises, give thanks in worship. ??He inhabits us in our worship. ??His Presence is realized within us through our praise and thanks as we give the glory to Him.
Recognize the voice of God speaking to you. ??Get confirmation. ??Understand the promises that He is revealing to you. ?Begin to engage in whole-hearted agreement with people who have the same heart and mind in regards to these promises. ?Decree what you agree upon and let it be accomplished! ?Give God praise for His victories in your life. ?Continue in this and you will see greater resullts!