40. Hear directly from God

At Mount Sinai God spoke to the Israelites directly from the mountain. There He gave them the ten commandments. He spoke to them directly from the mountain. And instead of a feeling of awe and wonder, the Israelites trembled with fear.

"When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the horn, and when they saw the lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear. And they said to Moses, "You tell us what God says, and we will listen. But don't let God speak directly to us. If He does, we will die!" Exodus 20:18, 19

The people were scared to bits and basically begged Moses not to let the Lord speak to them again. They were supposed to be a kingdom of priests, communicating with their God, but they didn't want to, they preferred that someone else hear His message on behalf of them.

As I have discussed before, we are a kingdom of priests too. We are priests who are able to hear God's Voice and to hear His direction for our lives. We can hear it ourselves. But I think a lot of us pass the buck and rather ask other people to hear on our behalf. I know lovely Christians who drive from one Christian counselor to another, to hear what God wants to tell them about their lives and about their present situations, rather than hearing from God themselves.

I was like that too. I wanted to know what God wanted me to do and when I heard of someone that people say gave them a prophecy or Word from God, I was there! I desperately wanted messages from God! It was only when one of the counselors told me that I need to hear from God myself, that I realized that it was true. We all have the capability to hear God's Voice. How? Through His Word, through spending time alone with Him, by keeping a journal, through dreams or even by receiving a word/prophecy from someone else.

Yes, you can receive a word or a prophecy from someone else too, but don't let them be your first 'stop'. Let God speak to you first and only then ask for confirmation from other people. There is nothing wrong with asking other people, but don't give up your authority as a priest. Go to God first and the more you do, the clearer His voice will become. Otherwise you might just end up like the Israelites, with God only speaking to Moses and not speaking to them.

Father God, please help us to hear Your voice loud and clear. Forgive us if we prefer to hear more clearly from friends and counselors instead of from You. We want to hear from You. Thank you Lord that You have given us the ability to do just that. Amen

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