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LEARNING TO HEAR GOD BY YOURSELF, FOR YOURSELF, IN YOURSELF


by Rev. Mrs Oyenike Areogun, February 28, 2017

 Many people today have been destroyed because of lack of knowledge. The Bible says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6).” People are also destroyed by false prophecy and false prophecy is one of the key things that the devil will be working through these last days to ruin destinies and your destiny will not be captured by the enemy in Jesus’ name. 

There are people that go around consulting: “I want to marry, I have three men in my life; one is James, one is Jacob and the other one is Israel. Which one should I marry?” And then the prophet tells them this and that. Man has a desire to seek information supernaturally from the spirit realm because he wants to know tomorrow, and so many people have turned that into their own business to take advantage of that quest in the heart of men. That is why there are many of these false prophets that go around telling people that they can show them their enemies, tell them tomorrow, who they should marry and things like that. And many people have been at the mercy of these false prophets. 

I counseled a woman many years ago who came to see me in my office at Ilesa, Osun State, SW Nigeria, then. This woman came, was weeping and was frustrated. She had four children for a man she married who she hated the most in her life. She was doing well as a young lady and was in a relationship with somebody that they loved each other. But because she was not born–again (and anything can happen to you when you don’t give your life to Christ), the enemy took advantage of the darkness she was in and began to creep in upon her with strange things. A friend told her that they should go for consultation before she married the person she was in a relationship with and she followed her to see a prophet. The prophet told her that the man she wanted to marry was not her husband and described another man as her husband. The man the prophet described was an irresponsible one who had no job, no nothing, and didn’t love her. But she went ahead to marry him because the prophet said so, and the union was highly frustrating for her. After narrating her ordeal, I asked her why she didn’t come to see me before she consulted the false prophet because the matter was then complicated after she had had four children. Will I tell her to divorce her husband or tell her to keep suffering? I told her that the only thing she needed to do was to give her life to Jesus, get born–again and step into the programme of God for her life because when you know where you want to go anywhere is a starting point. 

No matter what mistakes you have made in life, the moment you come to Jesus and you hand over your life to Him, He is big enough to sort every other thing out for you. People err and fail only when they continue in demonic plan that the devil has marked out for them. That you have failed does not mean you should continue to fail. When you have failed, when you have made a mistake, when you have fallen, then stop and look for help; come into the hands of the Lord. When you come into God’s hands, what happens is that God takes over from that moment on and begins to help you to work things out until He can get the original plan that He has marked out for your life again. 

This subject is a burden God put upon my spirit and it is a serious subject, not something that can be dealt with in one article. It’s such an extensive subject but with the help of the Holy Spirit I will be able to give you certain information that you can go with. When you are train for something you are not trained on every matter you are going to meet but would have been given the basic knowledge that you need to be able to function in that field. A medical student won’t be trained with every case he/she will ever meet while practising, but would have at least known the basic things to be able to handle whatever comes in that field. The same thing if you go to learn hat–making or bead–making, you will never be taught how to make every bead you will ever make in your future but you would have been taught the basic things that you need to know, such that no matter what comes you can know how to put two and two together and be able to come out with something peculiar. What I believe the Spirit of the Lord wants me to do in this article is to lay a foundation in your spirit. 

One of the things the Lord taught me early in my Christian walk when I gave my life to Him was to begin to come to me. The Bible says, “…my reins also instruct me by night seasons” in Psalms 16 and verse 7. The Bible says in Job 32:8 that, “But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.” 

When you give your life to Christ it, it is like God came to position Himself on the inside of you so that He can direct you, so that He can lead you. There is a leading you receive from outside corporately from spiritual leadership, but when it comes to your personal life and personal walk with the Lord, there is a personal leading of God that you must make room for in your life. Don’t just run off as a child of God living life on your own. What do you know? When were you born? What have you seen? There is a greater One, the One that knows tomorrow. You don’t know tomorrow. You don’t know what the guy you see today that is causing your head to swell is going to turn to tomorrow. You don’t know what he’s going to be. That a guy is handsome does not mean he is going to be a good father; a handsome guy does not equal a correct husband. You don’t know what he’s going to become as a father, you don’t know what kind of a provider he is going to be, you don’t know what kind of a person he will become. But the One that knows says, “Let Me lead you, let Me guide you.” But most of the time people want to go with what they see. But the wise ones will make room for superior counsel, will make room for superior wisdom. 

There is a Spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Lord gives them understanding. God situates Himself on the inside of you so that He can bring His direction upon your life. One of the things God taught me early as I gave my life to Christ was to make me to begin to perceive Him from my inside and this started first from the Word of God, the Bible. If you don’t read the Bible don’t pray that you’ll hear God because the devil is going to talk to you. If you don’t read the Bible don’t pray to God to speak to you because the devil is going to hide somewhere to talk to you. The Bible says, “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.  And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one (1 Joh. 5:7–8).”  So whatever the Word of God is saying is what the Holy Spirit is saying. If a spirit is saying something that the Word of God contradicts, that is not the Holy Ghost because God does not contradict Himself. 

God wants you to learn to know how He speaks; it is something you learn. I pray that the Holy Spirit will help you to understand this subject as you read and teach you how to hear God by yourself, for yourself, in yourself in the name of Jesus. I take authority over dullness of perception in the name of Jesus. God will open your eyes of understanding and enlighten your eyes in the name of Jesus. 

Isaiah 50:4

4 "The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. 

Learning how to speak a word in season to him who is weary is a training that the Holy Spirit gives but that’s not our focus in this edition of DOD Magazine, the second part is our focus here. The Bible says, “…He awakens…” it’s a continuous tense that happens every time. It is not “has awakened…,” but “He awakens….” Put your hands on your two hears and say, “Lord awaken my ears, awaken the ears of my spirit to hear as the learned, to hear as the instructed in Jesus’ name.” You can hear as the instructed. 

That Scripture says, “He awakens My ear to hear….” It means He quickens, He calls my attention to hear. How? As the instructed, as someone that is being told what to do and is hearing it and doing it. When you know that you can hear as the instructed, as the learned, as one that is being taught, that is how you hear by being instructed, by learning, by being taught, by being told what to do. A lot of people are in error today because they assume they know what to do. Don’t assume that you know what to do.

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