A leaders success in ministry depends heavily on the Holy Spirit's Anointing Oil on their life."

Without God's Anointing on any leaders' ministry, it will NOT produce any lasting fruit for the Kingdom of God." Without the spiritual quickening which God can only provide, a leader's ministry will be dead and lifeless."

The external, professional look, or sound is not a primary issue, but the Spirit's ability to use his or her life to bring change into the lives and characters of others, is a primary issue and mandate."
The Bible declares, through the "Apostle Paul, "For the Kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power." 1Cor 4:20 Scripture reference;
2Cor 2, 4,5.'
















Lesson 7: Face to Face Relationship

Now we come to the final way of hearing from God, and that is the face-to-face relationship. In Numbers 12:5 it says:

And the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both came out. Then He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, will make Myself known to him in a vision, and will speak to him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all My house. With him I will speak mouth to mouth, even clearly, and not in dark speeches; and the form of the Lord he will see. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?"

It was a face to face relationship. Moses saw the presence of the Lord. He saw that manifestation of the Lord that is called the Angel of the Lord, a theophany. He saw God in a physical form and he spoke to God face to face. Is it possible for us to experience that today? Is it possible for a prophet to enter into that kind of relationship with the Lord that he can speak to Him face to face? Yes it is. I know because I have experienced it myself.

You say, "Well who are you going to see in the Spirit?" The Scripture says, "There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." Jesus said, "No one cometh unto the Father, but by Me." We do not have to speak through the Angel of the Lord any more. We have One who was God manifested in the flesh. We have One who sits on the throne of heaven. We have One in whom we are and who is in us, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. And it is possible for us to enter into a face to face relationship with Him in the Spirit where we can speak to Him as man to man, as person to person, as friend to friend, face to face and mouth to mouth.

Entering into the Love Relationship

How do I know this is available to us? And how does it become available? It becomes available when you enter into a love relationship with the Lord, where the love of God becomes your consuming passion, and where it permeates your very being. Paul tells us about it in 1 Corinthians 13:9. He says:

For our knowledge is limited and our prophecy is limited. But when that which is perfect has come (or when maturity has come, or when love has come) then the limitations will be removed. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things.

He is speaking about growing up. The Scripture says 'Love is the bond of perfection.' The Scripture speaks about being 'perfect or mature in love.' Paul says:

For now we see through a mirror, a puzzling image, but then we will see face to face. Now I know partially, but then I shall know just as I am also known.

Spiritual Maturity

When is now and when is then? Now is when you have not been perfected in love. Then is when you have been perfected in maturity and in love. It means that you begin to move into a love relationship with the Lord. You begin to move into spiritual maturity. You begin to move more and more into a face to face relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ to where you can say, "Before I saw through a puzzling image, but now that I am in maturity and walking in love, I can see Him face to face. Before I only knew partially. Now I know as I am known."


All of these means are available. Any believer is able to hear from God in most of these ways. It is not only restricted to the prophet. But as I said before, prophets have a very special ability to hear. They have been gifted to hear better, to have a greater capacity.

If God has given you that opportunity; if He has given you that privilege and taken you through that horrible preparation that has qualified you to be His spokesman, you need to be using all of these methods all of the time. So whatever circumstance you are in, whatever the situation demands, you need to be able to hear from God. Then you can speak forth His Word into the earth. You can speak forth His Word to people. You can speak a prophetic word, a word of encouragement and exhortation to lift up the body of Christ and to build up the church, to help people identify their ministries. Everything that God has called the prophet to do, all of these you can do, when you have learned how to hear His voice by listening in these seven ways.






The Inner Voice:The [6th] sixth method of hearing from God is what I call the inner voice. In 1 Kings 19 we have the account of how Elijah, after he had run away in fear from Jezebel, sat down and wanted to die. He went to a place where God spoke to him.

And God said, "Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord." And the Lord passed by, and a great and mighty wind tore in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold a voice came to him, and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

The still small voice. This is something that is even deeper. Remember, what is being communicated from the spirit outwards, as it is communicated into the mind, it is communicated via the senses. The still small voice is God communicating outwards, not in pictures, but in the hearing. Not everybody is able to receive and to hear in the Spirit. But most of us are able to hear the still small voice.

You are going to hear this still small voice when things are still. You are not going to hear it where there is noise. That is what God was trying to show Elijah. There was this great big wind and earthquake and fire - the glory, the power, the anointing, the revival power, the river of God. No! The still small voice, not coming from without, not external, but a deep internal voice of God. It is speaking, not shouting, but speaking gently, whispering almost.

You can learn to hear the still small voice if you will quiet your heart before the Lord and wait in His presence. I think the Lord had a plan when He told Elijah to go and climb the mountain. It wore out all of his physical resources. He was physically tired by the time he came to the mountain top. His mind was probably boggled from just seeing rocks in front of him all the time. Whatever it was he came to the place where he was totally still before the Lord. Then God could speak to him in that still small voice.

You are also able to hear the still small voice of the Lord. The still small voice of the Lord is a very quiet, deep, inner voice, and it comes out in words. The Lord will speak to you and you will actually hear His voice speaking deep within you. Now this is a difficult one. This is one that takes a mature prophet of God to use. I’ll tell you why. Because the still small voice comes up into your mind. And your mind is the battleground that Satan can use and attack and Satan can bombard you from outside.

So this is a way of hearing from God that takes a seasoned prophet. It takes a man of God who knows the Word. It takes somebody who recognizes deception and will recognize and can discern if that voice is of God and if it is not of God. But you will find that you can come to the place where you enter His presence in silence and God will begin to speak up within you. There will be no journaling, there will be no prophesying, there will be no speaking in tongues, there will be no noise. It just bubbles up deep inside of you, the still small voice of the Lord rising up into your mind, and God begins to speak to you.

Very often God will speak to you this way when He wants to speak to you things that are secret, when He wants to tell you things that are not meant to be known to others. They are not meant to be made public. Satan cannot zero in on that one. He can read your journals; he can hear you prophesying. He can have an idea of what God is saying to you and what God is doing in you, but when God speaks up into you in the still small voice you are the only one that can hear it. God will speak to you, and He will share secrets with you. He will give you direction that is not for public hearing. There are things that God wants to say to you alone. That is what God did with Elijah at this time. He gave him instructions on what he was to go and do, who he was to anoint and the plan that he was to follow through.



The Audible Voice:The audible voice of God is where God’s voice actually sounds the same as somebody speaking out loud. Not many people hear the audible voice of God. Those who do hear it hear what to them sounds like an audible voice, but usually when they hear it, nobody else around them can hear it. It is the same influence that is coming up from within. It is not an actual tangible sound wave that is coming out there that is actually striking their ears. It sounds like that to them because the sense of hearing has been so super seeded by the Spirit that it has come up and come under control. It is almost like a trance vision if you like, where the voice is being heard, and it is being heard very distinctly and very clearly.

You say, "Why doesn’t God speak to me in an audible voice?" "Well, are you able to hear the still small voice?" "Yes."

"Then why must He speak to you in an audible voice?"

Is it necessary? That is up to the Lord. I know He has never spoken to man in an audible voice, but I have heard His Voice in Audible ways, beyond my imagination, or to the understanding of men" Some may never identify to this." I know His voice within me has risen up at times so loud that at times, almost sounds very loud, somewhat audible, but to many, they hear His still small voice."


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