Hear from God and Grow
Bible Nugget 0208 [Gen 32 v 28, v30]
28And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
30And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
Hearing from God is better as a firsthand experience and not a second hand experience. By firsthand experience I mean hearing from God yourself. By second hand experience, I mean hearing from God through another person, e.g. a pastor, prophet, etc. When you begin to hear from God you begin to grow. All Christian can and should hear the voice of God. If you do not hear from God your spiritual life will be stunted. There is no way you will not remember something happened to you after meeting the Almighty. Jacob had this experience and his life was changed forever. Before this experience, he was known as a deceiver, his days were full of evil and these early years experience shortened his lifespan compared to his grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac [Gen 47:9]. Twenty years earlier in Gen 28, running from his brother Esau whom he had deceived for the birthright, he slept and put his head on a rock. He saw in a dream, angels ascending and descending from heaven he saw the LORD and God reassured him of the Abrahamic covenant. He lived a hard life with his uncle in Haran. But for the children whom God blessed him with in Haran, he did not have anything to show for his sojourn in Haran. In this second encounter with the Almighty, he fought with the angel until the breaking of dawn, and when the angel saw the importunity of Jacob, he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh, dislocated the joint which made him to limp for the rest of his life. He prevailed as a prince with God and man. Hearing from God is a right of every Christian saved by the blood of Jesus. It is not for spiritual giants alone. Jesus said;
“my sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me.” John 10:27. Also, read John 10:4-6
God wants us to communication with him no matter how you think you are busy or you draw up a schedule that completely, choke your time that so that you have no room for daily fellowship with God. This is the sin in the developed world when you have to crowd your time with work or work-related schedule and no time for God. If you are not born again, ask Jesus into your life. If you are a christian, pray with me as follows:
Prayer Nugget 0208
Oh Lord, strengthen me in your school of prayer. Open my ears to hear from you. I shall not be dull of hearing. Let your Holy Spirit guide me into all truth. I will hear your voice and follow you. The devils voice I will not obey. Teach me to discern between good and evil always. Help me to prevail in prayer and wait solely on you until you bless me. I shall not have feeble knees in prayer. Lord, help me control my schedule with sufficient time for fellowship with you in Jesus Name. Amen.