Responding to Your Father’s Voice
By Kathi Pelton
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
“In the beginning was the Word…” How did the world begin? God spoke! The entire universe exists because God spoke and it came into being. Jesus is the Word and when He speaks a word there must be a response.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3
Again, he spoke and then it existed! God’s written and spoken word is not void but is full of life, creation, movement, motion and fulfillment. We exist because God spoke. The Earth and all it contains exist because God spoke it into existence. Do you believe this? Do you believe when he speaks a word today it has the same power as it did in creation? His word is just as powerful as the day He spoke and light appeared.
Entering into His Word
God still speaks light and life into our situations. As his sons and daughters we have close relationship with Him, and therefore, he speaks within that context. When you hear God speak a word to you and respond, you enter into His living word. His words are filled with life; they contain everything necessary to not only begin, but also complete the promise or prophesy He spoke to you.
Picture a word he has spoken to you as a suitcase being handed to you at the outset of a journey. The case holds everything you will need for your entire adventure. It carries the beginning, middle and end result. It has everything that you need in every area that you will need it. Like Mary Poppin’s suitcase, keep reaching in even if the bag seems empty, and what you need will be supplied!
Act on His Word
When God speaks, we must respond. When you receive what He has spoken as truth, you enter into the fullness of the promise contained within the word. You must both receive and believe His spoken word over your life and then ask what your response is to be. He most likely will have directions included, even if that direction is to wait for the next step to be revealed to you.
When the Lord told Moses to stand before Pharaoh and command him to free the Israelites, Moses had to respond. He did not have all the details, but he had received a word, he chose to believe the word, and he returned to Egypt in response to that word. The word contained all that Moses needed to see his people freed from slavery, but God only revealed what he needed at the moment. (see Exodus 3)
The same is true for us. God speaks to us and we respond. We may not know all of the details but we obey in faith. Remember, His word is not void of life but is living and active and has provision and promises within it.
Moses faced obstacle after obstacle as he demanded of Pharaoh, “Let my people go!” When Pharaoh resisted, Moses did not give up but went back for further instructions. When he entered into agreement with the word God had spoken, he also entered into receiving instructions, grace and strength for every aspect of fulfillment of that word.
Man Does Not Live By Bread Alone
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
Life comes from every word that the Lord speaks! Just as our bodies need food to stay healthy and nourished, so does the body of Christ need the word of God to remain healthy and nourished. His word is truth, and gives vision and guidance of how to live our lives. When He speaks to us, whether personally or corporately, things begin to change as we receive His word. Breakthrough begins at the sound of His voice! His voice is like the gun that goes off to mark the beginning of a race. It gives us the permission to go.
Be sure to be an active participant when God speaks; passivity does not win the race. His word is sure and announces good tidings. His word makes a way through every obstacle and gives strength to every weary heart. His word feeds the hungry soul and gives sight to blind eyes. His word breaks the heavy yoke and promises favor and success. His word is FULL of everything that you need.
Now is the time to respond to the words that He has spoken into your life! Reach into that word and find all that you need to move forward. Do not what is “seen” usurp the “unseen”. Reality is what the Father has spoken, whether you can see it or not.