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Bittersweet Refinements: Chapter XIII

Posted by Jerry E Beuterbaugh Labels: ,

Chapter XIII
Can You Hear Him Now?
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”  [Revelation 3:22 NAS]

Apart from some radical factions in the Christian community, it is generally assumed that everyone in Christ has been given an ear to hear, but that is about as far as it gets for most.  For who wants to admit that they have never heard His voice [Isaiah 65:1-2], but even in cases where someone can be honest enough to admit that they have never actually heard our Heavenly Father’s speaking to them, how can they be so sure that they have not [John 5:37-40]?

No, it will probably not be a booming voice coming out of a storm that you will hear like Job did [Job 38:1].  Neither will it be like a whisper on the wind, as in the case of Elijah [1 Kings 19:12].  For it is mostly through our thoughts that our Heavenly Father likes to speak to us [John 14:16-17].

Nonetheless, this is not to deny that our Heavenly Father will sometimes speak to someone in an audible voice that is most definitely coming from outside of themselves [1 Samuel 3:4-10].  In fact, I have experienced this on a number of occasions, myself.

The first time I was made aware of hearing our Heavenly Father’s audible voice was when He said, “Introduce Me,” but it has been mostly just Him calling me by name since.  For I have had many doubts about being pleasing in His sight [Exodus 33:17].

Furthermore, I have been allowed and enabled to also experience dreams that were vivid enough to be thought of as visions.  For it was as if I was actually there [Genesis 28:10-19].

Yes, there is a difference between visions and dreams.  For visions are experienced while awake [Acts 10:9-16], but let us resist the temptation to get technical about things when it does not really matter either way [1 Corinthians 3:3].

No, it should not be assumed that everyone has an ear to hear.  For as it is with everything else about our Heavenly Father’s spiritual gifts, it all depends upon what He wants to accomplish in and through someone that determines when (and to what extent) they will be allowed and enabled to hear what He has to say [1 Corinthians 12:7-11].

On the other hand, are there not many references made about having a gut feeling about something?  Perhaps you have had one yourself?
How about all that is said about one’s inner voice?  Could it be that these are just borrowed lines from some ancient sonnet, or could it be that there really is something to it?

Scientific research has even been conducted upon the phenomenon of certain twins having a special bond between them, and are there not times when someone will have a thought about something at the very same time as another in their midst?  Surely there is more than genetics and environmental influences to these things.

No, this is not to suggest that every thought and feeling that we may have is a message from God [1 John 4:1], but it would do us all well to not take too much for granted.  For our Heavenly Father is much nearer to us all than what most would dare to even consider [Romans 10:8].

Utter nonsense?  Perhaps, but if it is indeed true that we were all created to be His children by faith [John 1:12-13], why would He not want to have a great personal interest in every aspect of our daily lives [Proverbs 16:33]?  After all, is this not what is naturally expected of our earthly parents, and are not our Heavenly Father’s ways much higher than theirs [Isaiah 55:8-9]?

No, it is not just in regards to what we would naturally consider as being spiritual matters that our Heavenly Father would seek to guide us.  For even such supposedly trivial things as what we are going to eat and what we are going to wear are all part of His plan [Matthew 6:25-34].

Not buying it?  Well, consider this: Casting the whole of your care—all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all—on Him; for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. [1 Peter 5:7 AMP]

No, you do not have to take “my” word for it [John 15:26].  For it is for such a purpose as this that our Heavenly Father’s Holy Scriptures were given [2 Timothy 3:16-17], but where have all the Bereans gone [Acts 17:11]?

Yes, the points and counter-points about this matter could make for quite a ping-pong match, and to be perfectly honest about it, I would not believe it myself if our Heavenly Father had not of made Himself real unto me.  For I was raised to believe that all anyone ever needed was a good church—where the Bible was preached without compromise [Romans 10:17], but then everything changed [2 Corinthians 5:17].

Alas, maybe I have spent too many hours alone.  For it is naturally inconceivable unto most [1 Corinthians 2:6-16] that it was the Lord God Almighty who was singing to them (or at least having it sung) when songs like Styx’s [Fooling Yourself] would come on the radio during times of great trial and tribulation.  The same also applies to many other songs, but on the other hand, it is written: For with God nothing shall be impossible. [Luke 1:37 KJV]

FOOLING YOURSELF
(THE ANGRY YOUNG MAN)
STYX
Relax

Take it easy

You see the world
Through your cynical eyes
You're a troubled young man
I can tell
You've got it all
In the palm of your hand
But your hand's wet with sweat
And your head needs a rest

And you're fooling yourself
If you don't believe it
You're kidding yourself
If you don't believe it

Why must you be
Such an angry young man
When your future looks quite bright
To me
How can there be
Such a sinister plan
That could hide such a lamb
Such a caring young man

You're fooling yourself
If you don't believe it
You're kidding yourself
If you don't believe it
Get up
Get up
Get back on your feet
You're the one they can't beat
And you know it
Yeah
Come one
Come on
Let's see what you've got
Just take your best shot
And don't blow it
Whoa whoa whoa whoa
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Oh

And you're fooling yourself
If you don't believe it
You're killing yourself
If you don't believe it
Get up
Get up
Get back on your feet
You're the one they can't beat
And you know it
Oh
Come on
Come on
Let's see what you've got
Just take your best shot
And don't blow it
Whoa whoa whoa whoa
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh


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4 comments:

  1. EddieGarcia

    Hey Jerry,
    All I can say is, if you truly believe it is the Lord speaking to you, I will not and cannot deny that since I was not there. We all have that tiny voice within that aids in the choices we make, whether good or bad. One thing for sure, if he has spoken to you and to many others, doesn't mean that me and too many others are not in a right relationship with him too. I once worked with a man who would sit and talk with me about the Bible, then one day he supposedly was filled with the Holy Spirit, started speaking in tongues. Of course this was outside of our work place, but he did not consider me worthy of conversation after his encounter. I missed our talks and I never thought of myself as being less in God's sight or him being more. Thanks again for the post!

    God's Blessings!

  1. FishHawk

    What kind of a relationship would you really be having with your wife now if she lived in a different place and all you had of her was some letters that she had written to you many years ago? Yes, you could say that you were still married to her, but could you honestly say that you still had a relationship with her?

    What if the case was that you had never actually seen your wife, but had only exchanged letters and phone calls many years ago? Then, all of that stopped. Would your continued love for her still constitute a relationship?

    No, it is not my place to tell anyone that they are not right with our Heavenly Father. For as I have told you before, it all depends upon what He wants to accomplish in and through someone that determines when (and to what extent) He will allow and enable them to enter into His absolute truth, and He has showed me that not all of the Spiritually blind will not find their way to Him. My own mother is a good example of that. For she died without accepting much of anything that had been revealed to me after my change, and I speak of the dream (vision?) that I had in regards to her just after her death in The Crackerhead Chronicles. Of course, it may very well be that it is just wishful thinking on my part? How can I know for sure without Him telling me so?

    Yes, faith is the standard answer to questions like that, but without direct communication with our Heavenly Father, how can we be sure of anything that we want to believe in? After all, do not Muslims have their own sacred texts and hundreds of years of tradition to have faith in? Hindus and Buddhists can claim thousands of years of traditions and dozens of sacred texts, and even in the Christian community, cannot Catholics claim to be of the truth much more so than Protestants because of how many more years their faith has been in practice?

    So, it all comes down to what we want to believe, and if you would start paying close attention to that little voice inside of you, you might be surprised with what He is really saying. Can you tell me why you wouldn't want to believe that it is really our Heavenly Father speaking to you, except for the fact that this would mean that what you have been believing all of this time has been wrong?

    No, direct communication with us does not negate faith in the least. For even after we join Him in His Kingdom of Heaven after our own time as a part of this world has come to an end, we will be required to have faith in the fact that our Heavenly Father will not change His mind about us being there with Him. Yes, it is written that He does not change, but who could do anything about it if He decided to, anyway?

    Neither does Him speaking to us directly now negate His Holy Scriptures. For in the same way as all of things that Christ Jesus has done that has not been chronicled in His Holy Scriptures (John 21:25) does not mean that they do not count, so would every word He would speak to us now be any less important.

  1. EddieGarcia

    Maybe one day if the good Lord wills, I will be able to hear His voice in the same manner as you. Of course that might never happen either, therefore I will continue to serve Him the best way I know how until He reveals to me a new direction. I still want to hear of your experiences and how they have changed your very existence. I am glad and blessed that you are still on this earth so we can have these talks with one another. It is my desire to have a real and open relationship with my Lord and with anyone else that has room for me in their lives. I believe you have made some room and I thank you. Once again I am honored for your response and all will be taken into consideration.

    God's Blessings!

  1. FishHawk

    As I said in the other reply, my dear Eddie, you are just at the beginning, but be assured that it will not take that long. For with all of the knowledge that you already possess, it will just be a process of changing your perceptions.

    Take how what is said about the Word of God in our Heavenly Father's Holy Scriptures as an example. For it is one thing if they are really referring to just the Bible, but everything changes when it is better understood that the true Word of God is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself--not the book that He Authored to serve as written confirmation of what He wants to PERSONALLY reveal to us. For instead of Psalms 119:11 being about memorizing Bible verses, it would actually be about accepting the witness of His Holy Spirit within us.

    When you have the time, please go back and read what I have been given to say in the books that are posted here on this site in the order that they are meant to be read. For even all of "stuff" about my experiences before our Heavenly Father started making Himself real to me in The Crackerhead Chronicles is setting the stage for when He did.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. For it may very well be that I have messed something else up, but even if that is not the case, there is much about what our Heavenly Father actually says is absolutely true that is very hard to shallow. In fact, I still have a problem with choking from time to time, and I have longed for someone else to talk things over with.

    It is, of course, much to my chagrin, but I do worry too much about misunderstanding and adding all the more to the confusion. Having someone else to bounce things off of would be very helpful to me, and since that is one of the reasons why our Heavenly Father established His church in the name of His only begotten Son, it is in accordance to His will that we not seek to isolate ourselves from everyone but Him.

    In other words, one of the dangers of getting to know Him personally is thinking that we have no need of consulting with anyone else. Yes, the Apostle Paul declared that what He was given to say did not come from consulting with any of the other leaders in the church at that time, but be assured that He consulted with many after his time in Arabia and Damascus was complete (Galatians 1:11-24).

    Again, THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH for responding as you have so far. You have been indeed a great blessing to me.