How can I hear God’s voice? That is the question on my mind, and that is the main reason I’m entering into a 21-day Daniel Fast as of tomorrow. It is also the reason for a blog break that will last for the same amount of time.
If I attempt to answer the question for myself, the first and most obvious answer is of course that I can hear God’s voice through His Word. I actually physically listen to the Word of God every day via the Daily Audio Bible app. I started in April and have, as of the other day, caught up fully for 2020. Since catching up, I started listening to the Chronological version too.
I’m now officially a ‘Double Dabber’ and joyfully immerse myself in the Word of God at least three times a day. In addition to listening, I also read my Bible and love comparing different translations. This pretty much explains why are not seeing as much of me on social media these days; I simply don’t have time!
Listening to the Bible daily is changing me. It’s much more powerful than I imagined when I first started and I’m in awe of the many layers of wisdom that are being revealed to me through God’s Word. I denied myself this wisdom for so long, in favour of occult knowledge.
Honestly, returning to Scripture from the world of the occult is like going from a junk food diet combined with a drug addiction to clean eating and getting sober. I’m being rebuilt from the inside out as I take on board this wisdom and act on it. The process is sometimes painful as I’m having to confess and repent of my sins but it is also so wonderful, amazing and filled with love and grace.
The second thing that springs to mind when I think about hearing God’s voice is dreams. I can sometimes experience God’s guidance in my dreams. Those dreams are typically much more vivid than ordinary dreams and they also feel meaningful right away.
There are many Scripture passages that confirm that God speaks to us through our dreams, and also that God can help us interpret the meaning of those dreams. Joseph is perhaps the most famous dreamer and dream interpreter in the Bible.
Joseph also used divination and this brings me to the nut I’m trying to crack during this fast: If Joseph used divination and was favoured by God, then why is it prohibited elsewhere in the Bible? Also, how about the casting of lots, a divinatory practice we see both in the Old Testament and the New Testament? In the New Testament, the disciples cast lots about whom should replace Judas Iskariot, as a means of discerning God’s will.
Casting of Lots
Were lots only ever used as a means of appointing a person for a certain task or were there other uses? And how about the Urim and Thummim? These appear to have been a yes/no kind of oracle, used by the Aaronite high priests to discern God’s will.
I know many people in the New Age use the example of both casting of lots and the Urim and Thummim as an endorsement of all modern day divinatory practices. However, a sweeping endorsement of all divinatory practices goes against the Bible which strongly condemns the (pagan?) practice of divination (Deuteronomy 18:10).
Of course, there is a difference between fortune-telling in the pagan sense and actually seeking God’s will for something specific that is not covered by Scripture. There is also a big difference between calling on the Holy Spirit for guidance in this process of seeking an answer from the Most High, compared to allowing any old spirit to pop in with what is most likely only going to be a half-truth at best.
When looking for videos about the casting of lots, I came across Truth Seekah’s YouTube channel. Truth Seekah made an interesting video about the Biblical casting of lots that you can check out for yourself HERE. The next video that showed up for me in the YouTube feed after watching this video was an interview Truth Seekah has done with Jenny who is a Christalignment Team member.
Christalignment destiny readings are done with cards (gasp!) and has because of this met with not only resistance but outright condemnation from many Christian individuals and denominations. However, it seems the Christalignment readers have freed a lot of people from reliance on/addiction to the Tarot as well as from the negative influence of ‘spirit guides’ and possession of demons.
Christalignment readers work at New Age fairs in Australia and they have zero condemnation, only love for the New Age community. However, they also have very healthy and strict boundaries in the spirit world. There is no presence of spirit guides in the reading and healing work they do. The guidance is from God and God alone. Healing is the main aim of their work and they know that the only Healer we can rely on is Jesus Christ.
In addition to destiny readings and healing, they also facilitate ‘encounters,’ which are a combination of prayer and guided visualization, which allows the person to have a soul encounter with Jesus Christ.
After listening to Jenny, I remembered the passage in Luke where the disciples tried to get Jesus to condemn a non-disciple who was driving out demons in the name of Jesus Christ:
“Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in Your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not accompany us.”Luke 9:48-49
“Do not stop him,” Jesus replied, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”
Before anybody says anything, I am very aware of how much criticism the Christalignment movement is under from ‘Bible-believing Christians.’ These self-righteous modern-day Pharisees would tell you that the people in the Christalignment movement worship a ‘fake Jesus’ because it’s not a Messiah that fits their cookie cutter mold. Christian Pharisees are one of the main reasons I left the church 20 years ago. Their hatred is still there (sadly) and still as palpable to me as it was back then.
These Pharisees are quick to pull up Bible verses that condemn people and practices, ruling out whole denominations that don’t believe exactly as they do (YouTube has a whole section devoted to Christians hating on other Christians). Even worse, they claim to know exactly who is going to heaven and who is going to hell based on what theological beliefs they hold–as if the the fruit our lives produce is of zero importance and as if they have not failed completely based on their own disobedience to the Lord:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”John 13:34-35
Perhaps it is those Christians who constantly try to shrink God who go around hating on other believers, judging their doctrine and seeking fault who believe in a ‘fake Jesus’?
It will come about after thisJoel 2:28-29
That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions.
Even on the male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
More Questions Than Answers
As you can see, at this point in time, I have more questions than answers. I lack wisdom and that is why I have decided to fast and pray over the next 21 days. Fasting itself can help us hear God’s voice more clearly and that is what I am hoping for.
We lost our cat this week. Moggy had been with us for 12 years. The night before his passing I had a dream which foretold it. A very specific detail of that dream was repeated in the way Moggy died. I firmly believe that God gave me that dream for two reasons: a) to help prepare my soul for the separation from a much beloved pet and b) to spur me on to seek deeper wisdom on how He communicates.
What I do know is that I don’t want to close my mind or have it closed by a spirit of religiosity or Phariseeism. On this journey, I only want to camp out where the Holy Spirit moves freely and I am free to be moved by it. I’m a follower of a living God and Jesus Christ whose Spirit far exceeds my own imagination, and so I pray to keep having my mind and heart and soul expanded by His Love.