Peter Lord Former pastor, Park Avenue Baptist Church Next to salvation and the baptism in the Holy Spirit, Mark Virkler's seminar 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice. His voice. Key #1 God's voice in your heart often sounds like a flow of spon- taneous ere. You Can. Hear. God's. Voice! Mark Virkler. Broadway Street. Satan's thoughts line up with his various names: accuser, adversary, thief who comes to kill, steal and. You Can. Hear. God's. Voice! by Mark and Patti Virkler.
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Four Keys to Hearing God's Voice. (Mark Virkler is the man I learned these keys from). Tim Miller, Gateway Fellowship, Nov 23, ○ People in the Bible hear . by Communion With God Ministries, Broadway St, Cheektowaga, NY is taken from the book 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice by Mark & Patti Virkler. Hear God's. Voice! by Mark and Patti Virkler. Number , January Welcome to to his Shepherd until the Lord revealed four very simple keys. HR PDF.
What he's just saying here, is that he shifts into that hemisphere - the heart hemisphere of his mind. And, I call that using the Godly, sanctified imagination.
Because, the Lord gave us imagination, He gave it to us to use for holy purposes. The enemy uses it for unholy purposes, but that doesn't mean it's bad. It just means he's manipulating it, and using it against God's will. So, the Lord says that something is "this way", he pictures them as that way.
I can't imagine any reason I would want to picture unscriptural things. So, I see Jesus at my right hand, always. I add to this Paul's prayer for God to enlighten the eyes of my heart Eph. Then I tune to the flow of the Holy Spirit, and He brings the scene alive.
I find I can step from these Godly imaginations, into a divine vision. If you have a picture, or you are in a place where you visualize the last place, the last time you were with the Lord. Usually, it's on a dance floor for me. I visualize that place again, and the Lord is always there. So, I reach out to Him in the vision, in imagination - sanctified imagination - and He responds by taking over the vision.
And, I believe I did a video on this not too terribly long ago. You make the overture, you move in that direction. Of course it would need to be, as we are told that to enter the kingdom we must become as little children. My 6-year-old granddaughter can do this and she shares with me her journaling and the visions of the angels standing on both sides of her protecting her and watching over her.
You will find your young children can do these four keys easier than you can! Try it with them and see. We must look if we want to see! Daniel saw a vision in his mind and said, "I was looking I kept looking I kept looking" Dan. We're going to need to jump this hurdle, ask the Lord for wisdom and confidence to jump this hurdle. Because we need to present the eyes of our hearts to the Lord in a vision and allow Him to take over "As I pray, I look for Jesus, and I watch and listen as He speaks to me, doing and saying the things that are on His heart.
Many Christians will find that if they will only look, they will see flowing pictures, in the same way they receive flowing thoughts.
We can tell the source of those thoughts by their character. If they stir up fear and anxiety, then they're from the evil ones. But, if they stir up peace and wisdom and good fruits, then they're from the Lord. In the same way - we have streaming visions. We'll see flowing pictures and they will be flowing pictures that are good and holy and bring us into the presence of the Lord.
For instance, one night I was praying and I saw clouds and angels holding a dance floor in the heavens. And, then I saw myself dancing with Jesus on that dancefloor in the heavens. Now, that's something I never would have thought of!
So, it's more likely, when you think of things that are that outrageous, that it's really coming from God, and not yourself. Because, it's not something in the ordinary course of things that you'd be thinking about.
So, we're going to see flowing pictures, and those flowing pictures are an invitation to us to enter into the vision with the Lord. Just as the flowing thoughts are an invitation to enter into a conversation with the Lord, and listen to Him. It is as simple as that. You can see Christ present with you because Christ is present with you. But if you persist in recording these flowing pictures, your doubt will soon be overcome by faith as you recognize that the content of them could only be birthed by Almighty God.
And, other people have had visions like that, too. So, you give it a chance. You let those flowing pictures go on and you give them a chance.
I've asked You into my heart, but there is no voice in my head. Finally, I took a year, I had a thought come to me, "Take a year of your life to hear God's voice.
Mark: His impact on my life. Host: Very interesting. Okay, Four Keys. What are the Four Keys to hearing God's voice? Mark: Alright, the four keys. They're all found in several places in the Bible, Habakkuk chapter 2 is one place. He goes to a quiet place. So key number one is to quiet yourself down.
He keeps watch to see, which means he's taking the eyes of his heart, and he's making visions somehow.
And he keeps watch to see what God will speak to him, so you recognize God's voice as spontaneous thoughts. And Key number 4 is, God said "Inscribe the vision" - so, write it down.
So, we have Stillness, Vision, Spontaneity and Journaling. Those are the four keys. Host: Okay, let's start with Stillness. We are in a crazy, busy culture, and we have to learn how to be quiet. You've got a great chart here, showing the problems. For example, thoughts of things to do.
I'm trying to get quiet and hear from God and all I can think about is my "to-do" list. Mark: Okay, so that's pretty easy. What you want to do is just simply take those thoughts and write them down, all right? Because it's probably the right side of your brain communicating to the left side, because on the right side you have intuition, on the left side you have reason. So, as you quiet yourself down in prayer, you tend to shift hemispheres to the right side. Intuition pops up and says, "You forgot this and this.
That deals with the first thing. Host: Put it out of the way Mark: Put them out of the way by writing them down. Host: Now I'm having thoughts of sin consciousness. I mean, how can I come to God?
Why would God speak to me? Mark: Exactly!
You know, and so the best way to handle that is, of course - repent. If you've committed sin, you just repent. And the same sin a hundred times? You can repent a hundred times, He'll forgive you a hundred times. Now you may not forgive yourself a hundred times He'll forgive you.
And when I began to hear His voice, I was usually beating on myself and saying, "God, don't You want to hit me? And you stand there complete in Christ's righteousness - not your own. You're seeing yourself as a miserable sinner, you're not even seeing yourself Biblically correctly, 'cause correctly you are clothed with Christ - righteousness and radiant divine Glory. And so God will clean that up, your ungodly pictures. As you hear His voice, He'll say, "That's the wrong picture.
Here's the picture you need. My mind is still flitting about. I'm covered in white, but my mind's going everywhere. Mark: Alright, well - you know the best way I know to quiet myself down is to fix my eyes on Jesus, alright? Which is really the second key. You know, Habakkuk kept watch to see. He's right here, next to me. He's next to every single person. He says He is. You can think it, or you can see it. If you see it, well, we say a picture is worth a thousand words.
The fourth key, two-way journaling or the writing out of your prayers and God's answers, brings great freedom in hearing God's voice. Photo via Pixabay I have found two-way journaling to be a fabulous catalyst for clearly discerning God's inner, spontaneous flow, because as I journal I am able to write in faith for long periods of time, simply believing it is God.
I know that what I believe I have received from God must be tested. However, testing involves doubt and doubt blocks divine communication, so I do not want to test while I am trying to receive see James With journaling, I can receive in faith, knowing that when the flow has ended I can test and examine it carefully.
So I wrote down what I believed He had said: "She is insecure. I continued to write the spontaneous thoughts that came to me: "Love her unconditionally. She is flesh of your flesh and bone of your bone. She is not related to me at all — she is a foster child, just living in my home temporarily.
It was definitely time to test this "word from the Lord"! There are three possible sources of thoughts in our minds: ourselves, satan, and the Holy Spirit. It was obvious that the words in my journal did not come from my own mind — I certainly didn't see her as insecure or flesh of my flesh.
And I sincerely doubted that satan would encourage me to love anyone unconditionally! Okay, it was starting to look like I might have actually received counsel from the Lord. It was consistent with the names and character of God as revealed in the Scripture, and totally contrary to the names and character of the enemy. So that meant that I was hearing from the Lord, and He wanted me to see the situation in a different light.
Rachel was my daughter — part of my family not by blood but by the hand of God Himself. The chaos of her birth home had created deep insecurity about her worthiness to be loved by anyone, including me and including God. Only the unconditional love of the Lord expressed through an imperfect human would reach her heart. But there was still one more test I needed to perform before I would have absolute confidence that this was truly God's word to me: I needed confirmation from someone else whose spiritual discernment I trusted.
So I went to my wife and shared what I had received. I knew if I could get her validation, especially since she was the one most wronged in the situation, then I could say, at least to myself, "Thus saith the Lord.
My entire planned lecture was forgotten. I returned to my office anxious to hear more. As the Lord planted a new, supernatural love for Rachel within me, He showed me what to say and how to say it to not only address the current issue of household responsibility, but the deeper issues of love and acceptance and worthiness.
Rachel and her brother remained as part of our family for another two years, giving us many opportunities to demonstrate and teach about the Father's love, planting spiritual seeds in thirsty soil.
We weren't perfect and we didn't solve all of her issues, but because I had learned to listen to the Lord, we were able to avoid creating more brokenness and separation. The four simple keys that the Lord showed me from Habakkuk have been used by people of all ages, from four to a hundred and four, from every continent, culture, and denomination, to break through into intimate two-way conversations with their loving Father and dearest Friend.
Omitting any one of the keys will prevent you from receiving all He wants to say to you. The order of the keys is not important, just that you use them all. Embracing all four, by faith, can change your life. Simply quiet yourself down, tune to spontaneity, look for vision, and journal. He is waiting to meet you there. You will be amazed when you journal! Doubt may hinder you at first, but throw it off, reminding yourself that it is a Biblical concept, and that God is present, speaking to His children.
When we cease our labors and enter His rest, God is free to flow see Hebrews Why not try it for yourself, right now? Sit back comfortably, take out your pen and paper, and smile. Turn your attention toward the Lord in praise and worship, seeking His face. After you write your question to Him, become still, fixing your gaze on Jesus.
You will suddenly have a very good thought. Don't doubt it; simply write it down. Later, as you read your journaling, you, too, will be blessed to discover that you are indeed dialoguing with God. If you wonder if it is really the Lord speaking to you, share it with your spouse or a friend.
Their input will encourage your faith and strengthen your commitment to spend time getting to know the Lover of your soul more intimately than you ever dreamed possible. Is It Really God? Five ways to be sure what you're hearing is from Him: Photo via Pixabay 1 Test the Origin 1 John Thoughts from our own minds are progressive, with one thought leading to the next, however tangentially.
Thoughts from the spirit world are spontaneous. The Hebrew word for true prophecy is naba, which literally means to bubble up, whereas false prophecy is ziyd meaning to boil up. True words from the Lord will bubble up from our innermost being; we don't need to cook them up ourselves.