Seven Ways to Hear God Prophetically
Lesson 01: Hearing God Through the Urim and Thummim
Lecturer: Apostle Colette Toach
Based on Chapter 02 of the How to Hear the Voice of God book by Apostle Colette Toach
It is common knowledge that a prophet can hear the voice of God, however did you know that you can hear God in 7 different ways? We will kick off this course by looking at all 7. You will find more detail to these in Chapters 1-7 of the Practical Prophetic Ministry book.
In the Old Testament, God spoke to people through various means, the most common, and the most powerful, being the prophets. In the New Testament God still fulfils a large role in the prophet. The prophet still hears the voice of God and speaks it forth. How does a prophet hear from God? Are there specific ways that God speaks? Can a prophet develop a greater capacity to hear the voice of God?
In this lesson I want to deal with prophetic listening to the voice of God; how the prophet hears the voice of God, how God speaks and how it is possible for us to hear and to take heed and receive from Him, especially as the prophets of God, that we may speak forth His words into the earth. We first have to hear, and before we can hear we have to learn how to listen.
I am going to look at seven ways that God speaks; seven ways that a person can hear; seven ways that the prophet can hear the voice of God and know what it is that God is saying, and receive instructions from the Holy Spirit. Seven is the number of perfection or completion. I did not plan it that way, but as I waited on the Lord He gave me seven different ways of hearing from Him. It is so vitally important that we learn to hear well.
Study Notes: The Spiritual Urim and Thummim
The first method that God used to speak in the Old Testament was the method called the Urim and the Thummim. In that first verse that we looked at it said that, "God did not answer Saul by Urim..." Urim was one of the ways that Saul tried to hear from God. The Scripture says that God did not answer him by Urim. So we need to understand what the Urim is, and we need to go back into the Old Testament and look at a few Scriptures.
These are very vague items and they are not very well described. The Scriptures do not tell us in absolute detail what they were, but the general consensus amongst those who have studied this, is that the Urim and the Thummim were two stones. Somehow these two stones would give a person direction from God. It was not the kind of direction that says, "What must I do? Where must I go?" but the kind of direction that says, "Should I do this or should I not do that?" And the answer would come either as a 'yes' or a 'no'.
So when they used the Urim and the Thummim to obtain direction from God in those times, they would know which direction they were planning to go. What they would do is to present to the Lord a question. "Lord, shall I do this?" And God would answer back by Urim or Thummim, yes or no. It seems that if you had a Urim the answer was yes, and if you had a Thummim the answer was no.
When the person prayed, one of those stones would light up and glow. If it was the Urim that glowed, God was saying, "Yes," but if it was the Thummim that glowed, God was saying, "No." If neither of them glowed, God was saying, "None of your business. I am not talking to you." That is what happened to Saul. God would not answer him.
I want to show you a Scripture that indicates how David used it. In 1 Samuel 23:9 it says:
"When David knew Saul had secretly planned evil against him he said to Abiathar the priest, 'Bring the ephod here.' Then David said, 'O Lord God of Israel, Your servant has certainly heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah to destroy the city because of me. Will the man of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? Will Saul come down, as Your servant has heard? O Lord God of Israel, I beg of you, tell Your servant.' And the Lord said, 'He will come down.'"
God answered him with a Urim. And so in the Old Testament there was this means of hearing from God, a means of receiving a yes or no answer from God.
These things have become spiritual in the New Covenant and we still have a Urim and a Thummim.
You might ask, "Where is it then?"
It is in your heart, in your soul, in your spirit. It is within you.
God has placed within you a spiritual Urim and Thummim. He has placed within you a sign, a revelation that will cause you to receive a yes answer or a no answer.
You can come to God in prayer still with that kind of question. "Lord, must I do this?" And the answer will come up from within your spirit as a, 'yes, yes,' or a 'uh uh, no way.' You will sense it in your spirit. You will feel it. You will feel it as a surge which says, "Yes, it is good, do it." Or you will feel a check in your spirit. It is a gut feel, an inner thing. It is a very deep thing, and what is actually taking place is that God is speaking to you out of your spirit.
Using the Urim in Prayer
Sometimes you feel the Urim and the Thummim when you are praying as a prophet. If someone gives you a request, "Please can you pray for so and so, they are sick, they need healing," and you open your mouth and you begin to pray and you say, "Father, in the Name of Jesus I ask you to reach out and..." but you feel like there is something in your mouth. It does not want to come out.
You are stumbling over the words and you feel like you are chewing on cotton wool. Something inside of you says, "Uh oh, no, you are praying wrong." That is your Thummim. It is saying, "No, just hold it. You just wait, it is not time yet, you are praying wrong." Stop it right there!
At other times you think of a person and you begin to pray and you say, "Oh Father, I am just thinking about so and so. I pray that you will bless them..." and suddenly something bursts out and it starts to pour out of you. It is your Urim saying, "Go get 'em! Yes pray, pour it out, send forth the Word into the earth. You are doing it right, you have it."
Do you know what I am talking about? If you are a prophet you know what I am talking about. Your spiritual Urim and Thummim is the ability to hear from the spirit within whether you are flowing in the right direction or not.
Now Apply It!
Use your inner Urim and Thummim this week. Whether you are in prayer or you are seeking the Lord about a new direction you want to go in.
Before making a single step forward, stop and ask yourself, "What do I feel inside regarding this?" Do you feel a "yes yes Let's do it!?" Or do you feel uncertainly and caution? This is a great way to learn to hear what God is saying in your spirit.
Hang in there though, because in the next lessons you will discover even greater ways to hear God's voice!
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