Seven Ways to Hear God Prophetically
Lesson 05: Journaling
Lecturer: Apostle Colette Toach
Based on Chapter 06 of the How to Hear the Voice of God book by Apostle Colette Toach
This fifth method of hearing from God is a very important one. It leads on from some of the things that we have already looked at. I want to show you a passage from the book of Habakkuk Chapter 2:1. The prophet Habakkuk says:
"I will stand upon my watch and set myself upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am reproved.Then the Lord answered me and said: "Write the vision and make it plain on tables, that he that reads it may run."
I spoke earlier about how words release the spirit within; how that while you are speaking, things pop up out of your spirit without you being aware of it. Sometimes the things that pop up out of your spirit are a source of wisdom.
You might be speaking to somebody about a problem that they have and suddenly you find yourself saying something that you had never planned to say, something that you had never ever thought before. As you speak it you know that you are speaking the solution to the problem. It occurs to you suddenly and unexpectedly. You just see it, and it pops out.
There is a branch of psychology called Rogerianism, formulated by a man called Carl Rogers, who discovered this. Rogers discovered that most people have within themselves the resources and the ability to solve their own problems. They have just never thought it through properly. They have never identified it in their spirits. So he formulated a means of counseling that does not counsel. In fact his method of counseling is so marvelous that you can program a computer to do it.
I used to have a program on my computer called Doctor Eliza way back in the old DOS days. And Doctor Eliza would start out on your computer screen by saying, "What is your problem?"
You would write down, "I am sick of my mother-in-law."
The program would come back and say, "Tell me about your mother-in-law."
And every time you said something the program was designed to pick up certain words and phrases and throw a question back at you again to make you think some more, and think some more. That is all the Rogerian counselor does. He asks questions.
"Well, tell me about your mother-in-law."
"She is always interfering in my business and telling me what to do."
"So what do you do? How do you react to this?"
"Well, I get mad and I slam the door and I stomp out."
"So, what happens then?"
"My wife gets all mad at me because I am getting on her mother's case, and we have a big fight."
"I see. And what do you do after that?"
It goes on, and on, and on until somewhere in the middle of the counsel suddenly the counselee comes up with a solution, "Oh yes, I have it! I know exactly what I'll do. I'll buy a gun and shoot her. That is it." You see you solved the problem yourself. You did not need counsel. NOT!
Okay, that is extreme. But what actually happens? I used to think that Rogerian counseling was a load of nonsense. It has become one of the most popular forms of counseling today because it does not take much training. You do not have to learn anything about problems and counseling to help people in their problems.
All you need to learn to do is be a mirror to reflect their questions and their statements back at them again. You never give counsel, you just ask questions. And eventually, in the process of conversation, when the person has talked, and talked, and answered questions, talked about their problem and thought about solutions, as they talk, up out of their spirit pops a solution.
They solve their own problem without even being counseled. They do not feel that anybody has imposed on them and told them what to do because it was their idea. Hey, my idea is always the best isn't it? Do not question my idea. Question everybody else's.
It means that this capability has been built into man because it works in unbelievers as well as believers. Unbelievers still have a spirit, but it is dead to the Spirit of God. So the counsel and the advice and the solutions that will come up out of them are not going to be godly solutions. They are not going to be based on the Scriptures and on the Word. But for a believer it is different. The Scripture says that, "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."
Through Normal Speech
If as a believer you have been filling yourself with the Word eventually the Word is going to start to come out. And as you are speaking, suddenly into your mind will pop a promise, a commandment, an instruction, something from the Word that you read years ago.
You forgot that it was there, but in the process of conversation, while you were pouring out within your heart, suddenly it pops back into your memory and you see it, you just grasp it and you know it, and you say, "That is the answer." The solution is right there.
Now, you can develop this. I spoke earlier about developing this in speaking in tongues and in speaking in prophecy. If you are a child of God you have the ability to tap that inner resource. If you are a prophet of God this capability has become highly magnified. You are more sensitive to the realm of the Spirit. You are more capable of hearing from the Spirit and therefore you are more capable of tapping the resource that is in your spirit through speech.
Now if you are going to receive wisdom from the Lord, you cannot go about muttering to yourself all the time. It is known as the first sign of madness in many quarters. You might have somebody reporting you. They may arrive with handcuffs. "The guy needs to be locked up to protect himself."
If you are going to do this you are going to have to be alone. But, it is possible for you to speak without speaking. And how do you do that? By writing. What does a dumb person do if they cannot speak? You can still communicate outwards what is in your heart through writing, where you write on paper, or type on the computer, whichever form of writing you are going to use. When you are writing you are putting speech down on paper, or whatever other medium you are using.
Speaking Through Writing
So it is possible for you to speak by writing. And as you do this you can enter into a conversation with the Lord. As a prophet of God you can come into a place where you can speak to the Lord, and where He can speak back to you again. This is what the prophet Habakkuk was doing. He was saying, "I'll stand upon my watch, and set myself upon the tower, and I will watch to see what He will say to me." He is speaking about coming into a position of hearing the voice of God.
We have spoken a little bit about this already. It means coming to the place where you quiet the senses. It means coming to the place where the body senses are stifled. It means coming to a place where the things that you see are not going to distract you.
It means coming to the place where there is no noise and where there is quietness, because where there is noise the sound on your ears is going to distract you. It means keeping away from nice smelling things. It means do not be near the kitchen when somebody is cooking. You have to put all the senses down and bring them under control and come to the place where you are just in touch with the Lord and where your spirit is communing with Him.
As you do that you begin to hear the voice of the Lord coming from deep within. How do you do it? You concentrate on Him, you speak in tongues and you get the flow going. Close your eyes and concentrate on Him, get into worship, and if you are going to visualize anything imagine the Lord standing right there in front of you, and you are speaking with Him and having a conversation with Him.
Writing Your Dialogue
Then pick up your pen and paper and write down your conversation. You write down what you are saying to the Lord. You write down, "Father, I need direction at this time. Lord, what is Your plan and purpose for me today? What would You have me to do?"
Then you pick up your pen and you write down His answer to you. Well how are you going to know His answer to you? You are going to hear it from deep within your spirit. You are going to have impulses and thoughts cross your mind. You are going to have pictures come into your mind. It is going to come just like prophecy. There may be a thought, there may be a phrase, there may be an idea. But as you let your mind free and let your spirit bring that influence up from within, thoughts begin to flow and you begin to write them down.
You know the amazing thing about writing? It is the same as speaking. I do not know about you, but if I am speaking on the phone and somebody else interrupts and tries to talk to me while I am speaking on the phone I get confused. I have great difficulty listening to the guy I am talking to on the phone, and speaking and listening to somebody else at the same time. You can only do one thing at a time.
It is like a one-way street, you see. So, while you are speaking there comes a control that pulls your thoughts and your emotions and everything in tune and in flow with the Spirit.
When you write it becomes more powerful because you are concentrating on what you are writing, and what you are writing is what is coming up out of your speech center, out of your heart and it is being poured out in writing. While you are busy doing that you cannot be easily distracted. You cannot have other thoughts coming to your mind.
What is going to come into your mind is the pictures that are going to pour up out of your spirit while you are pouring forth that speech. What you are going to feel is the emotion that is stirred up as you are pouring forth that speech.
So as you begin to write a flow takes place and you find yourself saying things you did not think you were going to say. Perhaps you asked the Lord for direction concerning a certain issue in your life, and in your mind you are thinking, "Well, this is the way I'd like to go. This is what I'd like to do. I really hope that this is what God wants me to do."
Then you start to write. And as you start to write a flow begins to take place, and you find yourself writing down a word of instruction and direction that is totally different to anything that you have thought about. It is totally opposite to the way you thought it was going to go. You can be sure that it is coming from deeper than your mind, because your mind is taking the other route. Your spirit is taking a completely different route. Your spirit is pouring out a direction from the Lord.
As you write and write and pour forth, you find it starts to flow like a fountain, starts to pour like a stream, and as you write down, you write down the very prophetic word of the Lord. As you learn to develop this you will find that you can learn to use this while writing to people, especially if you are writing by email which is so common these days. As you begin to share and minister with somebody in writing, suddenly the flow begins to take place, and up it comes out of your spirit.
"And yes, the Lord would say to you... God says this, and God says that..." and you begin to prophesy even while you are writing. You have developed that capacity to pour forth from your spirit.
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