Seven Ways to Hear God Prophetically
Lesson 07: A Face to Face Relationship
Lecturer: Apostle Colette Toach
Based on Chapter 08 of the How to Hear the Voice of God book by Apostle Colette Toach
Now we come to the final way of hearing from God, and that is the face-to-face relationship. In Numbers 12:5 it says:
"And the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both came out. Then He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, will make Myself known to him in a vision, and will speak to him in a dream.
My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all My house. With him I will speak mouth to mouth, even clearly, and not in dark speeches; and the form of the Lord he will see. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?"
It was a face to face relationship. Moses saw the presence of the Lord. He saw that manifestation of the Lord that is called the Angel of the Lord, a theophany. He saw God in a physical form and he spoke to God face to face. Is it possible for us to experience that today? Is it possible for a prophet to enter into that kind of relationship with the Lord that he can speak to Him face to face? Yes it is. I know because I have experienced it myself.
You say, "Well who are you going to see in the Spirit?" The Scripture says, "There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." Jesus said, "No one cometh unto the Father, but by Me." We do not have to speak through the Angel of the Lord any more. We have One who was God manifested in the flesh.
We have One who sits on the throne of heaven. We have One in whom we are and who is in us, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. And it is possible for us to enter into a face to face relationship with Him in the Spirit where we can speak to Him as man to man, as person to person, as friend to friend, face to face and mouth to mouth.
Entering Into the Love Relationship
How do I know this is available to us? And how does it become available? It becomes available when you enter into a love relationship with the Lord, where the love of God becomes your consuming passion, and where it permeates your very being. Paul tells us about it in 1 Corinthians 13:9:
"For our knowledge is limited and our prophecy is limited. But when that which is perfect has come (or when maturity has come, or when love has come) then the limitations will be removed. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things.
He is speaking about growing up. The Scripture says 'Love is the bond of perfection.' The Scripture speaks about being 'perfect or mature in love.' Paul says:
"For now we see through a mirror, a puzzling image, but then we will see face to face. Now I know partially, but then I shall know just as I am also known."
When is now and when is then? Now is when you have not been perfected in love. Then is when you have been perfected in maturity and in love. It means that you begin to move into a love relationship with the Lord. You begin to move into spiritual maturity.
You begin to move more and more into a face to face relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ to where you can say, "Before I saw through a puzzling image, but now that I am in maturity and walking in love, I can see Him face to face. Before I only knew partially. Now I know as I am known."
What does it mean? Paul says:
"Where there are prophecies, they will fade away; where there are tongues, they will cease; but when that which is perfect has come, that which is in part shall be done away."
What is he saying? He is saying, "Before, I needed to receive a revelation. I needed to obtain a word of wisdom or a word of knowledge. I needed to receive a prophetic word from the Lord. But now what has happened is I have come into a relationship with the Lord Jesus where I do not need to hear from Him. He does not have to send an angel to me with a message. I can speak to Him and ask Him myself."
This means I come into such a relationship with Him that I speak to Him and I say, "Lord, tell me about such and such a person." And the Lord says, "What do you want to know?" I ask Him my questions and He answers me and says, "This is the problem. This is what I want you to say to him. This is how I want you to advise him. I want you to tell him this for Me." Then I turn to him and I say, "This is what the Lord says." I go back to the Lord again and I say, "Lord, what must I do here?"
I am walking down the street with Jesus at my side and there is somebody lying there sick. I say, "Lord, what do you want me to do? Can I help on this one?"
The Lord says, "I want you to go and lay your hands on him, and I want you to speak to that sickness and disease and command it to be healed."
"Okay, Lord, let's do it."
"In the Name of Jesus, be healed!"
It is quite easy really isn't it?
You say, "But you did not have the gift of healing. You didn't have the gift of faith."
Hey, I have the Lord Himself. He is all of those. You can enter into a love relationship, and it only comes by a love relationship, and that is what Paul is speaking about. It comes when you enter into that close relationship with the Lord where you can speak to Him face to face.
It is where He becomes more real to you or just as real to you as any other fellow human being. When you can come into that relationship as the spokesman and the servant of God, then you will find that your whole approach changes and you speak forth what He tells you to speak. You are going to find that you do not have to battle to hear His voice any more because He is speaking to you directly.
All of these means are available. Any believer is able to hear from God in most of these ways. It is not only restricted to the prophet. But as I said before, prophets have a very special ability to hear. They have been gifted to hear better, to have a greater capacity.
If God has given you that opportunity; if He has given you that privilege and taken you through that horrible preparation that has qualified you to be His spokesman, you need to be using all of these methods all of the time.
So whatever circumstance you are in, whatever the situation demands, you need to be able to hear from God. Then you can speak forth His Word into the earth. You can speak forth His Word to people.
You can speak a prophetic word, a word of encouragement and exhortation to lift up the body of Christ and to build up the church, to help people identify their ministries. Everything that God has called the prophet to do, all of these you can do, when you have learned how to hear His voice by listening in these seven ways.
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