In developing a hearing ear, you must learn how to increase your understanding of God’s vocabulary. You do that by reading and meditating on scripture. Think about it, if you were to just sit down and read a dictionary, your language would improve without even trying to make it happen, but just by exposing yourself to that information like you’d read through any other book. By the end, you’d have a higher level of vocabulary.
Stock the pond
When you sit down and begin reading the Bible, what you’re doing is increasing your vocabulary of what God speaks. How many of us would go fishing in a swimming pool? None of us because there’s no fish in a swimming pool – it hasn’t been stocked.
We’d say, “Well if you would stock it, of course I’ll go fishing in it.” It’s the same way with our spirit. When you read the Bible and the more you meditate on the Word of the Lord, you’re stocking the pond and the Lord will drop a line.
You don’t want to fish in an un-stocked pond, why should He? You see, we think God speaks to us from somewhere beyond us. God generally speaks to us from within. The more of the Word of God that you can put into your spirit by reading scripture and meditating on it, the more of His word that you get into your spirit, the more of His ways you begin to understand.
Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”
God speaks to us out of our spirit as we deposit His word within our spirit; the more of the Word you get in your heart, the more familiar you become with God’s voice, and the more discerning you become whether something said is true or not.
It is also written
Remember in Matthew 6, Jesus said “It is written. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Who did He say that to? He said it to Satan, who said, “Turn this stone to bread.”
The very next temptation’s very interesting. Satan takes Jesus up on this high pinnacle and says, “throw yourself off of here, for it is written ‘He will give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways lest you dash your foot against a stone’” (Psalms). Now, we’ve got a problem. If Jesus doesn’t know the Bible better than the devil, He’s up a creek.
What do you do when Satan comes up and starts saying, and believe me, he knows the Bible, “it is written!” You do what Jesus did, “it is also written - you shall not tempt the Lord your God.” You’ve got to know the scripture well enough to not only say “it is written” but to say “it is also written” because once Satan sees the rules you follow, he’ll try to twist them.
The more familiar you are with the scripture the more familiar you are with God’s word and His ways. There’s no golden arches in heaven where you can get a quick fix on hearing the voice of God. We have simply got to put aside things that are less in value and create the value in our hearts of how vital it is that you hear the Word of God and just spend time in it.