The Barrier of a Closed Mind – Breaking through Sound Barriers…
We can deliberately and inadvertently close the possibility of hearing God. This Sound Barrier (see preceding blog) comes in a number of ways. As already mentioned one barrier is the lie of believing our lost-ness which makes us unworthy.
Lost-ness is where we have not only a barrier created in our hearing it’s where another sense is changed our seeing becomes skewed, and it is where our insecurities arise and self-centeredness is created. This Sound barrier creates a preoccupation with ourselves and our welfare, a feeling of loneliness, a need of acceptance, and the drive to prove ourselves, it provokes us to finding something that makes us secure. This belief we are lost creates threat, aloneness, guilt, it creates a fear and anxiety of the soul, which drives us and forms our relating and responses, the lost-ness in us, forms its own world and history.
The sound barrier is there when we struggle with our worth, this lie has not awakened us to the mission of the Holy Spirit which is to lead us to KNOW what the Father has made of us in Christ. We are not known as we are known (1 Cor 13:12). NASB For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
Don’t get caught in the barrier of “somebodiness” find your self in Christ.
“Who, me?” when God speaks it is accompanied by disbelief and discredit. Gideon’s story paints this picture well, a reaction of disbelief and self dis-credit. Gideon an unimportant member of a minor family in the weakest clan Judge 6:1, I want a sign to prove I am hearing you, is it really you? I wonder why we ask for signs, which is such a gift from God, but what is the basis of my asking?
This young unconvinced general doubt, not that God would speak but that God would speak to him, why would the God of the universe and beyond converse with a nobody?
Would God speak to little old me? O yes remove the sound barrier as God has asked us to ask, align our will to Gods and ask Luke 11:9, the God that has numbered even the hairs on my head Luke 12:7, the Father of the detail of our lives cares enough to speak to you.
“That’s just thunder”, in John 12:29 a place where a conversation between earth and heaven went on, even the voice from heaven was spoken for those around that had a sound barrier.
Some times the closed mind is such we can not hear God because our expectations of how God might speak did not include the way God did speak. In this passage clearly the way God would speak did not include an audible voice. When God spoke they heard a noise…thunder.
To Elijah he spoke in the opposite expectation of the prophet 1 Kings 19:11-13 tells me. Not in wind, fire, earthquake but a whisper a prophet who expected sensational ways would have had a sound barrier.
Our open minds are sensitive to ordinary and surprising ways of God speaking.
“I might not believe it” or “it might get weird”, “its not the way our protocol is”. How many cults start with ”God told me…”, how many unbalanced people have engaged in action, crimes and said God told me? How many times do normal people make poor decisions as they acted under God’s private, specific instruction?
We don’t want to ascribe to God our silly notions, do we; by claiming God told us that and it proved untrue. No one brings any one to account for it. April 2014/15 has been announced as being the importance of the four ‘blood moons”, along with this will be climax of the end of the end (Fall 2015), when international prophets through TV sit and affirm this, yet if your reading this, after the ‘Fall of 2015’ – it has not happened and the Christian world brings no one to account…? How many times doe this need to happen before we say enough….
Caution is admirable, yet we are those who hear God voice, know Jesus speaking don’t switch your new birth right off, you are meant to hear God, designed to hear God.
We live in a world where we all have access to so much information, so many teachings, so much we find agreeable and information we disagree with. Years ago it was about teaching what we must believe taught from pulpits now we must train, teach, help and empower people on how to hear God in the midst of so much sound. Train to discern, we have to work with the sound barrier of so much noise to hear God, the Father.
The hearing of God will always be affirmed by other confirming ways. Simple, we all know it but why don’t we do it? Confirm it through the scriptures, affirm it through wise counsel our friends.
What a loss to our lives if we did not take heed of some “weird” direction from time to time, the experience, the meeting of God would not have been if I had allowed a fear of “weirdness” to keep me from responding to that word from God. Do not fear, but do confirm.