Do you want to hear God's voice clearer and go higher in Him? I think we all do.
In Darren's word, he gives us some practical keys we can do to hear Him much better as Darren shares:
Now read on to hear Darren's personal testimony and some keys to hearing God's voice in increased ways! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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About a month and a half ago, I ministered in Singapore where I saw God do great things. Afterward as a prophetic declaration, I decided to take a longer flight back to Canada through Shanghai, China, just to pray and declare revival over that country while sitting in one of the airports. From there, I would transfer flights and fly to Tokyo, Japan.
In Joshua 1:3 we have the record of God speaking to Joshua. He said, "I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses." As Joshua went into the land of Canaan, the victory over the inhabitants of that land was secure because God ordained the victory for Israel, the people of God.
My call is to the nations and I believe we will have an inheritance from many of them, if not all. When I was younger I began to pray Psalm 2:8 which says, "Ask Me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession." When this Scripture hit my heart, I began to cry out that God would do this very thing in my life. I wanted to stand in China and declare revival.
My Ears Went Deaf
On the way into Shanghai, my ears filled up with fluid and I went deaf. It was a virus that I picked up somewhere in my travels. I had never had that happen before. It was frightening. If you have never had such a thing happen, let's just say that your mind begins to play tricks on you. I couldn't pop my ears.
Over the next few weeks it got worse. I had to fly several times. After a few weeks, I ended up down in Texas. When I got there, my left ear was completely plugged. I could barely hear what anyone was trying to say to me. I kept asking them to repeat their words. This was very frustrating and to be honest with you, even a little frightening.
When you are a minister, moving as quickly between places as I do, everyone wants to pray for you. I had about 10 different people lay hands on me for healing and nothing seemed to happen. I even had people say that God told them to put their fingers in my ears. After 7 or 8 days, I called my pastor, Mark Redner, and I asked him if he could pray for me. Twenty-five minutes later, my ears popped! I was so excited to be able to hear again and all the pressure that I had been feeling was now gone.
The Significance of Hearing His Voice
Of course, as a prophetic person, I can't help but see the significance of hearing as it applies to the Body of Christ. Jesus said, "Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear" (Mark 4:9). He also said that His sheep hear His voice (John 10:27). Not hearing the Father speak, not understanding the voice of the Holy Spirit, is the root of many of life's problems. If we would only linger a little longer in His voice, then perhaps we would live great lives of blessing instead of frustration.
Hearing is a function of intimacy with the Holy Spirit. You can only understand His voice by spending time with Him. Those of us who have close friends know how they think and how they speak because we have spent time listening to their stories. We know their fears and we know what makes them laugh. When they ask us to speak for them, we can because we are friends.
Removing the Blockages—What Keeps You from Hearing?
There are blockages that keep us from hearing. Perhaps you have fears. Perhaps you don't believe that God will speak to you. Maybe you are convinced that hearing God is not for today. Maybe you believe that God speaks to others but not to you. Whatever the blockage is, it needs to be removed.
The grace of God is such that He wants you to hear His voice more than you even want to listen. Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." He came for us. He saw us in our condition of deafness and blindness and sent His own Son in the earth to help us to see and hear again.
He begins to remove the blockages even before we desire for them to be removed. That is grace. This is what He did for me. Fourteen years ago, I was trying to commit suicide. I was a committed atheist. I didn't believe that God could speak and yet He spoke to me. He opened my ears to hear His voice. In that moment I was changed so that my pursuit became to hear His voice more than anything.
God began to speak so much to me that I became overwhelmed. I entered into the Word of God and began to study how He spoke to people of old and realized that He was speaking to me the same way. How wonderful is that? God who created the heavens and the earth wants to speak to you and me!
In His voice there is creative power. When He spoke through Ezekiel an entire valley of dry bones rose back to life and formed a mighty army. That is the power of hearing. When you hear and you speak what God says, then He does great things.
Unplug Your Spiritual Ears!
Today, I am asking the Lord on your behalf to unplug your spiritual ears. I am asking Him to begin to tune you into the frequency of Heaven's voice. May you begin to walk with Him and talk with Him and hear Him call you His own. You will be fine. The grace of God is such that He always speaks to the hungry. He always opens ears to hear. So just thank Him because your breakthrough is coming. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Ministry of Darren Canning
Darren Canning is a revivalist preacher who travels throughout Canada, the United States, and the world. His heart is for revival and believes that God will touch lives deeply wherever he travels. He teaches on hearing the voice of God and experiencing the supernatural. Darren's life was touched powerfully through an encounter with God and he was transformed from an atheistic lifestyle to a Believer in a moment. He has spent 14 years working for the government of Canada as an analyst specializing in transportation issues related to Aircraft Safety and Security. He is married to Lydia and is the father of seven children. He believes that if others experience the God of the supernatural then they too will be changed forever.
Darren Canning's Itinerary:
September 9, 2018
Ministering with Dale and Dan Rosborough
The Tent of David
Rockland, ON, Canada
September 15, 2018
Ministering with Pauline Wilcox
Golden Eagles Gathering Place
Golden Lake, ON, Canada
September 21-23, 2018
Ministering at Jubilee Church
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