As we see the day of His return approaching, we must be more diligent to make sure we don't fall for the great deception Jesus spoke about (Matt. 24:4) and prepare ourselves for the coming apostasy (2 Thes. 2:3). Why? Because as our Lord warned the deception would be so great even the elect, if possible, would be deceived and fall away (Matt. 24:214). So what are we to do? How do we become a faith prepper and guard ourselves against such great deception? The answer is simple to understand, yet difficult to do. In Cliff Notes style:
You must personally experience God yourself. Second-hand faith won't cut it. Your faith must be first-person, personal. You cannot live on the faith of another. And your encounters with God must be on-going and habitual. Especially as we see the darkness approaching. This is what becoming a faith prepper is all about.
In essence, you must know God. Intimately. Personally. And you do that by learning to hear His voice.
"And this is eternal life, that they may know (ginōskō) You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (John 17:3)
The key to not falling for falsehood and deception is an experience with God. After all, a relationship between two people must include talking and listening from both parties. And so it is the same with each of us and the Lord. We talk. We ask. We beg. Sometimes we demand. But does God ever speak personally to us? If so, how? And how often?
How To Hear God's Voice
The key to learning to hear God's voice is desire. Do you have a desire to thirst after Him and His righteousness more than you do, for example, to keep abreast of current events? Do you watch FOX News more than you spend time in His Word? Are you on Facebook more than on your knees in prayer? If so, why are we surprised we seldom if ever, hear the voice of our Lord? Remember, a key characteristic of being one of the Lord's sheep is being able to hear His voice.
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know (ginōskō) them, and they follow Me." (John 10:27)
Did you get that? Jesus' sheep hear His voice. It's the defining characteristic of being His sheep. But what does that say if we don't hear His voice? What are the implications? The key to intimacy with anyone is communication. That’s two-way communication. Between each of us and the Lord. So one of the most important things we can learn in our life with Christ is how to hear his voice? Do you long to hear His voice? Do you have a hard time differentiating between His voice and your own voice? If so, keep on listening.
The following is a study on How to Hear God's Voice.