Date: August 10, 2016
The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has entreated believers to get connected to God in order to have a personal experience with Him.
Apostle Kumi-Larbi underscored the need for Christians to strategically position themselves by climbing to the mountain top to avoid ‘interferences’ in their quest to hearing from God.
He said just as God asked Prophet Elijah, who at the tail end of his ministry became exhausted and nearly gave up, to “go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord” in 1 Kings19:11, Christians need to position themselves in the presence of God and tune in so as to hear Him speak directly to them. “God doesn't want a long-distance relationship; He wants a close, intimate one,” he stressed.
He opined that tuning in to Jesus Christ will help the believer to decipher the voice of God so as to avoid being deceived by Satan.
He explained that there are many distortions [voices besides the voice of the Lord] which make it difficult for children of God to identify His distinct voice, hence the need for them to get what he called a ‘spiritual antenna’ to receive directly from God without any interferences.
The General Secretary was speaking at the Osu Central Assembly on Sunday, August 7, 2016, on the theme, “Tuning In To Hear God’s Voice,” which was captured by Pent TV for the Pentecost Hour TV series.
Quoting his main Bible passages from 1 Kings 13:1-26; Jeremiah 28; 29:1-11 and his memory verse from 1 Kings 19:11, Apostle Kumi-Larbi noted that hearing God speak personally to the believer is one of the greatest benefits of the believer’s salvation and relationship with God. He indicated that there can be no intimate relationship with our heavenly Father without it, saying, “As fathers speak to their children so it should be between us and our father in Heaven.”
“But, as easy as it is for us to speak to Him, the average Christian has a hard time hearing His voice. This is not the way the Lord intended it to be.
“We are living in a period where Christianity is facing the greatest challenge, because of the various voices from friends, Satan, social media and false teachers/prophets, among others, which have made it very difficult to know what God is communicating to us in our generation."
He related the believer’s relationship with God to radio and television transmission, which goes with the use of antenna and decoders. The antenna, according to Wikipedia, intercepts radio waves (electromagnetic waves) and converts them to tiny alternating currents which are applied to the receiver, and the receiver extracts the desired information.
Apostle Kumi-Larbi indicated that there are some interferences which can disrupt a signal as it travels along a channel between a source and a receiver. He explained that interferences in Christian context are the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, pride of life, voices of money, alcohol, fashion, marriage, fame, sex, various enjoyments in the world, aggression, among others, which are all vying for the attention of the believer.
According to him, if Christians fail to tune in right or set their receivers correct, they may receive wrong signals.
“As I speak there are a lot of electromagnetic waves such as Frequency Modulations and other networks. If you want say, Peace FM in Ghana, and tune in to 104.25 or 104.31, you will not hear clearly of the right information. It must be on 104.3; otherwise you may hear another voice in the background.
“In the same way if you miss one number of a phone number, there is no way you can receive or make calls. Radio and television stations transmit twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; but we only hear them when we turn the receiver on and tune in. Failure to hear the signal doesn’t mean the station isn’t transmitting.
“Likewise, God is constantly transmitting His voice to His sheep, but few are turned on and tuned in. Sometimes the radio or TV could be on; but the owner may not be listening, but busy doing other things.
“Most Christians are busy pleading with God in prayer to transmit/speak without hearing; meanwhile the problem is with their receivers not the transmission. It is important to have the spiritual ears rightly set and positioned to hear clearly from God.”
Citing John 12:27-30, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi noted that the crowd around Jesus Christ interpreted the voice that spoke clearly from Heaven differently. He said: “Learning to clearly distinguish God’s voice is invaluable. Let us be careful not to take the voice of God for an angel or mere noise and vice versa. Yet the still small voice is powerful though gentle.”
Drawing some lessons from the story of the Man of God from Judah and the old prophet in Bethel in 1 Kings 13, which he described as the most striking spiritual deception in the entire Bible after the one by Satan on Adam and Eve, he said the man of God was completely sincere and wanted God’s will, but was misled by a false message supposedly from God.
“We must be economical with what we receive from God. Even sometimes, some people trying to show that they are close tend to spread classified information,” he said, adding, “The alleged spiritual leader, who came as a faithful servant and friend, gave him dangerous spiritual poison. The most dangerous enemy he faced was the man who appeared harmless, even more so than the powerful idolatrous king Jeroboam himself!”
Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi