"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet," - John, Revelation 1:10
Revelation comes from the Spirit of God. In my opinion, one of the most intriguing revelations from God is contained in the book of Revelation, written by the apostle John. This book mainly consists of apocalyptic prophecy, which I'm not going to delve into here. What I would like to point out though, because it stood out to me and I think that we can practically apply it to our lives, is how the apostle John was able to see and hear the things God had for him to share.
Notice that before any visions are put forth in the John's writings, that he mentions he was "in the Spirit". John was imprisoned on the island of Patmos because of his faith (Rev 1:9) but still was able to worship God. John writes in verse 10 that he was in the Spirit on the Lord's day. Because he was "in the Spirit" and paying attention to God, John heard God's voice as loudly and clearly as if it were the sound of a trumpet.
Just as John did, as believers, we too have access to the Holy Spirit of God and His direction for our lives. The bible says that
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (1 Cor 2:12 NKJV)
However, if we are too busy to stop and spend some concentrated time with God, we won't hear from Him. If our minds are too cluttered with our own thoughts, we can't hear from God. We aren't in the "Spirit" because we are too into ourselves. It is only when we surrender our plans and schedules to Him that we can listen effectively for God's voice in our lives. We will see more of God and less of ourselves. When we do, even that small voice will sound as loud as a trumpet call.
1) Are you listening for God's voice or are you trying to make God listen to yours?
2) What step can you take today to relinquish more of yourself to Him so that you can hear more from Him?