About 14 years ago, the hit NBC show, The Apprentice aired with 2 parallel seasons, one with Donald Trump and the other with Martha Stewart. I applied for the Martha Stewart Apprentice.
After 4 personal interviews by casting directors in 3 different cities, I was invited to an all-expense-paid week in L.A. as a Finalist for the show. 800,000 people applied that Season and I was in the final 20. I was nearly cast (and actually would have been one of the most embarrassing potential Apprentices on NBC)!
Do You Hear Voices?
I endured a fun and grueling week of casting adventures (I am under contract still not to give away their secrets). But what I can share is: one of the questions on an exam was:
DO YOU HEAR VOICES? Circle Yes or No.
How would you answer that one?
Most people, if ever faced with that question, would answer, “NO!” I mean, who wants to be locked up in a straight-jacket in a room with rubber walls for the rest of their life, right?
Well, needless to say, I am not “most people.” I am first and foremost a Christian.
What sets a Christian apart from the rest of the world? The gift of eternal life in fellowship with God? Yes. The infilling of the Holy Spirit (who comes to live inside your human spirit and leads you, day by day, in the will and ways of the LORD)? Yes.
Voices of the Lord
And at least one more truth: you and I can learn to hear God’s “voices.”
Yes—I did say, “voices!”
Now, when I say, “voices” I am perhaps introducing a kind of revolutionary truth. Each member of the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, has a unique “voice” of their own and a corresponding unique way of communication with every believer.
To simplify this thought, I find in Scripture that the Father many times speaks through His Creation, the Son many times speaks through His Word and through other people to you, and the Holy Spirit many times speaks from WITHIN your spirit and you “sense” His voice (watch for future blogs where I will elaborate more on each “voice”).
Most of the Christian world today follows the written WORD as the primary means of God’s speaking to man. I would agree that the Bible IS one of the most amazing means.
Though, when you read the Book of Acts, you will find multiple, different ways that God communicates to Christians; in other words, multiple different “voices” through the Trinity, that He is choosing to utilize in His awesome love for you.
Here are just 7 of many examples of THE VOICES of God found in the Book of Acts:
(1) The “Living Word” of Jesus (the Bible): (see Acts 2: 16-21).
(1) The “Inner Witness” of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 8: 29, 17:16).
(3) Visions (see Acts 2: 17-21, 16: 6-9).
(4) Dreams (see Acts 18: 9-10).
(5) Prophetic Words (see Acts 19:21, 21:10-13, 23:11).
(6) Angels (see Acts 12:7).
(7) The Father’s Audible Voice (see Acts 9:3-8).
Please note! These are “in order” of what I call, “most common” to “least common” ways that God speaks and communicates with His redeemed.
The probability of you EVER hearing an AUDIBLE VOICE or chatting over your lunch break with AN ANGEL are very low; whereas, the probability of you hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit, from within, as a kind of “INNER WITNESS” is very high.
I find God speaking to me multiple times a day in this manner. All I have to do is tune my spiritual ears to listen.
Yes, I Do!
So in conclusion, how do you think I answered my question as I prepared for the Final Round of casting for Martha Stewart’s Apprentice show years ago?
I circled boldly a resounding, “YES!”
I DO hear voices!
Every day. Everywhere I go.
Even though I was not cast on the show, I’m happy being an Apprentice to Jesus, the real Master Mentor, and listening to the many VOICES of the Trinity each week.
Did you know that my new book and Masterclass e-Course, “Love Speaks: 21 Ways to Recognize God’s Multi-Faceted Voice” contains teaching on not just the 7 examples listed above, but a total of 21 possible ways you can learn to listen to God?
You can discern His voice personally, and receive His love. Love Speaks!
The Love Speaks Masterclass is coming soon to the GOD TV e-Course Platform.
The book is available everywhere books are sold, and also on our website, https://www.BornToBlaze.com