Keys To Hearing God’s Voice
– What am I going to do with the rest of my life? Where should I go to school? Should I take this job, or is there something better on the horizon? Who should I marry?
Life is a never-ending series of choices. Can we know whether we are making the right decisions? Should we consult our horoscope? Maybe we should call the psychic hot-line? Do we go with what the experts are saying or rely on our gut-feeling?
Should we look to the stars — or should we seek the Maker of the stars?
I recently received an e-mail in response to my article, The Harness of the Holy Spirit in which a CBN.com reader makes these thought-provoking statements:
“Your article is typical of many books I have read. Everyone talks about doing what the Holy Spirit says, but you do not state how you ‘know’ it is the voice of GOD. I have yet to read any book or article that can lay that out. It is easy to say The LORD told me to leave this or do that, and I was blessed down the road because of it. Anyone who can present a way one can actually know that the voice they are hearing is from GOD, not man or Satan, would change the world. That’s probably why the world hasn’t changed.”
Well I have good news for my friend, and for you — God wants to speak to us, and yes, you can ‘know’ that you hear His voice.
God wants to fellowship and communicate with us. That’s two-way communication. Why? Because you can’t really have a relationship unless there is true dialogue. How do we get to know a person? By communicating with them. By talking and listening.
It’s the same with our relationship with God. He talks, we listen. We talk, He listens.
God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to take our place and to die for us. He did this so that we could once again have fellowship with Him. In the book of Hebrews we see that we can have access to God’s very presence, “…having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way…” (Hebrews 10:19-20a).
He also wants us to be fulfilled, blessed and successful in the plan that He has established for our lives — so that we can be a reflection of His love and blessing in the Earth. In Jeremiah 29:11 the Lord makes clear His intentions for you and I, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
We see in Genesis 3:8a, “…they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…” This is how God wants to relate to us today as well. It is God’s desire to walk with and to communicate with His children.
He wants to talk to us. And He wants us to listen and talk to Him, too.
There is more good news — we can hear His voice. The Bible, God’s love letter to mankind, makes it clear that we were created to have two-way communication with Him. Jesus tells us in John 10:27, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
While in college I interned in video production at a local public television station. One day the producer and I traveled to a video shoot with a young woman who worked in the donor relations department. Along the way she told us that, at the urging of her father, she had recently purchased a flat with two apartments. Still uncomfortable with the big step she had just taken she thought out loud, “How do you know if you are making the right decisions in life?”
That’s the question of the ages, isn’t it?
But as a child of God we don’t have to walk blind. We can have confidence that we will hear His voice. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Conversely, this scripture implies that if we are God’s children, if we are born-again, we will be led by His Spirit.
We have further assurance of this promise in Psalm 37:23 and 24, “The steps of a good (righteous, born-again) person are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.” God will order our steps, and even when we blow it, if we are truly trying to do His will, He will lift us up and give us a second chance.
The most difficult part of hearing God is the fact that it takes time to learn to discern God’s voice — and it takes a humble heart. Jeremiah 29:12-13 says, “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
We can’t make demands on Almighty God. We can’t shake our fist at the sky and say, ‘all right God, let me hear you.’ But we can ask, seek, and knock, and the Bible promises that God will open the door. God will reveal Himself to those who humbly seek Him.
The writer of Proverbs describes the way that our thoughts and intentions line up with God’s will when we submit ourselves fully to the Lord. “Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed” (Proverbs 16:3 Amplified Bible).
The Lord manifests Himself to us and through us as we humbly seek Him. The familiar passage in Proverbs 3 makes it even more plain. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
My friend pointed out in his e-mail to me that there are three different voices that we can hear — and he is absolutely correct. Now that we know we can hear God’s voice, we need to be alerted to the fact that there are other voices whispering into our ears as well. In fact, there are three voices that we can hear — the voice of God, the voice of our own fleshly desires, and the voice of the Devil. But Jesus tells us in John 10:4b and 5, “…and the sheep follow Him, for they know His voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
The writer of Hebrews tells us that we can train our ear to recognize the voice of God above all the noise. “But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14). It is by practicing, by reason of use, that we are able to discern whether what we hear is of God, our flesh, or the Devil.
Isaiah 30:21 says, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.”
So God will speak, and you can hear His voice, but you must be careful — especially when you are a young Christian — that you objectively confirm that you are following the Holy Spirit and not another voice. Our own flesh can scream pretty loud (especially when we are under pressure, or we want something very badly). And the Devil is the father of lies — he is the great deceiver.
So how can we know whether we’re hearing the voice of God? The Bible gives us seven basic keys or filters through which every possible leading should be judged. We are to carefully examine the thoughts and intentions of our hearts — and the words of godly people who may have influence on us by their words and actions — through the use of these seven keys:
- Scripture: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16-17).
- The Holy Spirit speaking to our heart: “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, and everyone his brother, saying, ‘know the Lord,’ for all will know Me, from the least to the greatest of them” (Hebrews 8:10-11).
- The Prophetic (word of knowledge, word of wisdom, personal prophecy): “Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good” (I Thessalonians 5:19-21).
- Godly counsel: “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14).
- Confirmation: “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed” (Matthew 18:16).
- The peace of God: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
- Circumstances/Timing: “After these things he (Paul) left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them, and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and they were working; for by trade they were tent-makers” (Acts 18:1-3 — this relationship between Paul, Aquila and Priscilla — which happened as a result of circumstances — became one of the most important strategic partnerships in the book of Acts).
Many times the Lord will confirm His direction to us through three, four or more of these keys — especially when we are in the process of making an important, life-changing decision.
The bottom line, as Pat Robertson has said for years, is that big decisions take big prayer. In other words, as we humble ourselves before the Lord, seek His guidance in our lives, the Good Shepherd will be faithful to lead us, “…in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).
In the coming weeks we’ll look more closely at these seven keys that God has given to help us discern whether what we are sensing is of God, our flesh or the Devil. Because God loves us and wants us to relate to Him, He has given us these clear principles in the Bible to guide us.
The New Testament talks of the early disciples — people like Paul, Aquila and Priscilla — as people who heard the voice of God. My friend who wrote the e-mail will be happy to know that this was the report made of them:
“These who have turned the world upside down have come here too” (Acts 17:6b).
Yes, my friend, you can hear and know the voice of God. And because of this the world is changing — more than perhaps you’ve heard.
Share your testimony of how you have grown to know the voice of God. Are you having trouble discerning God’s voice from the other things you hear? Did you know that you could hear God’s voice?
THE 5- SECRET TO CLEARLY HEARING GOD’S VOICE
One of the questions I consistently get from Believers whether they are newly born-again or have been in the Body of Christ for years, is, “How do you know God’s voice?”
There is a five-fold secret to clearly hearing God’s voice. For the ministers and lay Christians who do not know this crucial secret, hearing the Lord’s voice becomes a perpetual struggle. Let’s go to the Word of God to learn this five-fold secret..
Who Are You Really Listening To?
Over the past sixteen years, I’ve watched Christians make decisions that have produced alarming self-inflicted wounds. In each case, they did what they did because they firmly believed God was the one who called, led or inspired them to do so. But in the end, they married the wrong person, bought a car that turned out to be a lemon, bought a house they could not afford and started ministries and businesses that were doomed for failure from the onset.
I’ve watched people claim God told them to quit their jobs to do the work of the ministry. But it wasn’t long before their cars were repossessed and they were begging for money to pay their bills, and finally had to file bankruptcy. Write this law down and don’t ever forget:
When You Follow The Lord’s Voice – The Vision Always Comes To Pass!
The Lord is never going to lead you to bankruptcy or divorce court, ministry or business failure, or into a bad consumer deal! Under no circumstances will He lead you into marital turmoil, financial shame or ministry embarrassment, (See Psalm 23). If you find yourself trapped in one of those traumatic moments in time, just know that the voice of the Holy Spirit DID NOT lead you there! You got there because you listened to or followed the wrong voice, or you made a bad decision.
Do You Know The Five Voices?
In every decision that you are called to make and in every situation that you are faced with, there is always going to be five different voices speaking to you.
(1) The voice of God
(2) The voice of your conscience
(3) The voice of your reasoning
(4) The voice of your flesh, and
(5) The voice of the devil
In most cases, each voice is going to lead you in the opposite direction of the voice of God. The sincere Christians who consistently miss God’s voice, either: (a) don’t know about all of these five voices, or (b) they have not learned how to discern which voice is speaking. Each voice has a distinct sound and is easily discernable once you know what to listen for.
I very rarely listen to the radio, but when I turn it on, there are certain voices that I detect immediately. Voices like: Smokey Robinson, Ron Kenoly and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. Each of their voices has a distinct sound pitch. In the realm of the spirit, the five voices I named are the same way! They each have a distinctive sound pitch. We’re going to examine each of these five voices and get to know their sound pitch from the Written Word of God. After this teaching, you’ll be on track to clearly hearing God’s voice. We’ll start at the bottom of the list and work our way to the top, saving the best for last!
The Voice of The Devil – (Psalm 55:1-3)
This is how the voice of the devil sounds. When he speaks, his voice comes to:
If you hear: fear, confusion, torment, doubt, justification of sin, etc., you don’t have to pray about it or seek counseling. You are listening to the voice of the devil!
The Voice of Your Flesh – (Galatians 5:16-21)
Your flesh has a voice! It speaks to you in a commanding and authoritative sound pitch. It doesn’t matter if you are an apostle, prophet, pastor, CEO, Governor, Police Chief or an average citizen. Your flesh speaks to you constantly. Any time you follow the voice of your flesh, the net result will always be negative. You can never follow the voice of your flesh and things turn out, “ok!” The fifth chapter of the book of Galatians reveals the sound pitch of your flesh. You know you are listening to and being led by the voice of your flesh when you engage in:
(1) Adultery – unlawful sexual relations between a man and a woman
(2) Fornication – pornography, harlotry, incest
(3) Uncleanness – homosexuality, lesbianism, pedophilia, sexual perversion
(4) Lasciviousness – undisciplined, lewd, overeater, lazy, shiftless
(5) Idolatry – worship sports stars, movie stars, music icons, preachers, money, etc.
(6) Witchcraft – includes drug use, spells, luck charms, horoscopes, zodiac signs
(7) Hatred – hold grudges and malice and be angry at someone
(8) Variance – to quarrel with words, stir up strife and incite debates
(9) Emulations – the spirit of jealousy, rivalry spirit
(10) Wrath – creating domestic and civic turmoil
(11) Strife – getting pay back for a wrong, angry contentions
(12) Seditions – stirring up strife in the church, government, home, etc.
(13) Heresies – causing discord, unrighteous indignation
(14) Envying – to wish ill will toward a person, organization or group of people
(15) Murder – to spoil or mar the happiness of others, to kill
(16) Drunkenness – public or private intoxication, alcoholic, addicted to
(17) Revellings – clubs, house parties, carousing, obscene music
The voice of your flesh will never inspire you to do the will of God. It will only talk you into committing adultery, fornication, listening to obscene music and engaging in any of the other seventeen destructive behaviors you just read. You are to never listen to the voice of your flesh! What you do to the voice of your flesh is bring it into subjection to the Written Word of God, (See I Corinthians 9:27).
The Voice of Your Reasoning – (Acts 28:1-6 and Mark 2:6-8)
The Lord God has given us the ability to reason. We have that ability so that we may rationally consider all options, blessings and curses, obstacles, situations, consequences, advantages versus disadvantages and profits versus losses. You can always tell when you are listening to the voice of your reasoning because you will weigh the things you see and hear in the natural. You will deliberate and think things through, and afterwards, make your decision. Caution: if the answer of your mind contradicts the Written Word, or contradicts what God has said to you, then you must abandon the voice of your reasoning, (See Numbers 13:26-33).
The Voice of Your Conscience – (Acts 24:16 and Hebrews 10:22)
Your conscience is the place where you recognize the difference between what is right versus what is wrong. It is the place where you establish morals and values, or where you reject good morals and values and become reprobate in your mind. Your conscience is going to fall into one of the four categories:
(a) A good conscience, (I Timothy 1:5 and Acts 24:16)
(b) A weak conscience, (I Corinthians 8:7)
(c) A seared conscience, (I Timothy 4:2)
(d) A evil conscience, (Hebrews 10:22)
This next point should be obvious. The voice of your conscience is good to listen to as long as you have a good conscience, but when a person has a weak, seared or evil conscience, it would be unadvisable for them to follow the voice of their conscience.
The Voice of God – (I Samuel 3:1-10 and John10:1-5)
You know you are hearing the voice of God when you hear these sounds.
- Instruction in righteousness, (II Tim 3:16)
·Correction in righteousness, (II Timothy 3:16, Proverbs 3:11-12)
·Causes you to profit in Christ, (II Timothy 3:16, John 15:16)
·Brings to your remembrance the Word of God, (John 14:26)
·Guides you into Truth, (John 16:13)
·Exhorts you, (Jude 3, Romans 12:1)
·Comforts you, (John 14:16, Psalm 23:4)
·Rebukes and reproves you, (Titus 1:13, II Timothy 4:2)
·Convicts you of sin, (Romans 6:1-23)
·Leads you to salvation, (Romans 10:9-10, II Timothy 3:15)
·Assures you of the Heavenly Father’s love toward you, (I John 3:1, Jeremiah 31:3)
·Admonishes and warns you, (Ephesians 6:4, Acts 21:4,10-14)
·Edifies you, (Ephesians 4:12)
·Increases our faith, (Romans 10:17)
·Cause you to triumph in life through Christ, (II Corinthians 2:14)
The Seven Elements To Clearly Hearing God’s Voice
Now that you know the five voices, and how they sound, there are the seven elements that must be in place in your life, if you are going to properly discern which voice is speaking.
- You must study the Word of God for yourself, (See II Timothy 2:15)
- You must meditate on the Word of God day and night, (Joshua 1:8)
- You must spend time praying, (Mark 1:35)
- You must spend time communing with the Holy Spirit, (II Corinthians 13:14)
- You must be planted in a good church home, (See 92:13)
- You must rationally consider all options, (Luke 14:28-30)
- You must seek counsel from wise counselors, (See Proverbs 11:14)
If you follow those instructions, you will come to the place, where you quickly recognize which voice is speaking to you. That is an awesome feeling to know that you know that you know – the voice of the Holy Spirit!
HOW DO I FIND MY GOD-GIVEN PURPOSE?
You were born with a God-given purpose and fulfilling that purpose must be your primary mission in life. Your fulfillment, satisfaction and peace of mind are all tied to that purpose!
“How do you I find my God-given purpose?” That is another question I get asked on a consistent basis. So many people are lost when it comes to knowing why they were born. In this vital life-improving article, you’ll learn how to learn your God-given purpose.
You Were Born With a Specific God-Given Purpose
I’ll start this session off by making a critical six-part statement.
- Every human being entered into the earth realm with a God-given purpose, (See Ecclesiastes 3:1).
- No man or woman ever born came without a God-given purpose, (See II Timothy 1:9).
- Every one was born with gifts, talents and abilities to assist them in fulfilling their God-given purpose, (Romans 11:29).
- It is the responsibility of each individual to learn his or her God-given purpose, (Romans 12:2).
- You must be able to convey your God-given purpose to others, (Habakkuk 2:2).
- If you fail or refuse to learn your God-given purpose, your options automatically become: (a) your own personal vision for your life, (b) society’s vision for your life, or (c) the devil’s vision for your life. With these plans, you may experience great financial success, but in the end, none of these visions will bring you fulfillment, satisfaction or peace of mind, (See Proverbs 19:21).
You Don’t Find Your Purpose – You Learn It!
You don’t find your God-given purpose anymore than you find mathematics or aerodynamics. To find means to come upon, often by accident. When it comes to mathematics or aerodynamics, you learn them! You do the same with your God-give purpose. You learn it! Here is the first crucial point to learning your God-given purpose: God hid His purpose for your life deep within the recesses of your heart.
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
In order to draw His purpose out of your heart, you must be a man or woman of understanding. I’ll show you how to become that man or that woman! Using the illustration of a man drawing water from a well, the Lord makes another crucial point. If you don’t draw out your God-given purpose from deep within your heart, you will never learn it. He goes on to say.
Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
Without proper counsel, you will not be able to learn your God-given purpose. During my senior year of high school, my guidance counselor was a nice lady. She was intelligent, had a college degree and had comprehensive training to assist students make life-altering career decisions.
She said my test scores revealed that law school, electrical engineering or the Air Force was best for me.
The problem with her professional assessment.
As sincere as she was, she was not my designer or manufacturer. She had no idea what I was capable of because she was not the one who installed the gifts, talents and abilities within me.
To ask any man or woman, including your parents, to tell you what your God-given purpose is, is like asking the Ford Motor Company, “What is the purpose and capabilities of a B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber?” The folks at Ford have some sharp minds, but they cannot answer that question for one reason.
They did not design or manufacture that aircraft.
If you want to know your God-given purpose, you must go to your manufacturer, (See Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:7).
When the Lord God created us, He gave each of us an operator’s manual. It is called the Bible – the Written Word of God.
Our operator’s manual tells us which counselor to inquire of concerning this critical issue.
Isaiah 9:6 [Emphasis added]
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Our counselor is none other than the Lord God Almighty!
He is not just any counselor. Read Isaiah 9:6 again! He is our Wonderful Counsellor! He is the only one who can reveal to us our God-given purpose.
When you seek His counsel, there is no possibility of you failing in life because His counsel is excellent in working, (See Isaiah 28:29). Read how the prophet Habakkuk sought out the Wonderful Counsellor, became a man of understanding and got clear on his God-given vision.
1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Note the sequence of events…
(1) You must engage in earnest prayer, (Habakkuk 1:1-17)
(2) Next, get quiet before the Lord, (Habakkuk 2:1)
(3) The Wonderful Counsellor will speak to you, (Habakkuk 2:2)
(4) When He speaks, write the vision down, (Habakkuk 2:2)
(5) Be ready to convey your God-given vision to others, (Habakkuk 2:2)
(6) Rejoice, because God’s vision for your life is coming to pass, (Habakkuk 2:3)
You must earnestly pray, “Lord, what is my purpose and what did you put in me?” I have some great news for you! When you ask the Lord those questions, He will always answer you, (See Matthew 7:7).
How long will He take?
He will answer you immediately, but how you hear Him depends on your level of spiritual growth and development, (See Hebrews 5:13-14).
The people who are attentive, quick to listen, quick to obey, quick to forgive and quick to repent, effortlessly hear God’s voice and act on His Word, (See Mark 4:20).
The people who are distracted, slow to listen, slow to obey, slow to forgive and slow to repent, have a harder time hearing from God, (See Mark 4:14-19).
After praying that prayer, you need to analyze and take inventory of your gifts, talents and abilities.
Your Gifts, Talents and Abilities Help To Define Your Purpose
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Prior to your birth, God installed in you all of the necessary gifts, talents and abilities you would need to fulfill his purpose for your life. Those gifts, talents and abilities help define your purpose.
I have traveled to the Bering Sea on a number of occasions. I have been there when it was so cold, when you breathed, your breath would instantly freeze and fall to the ground. With the proper protective clothing, a human being could withstand that type of cold, but only for a short period of time.
Polar bears, however, are superbly adapted for survival in that type of freezing weather. They are so well insulated that they experience almost no heat loss. They can withstand temperatures of minus 37 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of their insulation, they tend to overheat in warm weather.
They cool down by diving into the ice-cold waters. Polar bears are champion swimmers. Using their partially webbed forepaws, they have been clocked swimming as fast as six miles per hour. They also have excellent underwater vision. Scientists tell us that polar bears can spot food up to 15 feet away while submerged.
BUT! If you take the Polar Bears from the Far North and place them in the Sahara Desert, they will eventually die prematurely. The gifts, callings and abilities of the Polar Bear are ideally suited for the Far North, not the Sahara Desert.
The Polar Bear’s heavy insulating fur and thick blubber layer was made for the ice cold, not the heat.
The Polar Bear’s swimming abilities, fur, blubber, webbed forepaws and its ability to withstand extreme cold, help to define its purpose.
It is the same way with everything!
The wings of the eagle reveal that the eagle was made to fly. The eyes of the owl reveal that it is more suited to hunt at night. The anatomy of the fish – the scales, slime coat, gills, ventral, pectoral and dorsal fins, and fact that they have no arms, legs or wings, reveals that they were designed for the water.
How Were You Designed?
What do you like to do? Solve mathematical problems? Play chess? Sing? Create music? Write? Build things? Invent things? Paint? Design things? Are you artistically inclined? Do you have a love for biology, nature or medicine? Do you have an analytical mind? Are you mechanically inclined? Are you a bookworm? Do you enjoy baking? Do you like to teach or train people? Do you love working with children? Do you like watching attorneys litigate? Do you have an inquisitive investigative mind? Do you love to make delectable culinary dishes?
What You Naturally Gravitate Towards – Helps Reveal Your Purpose
I started writing poetry when I was in grade school. I can’t explain it. One day I picked up a pen and paper and just started writing in a romantic flow. By the time I reached high school, people were paying me to write poetry for their wives, girlfriends and special events.
I noticed something else while in high school. I had this knack for training others. That gift carried over into the corporate arena. I spent over fifteen years training individuals during my corporate days. But even after I saw the success of the men and women who sat under my tutelage, something was still missing. I was not fulfilled.
I was fulfilling (my vision) for my life and not my God-given purpose!
The Lord put within me the gifts, talents and abilities to hone and fashion men and women to find and fulfill their God-given purpose. I could not fully accomplish my God-given purpose, while training people to analyze circuits. I was in the Far North but I was designed for the tropical weather! Once I learned my God-given purpose, my life completely changed. It became fulfilling and satisfying! I have no greater joy than being able to help God’s people walk in the Truth and fulfill His purpose for their lives!
What Happens After You Learn Your God-Given Purpose?
Once you know your God-given purpose and have taken inventory of your gifts, talents and abilities, go for it with all of your might!
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
What is the Lord saying? Don’t take your gifts, talents and abilities to the grave! Get busy about fulfilling His purpose for your life! Give it all that you’ve got!