I teach a sound class here at our School of Ministry and the other day we were talking about sound waves and radio waves. It is amazing to think that hundreds of radio stations are playing right now all around you. They are not visible waves but you have the ability to tap into them when ever you want to. All you need is a receiver. If you have a receiver then you have the ability to tune in whatever station you want. It is amazing how easy it is to just move the dial slightly to the right or the left and you will tune out one station and tune in another.
The same is true when dealing with the Spirit of God. We are dealing with an invisible realm that can not be seen but is very active where you are sitting right now. You have the ability to tune into what God is saying and doing but most people never will. Your problem is not that you are not a receiver but your problem is with your tuning. You have spent your whole life tuning in to all the other activity happening around you that you have actually tuned God out. Most people want to tune into what God is saying but they want to stay tuned to all the other voices in their lives also. NEWS FLASH - You can only tune into ONE station at a time!
I like the story of Samuel and how at a young age God was training him to be a prophet. He was training him to be a voice by training him to first be a listener. 1Samuel 3:4 " Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, "Here I am." 5 And he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." But Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down." So he went and lay down. 6 Again the LORD called, "Samuel!" And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." "My son," Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down." 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. 8 The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, "Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.' " So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."
If you want to be like Samuel and be a voice that speaks the things of God then the first thing you are going to have to do is listen to what God is saying. Obviously Samuel was able to hear the voice of the Lord but he was so tuned to the natural that he attributed the voice to Eli. Not until he realized there was a difference between hearing and listening was he able to tune into what God was saying! We have trained our churches to be sin concious (tuned into sin) and self concious (tuned into self). Now it is about time we teach them to be God concious (tuned into God)!