Summary: Does God speak to people today? If so, how does He speak? (Many thought from Hearing God’s Voice by Richard Henry Blackaby)
Hearing God’s Voice
Thoughts from- Hearing God’s Voice by Blackaby.
Does God speak today- if so, how does He speak?
What is the significance of God speaking to us?
Rom 8:26-27, 33-34
Intercession- type of prayer- prayer is talking w/God.
Intercede- to bring before God a person/situation and to ask God to move in that person’s life/situation.
Intercession- not praying what I think should happen.
To pray God’s will I must look beyond my pre-conceived thoughts/ideas/opinions/agendas.
We must pray/intercede according to God’s will.
To do this we must be able to hear what God is saying
This type of interaction w/God distinguishes Christianity from other religions and their gods
God’s presence speaks of a God who interacts and communicates with people.
How does God speak to us today?
God’s Word is the authoritative foundation for everything that we do and believe.
Many times as I seek God’s heart on a particular matter He speaks to me as I read His Word.
Oswald Chambers- chaplain- British forces- WWI- sent to Egypt, too dangerous to take his family, but both he/wife desired to be together. As he was reading the Bible- God spoke to him through Psa 37:4- Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. He felt this was confirmation to bring her over.
The Bible lays down a foundation for understanding the heart/mind/purposes of God in everyday life.
However, as we examine the scriptures we see God speaks in many ways.
However God speaks, it will not contradict the Bible.
When God speaks He takes the revelation found in the Word and applies it to specific situations.
Therefore, we know God both by revelation from Scripture and by personal experience.
Jesus did not rely on OT scripture alone or His own thinking- depended on hearing God the Father.
Jn 5:30 "I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. NASU
Easy for a person to misuse the idea of God speaking personally as an excuse to do what they want to do
Part of the problem comes from our lack of understanding of absolute truth.
We sometimes ignore/modify the words of scripture because it does not align with our experiences.
Result- interpret the Bible to match our experiences.
At the same time, God is more than theology- He is a personal God desiring a relationship w/His people.
Jn 17:3 "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. NASU (1 Jn 1:3)
Mistakes we can make in recognizing God’s voice …
God does not speak beyond the Bible
God’s personal word to me overrides the Bible
Doctrine about God replaces relating to God
When God speaks He does not give new revelation about Himself that contradicts what He has already revealed in the Scripture. Rather, God speaks to give application of His Word to the specific circumstances in your life. (Blackaby)
How did God speak in the Old Testament?
Psa 19:1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. NASU