And I will pray the Father, and HE will give you another Helper, that HE may be with you forever.
Does GOD speak today? Some will say, “Well HE doesn’t talk to me.” Maybe you’re not listening, or maybe you’re too busy with all the Stuff of this world and it drowns out the Voice of GOD. It’s hard to hear the Still Small Voice over the noise of life sometimes.
I would submit that every time we open our Bibles, to read, that GOD is speaking to us, and if we listen, HE will show us great and wonderful things we do not know. HE will give us HIS Word for the day if we really want it, but don’t be like the fool who asks for a Word from the LORD and opens his Bible, sticks his finger and reads what is under it. We’ve heard the story of one who did this and hit upon the passage about Judas going out and hanging himself. Thinking this was not good he again sticks his finger in, only to have it say, go and do likewise. This kind of seeking GOD is totally foolish, especially if one were to follow it.
A lot of what we hear about someone, who says, GOD spoke to me is more about being led by a stirring in our Spirit and then walking out what we believe we have heard, of course, we should check with Scripture because the LORD will not go against HIS Revealed Word. For instance if we sense a stirring in the Spirit or someone comes to us with a word, and that word is that we should leave our spouse and get married to someone else, we can check and find that GOD hates Divorce and that man is to leave his father and mother and cling to his wife and they shall become one flesh. That would Not be a word from GOD, but from the devil who wants to see destruction wherever he goes. We need to either be up on what the Word of GOD really says or at least do some study to find out the answers we are looking for. Too many think that they are prophets of GOD and go around speaking words that the LORD is not the author of, and we need to flee those kind as fast as we can.
There are genuine Words of Knowledge, as Paul wrote about in 1st Corinthians but these too will line up with the Revealed Word, in other words, they will not be new Revelation but will be Illumination of a given Scripture. They may also be a Word of Knowledge about a Condition or a leading for someone, but, if it were me, I would be seeking Confirmation before I would sail off to Africa to be a missionary.
In my own experience, I have heard from GOD but it is mostly just a knowing in my Spirit about some passage in Scripture, like looking at one Scripture passage and another comes to mind that correlates to what I am reading. GOD, has given me Specific Verses, as HE did years ago. I was seeking HIM and starting a ministry and the LORD gave me the Joshua 1 verses about being strong and courageous, and that HE would be with me. When we truly want to hear from GOD and we actually stop to listen then the LORD will speak in our Spirit, now we may not always know what is meant, and I think it is a heads up to start to look it up, sometimes it it the beginning of a series of Words. Again the Words I get are Scripture that is revealed and do not contradict other Scriptures, like the one about marriage I cited earlier.
Many of us are more like Israel who, when they heard GOD’S voice were terrified and did not want HIM to speak in their hearing again. They wanted the LORD to Speak to Moses and he would tell them what was said. Another thing is when we are reading the Word and something steps on our toes, either we will respond by doing something about it or we will promptly put our Bibles away and get in a huff, angry that GOD would bring a flaw to light. If we do it this way, getting angry, then we really don’t want to hear what the LORD has to say, and we are, at that point, unteachable, but if it something then the LORD will keep coming back with it until we take notice of we pass on. Some become so angry and bitter about it that they Quench the Spirit. It is not always easy to hear, and I know that I have gone Kicking and Screaming all the way to change something that the LORD found offensive. I know I have told this story many times, but I think it bears repeating. The very first thing that the LORD dealt with me about was my foul mouth. HE did not slap me upside the head and speak in my hearing, but HE did impress upon me that this was the wrong course, for HIS word is not to be used with a bunch of swear words but is supposed to be pure and clean.
Sometimes sin is in the way and until we will get it out of our way the LORD only brings the sin to light so that we do something about it, and HE does not condemn us, but Gently shows us what HE is after. For HIS Word tells us that there is Now No Condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Condemnation comes from the other guy who is always there to Accuse us. GOD wants us to be Conformed to the Image of HIS Son, and we are on that Journey from the time we accept Christ until we go to be With HIM. The LORD also says, through the Psalmist, that “If I regard Iniquity in my heart then GOD will not hear,” having said that if the LORD is not listening to us because of what is in our hearts then a change of heart is in order. All of this is about the heart because from the heart come the motives of man. If we want to look like someone important and go around claiming the GOD told us this and that, then That is not the heart of GOD, but of Pride in the one doing so, one who wants the approval of men and to lord it over others, stay away from these for they are not really wanting to serve others but themselves.
I could stand up and tell you that I studied and slaved to know these things, but I would be liar, for I Know Nothing, but the HOLY SPIRIT Knows everything, and what I write is for me as well as for anyone who reads the WFT, or the Blog I do. I would like to tell you that I am somebody special, but that too would be a lie, for I am nothing and if I could boast it Has To Be in Christ for all I have ever done is to persevere and many times I didn’t do that very well either. Those who wrote of old would probably tell you the same, as Isaiah, who when he was in the presence of the LORD Fell on his face and cried, “I’m Undone.” For anyone thinking it I am Not saying that I am a prophet, but merely making a statement about the fact that these men were just that, men who needed a savior, just like you and me.
So if you want the LORD to speak to you, Seek HIM and HIM Only. Ask for a Word and understand that your reading of HIS Word is HIM speaking to you, but if you chose not to listen then there isn’t anything that can be done, because you really don’t want to hear but want someone else to tell you what is going on. Chances are you won’t listen to them either, i.e., Israel and Moses. GOD does speak to us in visions and dreams and HE Can speak in whatever way HE wants to, for HE is, as HE told Job, GOD. If we confirm that what we have heard is from GOD, and we do nothing about it then or want to know the exactly what is going to happen, until we are ready and Obedient, the rest of the story is not going to happen, for if we will not complete the first step, then additional steps are unnecessary. The LORD wants us to Obedient first and we may need to grow before we are ready for the next rung on the ladder.
One other thing, it may not be a good idea to discount those who believe they have heard from GOD, if they speak the Truth, because it is GOD who deals out the Gifts, Severally as HE WILLS, and it is for the Building up of the Saints and HIS Church, but always Test the Spirits as John told us to do. Jesus Loves You!!!