Making Sense of the Spiritual – Hearing God’s Voice 

  • As Christians, God Promises to Speak to Us Directly

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. John 16:13

And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11-13

There are Four Ways that God has Spoken

  1. Spoken Word

And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush …  God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”       Ex. 3:2,4

  1. Written Word

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  2 Tim. 3:16-17                         

  1. Living Word

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son … Heb. 1:1-2

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. John 1:14,18

  1. Spirit Word

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, …  you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you       John 14:16-18

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit … having been born again …  through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 1 Peter 1:22-23

  • God Speaks Practical Wisdom and Knowledge

for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit.  1 Corinthians 12:8

  • Fathers, as Spiritual Leaders, Need to Hear the Voice of the Spirit

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deut. 6:5-9

 

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