God does speak…

I still remember to this day, the absolute black and white answer I received from someone I esteemed very much – leader of the youth, leader in the community, solid faith, solid family, and you know the rest.

When I talked to him about a day I was in prayer and heard God provide direction, he interjected and declared emphaticallly – “God does not speak” – other than His Word, friends, family, church leadership.

But God is a God of communication.  He will even use dreams and visions; He warns us so that we can avoid or change course.  If we continue on our own course of not listening or paying attention or changing our ways, He has other means of getting our attention – I know of a few, Corrie ten Boom in particular, who admitted that God put her on her bed because she wasn’t listening about His desire for her to rest – what she had to experience and how long that experience kept her in bed we will leave for another time.

Ask someone who is separated from God and who hears the message to come and follow Christ – ask them how they feel, ask them if what they are going through is not as if God is inside their body, loving them and drawing them to Him even though the person is trying to run in the opposite direction and God pursues again and again.  It is one of the great principles of the divine administration that the sinner is often warned, though he heeds it not; and that God sends repeated admonitions even when people will not regard them, but are bent on their own ruin. We will not discuss here what happens when God stops pursuing – but check it out if you fall into this category.

It does not stop there.  God speaks to us by conscience, and by ministers etc. When God designs by the convictions and dictates of own consciences, He opens the heart and opens the ears, so that conviction finds or forces its way in. The end and design of these admonitions are to keep us from sin, particularly the sin of pride.  What a mercy it is to be under the restraints of an awakened conscience!

Remember that voice at the time you made that decision to follow Christ – He will guide you and keep you always.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Wonderful message.
    The Lord does indeed talk, and in many different ways. “He uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.”
    + “…and I shall pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams, and even upon your maidservants and manservants shall I pour out my Spirit in those days.”
    + my most favorite “…but the Lord wasn’t in the fire, and after the fire a still (calm) gentle voice.” So the Lord confirmed His nature to Elijah. 🙂 Be blessed

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