There is so much confusion today when it comes to recognizing when God speaks to us. He certainly still speaks today, but it’s important that we learn some basic principles before we attempt to tell others, or even ourselves for that matter, that “God said…”
1. Stop listening for voices. That’s the easiest way for christians to get off of the plan and purpose of God for their lives. If you REALLY want a Word from God, realize that the Bible has 66 books full of the Word Of God for YOU!
2. Understand that God knows you. He knows your address, your location at any time, and can “dial in” to you at any moment that He wants to communicate a Word of direction to you. As in #1 above, don’t spend your time listening for voices, but rest assured that when He’s ready, He will speak.
3. Don’t put “listening for God’s Voice” above His Written Word. Reading, studying, meditating, and speaking His Word will be 95% of God’s communication to you throughout your life.
4. Don’t put God in a box when it comes to communicating with you. For example, 1 Kings 19:11-13 says: “Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” 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; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 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?” So when God speaks to us, it’s always the “still small voice”, right? Not exactly.
Ezekiel 43:2 says that sometimes the Voice Of God is thunderous, like a huge waterfall! You can’t go by the volume of the voice to determine it’s origin. Actually, there are a lot of things that you can’t go by. So what CAN you go by?
Continued in my next post…