With all the distractions, formulas, and Christian help books on the market teaching you how to pray, how to read your Bible, and “What worked for me!”, how does one know that that is how God will speak to them?
God will uniquely communicate with you
How God will speak to you may or will be different than how He speaks to someone else. The important thing to remember is that He will speak to those that are His.
“He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” – John 8:47
This Scripture is both a blessing and a warning. The blessing is that if you’re one of God’s children, He will speak to you. You will hear Him. Your relationship with God is of utmost importance to Him, and He will do His part to communicate with you.
The warning is that if you’re not a child of His, then you cannot expect to hear from Him. And if you believe you are a child of His, and do not hear Him, you may not have come into a saving relationship with Him at all.
Which way is the way God speaks today?
- God will give me a miraculous sign. Then I will know God has spoken to me.
- Out of an intimate relationship with God, I will come to recognize God’s voice.
- When I learn and follow the correct formula, I will hear God speaking.
- I can open the Bible, pick out a verse that I want to use, and claim that I have a word from God for my circumstance.
If you answered 2, then you got the question right.
Unfortunately, many believers think or act like 4 is the correct answer. They pick a portion of God’s scripture, claim a truth from the Word and believe that it is God’s Word for their circumstance.
God can use the Word that way, but often we’re just feeding a low expectation of God—one that has me in the driver’s seat and God as the passenger.
God is NOT my copilot.
Be careful saying that you have a Word from the Lord
If you’ve heard from the Lord—terrific! Just know that if you’ve heard from Him about something, you must continue in that direction until it comes to pass. In the case of Abram, God told him to go to a land and it was 25 years before that promise came to pass.
If God’s told you that you are to go to become a pastor, called you to the mission field, or laid some other burden or plan on your heart, you’re tasked with not giving up. You must continue to do what the Lord has required of you until He says otherwise.
And be careful saying that you have a Word from the Lord when you do not. There was a word for these people in the Old Testament—they were called “False Prophets.”
Anyone remember what the punishment for a false prophet was?