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    LISTEN for GOD's DIRECTION

    by Jim Cymbala


    When we spend time with God, we should want to do more than

    just present a list of requests -- we need to listen for his voice!

    Someone once said, "What's more important, us telling God our

    requests, which he already knows before we tell him, or us

    listening for his voice, to hear what is on his heart
    ?"


    I know some people don't believe we can still hear God's voice.

    "He has already said what he is going to say in the Bible." They

    would argue that hearing from God is religious fanaticism or a

    form of scary emotionalism. But the history of the Christian

    church totally negates that belief. How else would people like

    British missionary Hudson Taylor -- who, while spending time

    with the Lord, felt God put a call on his heart to go to China --

    have brought the gospel to unreached people in Asia? In fact,

    how would any missionary who has ever done something great

    for God have known to do it unless God had first communicated

    it to them? There is no verse in the Bible that says, "Go to Bangladesh!"


    Although we all know that the Bible is complete and God does

    not speak to replace doctrine or communicate on the same level

    of Scripture, he does still speak. He might offer vital words of

    warning or convicting messages that have personal application.

    Sometimes it is a word of guidance -- a direction we should

    move in. That kind of direction is heard only by a listening ear

    or a hearing heart.


    One of my favorite passages is found in Isaiah. "The Sovereign

    Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word

    that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning,

    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed" (Isaiah 50:4,

    emphasis added).

  • #2
    Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
    LISTEN for GOD's DIRECTION

    by Jim Cymbala


    When we spend time with God, we should want to do more than

    just present a list of requests -- we need to listen for his voice!

    Someone once said, "What's more important, us telling God our

    requests, which he already knows before we tell him, or us

    listening for his voice, to hear what is on his heart
    ?"


    I know some people don't believe we can still hear God's voice.

    "He has already said what he is going to say in the Bible." They

    would argue that hearing from God is religious fanaticism or a

    form of scary emotionalism. But the history of the Christian

    church totally negates that belief. How else would people like

    British missionary Hudson Taylor -- who, while spending time

    with the Lord, felt God put a call on his heart to go to China --

    have brought the gospel to unreached people in Asia? In fact,

    how would any missionary who has ever done something great

    for God have known to do it unless God had first communicated

    it to them? There is no verse in the Bible that says, "Go to Bangladesh!"


    Although we all know that the Bible is complete and God does

    not speak to replace doctrine or communicate on the same level

    of Scripture, he does still speak. He might offer vital words of

    warning or convicting messages that have personal application.

    Sometimes it is a word of guidance -- a direction we should

    move in. That kind of direction is heard only by a listening ear

    or a hearing heart.


    One of my favorite passages is found in Isaiah. "The Sovereign

    Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word

    that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning,

    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed" (Isaiah 50:4,

    emphasis added).
    This is a great article! I constantly get the reasoning from the young earthers that God only speaks through the bible, and it's whatever they want it to say, not comparing the messages to see what God really wants to say. Very encouraging!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by redsoxmaloney View Post

      This is a great article! I constantly get the reasoning from the young earthers that God only speaks through the bible, and it's whatever they want it to say, not comparing the messages to see what God really wants to say. Very encouraging!
      Thanks for the reply Tom. If God does not talk to people, how was the Bible written in the first place.

      2 Peter 1

      16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

      19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable,and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.20Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.


      God talked to Adam, Able, Cain, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the prophets.

      The Lord Jesus talks to me every day.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by redsoxmaloney View Post

        This is a great article! I constantly get the reasoning from the young earthers that God only speaks through the bible, and it's whatever they want it to say, not comparing the messages to see what God really wants to say. Very encouraging!
        Hi Tom, to add, if God only spoke through the Bible, how did He tell Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge. How did He tell Cain and Abel to make sacrifices for their sin ? How did God instruct Abraham to leave Ur and move to live near Salem ? How did God instruct Noah to build the Ark ?

        Some may argue, that God spoke to people before the Bible, but did not do the same after the Bible. They are ignoring the very reason God had the Bible written. God did not have the Bible written just so men would obey His laws. He had the Bible written so men would seek Him and come to know Him. God wants to have a relationship with all men. He wants us to walk and talk with Him.

        God desires for all men to go to heaven when they die to be with Him. God will not refuse to walk and talk with us in heaven, and tell us to read about Him in the Bible. He desires to be with us, because He loves us as His children.

        What man wants his children to only communicate by writing letters. Parents want their children to visit them and talk face to face with them. All men are evil. If evil men want to talk to their children face to face, then certainly God wants to walk and talk with us.

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        • #5
          One more day for those who might have not seen this.

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