Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 05/14/2023
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Hearing from God
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
We have often said that prayer is a dialogue with God, and that hearing what God says is far more important than what we say.
The question should arise, how do we hear God?
In the Old Testament select prophets heard directly from God. We read that as early as Cain and Able they heard from God. As the population grew we move swiftly through Scripture to observe how people heard from God. By Deut. 18:18 the LORD says to Moses, “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.” vr. 15, “Him you shall hear.”…Wonder who that was?
By Jos. 8:31 we first see, “as it is written in the book of the law of Moses,”...A Bible
I Sam. 3:1, “And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.” until God said, “Samuel! Samuel!” and Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
1) God prepares His prophets.
2) God did not continue until He got the appropriate response.
We read examples of people hearing from God by audible voice, dreams, direct revelation, direct encounters with the “angel of the LORD”, one donkey, and the written word of God.
In the New Testament, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory…” Jn. 1:14
Jn. 12:50, Jesus says, “...whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
Jn. 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
The Holy Spirit spoke to the apostles, they wrote stuff down, and the church sealed it; closed cannon...right?
How do we hear from God now???
His word, the Bible, of course. This is the Word of God; the Logos.
How did we get to the Bible? Rm. 10:14, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Is there any direct revelation today? Of course there is.
The Bible is sufficient information for salvation, and for how to live righteously before God. II Pet. 1:3, “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.”
But what about the particular engagements of life; who should I marry, what profession should I pursue, where should I go to church, where should I live, what should I have for breakfast???
No chapter and verse for those!
Joel said, and Peter repeats, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:17
In this verse we engage two OT methods in which people heard from God saying that it shall occur in the last days.
In Acts. 21 we read of a man named Philip who, “had four virgin daughters who prophesied.” It was never recorded what they said, but they spoke the word of the Lord.
God, who is, “the same yesterday, today and forever.” Heb. 13:8 engages with us in the same ways as always, but we also must apply some important principles.
*God can not contradict Himself. So any revelation that we receive, either by dream, voice, notion, prophecy, must be consistent with His word. God is never going to tell you to rob a bank, enter into a homosexual relationship, worship an idol, or put peanut butter on a pepperoni pizza.
*We should be very cautions with “thus sayeth the Lord”. If we read on in Deut. 18:23, “when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken in presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”
We believe, and emphasize that our God is a very personal God, who invites us to call Him Father. He has given us much and continues to beckon us into a deeper, richer, more intimate relationship with Him. He desires that we would engage with Him by embracing His word, and conversing with Him all the day long.
He has promised, on His part, never to leave us or forsake us. When you ask God a specific question, expect and answer.
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