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All of us, as Christians, speak with the Lord. We pray to Him, telling Him what we will to tell Him... He speaks back to us...
Some seem to think God tells them whether to eat peas or corn, or whether to wear blue or green on a particular day. I do not find that kind of God being specific on minor details... God told Adam and Eve to 'of every tree in the garden, thou mayest freely eat, except...' one. God wanted to keep them from evil, but did not care if they ate apples or pears on any particular day. God is our Master, our Lord, but He does not dictate details, He wants us to freely serve, and be each a peculiar, different from all others, person. If we all had to wear blue today, if all of us had to have a beard, if all of us had to walk with our left foot going first, etc... it would be a boring world. When God speaks to us, what does He say... ??? It is not minor details of how to tie our shoe laces, it is far more important talk than that... In fact, our conversation with God is so individual, it is mind boggling. He knows us, not just the persona we may try to show, but the real us... God loves it when we honor His written Word... He wrote that love letter to us, describing His dealings, His plans, His encouragements, and loves when we 'study' it... and live as He has shown us to live. His spoken words often refer to parts in it, reminding us that He is the 'same yesterday, today, and forever.' The Holy Spirit brings back to our remembrance passages from His Written Word, for His words, spoken and written, are eternal, and He speaks both ways to us. So, what does God say to me when He speaks?? Notice what He said in the Bible to those there to whom He spoke... God Himself spoke audibly only several times in the New Testament. At the baptism of Jesus, He spoke and said--"THIS IS MY BELOVED SON..." (Matthew 3:17). Then in John 12:28, God "THUNDERED:" "I HAVE BOTH GLORIFIED IT AND WILL GLORIFY IT..." Another time was on the Mount of Transfiguration, "THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED..." (Matthew 17:5). God spoke in uplifting ways about Jesus. Today, when He speaks to us, He uplifts Jesus still. The whole Trinity speaks to us... God occasionally will speak, Jesus will speak, and the Holy Spirit will speak. Of course, during Jesus' 33 years of ministry, He spoke often. After His resurrection, for another 40 days, Jesus spoke much with His disciples. Later, He spoke to Paul on the road to Damascus. Still, in our day, Jesus will speak personally. This is the age of the Spirit. He speaks the most during this age. We need to learn to hear His voice. The Spirit listens to what the Lord Jesus and God have to say to and about us, and then He repeats it to us. John 16:13 "HE WILL NOT SPEAK ON HIS OWN AUTHORITY, BUT WHATEVER HE HEARS, HE WILL SPEAK." The Spirit's main emphasis will be to testify of Jesus. So if you are in tune with the Spirit's voice, you'll be hearing Him often glorify Jesus. If you hear a voice that glorifies yourself, it is not the Spirit of God. Compared to Jesus, the best of us is wretched... so, the glory is still given to Jesus. If we are clean and righteous, it is only in Jesus, so the glory is given to Jesus. John 15:26 " WHEN THE COMFORTER IS COME, WHOM I WILL SEND UNTO YOU FROM THE FATHER, EVEN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH WHO PROCEEDS FROM THE FATHER, HE WILL TESTIFY OF ME." Those who obey, can hear the voice of the Spirit. So, if we are disobedient, wayward, proud of self, etc... we cut ourselves off from hearing God. Acts 5:32 "WE ARE HIS WITNESSES TO THESE THINGS, AND SO ALSO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN TO THOSE WHO OBEY HIM." When we grieve the Holy Spirit, we lose the ability to hear His voice as we did before. The Spirit still speaks, in conviction to us. If we resist long enough, we may lose that. Some have hardened themselves so much that they don't hear the voice of the Spirit, even in conviction. We, as the saints of God, need to be sensitive to sin in ourselves in order that we may continue to hear the voice of the Spirit. The Spirit speaks to us often. Has He spoken to you, today ? Yes, He has. Have you heard Him ? Many do not hear the voice of the Spirit speaking to them. He was sent by God to be our "Comforter." Has He comforted you in your last trial ? Yes, He has. If He didn't, then He is not doing His job. If the Lord were still on the earth and walked with you, would He be comforting you in your trial ? Yes, He would. This Spirit that has come to replace the Lord during this age, is here to comfort, testify of Jesus, bear witness that we are God's children, etc. All of these involve speaking to us. The Spirit is often speaking to us. We need to learn how to hear Him. It will not be a praise of us talk... for all glory is the Lord's... If we are righteous, it is His righteousness, for ours is 'as filthy rags'. If we are hearing what a great person we are, we are hearing a different voice than God's... If we are hearing correction, scolding even, it is God's voice...
Hebrews 12:6 (KJV)
6 For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. So, a talk with the Lord is often His 'chastening' and correcting. When we get into harmony with His voice, we will hear - "THE SPIRIT AND THE BRIDE SAY 'COME.'" (Revelation 22:17) We are invited to come into more holiness, into a better life of living as He directs. The Spirit is so anxious for us to get to heaven, that He constantly is seeking to have us hear His invitation to "COME." Jesus said to the church ages, as John recorded in the Book of Revelation, that " HE WHO HAS AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS..." (Rev. 2:7,11,17). If we decide to have an "EAR TO HEAR..." the Spirit, we too will hear Him. Yet, too many Christians, choose not to hear His voice. Some have gotten out of tune with the Spirit. Some have grieved Him. The Spirit is always speaking, but some are not always listening. Jesus told the church of Laodicea, (the dead, lukewarm church) that "I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK, IF ANY MAN HEAR MY VOICE, I WILL..." (Rev. 3:20). Notice, it was to the 'worst' church of the bunch, that He said... 'if any man hear My voice...' Jesus is speaking, the Holy Spirit is speaking, the Word of God is confirming what they say... and the words are loving, but corrective. If Jesus has the Spirit speaking even to the lukewarm ones, as those in Laodicea, think how much more He has for the Spirit to say to you !!! Unrepentant sin, unwillingness to confront a sin in our own lives, a pride that refuses to admit that we are not perfect- will keep us from hearing the Spirit speak to us. Most of us keep quiet about our personal conversations with God... for they are personal.. private, and are gentle chastening designed to make us more like Jesus... To brag on what 'praise' we heard God give us, probably only tells the world we are not really hearing the real voice of God... The voices uplift the work, the mercy, the grace, the plan of God for us... So, when God speaks to me, it is often private, gentle, loving correction... of myself.... He does not speak to me about your faults.... He is too busy fixing mine... LOL He does seem to have a lot to talk to me about... __________________ murjahel John