Quotes from the Bible will be followed by (location of scripture)
"Do you wonder why God spoke to people in Biblical days and does not speak to you? Why others hear God speak to them and you do not hear Him speak to you: I did. Is this a gift for only some people? Does God speak to people today and if so how does He speak to us? For many years I would hear people talk about how God spoke to them and told them things. I wondered why I could not hear Him. Unfortunately, I do not remember anyone telling me that God would speak to us."
"Most of us recognize that God created humanity because He loves us and He created us to fellowship with Him. To fellowship we must communicate. To communicate we must listen and recognize God's voice and the different ways He communicates with us. God has not changed and still speaks to us in several different ways just as He did in Biblical times. "
It is possible for everyone to hear God speak. God loves you. He is alive and desire to fellowship with you. The benefits of hearing God speak to us are great. We can know, love , serve and talk to God but we can not have the fullness of the relationship God intended for us if we do not hear or recognize He is communicating with us.
"God did not just communicate with people before the birth of Christ, or with just a few people today. All who choose to accept Jesus as their Savior, desire a relationship with Him and are obedient to God's commandments can have communion with God. The benefits of hearing God speak to us and directing us are great. God will edify, exhort, warn, direct us and more."
Some of the most common forms of communication that God uses:
His Holy Word the Bible
"Looking at examples in the Bible of how God spoke to people before the birth of Jesus Christ and how He has spoken to me it is obvious that God has not changed and that the same means of communication used then are still used today."
Jesus said: "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth for He shall not speak of Himself but whatsoever He shall hear that shall He speak and He will show you things to come." (John 15:13) "The Spirit of God teaches us all things and brings power into lives as is demonstrated in the lives of men in the Old Testament, Jesus, the apostles and many today. We need to be able to recognize Him speaking to us if we are going to learn what God wants to share with us and experience His power."
"I have asked if anyone has heard God speak to them when I start teaching on this topic and mose said no. At the end of the seminar when asked the same question some responded with yes and were able to site incidents in their own lives. They just did not recognize it. How about you? Because you are reading this you are probable seeking to hear God speak to you and into your life. You want a more intimate relationship with God. You are seeking and (Matthew 7:7) says: "seek and ye shall find." Not only are you seeeking God and wanting to hear from Him. God also is calling you. He wants that intimate relationship with you."
"God has probably spoken to you, wants to speak to you and/or will speak to you. I also want to encourage you to ask God to speak to you in ways that you will recognize so you can be fulfilled in your relationship with Him, do His will and fulfill His plan for your life." "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end." (Jeremiah 29:11) "You don't know the plans God has for you if you do not recognize Him speaking to you." LISTEN so He can reveal His thoughts and plans so that you may walk in His divine plan for your life and fulfill your destiny.
"Prayer is the key. It opens the door to intimacy with our God. Are you one of the people that are connected to God like a person given a new house filled with everything you need but you haven't unlocked and opened the door? It's all there inside waiting for you. Or maybe you have opened the door and attempted to walk into the house but it is so dark in there you can't see. The house is wired with electricity. The power is there but you need to turn on the switch to release it have light.
Just as the power is there in the house, the power of God is within us. Why continue to live in darkness, walking around bumping into things, hurting ourselves and being afraid to move because we can't see where we are goin.g? Flip the switch! Have you noticed the switch is always right inside the entry door? Flip the switch and have light. It is done with a simple childlike prayer. All we need to do is ask Jesus to be our light and light our way for He is the light. God is living inside of our body. The Bible calls our body a temple. God wants to speak to you. He is waiting for you to LISTEN and to seek Him. It is sad when believers have the Living God abiding in them and don't communicate with Him. How lonely our Lord must be."
"God speaks to us in several ways. They are very different and distinct and He may use one or several different ways when speaking to each of us. He may choose one method or He may combine several. " God has not changed. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever." (Hebrews 13:8) It is possible for of us to hear our Lord speak so let us look at His word. His word say, "He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him." (Psalm 46:10) It is importand to not only seek God but to "be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)
Can God speak to us even if we do not ask or if we do not listen or take time to be with Him? Of course, He can, for He is God but if we are looking for answers to know God's will it is very important to take time to be alone with God and to become intimate with Him."
How said it is to find that God had been speaking to us and we just did not recognize God's voice or other ways He was communicating with us because no one told us. LISTEN!!! Welcome God's Holy Spirit to dwell in you and to open your ears, eyes and heart to hear what God has to say to you. He loves you and wants to commune with you.
When I was in Israel and God called me to serve Him the first assignment He gave me was to tell a certain two people, whom I did not know, that God gave me a message for them. I ws to tell them that God wanted them to LISTEN. The first one was not too difficult as I set at the table she was sitting at and worked the conversation around to it. The second one was very difficult and I kept putting it off and finally we were back here in the United States and waiting for our luggage. I saw her standing at the other side and desided if I didn't do it now I would never have another opportunity so walked over to her and told her that God had a message for her and words just came out saying that When she prays she should LISTEN as she asks God for things and doesn't wait for His answer. She got so excited she hugged me and and thanked me. It made me realize that when God tells me to do something, not to hesitate or worry because it will always turn out good.
"The Bible is God's Holy Word written by people as inspired by the Holy Spirit. This is one of the most common ways God speaks to most of us. Under the Old Testament there are many examples of God speaking to His people and the recording there of prophetic events to be fulfilled. "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2 Peter 1:21)
In the upcoming weeks I will take each of the ways God has spoken to people in the Bible and how He has spoken to me and the first topic will be God speaks to us through His Word since that is the most comon way He speaks to us.