Many people wonder “Does God Speak?” And, if so, “Can I hear His Voice?” I believe we can say a strong YES to both of those questions. I’m not sure who’s reading this a believer or non-believer. But, no matter who you are God has a message for you.
Throughout scripture we find that God speaks to those he created. He spoke audibly to Adam and Eve in the garden. God spoke to Moses through a burning bush. God spoke to Joseph in a dream. God spoke to Mary (The Mother of Jesus) through an angel. We even find in Numbers 22:28 that God spoke through a donkey. God speaks through many simple and unique ways. Here are some ways we know he still speaks today.
#1: God speaks through CREATION. (Romans 1:20) Recently, I was underneath a huge and very old oak tree. Just my observation of its beauty and statue made me think to myself, “How great is our God.” No man could have made something such as this and no man could have kept this alive for so many years. I feel the same way when I watch the ocean waves and drive through the mountains. Scripture says that creation speaks of God’s existence so every man is without excuse.
#2: God still speaks through HIS WORD. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) God will never lead you to say or do anything that contradicts His Word. The Bible is still God’s primary way of speaking to man today! Unfortunately, this is also the dustiest book in most homes. Every word is God inspired, God breathed, and words of life from God to man. The best description I have ever heard is “The Bible is God’s love letter to mankind.” Read, study it, and discover God’s will for your life.
#3: God speaks through HIS SPIRIT. (John 14:15-17) Most people start freaking out when they hear the words “Holy Spirit”. The Bible tells us that all who have invited Jesus Christ into their hearts as Savior and Lord have God’s spirit living within them. God’s spirit is there to counsel, comfort, convict, and remind us of the truth. The Holy Spirit will either give us a peace or a lack of peace when it comes to moving forward with something. The moment a person invites Jesus into their heart “God’s spirit” comes to live inside them. THAT’S WHAT MAKES THE CHANGE! God’s spirit…Convicts us, Reminds Us, Directs Us, and Assures Us that God is with us! God’s spirit will not give us a peace about something that is not God’s will.
#4: God speaks through CIRCUMSTANCES. (John 9:1-3) I’ve seen many a person turned around by circumstance in this life. Many times it takes seeing all that is out of our control before we realize who is in control. God speaks through events, failures, tragedies, and circumstances everyday of our lives. And, either we allow the circumstances to lead us closer to God or we decide to get bitter with God. There is no circumstance we go through in this life that God doesn’t have something to tell us through it.
#5:God speaks through PEOPLE. (2 Corinthians 5:20) God calls not only pastors, but all believers to be his arms, feet, and mouth piece in a world full of uncertainties. God called his earliest disciples to take up their cross and follow him. Then, he commanded them to go and tell others to do the same. God uses people to confront, convict, encourage, and guide others to a God who loves us all dearly and unconditionally. If God didn’t speak through people the Bible would have never been printed and the gospel would have never made its way to us.
My friends, There is no question that God still speaks today. The real question is, “Are you listening?” My sheep LISTEN to my voice; I KNOW them, and they FOLLOW me. (John 10:27)
*These are notes from a message Pastor Crosby Crosby preached at Refuge Church on May 5th. His church meets every other Sunday night, 6p.m. @ the Colleton Recreation Center. Anyone is welcomed to attend. Like us on facebook, follow on twitter or follow his blog post by going to www.RefugeChurch.org .