Monday, August 10, 2009

Can You Hear God Speak

I. You Can Hear Him Speak In Creation.
If we take notice, we can hear him speak in his creation. His creation speaks of his creativeness, his glory, his power, his love !
We can clearly see God in the creation. It is the work of his fingers, and is ordained of him.
Psa 8:3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained;
Psa. 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.Both of the verses which I have just quoted from written by David.......a man who spent much time outdoors in his work as a shepherd. He was in tune with nature, and being so he was in tune with God. When he sat underneath a starlit sky at night doing his work, it was quite clear to him that his surrounding were the handiwork of God. If we will take time to explore, and to experience his creation, it has his fingerprints all over it !
When we look at the creation, how can we not think of the creator ?

II. You Can Hear Him Speak In His Conversations.
The Bible is a record of God's conversations with men in the past.....and his words still speak to us today. It is just as relevant, and real as when it was first given to men of old.
If we really want to know for sure if we're hearing from God, we need to get in his word, read it, pray over it, and meditate on it !
2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Peter 1:21 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.
The Bible is God revealing himself to us.......conversing with mankind !
If you would hear God speak........know his will, then you must read his word.
If God is not speaking to us, it is probably because we are not spending time in his word !

III. You Can Hear Him Speak Through Circumstances.
It would be a good and wise thing to ask God what he is trying to say to us when we experience pain, sickness, loss !

IV. You Can Hear Him Speak At Church.
God can speak to us in many places because God is everywhere.......but the primary place in which he meets with his people, and speaks to them is in his house !
You can hear God speak at church ! Most everything that I have learned, and been taught has been received at church.
In Sunday School......I learned about God, and the people of the Bible that he used.......the lessons of Noah, and the great flood........of Jonah, and the great fish..........of the three Hebrew children, and the great furnace ! I learned about Daniel, and his determination to pray, and how God protected him from the lions.
When we come to the house of God, do we expect to hear God we come to listen ?
We can hear God speak through the teaching, the music, the prayers, the Spirit, the preaching..........the invitation !

V. You Can Hear Him Speak At The Cross.
If we had been at the cross on the day that Christ was crucified, we would have heard God speak. What he said is recorded in his word for us to read, and for him to still speak to us today.
God spoke words of "acceptance" to the dying thief !
"Today, thou shalt be with me in paradise "
Though he was a sinner, and deserved all that he was receiving on the cross, and said so himself.......Jesus reached out to him on the cross. God is speaking to sinners today......calling them to himself !
God spoke words of "forgiveness" to those who rejected him, and condemned him to die on the cross. He spoke words of forgiveness even to the very ones who drove the nails into him, and fastened him to the cross.
God spoke words of "salvation" to the whole world when Jesus uttered his last words from the cross..........It is finished !