How to hear the voice of God: The Bible confirms that God speaks to His people
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From the beginning of the Bible, to the last page of Revelation, the Bible confirms that God speaks to His people. The Bible is also full of warnings that “those who have ears” need to hear what the Spirit of God is saying. The Bible begins with Adam and Eve walking in fellowship with God and then the pattern begins where man must offer sacrifices and offerings to atone for his and her sin. The reason for the atonement is straightforward. Sin separates man from God and in order to fellowship with a holy God, there must be atonement, or covering for sin. Even after Adam and Eve fell from God’s grace, He still longed to fellowship with them. Though man had opened himself up to the depravities of sin, God did not turn away. He still longed to speak to His people. When man’s wickedness caused God to regret that He had created humanity, He still spoke to Noah, warning him of the punishment to come. Even in the midst of vast wickedness, God still wants intimacy with those who will love Him from their own free will.
God spoke to Adam and Eve, Abel, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Samuel, David; in fact, he spoke to the prophets, the priests, the king, and anyone who desired to hear from Him. In the New Testament God spoke to Mary and Joseph through the angel Gabriel and through dreams. He spoke to Zachariah, John the Baptist, and He spoke through the revelation of His Son, Jesus Christ. After Jesus’ ascension to heaven, God continued to speak through the Holy Spirit. The nine gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12 are for the communion of man with God and each other. Gifts such as “The Word of Wisdom” and “The Word of Knowledge” only come from hearing the Holy Spirit and then in turn, giving those messages to those whom they were intended. Revelation, the final book in the Bible is full of warnings not to harden your heart and turn away from the voice of God through the Holy Spirit.
There is no doubt that the Bible shows that God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. The same God that spoke to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, spoke to the patriarchs of faith, prophets in the Old and New Testament, and delivered warnings to heed the voice of the Spirit continues to speak to His children today. In this hurried society, it can be difficult to hear the voice of God, but unless we as His children slow down and attune our ears to what the Spirit is saying, we can never fulfill His will or plan in our lives.
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