What is the only infallible source of hearing God’s voice? The established Word of God of course!
Smith Wigglesworth once said, “The Bible is the Word of God: supernatural in origin, eternal in duration, inexpressible in valor, infinite in scope, regenerative in power, infallible in authority, universal in interest, personal in application, inspired in totality. Read it through, write it down, pray it in, work it out, and then pass it on.”
Today I want to highlight how emphasizing the study of the Word of God is the most common way of hearing God’s voice. It is the beginning, middle, and end of every understanding we have of God communicating to us. In fact, the Bible is the foremost authority in our lives in these uncertain times!
My new book, Love Speaks: 21 Ways to Recognize God’s Multi-Faceted Voice, teaches multiple ways that God can potentially be speaking to you today, but this first one is the anchor of all the rest.
Without the Bible as your source, you would be a ship caught adrift in the waves of experience without an anchor of truth. Study the Word for yourself and develop your own firm convictions! Do not fall for the trap of forming your beliefs merely on the basis of your own spiritual experiences or the experiences of other people.
Always let the Bible lead the way in hearing God’s voice.
A simple definition of the “word” is “logos” which is Greek. This word can be best defined as, “the established body of Truth” in the whole of Scripture.
Whenever you sit down to a Bible study and learn about the time the original passage was written and try to understand the exact context of what the writer was trying to communicate, you are studying the Logos (and hearing God’s voice)!
“For you have been born again, not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding Word (Logos) of God.” – 1 Peter 1:23
In Hebrews 1:1-2a we read, “God, after he spoke long ago to the fathers by the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.”
Oh wondrous thought! The Father spoke through many various ways down through the centuries, and now He speaks through His Son, and His Son is the exact representation of His glory and majesty.
God has spoken
“God has spoken!” wrote Andrew Murray. Additionally, he said, “The Son Himself had to come as the Word of God to us, the bearer of the life and love of the Father. The Son Himself had to come to bring us into living contact with the Divine Being, to dwell in our heart, as He dwells in God’s heart, and so to give us the living experience of what it means that God speaks to us.”
And Paul gives us this, “Every scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, and for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action)” – 2 Timothy 3:16 AMP
The first place to start in your journey of daring to listen is in your Bible. The Word is the Living Jesus! He is alive on every page. Scripture is teeming with life, and all the Father’s life is found in His Son.
“It is not flesh and blood that reveals Christ,” wrote Dietrich Bonhoeffer, quoting from Matthew 16:17. Peter shared his revelation of Christ here, “but the Father in heaven, wherever and whenever He will reveal Himself.”
Hear Him speak
Allow the Father to guide you to the true revelation of the Son throughout the Word.
“Read it through, write it down, pray it in, work it out, and then pass it on.” –Smith Wigglesworth
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