The Never Ending Story
When I was a child there was this great fantasy movie called ‘The Neverending Story’. It was about a boy who got seriously engrossed reading a book about the downfall of fantasia. The more he read it, the more he became a part of it, became a part of the story. God’s Word, the Bible, is much the same. The more we read it, the more we become a part of it.
God is the author of all of life and He has chosen to reveal Himself to us, and one of the key ways He has chosen to do that, is through the Bible. Unfortunately, many people believe that the Bible is nothing more than a history book and so do not read it. But the truth is that if you are earnestly seeking to hear from God, then you are going to have to read the Bible. Because that is the primary channel that God speaks to us by His Spirit.
Jesus said that He will send the Holy Spirit who will remind us of all the things that He taught (see John 14:26). How are we to be reminded of Jesus’ teachings if we have not read them? Others believe further that they do not need any teaching because they have the Holy Spirit in them (also John 14:26). But if that be the case, why is it that after being filled with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, the Apostles needed to appoint deacons in order to study the Word (see Acts 6:2-4)? In order to hear God, you MUST read the Bible.
So how do we use the Bible to hear from God?
- Simply start reading it. As you continue to read it day after day, some things will start ‘standing out’ for you and you will start recognising how certain passages are ‘answering’ certain things in your life. As you continue reading it, you will find that you are being reminded more and more of what is in OTHER verses, helping to bring context to that which you are reading.
- Ask God to speak to you specifically from His Word. And then expect him to answer. Ephesians 6:18 says that we must pray all the time and for anything.
- Be patient. Do not ask and then jump on the first verse that you read. Speak to other believers to make sure that you are ‘hearing’ right. There is the classic example of a depressed man opening the Bible to hear from God and he read “Judas hung himself”. I doubt greatly that God was telling this man to hang himself.
- Ask God
- Seek clarity and confirmation
A final point is that you must understand that God is speaking to you personally and not anyone else. You cannot use your ‘revelation’ as a ‘must’ for others in similar circumstances. Yes, you can use it as a testimony and a guide, but never a must. I remember praying for months (yes months) regarding a business opportunity that God had clearly told me not to get involved in, but I was trying to “twist” God’s arm (with Bible verses) that it was okay for me to still be doing it. After many months of no success in the venture I cried out to God in prayer, asking why it was failing? No answer.
So I read the Bible. As I read, a specific passage jumped out at me that was crystal clear. It was Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” God had answered. It was still no. But cannot go around telling people who’s businesses are seemingly failing that God doesn’t want them to be in business. That was a specific word for me and me alone.
Are you reading your Bible regularly? Are you meditating on it (see Psalm 1)? How has God used the Bible to speak to you? You can share a testimony or comment by clicking here.
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Unless otherwise noted, all references are fromt eh new International Version.
John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Psalms 1:1-6 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. (2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (3) He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (4) Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. (5) Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. (6) For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Posted on April 5, 2012, in Christianity, Living the Word, Practical Faith and tagged faith, God speaks, hearing God, how to hear God speak. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on The Never Ending Story.