God loves those who are His through Jesus Christ – calling us His children (1 John 3). He does indeed have something to say to His children. There is an ever-increasing mass of individuals hungry to relate to their Heavenly Father with an on-going conversation – the basis of all relationships. I am referring to Christ-followers living by faith in the finished work of Christ, rooted and grounded in the Word of God, walking in obedience to Scripture, and who look to God in a Father/child relationship.
Mostly due to the formation of ‘theologies,’ the topic of hearing from God seems to shake out to three categories of responses. “We have the Bible and that’s it” would be the first common response. Others would respond with “God speaks spectacular things to me on inspired occasions.” The third typical response is “The desire of my heart is to hear from my Heavenly Father as I walk through this life .”
Though the Bible is replete with accounts of God speaking with many people, the most conservative theologians would tell us the revelation of God is complete in the Bible. God has produced for us all we are going to have from Him in the Bible. The many who function on the ‘Spirit-is-flowing’ side of life and ministry want us to know the spectacular revelations God is giving them from time to time. Quite a bit of what is declared from these as being from the Lord fails to be congruent with what God has already revealed in Scripture. We know God does not contradict Himself.
We have attempted in this training, Hearing From God, to be particularly Biblical in foundation and Spirit-led in application of the Biblical passages. In the varied venues in which this teaching has been presented, the single most common testimony heard is, “This is true to God’s Word and confirmed by His Spirit.”
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