Something wonderful about the one true living God we serve …
He talks …
He is alive …
In history there were people who heard the audible voice of God Almighty.
Moses was at Mount Sinai and had his conversation with God.
When Jesus was water baptized by John the Baptist, God spoke from heaven.
But for us in our generation, how does God speaks to us?
Three of the most common channels God speak to us …
1) Text messages
Now that should be easy to understand.
We are living in our times of digital communications, and we send out text messages a lot to communicate with people.
Emails, FaceBook, WordPress, Blogs, Newsprints ….
So where are the text messages of God?
We have the recorded text messages of God in the Old Testament, and we have the recorded text messages of Jesus in the New Testament. Therefore it is important, especially for believers and disciples of Jesus to read our Bible every day.
People read news every day because they want to know what is happening in the world today. But God’s text messages covers the whole of human history from past to present to future.
God’s text messages are of eternal values and this is one important reason for us to read and be informed what God have spoken to us.
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”
God have spoken to us through His son Jesus, the same Jesus who was crucified for our sins and is alive forevermore because He was raised from the dead by the power and authority of God Almighty.
We are living in our time when the Bible has been translated into ethnic languages, and we even have free digital access, what more can we ask for?
We just need to read it more than ever!
2) Convictions of the Holy Spirit
Man and woman were created spiritual beings with an outer body, not the other way round!
“then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”
God was preparing a body suit to contain a new spiritual being He will create within us!
If God simply transfer His spirit into us then we would not be us, we would be God Himself. But we have our personality and being alive, because God created a new person within our body.
Therefore God can speak to our hearts through the convictions of the Holy Spirit.
But how do we know if we’ve got the right convictions?
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
The convictions of the Holy Spirit will not go against what God had spoken in the Old Testament, and what Jesus have said and taught to His disciples in the New Testament.
I believe born-again Christians are Spirit filled.
You will soon realize your understanding of the Bible changed after receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior. Remember before we become Christian, we had so much doubt and difficulties in understanding Bible message because that “yet to believe” condition hindered us from seeing the truth of the Gospel.
But after receiving Jesus, we had better understanding because the Holy Spirit is helping us by putting the words of Jesus straight into our hearts and minds, and our sense of convictions awakens.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
After receiving Jesus and having the Holy Spirit in us, we feel the words of God are alive within us, we realize faith have awakens within us.
3) Proclamations of the Gospel
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
That’s right; God does speak to us through the proclamations of the Gospel message.
In our times of digital communications, I would say “how wonderful are the fingers of those who blog and post good news of the Gospel”.
The message is more important than the messenger.
After Jesus ascended back to heaven, the apostles continued preaching the Gospel. The Early Christians were persecuted but the words of Jesus continue to spread. And after 2000 years, the Gospel message continues to be preached across the world by faithful messengers most of us have no clues their names, but God knows.
You as an individual, every time you share the Gospel message, you did your duty as faithful messenger for the Gospel. Praise Jesus for that!
Of course we cannot expect everyone who listens will response positively, because people have free choice, and people need to decide for themselves where they want to go with Jesus.
Finally, here is the prized question…. why would God want to talk to us?
If God is Almighty, does He not have better things to do then talk to us?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
Humanity has long quested for the future.
But our problem is that our own future is unknown to us.
People have relied on all sorts of prediction and forecast to prepare for the future.
But nothing will prepare us for our own future better than the words of God for us.
When God talks to us, it is different from giving orders. Of course God does have the power and authority to give orders, but there are times He wants to have a meaningful normal conversation with us.
God communicates with us via the above three main ways so that we may learn to choose, believe and obey His plans and purpose.
And lastly how do we communicate back with God?
When we received emails, we reply emails.
But when God speaks to our hearts and mind, how do we response?
Through prayers, confession of our lips, and change of plans … yes that’s right change of plans. We thought we had everything planned out but after seeing the truth of God’s words and realized Jesus have a better future for us, we have a change of plan.
Some of the simplest and shortest replies
Thank you Jesus …
My favorite prayers, from the prophet Jonah
“But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
“Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
There is none other who can save us, except Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God.
The same Jesus who was nailed and crucified on that cross, and His side were pierced, blood and water flowing out, His body taken down and given to Joseph of Arimathea who buried Him in his own tomb.
On the third day, Jesus was resurrected, alive forever more, and of course He don’t stay in that tomb anymore. His legacy remains among us in His recorded messages.
Men and women most basic of basic necessity is to be well-informed what God is speaking to us, and we need to know how to response.
His kingdom come, His will be done!