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Last week I shared with cheeks aflame how God humbled my pride, showing me that I do nothing on my own, all is from Him.
Ever since I was a little girl, I was fascinated by the stories in the Bible where people actually heard the voice of God. Moses and the burning bush, Samuel in the dark of night, Jesus when we he was baptized.
I wondered why God didn’t speak out loud to us, I mean, it would make a lot of things so much easier. But if God told me what to do, all the time, then my faith wouldn’t grow. Your parents told you what to do with an audible voice, and I’m willing to bet you didn’t always follow their advice.
“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29
We are blessed, because we haven’t seen God and we still believe.
Even though we can’t always hear God’s voice out loud, He does speak to us.
The most important way He talks to us, is through His word. Scripture is called The Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
Jesus quoted scripture in His sermons, He spoke against the devil during His tempting with scripture. Too often, we want some quick easy way to hear God, when we have it right in front us, our Bible.
I grew up going to church. I knew all the Bible stories. I’d read the entire Bible on my own as a teenager. But until I came to know the Holy Spirit, the word didn’t live for me. It didn’t speak to me. It didn’t penetrate my heart.
If you want to hear God’s voice, then you have to rely on the Holy Spirit.
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them. Acts 19:2 and 6
Without the Holy Spirit, we can’t hear God’s voice. But once we receive the Holy Spirit, God’s word will speak to you like it never did before. You will cry reading certain verses, realizing how it relates to exactly what you’re going through at the exact time you need it.
Let’s pray together.
Please help us to hear your Holy Spirit. May He fill our hearts with your word. Draw us closer to you, Lord. Let us hear your voice shout across our souls like never before. Let your Spirit overflow from us, so that other’s will know and see you living in us. May we be on fire for you. In Jesus name, Amen.
Has God ever spoke to you? Did He reach you with scripture, a person, a story?
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.