God is speaking – to YOU

The other day, Anne Jackson asked a question on her blog, “when the devil latches on and screams at you… what do you do to shut him up?” There were many really good responses posted, but also many more that took a do-it-yourself approach to the issue, ignoring the best solution of all – let Jesus tell you the truth. Let the Lord rebuke the devil for you. This is the approach the archangel Michael took in Jude 9, so it’s at least worth considering.

This got me to thinking: why are we so ready to accept that the devil talks to us, that demons talk to us, but we aren’t nearly as ready to accept that the Lord talks to us? I know the accuser has a loud, irritating, impossible-to-ignore voice, but I also think we too often forget to open our ears to what the Lord is trying to say to us. After all, we have quite a talkative God:

God created everything by speaking.

First thing God did after creating Adam – spoke to him.

Spoke to Cain, Enoch, Noah.

Uses the title “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” as self-identification: all people God spoke to.

God spoke face-to-face with Moses again and again while they wandered around together for 40 years with the Israelites.

Half of the Old Testament is made up of God speaking to various peoples through the prophets.

Jesus did a lot of speaking while on earth, of course, but He also promised to send the Holy Spirit to teach us, remind us of what Jesus said, comfort us, and counsel us. All of these involve communication.

Jesus spoke again to Paul and got his attention quite well.

Jesus spoke all kinds of stuff to John the Revelator.

The Spirit has spoken to many people throughout the history of the church: Origen, Chrysosthom, Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, Maximus the Confessor, Francis of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Thérèse of Lisieux, John Wesley, and William Seymour (just to name a few).

All of this speaking coming from a God who does not change and who doesn’t play favorites can only mean one thing: God is still speaking today and would like to communicate with you. Especially in those moments when the enemy is all up in your ear yelling his lies and accusations. You don’t have to deal with that alone and really you can’t. The Lord says the battle belongs to Him.

The battle is won by the Lord’s power, which often comes when the Spirit speaks the truth over you and into you. Scripture plays a role in this, but remember that Scripture is a means God uses to speak to you, not a means by which you get to figure it out alone.

8 thoughts on “God is speaking – to YOU

  1. Good post, Bro– I love the point about how willing we are to admit the normalcy, perhaps, that the enemy will speak to and accuse us; but not so willing to accept the normalcy of God speaking to us.

    All of Jesus’s sheep can hear and respond to his voice (John 10). And the import of the Acts 2/Joel 2 announcement is this: we can all hear the Voice of the Lord.

    Perhaps if we were better listeners we would “hear” more?

  2. I’m so glad you started this blog Michael! Your status updates are always so encouraging! 🙂

    Pam Davidson

  3. Brian, I think you’re exactly right, we have to learn to listen better. I guess it’s possible that we could turn trying to listen into yet another do-it-yourself method, but I really think all we need to do is accept the normalcy that God is going to speak to us, dial down the distractions, and be a little patient. Thanks for the comment and the encouragement.

  4. I think this is why he tells us to “Be still, chile!!!” (my paraphrase 🙂 ).

    Thanks for linking this, Mike. We need to remember that God IS a God who has something to say….and lots of it!

    Well done 🙂

  5. Excellent post. I have to second Robin’s thought – “Be still.” That is so critical to hearing from Him. And one of the best things we can ever learn to do as believers. 😀

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