Hearing God’s Voice – A.W. Tozer

a-w-tozer-bwby A.W. Tozer

The inspired message nearly 2,000 years ago to the hard-pressed Hebrew Christians was a moving appeal to place their full confidence in the power of the Word of God. When God speaks, the writer said in effect, all must obey. The writer declared:

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. . . . Let all the earth fear the LORD; let the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. Psalm 33:6, 8–9

The word of God is living 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 (Hebrews 4:12).

That same message continues throughout the letter with reminders of the relationship of God’s Word to the universe of which we are a part. We are told of God’s Word sounding throughout all of God’s creation, keeping, sustaining, transforming.

Christian believers make a great mistake when they refer only to the Bible as the Word of God. True, the inspired Bible is the Word of God speaking to our hearts and to our souls. But in referring to the Word of God, we do not mean just the book—printed pages sewed together with nylon thread. Rather, we mean the eternal expression of the mind of God. We mean the world-filling breath of God!

Has the Lord ceased speaking? Or is He still speaking but humankind has closed its heart-ears to His voice? God continues to speak and if we listen His voice penetrates to our heart core. Read More

Editorial Postscript: I also believe God that speaks today, to the Church and to people, through the Holy Spirit. However, I also believe that what we hear from God personally will always agree with the words and principals in the written word of God – the Bible. Having the Bible does not mean that God no longer speaks personally to His people, and to hear personally from God does not mean that the Bible is inadequate. The Word and the Spirit work together and are always in agreement. Faith comes from hearing the (spoken) word of Christ. Faith enters the heart when the written word becomes personal and alive in the heart. Up until that time it is considered hope.

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