“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15-17, ESV.)
Did you know that God speaks to us today? Many people might concede that point, but did you know that one of the primary ways God speaks to us is through the Bible? It may be tempting to see the Bible as merely a leather-bound book of white pages, but, because it is God-breathed; His life-giving Spirit speaks to us as we read.
I’ve heard people over the years make many comments about the Bible. For instance, “We don’t know what the Bible really says, it was written by so many different people.” Actually, the Bible was written by 40 different authors over a period of 1,500 years.
God has always chosen to work with man to advance His purposes. “…no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21, NKJV.)
The Holy Spirit, writing through these inspired men was to a broader audience, beyond the original authors. God knew you before you were born and that you would need direction and faith to navigate this life successfully. Why? Because there is a devil running around with the intention of destroying you. While in the natural, this enemy is much smarter than you or I, with Christ in us and the Holy Spirit speaking to us through His Word, we are “More than conquerors” (Romans 8:37, NKJV).
I have discovered that when I feel as if I am struggling to hear God’s voice, either due to the distractions or busy-ness of life, one of the primary ways I focus again and hear Him speak is to get alone for a while and begin to read His Word – sometimes as many as a dozen chapters. After a bit, I begin to experience that familiar stirring in my spirit, directing me. Often, I will get a picture in my mind of a certain chapter to turn to and when I turn there, I find that a particular verse or addresses exactly what I am dealing with at that particular time. And once again, God makes me aware that He knows exactly where I am, what I’m doing and that He is leading my life.
Once, when I was struggling with feeling condemned for something stupid and sinful, I’d done, I sensed the Lord speaking to me to turn to the book of Philippians. As I read, I came across a passage in chapter 3, verses 13 & 14: “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
I read it over and meditated on it and as I did, deep inside, I distinctly heard God’s voice say to me, “Whatever concerns you’ve had, put them behind you – forget about them. Learn from it and apply it. I am leading you forward.” Praise God! He speaks to us through His Word.
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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