One critical point to understanding and experiencing God is knowing clearly when God is speaking. If a Christian does not know when God is speaking, he is in trouble at the heart of his Christian life!
God speaks through the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways. He also speaks through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church or other believers.
Many Different Ways
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets and in other various ways (Heb. 1:1)
One truth that is evident throughout the Bible is that God speaks to His people. In the Old Testament, God spoke through:
The use of the Urim and Thummin
A Gentle Whisper
How God spoke in the Old Testament is not the most important factor. The fact THAT He spoke is the crucial point. Those He spoke to KNEW it was God, and they KNEW what He was saying.
2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. NKJV
The pattern in Scripture is that God may not tell you all you need to know in the beginning but He will tell you what you need to know to make necessary adjustments and to take the first step of obedience. What is your part? – To Wait until the Master gives you instructions. That can be really hard because we want to make things happen.
If you start DOING before you have direction from God, more than likely you will be wrong. Bible examples: Noah knew the size, type of materials, and how to put the ark together. When God told Moses about building the tabernacle, He was very specific about the details. When God called Abraham and said, “Go to the land I will show you” – that was not very specific. That required faith. But God said, “I will show you”. God always gives you enough specific instructions to do NOW what He wants you to do.
When you need more directions, He gives you more in His timing. If you do not have specific instructions from God in a matter, pray and wait. Learn patience. Depend on God’s timing. His timing is always right and best. Don’t get in a hurry. Don’t skip over the relationship to get on with the doing. When we understand spiritual truth, it is because the Holy Spirit is working in our lives..
When we move from the Gospels to Acts and to the present, we quite often change our whole mind-set. We live as if God quit speaking personally to His people. We fail to realize that an encounter with the Holy Spirit is an encounter with God. God clearly spoke to His people in Acts. He clearly speaks to His people today. From Acts to the present, God has been speaking to His people by the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual truths can only be revealed by God. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’ – but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God . . . No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” I Cor. 2:9-12
Jesus said the Holy Spirit “Will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26
You never discover truth – truth is revealed. The Holy Spirit reveals truth to you, He knows you personally and He knows how to speak to you so that you understand.
Mos of this was an excerpt from Henry Blackaby’s book “Experiencing God.” I highly recommend it.