DOES GOD SPEAK TO YOU?

words.jpg* Amos 8:11,12 (ESV)
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD,
“when I will send a famine on the land—
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the LORD.
They shall wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;
they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD,
but they shall not find it.

* I am convinced this is a most necessary subject

1. DOES GOD SPEAK TO YOU?

a. What is the Most Dominant Force in your Life?

– emotion

– desire

– opinion

– logic / rational

– expertise

* Dream – Kings Coach

* Vision – Wimbledon

* Scripture -Roffey Place – Is 66:7-9 (v8)

* Others -directive

* I look for a word from God – Zeph. 3:16,17
Gen. 15:2-11

* It is the substance of life

2. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF WHAT GOD SAYS?

* Heb. 5:14 – who by reason of use have their senses exercised.

* 1 Cor. 2:12

Why dont we hear?

Why dont we know?
-lack of exercise

– spiritual dullness through other influences

i. Exposure to the Word – who believe in the word of righteousness

ii. Practise in the Spirit – by reason of use

iii. Spiritual Discernment – good and evil

*Amazing number of Christians who do not live in the spiritual realm.

*Occasional glimpse of life but no real movement of the Spirit. It is not glimpses we need but inclination.

3. ARE YOU AFRAID THAT GOD MIGHT SPEAK TO YOU?

* Don’t Discount This – for me it has meant great change.

The word of God is awesome.

a. Heb. 4:12,13 – the cutting power of Gods word

b. Heb. 12:25-28 – the awesome responsibility

* Gods voice often brings change – challenges deeply ingrained attitudes.

4. DO YOU MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR GOD TO SPEAK TO YOU?

3 States:

i. Those who don’t (not till is mind practical)

ii. Those who do

iii. Those who do in a haphazard and wholly unsatisfactory way

– a verse here and there (Oxenham)
– a moment of crisis (misty flats)

* Mixed – water and oil
– don’t know the difference between direct revelation and human inclination.

* Ps. 119:10-15

5. HOW DO YOU MAKE ROOM FOR GODS WORD?

* Look at priorities

* Ethos – music

Room = Time
Space
Stimulation (NKJV)
Reflection (Campbell McAlpine)

* We are informationalists – give us the key – principles – the know how and we will do it.

* Doesn’t work like that with the Kingdom of God
– Inner Being
– Spiritual Stimulation
– Mature through Practice

words1.jpg6. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A WORD FROM GOD?

* James 1:21-25
v21 – humbly accept the word (no preconception)

v22 – do what it says

* That has been the principle of my life – risk / trust

v25 – continue in the word

* Analogy of experts – they know ? things
– feel

– taste
– smell
– sense
* Is. 55:10,11

7. DO YOU RECOGNISE THE CHALLENGE?

* Rom. 8:6-8 (NKJV) – Rom. 12:2 – renewal of the mind