God Mainly Speaks Through God’s Word The Bible
Hearing God’s voice is the most important part of your prayer & fellowship time with God, and is absolutely vital to have intimacy with God. You cannot have intimate fellowship with God, and become one with God, and a partner with God in His great Kingdom work if you do not reverently listen to Him and then follow Him as He leads you and speaks to you. You need to read God’s word the Bible daily and seek God with all your heart to know God and His will and God’s calling on your life.
THE WORD OF GOD GIVES YOU A WEAPON BY WHICH YOU CAN FIGHT OFF SATAN AND HIS ATTACKS AND HIS LIES.
In Matthew 4 Jesus fights temptation and lies by the enemy and wins by quoting Scripture 3 times, saying “It is written…”. Jesus gives you the perfect example of how to fight against and win over temptation, lies, and deceit, which are some of Satan’s primary tools to get you away from God and in bondage and defeat.
Matthew 4:1-4 “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
GOD’S WORD TEACHES YOU AND GUIDES YOU DOWN THE PATHS HE HAS PLANNED FOR YOUR LIFE: (GOD KNOWS & WANTS WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU)
Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Isaiah 30:21 “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”.
Psalm 16:8-11 “I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
Isaiah 48:17-18 “This is what the LORD says- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
GOD’S LAWS & PRINCIPLES PROTECT YOU AND ARE FOR YOUR GOOD:
Psalm 19:8 “The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”
1 John 5:3 “In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome”
THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF LIVING BY GOD’S WORD:
Psalm 19:7-11 “The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”
As your loving Heavenly Father, God cares deeply for you and wants to protect you from anything that can be harmful to you. He wrote His Word out of love for you, to protect you, to guide you, to bless you.
1 John 5:3 reveals the proof of whether you and I truly living out of love for God – reverence and trust and obedience to Him and His Word… “this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome”
READ GOD’S WORD AS IF YOU ARE DIGGING FOR GREAT TREASURES:
Psalm 119:13-14 “With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.”
When God is your First Love, your Passion, and your Treasure, God’s word the Bible will become a priceless treasure in your life.
Matthew 11:25-27 “At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, LORD of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Matthew 13:10-12 “The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
Make God Your First Love, Your Treasure, and Your Passion
When God is your First Love, your Passion, and your Treasure, and if you are humble before Him, God will reveal to you truth and who He is. Then you will know God in real and personal ways.
Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”
Isaiah 43:22 ” Yet you have not called on me, Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for me, Israel.”
Isaiah 64:6-7 “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins.”
Don’t miss the great truth that the treasure you are digging for in God’s Word is God Himself. When you can truly say that Jesus is your treasure and the most valuable person or thing by far in your life, then you are truly living in a passionate love relationship with Jesus and you are truly living.
FROM HOWARD HENDRICKS: “LIVING BY THE BOOK”: READ THE BIBLE AS IF IT WERE A LOVE LETTER FROM GOD. OBSERVATION, THEN INTERPRETATION, & FINALLY APPLICATION
You cannot correctly Apply God’s Word in your life unless you correctly Interpret it, and you cannot correctly Interpret His Word unless you Examine & Observe all that you possibly can. Here are some great tips to help you to read God’s word the Bible and to observe all that you can:
ASK QUESTIONS WHEN YOU READ THE BIBLE: Who, What, Where, When, Why, What now ?
- For example: Who is speaking ? Who is he/she speaking to ? Who is in the verses ?
LOOK FOR THINGS THAT ARE:
- Emphasized (Jesus saying “truly truly”,…)
- Repeated over and over again
- Related (“if … then”, “therefore”,…)
- True to life (real life & real people)
God sent His Son Jesus to suffer & die for you, out of a great love for you. God sent His Word the Bible to you out of great love for you also. Always read God’s Word as a Love Letter from God, and always read it as though God is personally speaking to you (put your name in the verses).
Other practical tips to help you to read God’s word the Bible and hear God’s voice:
- REMEMBER, YOU’RE SPENDING TIME WITH A PERSON, NOT A BOOK OF LAWS OR A RELIGIOUS BOOK.
- PERSONALIZE GOD’S WORD SO THAT IT FITS YOUR SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES. FIND VERSES OR PROMISES IN GOD’S WORD THAT FIT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.
- READ GOD’S WORD ALOUD, AS THOUGH GOD HIMSELF IS TALKING TO YOU. THIS HELPS YOU TO FOCUS ON WHAT GOD IS SAYING TO YOU.
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