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Throughout the course of events in the Bible, we have seen that God may speak through many ways. Often, in the OT, God would speak in a spoken, audible voice. Of such occurrences, no one would ever doubt that God has spoken. Of course, then, many others had heard God speaking, and then relay the message to the people.

Hebrews 1:1-2

1In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

Then, Jesus came, and He spoke many things. To those who opposed Him, He spoke of future judgement. To the people and the multitudes, life-giving Word. To the sick and the needy, healing words. And of course, to His disciples, He explained all that He could. He guided them into righteousness. Not sinless perfection, but maturity. And then Jesus left. But He left us with another guide. For His disciples, and all His disciples to come, which includes us, He left us with the Holy Spirit.

John 16:13

13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

The Holy Spirit will only speak to us what He hears from our Father. He will be like messenger for what God wants to tell us. And as long as you have received Christ, you have the Holy Spirit in you. And because we have been forgiven, we have a continuous access to the Holy Spirit, a continuous access to God’s instruction. He shall be our Counsellor. Our guide who encourages, comforts, teaches, strengthens, and leads. He will align our lives with what God wants for us. Whenever I need direction in an issue, even if it were the littlest one, I know that God would have an instruction for me. And during a time, set apart to be quiet, I would ask for His wisdom, and surely, God will reply with that still, small voice in my heart.

I believe that God may speak to us in many ways. Through the Holy Spirit, through godly guides in our lives, but the most reliable confirmation we may ever get would be from the Bible. God’s Word never changes, and is never irrelevant, no matter how many years have passed. It is where we may find the surest of answers. Even as we grow in our walk with God, learning to listen, we should receive instruction also from the Bible, such that our paths will not go astray. Instead, it will be always aligned to definite route.

So first, let us acknowledge that God intends to use the Holy Spirit to speak to us today. He was meant as our Counsellor, not just an alternative guide. Let us listen to the message He brings from our Shepard.

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To hear God

Having had a long break from posting, I decided to put up something useful here before I enlist. Well I couldn’t possibly leave my readers with a happy new year post for another month. I pray that my posts have, and will continue to bless all of you, as we strive together in this race.

For many Christians, we have heard of stories, testimonies, miracles. We hear of how God appeared to this pastor in a vision, or spoke with a voice to another missionary. But do not understand how it happens. Perhaps some of us have already resigned to the fact that God meant these things for people who were going to do great things for Him. That these are the only people who are going to actually hear His voice while down here on Earth.

But I beg to differ. God wants to speak to you in your life. And whoever said you weren’t going to do great things for Him? If you find that you want God to speak to you- what school to choose, interview to go for, or even the most mundane things in your life that you believe God wants to have a say in, then I’d say you’re no far from hearing Him.

In fact, to hear God’s voice speaking to you is only natural. Jesus died on the cross to save us from sin. Not only did He do that, but He opened a way for us to reach God. Christian lives are about a relationship with God. And a relationship can only firmly be built if it grew from communication. As John 10:27 literally puts it:

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

In Matthew 12, we read about how the Pharisees continually chose to reject the truth of Jesus Christ. They had become not only spiritually blind to signs around them, but were spiritually deaf. They could not understand what Jesus was teaching. But we have accepted Jesus as God’s son, and therefore, are able to hear and discern what God wants to say to us. Now we just need to ask Him to make our ears sensitive to His voice. To recognize His voice, just like a sheep recognizes it’s Shepard’s.

The next few posts, we shall learn how to draw even closer to God. So that His voice becomes an everyday guide for our lives. First, forget your doubts and fears. But believe that God will speak to you.

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Have a Happy New Year everyone! And I do mean it! Whatever last year was to you, make this one better!

Well this website is officially a year old.. the first few months of posting was great, being able to share my spiritual experiences with you. And those were indeed experiences, not just teachings. It is good to know the Word of God, but it may only be useful once it becomes knowledge of the heart- that we use it to grow into a deeper relationship with our Lord. Then I’m so sorry that I reduced my postings in the later year, but I still needed to study :D, and it took quite a toll on me. But praise God! He gave me the strength to carry through, and taught me to continue serving Him despite the circumstances. And then my holidays were packed with stuff, so I couldn’t post anything useful.

But anyway! Here’s to a new year for all of us! Do set some resolutions, it’s nice to achieve something sometime, and as importantly, ask God what He has for you! Nothing can make a year better than gaining even more joy when we lose ourselves to Him. And truly, that’s when we find our new and living selves, living in freedom for our one and only Lord Jesus Christ.

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