Does God speak to us? Should I expect Him to?

In a piece I wrote several years ago entitled Finding God’s will is no deep dark secret, I tackled the burning question: How can a person know God’s will?  I began by asking the following questions:

Is it possible for a Christian to know God’s will and not have to agonize over it? Should a believer make a decision without first spending hours in prayer, asking God to reveal His will? Must a Christian avoid making a decision until he or she has a “peace about it”? What about waiting for a “sign” from God? Is it okay for a Christian to consult a psychic or a Ouija board to seek God’s guidance?

Today, many Christians want the Lord to tell them what His will is for their lives.  In other words, they expect to hear from Him in one way or another. But is this expectation even biblical? I went to the scriptures to provide the answer.

In a piece over at The End Time, Elizabeth Prata tackles another set of questions that weighs heavy on the minds of many believers: Does God speak to us? And if He does speak to us, do we hear a still small voice, i.e. “personalized whispers,” or does He communicate to us through signs or omens? How exactly does God speak to His people?

Let’s listen to what Elizabeth has to say on this highly debated topic. She writes:

How can I hear God? What do you do to listen to God? Will God be giving me explicit instructions for my life, like He seems to be doing for so many other women?

Beth Moore book: Jesus, the One and Only, p. 48.

Personalized whispers are not scripture, nor are they equal to scripture. “Personalized whispers” is not a teaching method Jesus uses. Yet women are being taught consistently and for decades that it is.

The concerning part is that this generation of younger women has been raised on a steady diet of women in celebrity positions who, for decades, have ‘taught’ the above, that they regularly hear the voice of God. Therefore, women coming up now believe it is the norm to have a personal God in your pocket whispering instructions to you for every little thing, from career moves to audible instruction in theology. But this is most assuredly not the case.

What these celebrity women leaders have done is create a discontent among female congregants who do not have a personal God and wonder what they are doing wrong because they don’t. Because of the poor teaching and constant eisegesis in their celebrity lessons that they, unfortunately, have relied upon, many younger women now realize they lack the skills to understand God’s will in a biblical way.

The will of God is to repent & believe, be baptized and participate in communion, and obey Him all your life.

We know how and where to obey in specific life choices because we read the Bible.  Continue reading

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Finding God’s will is no deep dark secret by Marsha West

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