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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:54:17 +1200
by Jim Cymbala

When we spend time with God, we should want to do more than
just present a list of requests -- we need to listen for his voice!
Someone once said, "What's more important, us telling God our
requests, which he already knows before we tell him, or us
listening for his voice, to hear what is on his heart?"

I know some people don't believe we can still hear God's voice.
"He has already said what he is going to say in the Bible." They
would argue that hearing from God is religious fanaticism or a
form of scary emotionalism. But the history of the Christian
church totally negates that belief. How else would people like
British missionary Hudson Taylor -- who, while spending time
with the Lord, felt God put a call on his heart to go to China --
have brought the gospel to unreached people in Asia? In fact,
how would any missionary who has ever done something great
for God have known to do it unless God had first communicated
it to them? There is no verse in the Bible that says, "Go to Bangladesh!"

Although we all know that the Bible is complete and God does
not speak to replace doctrine or communicate on the same level
of Scripture, he does still speak. He might offer vital words of
warning or convicting messages that have personal application.
Sometimes it is a word of guidance -- a direction we should
move in. That kind of direction is heard only by a listening ear
or a hearing heart.

One of my favorite passages is found in Isaiah. "The Sovereign
Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word
that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning,
wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed" (Isaiah 50:4,
emphasis added).



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