Is God still speaking today? Is it possible to hear the
voice of God? Modern-day
"theological Pharisees" teach that God
only speaks to us now by what is written
in the Bible. Beyond that, God is not
While the Bible is a finished book, and
no one should dare add anything to the
Canon of Scripture, the idea that we ,now
serve a. DUMB GOD (one who cannot
speak) is a great theological travesty.
Many will die to defend what God
said (past centuries) but ' '... refuse him that speakeih [presently in our day and time]
from heaven " (Heb 12:25).
Seven times we are admonished, "He
that hath an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit saith [present tense] unto the
churches "(Rev 2:7;3:22).
THE NEED TO HEAR
Jesus said, ' 'Man shall not live by bread
alone, but by every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God" (Matt 4:4). This word "proceedeth" speaks of a present continuing function. That means something that happened in the past, is
happening in the present, and will happen
in the future.
This verse could be translated, "Man...
lives... by every word that has been spoken
and continues to be spoken by the mouth
of God. "God, who spoke in ages past, is
speaking in the present and will continue
to speak in the future. GOD IS NOT A
This is not to say the Bible is still being
written and we need to add to it. I do
NOT believe that. The Bible does teach
us however, that God wants a people to
"dwell in, and walk in , "living epistles, known and read by mankind ' '
Oh, how we need to hear His voice! We
can only live (have the life and blessing of
the Lord in our churches today) by hearing
every word that continues to proceed from
God's mouth to our hearts.
To Know God's Will
Every church leader faces this question:
What does God expect me to do, Where does
my responsibility end and God's begin?
On the one hand, the Scripture says,
"Not by might, nor by power, but by my
Spirit, says the Lord" (Zech 4:6),
Some have suggested this teaches God
will do it all by His Spirit and we need do
On the other hand, Jesus said, "That
servant who knew his Lord's will, ...neither did according to his will, shall be
beaten with many stripes" (Luke 12:47). This clearly teaches that God holds His
servants responsible to know His will and to take action to implement (do) the
will of God. How do we reconcile this tension between God's sovereignty and the church
leader's responsibility to implement the
will of God?
Hear God's Voice
We can easily resolve this dilemma
by examining Jesus' words again, "That servant who knew his Lord's will.. neither
did according to his will, shall be beaten
with many stripes... "(Luke 12:47). Jesus
contrasts this with the servant that knew
not his Lord's will. That servant "shall be
beaten with few stripes" (vs 48). Both
ways you get a beating. If you know —
and don't do, and if you don't know —
and don't do.
God wants church leaders who know
and do their Lord's will. The will of God
establishes the limits of our responsibility.
If we don't know His will, we will be
judged less harshly, though we will still be
judged. To do the will of God we must
know His will. To know His will — we
must hear His voice. It's that simple!