Saturday, April 18, 2020

Hearing The Voice Of The Lord

        "The Lord showed Himself to me in a dream..." There are plenty of professing Christian individuals who have accumulated tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of followers due to claims of having received dreams, visions, and miraculous healing powers from God.

        The four gospels record the Lord Jesus Christ healing the sick and casting out demons. The apostles did the same. The prophets wrote down every word that God had told them. Yet, none of these people gained large audiences but were usually met with brutal hostility.

        Something is wrong with this picture. One has to wonder why an increasing number of Christians are searching for additional miracles and revelation from God. This scenario so clearly parallels the unbelieving Jews that Christ so criticized (Matthew 12:38-42).

         People who claim to experience God given dreams and revelations cannot logically answer the question of how they know whether their experiences are of divine origin. Moreover, there is nothing so special about these so-called prophets that would cause God to exclusively give them revelation. That is how we know these types are full of themselves.

        The Apostle Paul would have shunned this mystic spirituality as being carnal (Colossians 2:18). Some argue that those who are skeptical of claims of miraculous healings and revelations simply lack faith in God. However, biblical faith requires a degree of skepticism. For example, we reject the existence of Zeus. Paul said to test all things and hold fast to that which is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22).

        If Christians want to spend time with God, then they need to start opening their Bibles and reading them. If Christians want to hear the audible voice of God, then they need to read the Bible aloud. He still speaks today. He does so through written revelation (2 Timothy 3:16). These words from Scripture are very much relevant today:

        "For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Do not let your prophets who are in your midst and your diviners deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams which they dream. For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them,’ declares the Lord."  (Jeremiah 29:8-9)

        "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths." (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

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