How God Speaks

The truly saved person wants to know God’s will in matters large and small. Such a person can know God’s will (Romans 12:2) and it need not be some grand or mystical manifestation of revelation. If so, we would look for such signs always and perhaps as the only way to know it and thereby dismiss the normal stuff of life God may well use to reveal it.

While reading Packer today, I found this…

“How shall we know what God wants of us? By paying attention to His Word and to our own consciences, by noting what circumstances allow, and by taking advice in order to check our own sense of the situation and the adequacy of our insight into what is right. Problems about God’s will regularly come clear as they are bounced off other Christian minds.”

It reminded me of Blackaby’s teaching of the same topic, namely, knowing and doing the will of God. He said, “God Speaks by the Holy Spirit through Scripture, prayer, circumstances, and the Church (other believers) to reveal himself, his purposes, and his ways.”

At issue for the Christian is to be of a mind and heart that can hear God speak in these ways. If they are filled with the filth of this world (2 Corinthians 6:17, James 1:21), there is no room for the righteousness of God. If you want to know His will for your life, you have to live your life His way.

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