Hearing the Voice of God – Part Five

The Bible – #1 Way God speaks to us

God speaks through the Bible … He has spoken and continues to speak through His Word, the Bible. It must be the first and last word in your life; it is your ultimate authority, the measuring stick that you can use to gauge your life.

The Holy Bible is an amazing book. It is the most influential book in all of history — the world’s all-time best seller. In every generation since it was written, it has been looked at as a source of understanding for the world we live in and the reason for our existence. We should read it with the expectation that God will speak to us here and now through its words. If we listen, we can hear God’s voice addressing us through the Bible.

The Scriptures are filled with life values, stories of God’s mercy towards mankind, and parables packed with important truths for every individual, regardless of culture or background. It is written as a personal love letter to each of us. God speaks to us and directs us, molding us into vessels for His purposes and plans by His written Word. He sets the direction for our lives so we can know where we are going.

The Bible is the written, divine expression or revelation of God to humanity. In the Greek, there are two words that describe God’s Word — logos and rhema. Logos is the truth spoken or revealed (established) and rhema is the truth speaking and communicating personally (illuminating our lives). God can take the logos Word and make it rhema to you personally.

For example, your name doesn’t appear on the pages of the Bible, but God can speak to you personally at any time. Sometimes a Scripture will seem to “jump off the page at you”; it comes  alive in a particular way. That is when the logos becomes a specific rhema to you. It only becomes alive when you apply it to your life. The Bible would be a lifeless history book without this kind of personal revelation. 

The rhema Word of the Lord is the “voice” of the tried-and-established Word of God. The rhema Word will always be supported in the established truth revealed in the logos Word of God. Without logos there would be no rhema. And, logos is the standard that all rhema words are judged by.

If you want to hear God’s voice, you must read and study the Bible. Of all the other ways that God may speak to you, He will never contradict His written Word in the Bible. His logos applies for every situation in life. His written Word does not change. You can trust it for final authority. Reject anything that contradicts the written Bible.

When God speaks to us about something that is not directly addressed in the Bible, it will always be in agreement with the Bible. For example, the Bible doesn’t tell us where to work or where to live or whom to marry, but God will speak His rhema Word to us about these things if we seek Him. The Bible confirms whether what we think is the rhema Word of the Lord really is His voice.

Jesus reveals to us that the words He has spoken to us are spirit and life (John 6:63). God’s Word divides between truth and deception. If God has truly spoken to us, it will always line up with the Bible.

When Jesus was tempted by the devil, He made it clear that God’s Word is what gives us life and strength. We can use food or other material goods, but our trust must be in spiritual things — God’s Word. “Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). The Bible contains the food that our souls require. We must feed on God’s written Word for spiritual health. We can always trust the Bible. 

The Bible is our final  authority. It tells us, “Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing the Word of Truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 AMP)

The Bible gives us direct guidance on many issues of life. For example, should a believer in Christ marry an unsaved person? God’s Word gives us a clear answer when it tells us to not be unequally joined together with an unbeliever (2 Corinthians 6:4). If we do not know what the Bible says, we can be easily deceived into thinking that whatever we are feeling is the Lord leading us. This is very dangerous, This is why we must study the Scriptures. 

We must know the Word of God and so we need to be reading it, meditating on it, memorizing it, studying, it, and then living it on a regular basis. Then we will know the Word well enough to actually be guided by it. Any dream, prophecy, teaching, vision, or audible voice that does not line up with God’s written Word is not the voice of God. Scripture is given as a standard so that we will never get off track. God’s Word is described this way: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). 

The Bible says, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). God speaks to us through our minds and our spirits and reveals His purposes to us.

So, God’s advice to us as we desire to hear His voice clearer and more often … “My son, attend to My words; consent and submit to My sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart, for they are life to those who find them” ( Proverbs 4:20-21 AMP)

God’s written Word will steer you in the right direction as you make it the first and last word in your life.