How to Hear from God

One of our Inspirational Devotions

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Bible reading The Bereans knew how to hear from God

Acts 17:11 - Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

There is a time to “receive the message” and a time to “examine the Scriptures” for yourself - to hear God. This is how to hear from God.

When do you receive the message? Attending Bible studies, listening to sermons, Sunday School classes?

When do you examine the scriptures for yourself?

There is a time and necessity for both.

How to hear from God

Divine Truth comes from heaven. It comes from the Spirit of God through the Word of God. The Bible is unlike all other books. It is inspired by God (II Timothy 3:16). That puts it in a category by itself. A.W. Tozer writes, The knowledge of God is by the direct impression of the Spirit of God upon the spirit of man.

A “direct impression” begins when we read the Word of God. Just as God once spoke directly to Moses from within the burning bush (Exodus 3:4), God continues to speak directly to us from within the Bible. We should approach the Bible as a Voice from heaven, not a user’s manual. It’s not a book that was once written – it’s a Voice that is speaking here and now.

Your current Bible studies

Are you leading or participating in a small group Bible study? In your Christian discipleship relationships, are you expected to make a commitment to read the Bible for yourself?

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Expect members to read

Are you expecting the members of your small group to merely come each week and “receive the message” from a lesson that you have prepared for them? Or are you teaching them how to hear from God by asking them to "examine the Scriptures" for themselves?

What if I purchased a membership at a local gym and asked you to come and watch me work out? Would you get in shape by watching me do my workout?

We have led Bible studies for many years. It never ceases to amaze us how God works in the hearts of our members independently of us! When the people in our groups read the Bible for themselves, God teaches them. One person studied Luke 14:16-24 on his own. At the next meeting, he said, When I read this parable, I knew that God was inviting me to his feast. I realized that I had never accepted his invitation. I would like to accept it today.

We must read the Scriptures for ourselves and stop depending on others to always prepare a lesson. The Holy Spirit is our teacher. The Bible is our curriculum. Open your heart to the Word and you learn how to hear from God for yourself.

Author:Paul Schlieker

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Discussion questions for your small group or Sunday School class:

1. How would your reading of the scriptures be different if you viewed the Bible as a Voice that is speaking to you?

2. Do you have a good balance between receiving the message and searching the scriptures?

3. When has God taught you through your private time of reading the Bible?

4. How can you encourage and expect the people in your small group Bible studies to read the scriptures on their own?

Learn more about hearing from God as you listen to this sermon.

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Author:Paul Schlieker

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