Dr. Charles Stanley, in his book, HOW TO LISTEN TO GOD, said there are seven primary ways God spoke to people in the Bible:
- By direct revelation
- Through dreams
- Through His written Word
- Through His prophets
- Through circumstances
- Through angels
- Through the Holy Spirit
I would add two more:
- A donkey (Numbers 22:21-34)
- A star (Matthew 2:1-12)
But the real issue is, does God have anything to say to us today? And, if He did, how would He say it?
Hebrews 1:1-2 says, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”
We have the words of JESUS in the Bible. In fact, you may have a Bible where the words of JESUS are in RED. I’ve often told people just follow the RED parts in your Bible and you’ll be fine. In other words, just do what JESUS says.
Paul said the whole Bible is beneficial for us. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17/NIV).
Former Watergate conspirator and founder of Prison Fellowship, Chuck Colson, had this to say about God speaking to him through the Bible:
“What radicalized me was not prison, but taking to heart the truths revealed in Scripture. For it was the Bible that confronted me with a new awareness of my sin and need for repentance; it was the Bible that caused me to hunger for righteousness and seek holiness; it was the Bible that called me into fellowship with the suffering. It is the Bible that continues to challenge my life today. It is irresistably convicting. It is the power of God’s Word, and it is, by itself, life changing.”1
Rick Warren, in his book, THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE, said:
“The Bible is far more than a doctrinal guidebook. God’s Word generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the Devil, causes miracles, heals hurts, builds character, transforms circumstances, imparts joy, overcomes adversity, defeats temptation, infuses hope, releases power, cleanses our minds, brings things into being, and guarantees our future forever! We cannot live without the Word of God! Never take it for granted. You should consider it essential to your life as food. Job said, ‘I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.’
God’s Word is the spiritual nourishment you must have to fulfill your purpose.”2
E. Paul Hovey said, “People do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself but because it contradicts them.”
Why do we need to be in a great local church and gather together every Lord’s day with other followers of JESUS?
Hebrews 10:24-25 clearly defines the importance of being part of a dynamic, Bible teaching, Bible preaching church every week when it says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Why do we need to be part of a great local church and gather together every Lord’s day with other followers of JESUS?
Because God has a lot to say to us and we dare not miss a single word of wisdom from Him.
© 2017. Barry L. Cameron
1 Servant Life. Volume 1, Issue 7. pg. 1, Word Publishing, Dallas. February 1995.
2 The Purpose Driven Life. Rick Warren. Zondervan. 2002. Page 186.
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.