Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday: Opening Your Heart to Hear God Speak Part 2 [guest post Pastor T. W.]

Does God Really Talk to People?



Throughout the ages, God has spoken to His People, and He shall always talk to us. If you missed Part 1 of this Series: "Does God really talk to people," I will briefly restate the first reason that I believe and know that God really talks to His people, is because "God changes not!". So then, I concluded that since God does not change, He still does what He has always done! And that is, He speaks to His people. Amen?

The second reason I believe that God really talks to People, is because He spoke with His prophets of old. The prophet I want to use to illustrate this fact, is Elisha. In case you don't know anything about Elisha, read the Book Kings 2, in the Old Testament, of the Bible.

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Our story starts in 2 Kings chapter 6, verse 24.

"24. And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged (encamped against it) Samaria. 25. And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver."
These scriptures are presented for the purpose of setting up the story, so that you know what was going on at the time. This king, Benhadad attacked the City of Samaria, and encamped round about it, so that no one could come into the city, and no one could come out. So eventually, there was little or no food. God's people, Israel, were eating dove's dung, or the head of a Donkey, or whatever they could get their hands on. One story was told of these two women who ate a child for food. Things were extremely critical!

Now God speaks to Elisha, in 2 Kings 7:1

"Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria."


You should read 2 Kings chapter 6 and 7, and you will realize that God really spoke to Elisha. The reason we know God spoke, is because the thing came to pass. It happened just as Elisha said it would happen. The next day, there was food in Samaria for sell. It would take too long to explain how that came about, so you should read the story yourself, to understand it. But briefly I will tell you this, that the food came from the camp of the King, who had encamped against Samaria.

If a person says that God said a thing, and that thing does not come to pass; we can conclude that God did not say it.

One may ask, Satan, the devil, the Enemy can send messages to people, and the thing to come to pass. The answer is maybe: The Enemy can give a message, mostly concerning "the past", and it seems to be true. But the Enemy cannot truly predict the future. He can say something evil, and then "see to it" that thing happens, but we must measure all prophecies by the Word of God. Don't put your confidence in "fortune telling," or "palm reading,' or something of that nature. Believe the Word of God only.

Conclusion



Time and time again, we see in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, that the Lord speaks, and the thing comes to pass. He is still doing the same thing today. Pastor T.W.

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