The Word of the Lord (When God Speaks)

Jan Antonsson

The Glory Road Blog, A Kingdom Highway

January 25, 2019

Neosho, MO

“God’s Word goes on and on forever. This is the Word that conceived the new life in you” (I Peter 1:25, The Message).   “He is dressed in a robe soaked with blood, and he is addressed as, “Word of God”  (Revelation 19:13, The Message).

The phrase, “The Word of the Lord” appears 256 times according to my on-line Bible software program and 52 times in the book of Jeremiah alone.  Yet for the many times it occurs in the Bible, nevertheless, you rarely hear anyone speaking of it it today, unless, of course, they are referring to the Bible as the word of God.  Not to be contrary, but the Bible is NOT the word of God!  It is a compilation of the interactions between God and His people.  John said that Jesus Himself is the Word  (John 1:1).  How can it be that a group of people who think nothing of speaking to one another over great distances and many time zones via text, Internet, or phone, do not believe, for the most part, that God speaks to us today.  “Oh well, He speaks to us in the Bible.  Everyone knows that,” is the answer most give to my question.

Yet, say out loud in a group of Christians, “The Lord told me…,” and you’ll get some eye rolling, a few stares, maybe a guffaw or two, and not much dialogue after that.  I never ever thought or believed God could speak to me when I was growing up in Fundamentalist beliefs and traditions.  

After receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, I began to receive poetry, a lot of it, which closely resembled the psalms of praise which King David wrote.  Many in the little fellowship I belonged to wanted to see more of it and some asked could I get something specifically for them.  At first, I obliged the requests, but then I began to fear I was committing a sacrilege or maybe worse, plagiarizing the Bible.  So I stopped immediately and even though one of the elders of that group told me he believed that this was my gift of the spirit rather than speaking in tongues, I couldn’t continue lest I be sinning somehow, or worse, causing someone else to sin by supposing that if my words were God given, they were equivalent to the Bible.  This may seem unreasonable to you, but it was very real at the time because my brand of Protestantism had subjectively transported the Bible (King James Version), into the Godhead.  It was thought to be sacred, life giving, divine in nature, and woe be to anyone who didn’t treat it accordingly.   

I am compelled to say it this way because I do often hear from God in words, but never would I equate that to scripture.  His words are for me, and when He presses me to write them in an essay, they are still for me.  That other people are blessed, based on the responses I get, is just icing on the cake.

Now for my question to you.  Do you hear from God in words?  In mental pictures (visions is a little heady for today’s crowd), in intuitive feelings about how you should proceed? If you do hear from Him, how does He come to you?

When our little church group first received an outpouring of the Spirit back in 1969 or so, a woman visitor shared that she and a friend had been traveling through a desert area by car.  The Spirit spoke to her and said, “Quickly leave this place.  It’s not safe here.”  They got off the road at the first available exit, just in time to avoid a flash flood which swept through the area where they had been driving.  They would have been badly injured or killed had they stayed on the road.

One of our elders’ wives lamented, “But why don’t I hear from God that way?”

Still today, I have Christian friends who assure me that they’ve never heard the voice of God, and I wonder why?  One of them commuted by train to work each day, and this particular day, he told me that he started to enter the first car, as he usually did, but he had a strong feeling he shouldn’t,  and so he chose one farther back.  During that trip, the train derailed; the front car was badly damaged and had my friend been riding there, he could have been hurt or killed.

What’s the difference between words and a feeling?  Not much, when your life is spared, or you are otherwise protected from harm.

My only point with this essay then, is to suggest that God speaks to all of us in various ways and sundry methods.  In the fellowship that I attended in 1978, where I met Pastor John Gavazzoni and later my husband Lenny, every Sunday without fail, there were a few women who would take the pastor’s  invitation to share what the Lord had done for them that week, and they would cheerfully, sometimes tearfully relate what the Lord had told them that week.   That bugged me because I supposed they did it for attention, but if not, why couldn’t I hear from God that way, I wondered?

I used to jog in those days, having a two mile route around my neighborhood where I would run each day.  It was during these times that I talked to God, sometimes pouring out my irritation, angst, or maybe even joy at something in my life.  I know exactly where I was on that route, when after hearing a particularly impressive testimony at church that morning, I said to God, “If You can speak to these twits, surely You can speak to me too.  I’m as qualified as they are.  So, I’m going to ask You about everything in my life that troubles me and the first thought that comes to my mind, I’m going to take that as from You.  I will not worry about it being from Satan, because I figure if You’re not able to keep him out of my mind, why would I want to hear from You?”

Those words cause me a great deal of embarrassment today.  In fact, I just apologized again to Father God for my haughty attitude and brazen approach to Him.  He has never scolded me for it, and after this, I began hearing from God, proof that, “God is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6, KJV).  I suspect He always spoke to me but my spiritual ears were not tuned in to His voice.  Moses was always my role model in this area.  Remember the scene where God raged against Israel, by telling Moses He was going to wipe them all out and create a nation from Moses’ progeny?  

Moses said to Him, “What are the neighbors going to say?  That you could get Your children out of Egypt, but not into the land You promised them?”

The occasion was when the children of Israel were trembling at the foot of Mount Sinai and Moses was up on the mountain with God.  They compelled Aaron to make a golden calf so they could worship it, and God was so furious that He said, 

“‘I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stubborn people. Let me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven. And I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they’”  (Deuteronomy 9:13-14, ESV).

When Moses later related this to Israel, he said,

‘So I lay prostrate before the LORD for these forty days and forty nights, because the LORD had said he would destroy you. And I prayed to the LORD, ‘O Lord GOD, destroy not your people and your heritage, whom you have redeemed through your greatness, whom you have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Remember your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Do not regard the stubbornness of this people, or their wickedness or their sin, lest the land from which you brought us say, ‘‘Because the LORD was not able to bring them into the land that he promised them, and because he hated them, he has brought them out to put them to death in the wilderness.’  For they are your people and your heritage, whom you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm’” (Deuteronomy 9:25-29, ESV).

This passage, as much as anything else convinced me that God is our Father and He is approachable, though none of us have been on Mount Sinai when the earthquakes and thunder shook the mountain and smoke and fire poured out of it (See Exodus 19:16-19).  Yet in spite of His great anger, God listened to Moses.

Actually, I think this was a little test for Moses to see the power of God up close and personal, and know Him as a friend (Exodus 33:11).  Moses also shows us that it is in the Presence of God where there is peace and power and protection and unconditional love.  Moses said to God, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?’’ (Exodus 33:15-17, ESV).

God honored the request for fellowship with Moses:  “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘‘This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name’”  (Vs. 17).

And this was and is the reason I’m sharing this with you.  God knows each one of us by name.  He is our friend; He is our Abba. The name Emanuel means “God with us.”  And so He is, my friends, and so shall He ever be, world without end.  Listen; ask Him to open your spiritual ears, for He speaks to all of us in one way or the other!

Father, we love You so much that You are willing to walk with us down the dusty and often troubled paths of our lives, protect us through dangers that we often don’t see, and love us even when we are sometimes brash, rude, unloving and not very nice.  You are our friend, our redeemer, our all,  and for that we are forever grateful and will join our voices with “the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth”  Amen.  Jan Antonsson

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