The most powerful way that God speaks to humanity is directly. The entire purpose of Jesus’ ministry on earth was to reestablish a relationship between God and humanity. The most important part of any relationship is communication. Jesus said that communication wouldn’t cease simply because he was leaving earth. He actually taught that it would increase. Understanding the content of God’s speech and characteristics of his voice will help us to acknowledge that God is still speaking today.
Content of His Voice:
Jesus said in John 14:25-26 that he has come to earth to bring a full revelation of God. He says that he isn’t going to be teaching anything new. What that means is that Jesus isn’t going to be adding to or taking away from his revelation of God. The role of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ own spirit, is to teach us all that Jesus taught and bring it to our remembrance when needed. The Holy Spirit won’t teach us anything inconsistent with Jesus’ life or teachings. God isn’t going to speak some “new revelation” to us alone. However, he may teach us the truth in a new way that we are more readily able to accept it. As the Holy Spirit has been teaching for over two thousand years now, he may even call something to our remembrance before we’ve even personally learned it.
Characteristics of His Voice:
God is always speaking. His voice is uniquely his and there are several characteristics to help us know that it is him speaking. First, God’s voice is only within believers. This is because believers have the Spirit of God living within their hearts. Non-believers may feel God prompting them to do something, but they’re going to need a revelation from a believer to comprehend what all God is communicating. Second, God’s voice is often called a “still, small voice.” God’s voice can sound a lot like ourselves at times. It’s crucial for us to become aware of our thoughts and desires to acknowledge when God is speaking so that we do not rule out his voice as our thought. Third, the voice of God always aligns with Scripture. Fourth, God’s word releases the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Fifth, God’s voice is convicting and restoring. Condemnation makes you feel like you can never overcome the issues in your life. Conviction reveals to you the ways your life isn’t all that God created it to be and empowers you with a way (usually through God’s word) to restore your life to how it should be. Sixth, God’s voice is powerful.
God’s voice may seem underwhelming and insignificant at times, but it comes from the most powerful force in the universe. If you will listen for God’s voice, you will hear him speaking, If you will release and speak what he has revealed to you, God’s movement will follow through. If you’ll listen to the voice, you’ll release the voice. When you release the voice, the movement will follow.
Pastor Zac Breckenridge