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THIS ABOVE VIDEO WILL GIVE YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GOSPEL: TRUTH AND ERRORS (or WORSE: Heresies !)
GOD SPEAKS: NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION 2 Cor.6:2.
Romans 3:23 (KJV)
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 6:23 (KJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God speaks to us through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Isaiah 55:11 tells us, "So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." The Bible records God's words, everything we need to know in order to be saved and live the Christian life. Second Peter 1:3 declares, "According as his divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who has called us to glory and virtue."
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
When we have a question about a certain topic or decision in our lives, we should see what the Bible has to say about it. God will never lead us or direct us contrary to what He has taught or promised in His Word (Titus 1:2).
God's Word is our ultimate authority for Christian faith and practice.
Second, to hear God's voice we must recognize it. Jesus said, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27). Those who hear God's voice are those who belong to Him—those who have been saved by His grace through faith in the Lord Jesus. These are the sheep who hear and recognize His voice, because they know Him as their Shepherd and they know His voice. If we are to recognize God's voice, we must belong to Him. AND WHAT WE HEAR WILL BE ACCORDING TO HIS WORD.
Third, we hear His voice when we spend time in prayer, Bible study, and quiet contemplation of His Word. The more time we spend intimately with God and His Word, the easier it is to recognize His voice and His leading in our lives. We should be so familiar with God's Word that when God does speak to us or lead us, it is clear that it is God. God speaks to us so that we may understand truth. While God can speak audibly to people, once again: He speaks primarily through His Word, and sometimes through the Holy Spirit to our consciences, through circumstances, and through other people. By applying what we hear to the truth of Scripture, we can learn to recognize His voice.
GOD'S WILL FOR US
Pray, especially when you're unsure of God's will for your life. "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him" (James 1:5). "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him" (Psalm 37:7). If you don't know what to pray, you can always personalize & pray verses such as, "Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul" (Psalm 143:8) and, "Guide me in Your truth and teach me" (Psalm 25:5).
Christians also have God the Holy Spirit to discern what is, or is not, God's will for our lives. "The Spirit of truth . . . will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13). Sometimes the Holy Spirit will either agitate our conscience if we're making a wrong decision, or He will pacify and encourage us when we're leaning toward the right decision. Even if He doesn't intervene in such noticeable ways, we can have confidence that He's always in charge. Sometimes God can alter a situation without us even realizing He has acted. "The Lord will guide you always" (Isaiah 58:11).
If God is calling you, be encouraged by His presence. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9). And remember, "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7). "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
God's Word is our ultimate authority for Christian faith and practice. If you believe you have had a vision and feel that perhaps God gave it to you, prayerfully examine the Word of God and make sure your vision is in agreement with Scripture. Then prayerfully consider what God would have you do in response to the vision (James 1:5). God would not give a vision to a person and then keep the meaning of the vision hidden. (Daniel 8:15-17).
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