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The Holy Spirit can speak to us in many different ways, and there are examples in the Bible that indicate that the Holy Spirit does at times speak to us as we would hear someone else: Acts 8:27-29. "And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, 'Go near and overtake this chariot.'" Acts 10:19-21. "While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, 'Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.'" While these examples don't specifically indicate that the Spirit was audible, the communication was clear enough to have been audible. Sign language is not an audible language, but it is every bit as clear, valid, and useful as audible languages.
I think that like anything topic within the bible, this question has to be answered within the context frame. When it comes to the Holy Spirit, the most often quoted passages come from Acts. It is clear that the Holy Spirit was quite active in this book. However, within the bounds of context, we have to understand that up until Act 2 there was still a great divide between Jews and Gentiles. In fact, there was great division ever since the Tower of Babel will God confused the languages of man. After the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord, the book of Acts was God displaying what truly took place with Christ's atoning sacrifice. We are all familiar with following passage: " And they were astounded and amazed, saying,[a] “Look, aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 How is it that each of us can hear in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites; those who live in Mesopotamia, in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking the magnificent acts of God in our own languages.” 12 They were all astounded and perplexed, saying to one another, “What could this be?” 13 But some sneered and said, “They’re full of new wine!” 14 But Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them: “Men of Judah and all you residents of Jerusalem, let me explain this[b] to you and pay attention to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it’s only nine in the morning.[c]" The key is that they all heard in their native languages. God was showing that the Gospel message was the good news and that it was for the Jew and the Gentile. Christ redeemed the once confused languages. Many people debate and I'm sure that most won't agree with me, but this was a particular point in time. Since the canon of scripture has long been closed, what we typically "hear" from the Holy Spirit is bringing to light God's Word and we meditate upon it.
Hearing audibly from God would be equal to "Thus Sayith The Lord" and would be considered on par with Scripture. The Canon of Scripture is closed so, no God does not speak audibly today. My question is, why is his already revealed Word not enough?
It is not an Audible voice... But He does speak, very clearly. I used to proffesionally move people and I was 125 miles from a Christian lady I knew. I was on location going about my work- in fact I was on my way back into the customers house to get an end table that I was loading. Half way down my ramp, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me heavily to immediately pray for her. The impression that I speak about is not only my mind, but my emotion ---- a feeling of weight was laid instantly on me. The Lord told me she was in trouble and to pray. It is like a power from the depths of my soul telling my brain to do this. Most of the time our brain controls us , but when God speaks, it comes out of the depths of our soul where He dwells. I prayed and then I called her, she was coming undone because of a crisis. I could hardly understand her words. Finally she ask, how I knew to call, I then told her The Lord told me to pray for you and call you. That brought her back to reality and calmed her down to a peaceful state of mind. The Lord speaks from your soul, where He dwells!
Yes, God does speak today; I have heard Him. One day as I prayed for direction, He spoke so clearly that I jumped & turned around to see if He was behind me. He wasn't there, but His Spirit sure was! ...and what He told me came true! Note: I had no way of making what He said happen because it had to do with a company, not me. I believe if one is praying, "God, make your desires mine" and you have every intention of being obedient, then He will speak to you (audibly and in other ways). PR 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him & He will make straight your paths.
Yes Our Dear Lord speaks to us today, He called me when i was in Drawin N.T. Aust 25/9/1983 He has spoken to me a few times, one time i was out back (in the bush) Katherine N.T. dirt road miles from no where & a wheel had come off the trailer that i was towing,walking up & down the road looking for the wheel & praying at the same time but could not find it, then as i walk past the trailer again all of a sudden the audible voice of the Lord said TURN IN HERE, i looked & said it wont be in there because it is too close i think it would be more over that way,then all of a sudden three times as loud, TURN IN HERE, i got such a start, so i walked in between two bushes & nealy had a heart attack, there was the wheel, Praise Our Lord Jesus. Regards Brother Tony.
Hebrews 1:1 "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets," Hebrews 1:2 "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;" I believe the Holy Spirit speaks to us through His written Word. He impresses, leads, guides and directs but does not speak audibly.
I've never personally experience an audible voice from the Lord or the Holy Spirit. Not to say it doesn't.
God speaks till now. Unsearchale and unquestionable God still speaks. He is not dead nor static. Greater than those who canonised His words the Bible. Thank you
Yes He does, because people today deny the Power of God and limit the Almighty God, they say no. But we have to remember the God is God and He can do what He wants. If He chooses to speak audible to someone, how dare we question it with our puny little mind.
If everyone will notice, those who claim that God speaks to them inaudibly today through impressions, unctions, or to their mind and heart will normally validate their claim through an experience that they had. I would like to humbly say that we must use Scripture to validate the claims we are making as Christians, especially on the topic of God. To base a belief system on a set of experiences is faulty because people of other beliefs (I would argue, false beliefs) base theirs on experience too! I would go with what Peter says even after experiencing the Transfiguration of Christ where he says that Scripture is the "more sure word" (2 Peter 1:19-22). Scripture is sufficient to make a man "complete, and equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17). I repeat. Complete and equipped for every good work. To desire something apart from what God has given us is to undermine the sufficiency of Scripture - something that even Jesus didn't undermine (mainly because that is His own words as He is God in the flesh, right?). The point is, God has already spoken to us through His Word. In Hebrews 1:1-2 KJV we read this Truth: "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days [we are in the last days as Jesus has said in Matthew 24; Revelation, right?] spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;" God has already spoken. Jesus is also the Word (John 1:1, 14), right? With these truths in mind, we see that God is not 'speaking' to us today for He has already 'spoken' to us. However, we also know that His word "is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12) NKJV. "If you want to hear God speak to you, dear friends, there's one way I can guarantee you, read your Bible. If you want Him to speak to you audibly, read it aloud." (Justin Peters). Hope this blesses you brethren. Love you all <3
Yes he does speak in an audible voice. God speaks to us all differently. I know people who He has spoken to in an audible voice but never in visions like I have. Its pretty amazing that we can hear Him those ways still as long as we are willing to listen.
I have had GOD call my name at times when I would be alone praying and no-one would be in the room. I have never been afraid, I just answered "yes". I have told only one person and he knows me well enough that he said "If you say so I'm sure it was GOD". Now I listen for His voice when alone or when in deep prayer. He always calls be by name. He is our Heavenly Father why would He not talk to His children?
God speaks in many ways even audible voice but it depend on the relationship you have with Him.
Yes! He speaks to your spirit/mind very clearly! Case and point: the Lord speaks to me in word form only. By that I mean he always give me scriptures to back up anything that I’m asking about or need confirmation to, he never fails me. Once I was in a disagreement with an individual and we were not hearing each other, actually going toe to toe. The person became very irate and vicious and began calling my job leaving crazy messages. The next morning right before I got out of bed I could hear the scripture that stated “They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position”. Psalm 62: 4. Immediately I knew that the Lord was telling me to resist him in all manner of communication because he was seeking to destroy my name on my job and all of my other business ventures. Needless to say once I obeyed/yielded totally to the word of God, he fled.
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