Hearing from God

22 03 2007

Surprisingly, i read about this specific article Pastor John Piper read on Christianity Today – My Conversations with God? and now Pastor John sharing his experience when God spoke to him without a shadow of doubt.

Something that Pastor John Piper said ” I grieve at what is being communicated here. The great need of our time is for people to experience the living reality of God by hearing his word personally and transformingly in Scripture. Something is incredibly wrong when the words we hear outside Scripture are more powerful and more affecting to us than the inspired word of God.” is so so so so true. There is a great need to translate the reality of God into our lives, however, it is just wrong when such experience, be it when we call it Rhema word or what, takes the importance away from the Word of God itself – the Scriptures.

I’ve always held to this principle – our first and fundamental foundation is what’s written on the Word of God – the bible, the scriptures. It takes precedence to the extrabiblical revelations, the experience when God spoke to us for these reasons. God will not contradict Himself, how can God tell us one thing but plainly in the scriptures, it is written otherwise? Second, if God were to tell us something, would he trust our hearing without confirmation in His Scriptures? Next time, when we hear a prophecy, a Word of knowledge, or some Words from another preacher, do we take it wholesale or did we check it on the Word?

There is indeed a fine fine line between a truly inspired preaching and one that’s from our own understandings and the Word of God must be our guide, our foundation by which if i were to preach, i preach the Word of God not my own words nor understandings.

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