A couple months back, James MacDonald examined personal revelation in his Hope in the Authority of the King series. Here he explains his perspective on the way God speaks:
MacDonald describes five methods in which God speaks:
- From the Word of God itself (this is most common)
- From the Word through a person (this is less common)
- From a person, not contradicting the Word (this is not common)
- From the Holy Spirit to my spirit (this is uncommon)
- In a dream to my mind (this is very uncommon)
You can find a PDF of the chart shown in the video here.
The first two, we’ve undoubtedly all experienced at some point.
If you’ve read the Bible wanting to hear from God, you’ll hear from Him.
It’s His primary means of communicating to us today.
The second, likewise, happens through the preached Word most frequently. Have you ever had a moment in a sermon where it felt like whatever was being said was for you and you alone?
That may have been an instance of God speaking.
But what about the other three that MacDonald describes?
Have you experienced any of those?
I can think of maybe a couple of times when I’ve felt certain God was speaking to me outside of Scripture and preaching; and every time it was a call to preach. One was particularly awkward as it was at Kingdom Bound in 2008. It was short, but apparently pretty okay.
My questions for you:
- What’s your experience of God speaking to you been like?
- How did you go about verifying whether or not what you’ve been told is true?
- Did you obey? And if so, what happened?