Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to talk to God face to face? Like Moses and God at the burning bush? or Moses and God on the mountain? Moses could confidently say that God told me (such and such) and not only believe it , but state it confidently, and others didn’t doubt the claim that he had really talked to God.
If we try to claim that we have talked with God today or say that God told me (such and such) we would most likely have some raised eyebrows, scoffing and doubt. But wait a minute. Let’s consider something that I am calling the secret of a personal relationship with God.
First let’s consider a couple of Biblical truths and facts that apply to Christians today:
(1) The power of the Word of God. Hebrews 4: 12 NLTSE “for the Word of God is alive and powerful It is sharper than the sharpest two edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
(2) Hebrews 11:6 NLTSE “And it is impossible to please God without faith.”
I’m sure we agree to the truth of these two Scriptures. (1) the Bible IS powerful (This assumes that you accept the doctrine that the Bible is the Word of God.) and (2) We must practice our faith to please God.
Now let me make my application to the secret of having a personal relationship with God. And more directly, hearing God speak to us and being able to confidently say God told me (such and such.)
This is how this works. When I read the Scripture to “love your enemies” by faith I believe and freely state that God told me to love my enemies. When I read in the Scripture, “Seek first the Kingdom of God” by faith I believe and freely state that God told me seek first His Kingdom. Or when I read in the Scripture to, “Walk by faith and not by sight) I believe and freely state that God told me to do just that.
There is another level of this kind of relationship that believes by faith that every good thought that comes into your mind is from God. But that is something else altogether.
This is such a blessing to me Not only in my personal relationship to God, but in my teaching and preaching as well. It makes all the difference in the world when we with confidence in the Bible, through our faith, state that God told me!
What a jump in our personal relationship with God when we come to the place where we believe that (THROUGH SCRIPTURE) God is talking to us personally.
NOW IT’S NO SECRET!