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Questions People Ask the Church: Can I Really Know God’s Will

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Where is God? People ask this question of the church and I have no trouble pointing them to God. I know the answer to that one. Why do bad things happen? is another question peole ask the church. The answer 9 and one-half time out of ten is found in a word called sin. Can I trust God? My answer is "Yes! You can't afford not to!" Can God forgive me? You bet He can. God's grace is greater than all my sin.

Can I really know the will of God? Of all the question people ask the church, this is the one I struggle with the most. Not because I don't know the answer, but because--like the rest of you--I too struggle to find it.

One of the great truths that is evident throughout the Scriptures is that God speaks to His people. He speaks in order to reveal Himself, His purpose and His ways. And He speaks in order to reveal His will. God speaks.

The question is: "Are we listening?" Our Lord Jesus is quoted by the apostle John as saying, "He who belongs to God hears what God says." This brings us to a critical issue in the believer's life. If the Christian does not know when God is speaking, he or she is in trouble at the heart of his or her Christian life.

In the Old Testament God spoke in divers manners according the our text. That simply means that God does not limit Himself to one set way of communicating truth to His people. A quick review of Old Testament passages will reveal that God used angels, visions, dreams, symbolic actions, a gentle whisper, and miraculous signs to speak to people.

What is most significant is that God chooses to speak to us, not the method He chooses for doing it. Those with whom He spoke knew it was God and they knew what He was saying.

When we look at how God spoke to characters in the Old Testament, we see a pattern emerge which teaches us some basic truths about how God communicates with us.

CON. One of the great truths that is evident throughout the Scriptures is that God speaks to His people. He speaks in order to reveal Himself, His purpose and His ways. God speaks. The question is: "Are you listening?" This morning you can be standing on holy ground.

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