Open All Hailing Frequencies
Recently and many other times in this blog and in the comments section we have touched upon the issue of direct revelation. To me the real question is: Does God continue to speak to us today or does His speaking begin and end with The bible? Some people,”churches” and groups claim that the only way God speaks now is via the bible. I firmly believe that He continues to speak to us today in scripture and well beyond it in our daily lives. God has not stopped communicating with us and it would do us all well to listen for His voice and direction in all our affairs.
The whole idea of confining God to the scriptures and keeping Him handcuffed, bound and gagged in a book is totally atrocious. For a limitless God to limit Himself in such a manner makes no sense whatsoever. Besides even the bible speaks of revelation beyond itself. Act’s 2:17 says, “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Notice it says “on ALL people” and not just a select few! Those who limit God to only speaking through the Bible in the here and now also say that in times past God only spoke to special people like Jeremiah, Moses and Paul. I say that God shows no favoritism and that He is not a respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34,35) Besides He also spoke to another mere disciple named Ananias and told him to go find Saul and to lay hands on him. (Acts 9:10-19)
Many of those who limit God to secondary revelation like the bible also say they cannot trust their own hearts and minds with direct revelation because “The heart is deceitful above all things”, (Jeremiah 17:9) and that their mind and choices are corrupt and not trustworthy. I say that these facts changed dramatically when Jesus came and The Holy Spirit was given. Now believers are indwelt with The Spirit and we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds and thus are now able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good , pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
God is still speaking and He wants us to hear Him and trust Him! Our hearts have been indwelt and changed and our minds are being transformed! God is NOT limited to a book and our limited understanding of what the book really says. Now to the HUGE question… does direct revelation ever seem contrary to what is written in the scriptures? To answer this important question I will refer to Peter’s vision in Acts chapter 10. “…Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. Then a Voice told him, “Get up Peter, kill and eat.” Surely not, Lord! Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” The Voice then spoke to him a second time saying, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
Did you catch what just happened? That’s right, God just told Peter to violate the Old Testament scriptures and the Law. Peter was told outright to go against the scriptures that he had known. In this circumstance Peter was told by God’s direct revelation to go against the secondary revelation of the scriptures. Can this still happen in this day and age? I don’t know why not. Has it ever happened to me? Sure, once God told me to hit an older man in the head with my guitar. I am pretty sure that assaulting Larry with my guitar is not something that the scriptures would approve of, but when I hit him in the head his hearing problem was healed and he has had full hearing in both ears since that day. That is just one example of the numerous times Jesus has spoken to me in a vast number of ways beyond what is written in the bible.
For Peter that day on the roof was a game changer. The voice of The Spirit spoke and went directly against the laws of the Old Testament. The voice of The Lord changes things! The question is are we willing to allow Him to speak directly to us, and when He speaks will we obey? Do we trust Him more than we trust our own understanding of the bible? Or will we allow HIM to change how we read and live the scriptures? I admit that even I am still sort of wary and uncomfortable with such revelation; even after nearly 50 years of hearing and following HIS Voice. It is just much easier and convenient to trust what is written, but then again what does Jesus want? I have plenty of questions and only HE has the answers. When push comes to shove will I come directly to Him, or to the book I have become most comfortable with?
Direct revelation, His Voice… I do not want to call anything impure that God has made clean…. Including my own heart and mind.
Love and ……
Kirk Out !
“HIS sheep hear HIS voice and obey.”