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Open All Hailing Frequencies

January 10, 2015
Greetings,
      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.”
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8 Comments
  1. I apologize for the formatting of this post. Once again WordPress failed to include the paragraph breaks and when I attempt to edit it never works right. I know this makes this post more difficult to read. I am in contact with tech support and hope to have this problem corrected in the near future.

  2. It did just let me indent the beginnings of the paragraphs. That should help some in reading this post.

  3. Ramma permalink

    I agree with your title “Open ALLHailing Frequencies “. We need both/all to make the whole. I truly believe that God is fully capable of teaching/revealing Himself etc….to the person who has no bible. He is the Living Word and that alone speaks volumes. Personally with the written text, I’ve read something and a cuople years later while reading the same text, i receive a new understanding. Either I was not grown enough to understand the first time or He wasn’t ready to show me. He continues to do this. So I find it as important as any other way that He may choose to teach me. It all comes down to whether I will “choose” to hear His voice or not. I can refuse to listen also. That is a whole other discussion. He will use whatever method that we will listen to. Great post brother. Thank you. Blessings

  4. Janet Fowler permalink

    That verse about the revelation that Peter received going directly against what he believed and followed from the written word blew my mind! Thanks!

    • "BK" permalink

      Along my journey, when the time for the step that set me free from ‘only men can be in the ministry’ was when He told me to become a pastor….yes, He DID tell me. There would be steps after that that took me completely out of ‘the ministry’ mentality, but this was a necessary step along the way. Peter’s experience was one of the things He used to convince me. As I reminded Him of the things HE said about women, He asked me, “How do you think Peter felt when I told him to slay and eat the very animals I had told him NOT to in prior years?” Set me back on my heels as I related to him. And, Ramma, what you say about this year I see this, next year perhaps something different…..oh, amen, what a journey as we walk OPEN to Him. I’m not talking about taking off on a dead run to just find everything wrong and change….but a slow steady route that indeed can often change direction. Life. I am so thankful. “BK”

  5. Jack permalink

    I always keep in mind that God once used a donkey to speak. So, I can’t make up rules about exactly how and by whom God will speak to me. I just try to keep eyes and ears open and run to Him with it all and trust He’ll make it clear

  6. This following comment was sent to me by David R……

    I have been particularly inspired by the example of Peter being guided to violate the OT. The theme of throwing tradition out the window when the inspiration of the Holy Spirit flows is pretty central to the early churches experience.

  7. Such rich and deep comments today. Special thanks to all of you who took the time to comment.

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