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July 18, 2016
                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 over 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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  1. ” When push comes to shove will I come directly to Him, or to the book I have become most comfortable with?”
    Sometimes the Lord uses both. We can never second guess Him because He is always full of surprises. I suppose the important thing is to be attentive and have ears to hear when He does speak, and not dull of hearing.
    Reeely, reeely good posting bro. Lord bless you,

  2. Peter’s vision that day should have been a pemanent game changer. But he had to be told several times, and later on seemed to forget the message (Galatians 2:11-12). I know I’m sometimes like that too!

    • I hear you Chris. Thank the Lord that HE never tires of reminding and calling us back to Himself time and time again. Thanks for sharing Chris!

  3. The Indwelling Holy Spirit Of The Blessed One Heavenly Father Given In Jesus Christ is our everlasting guide.

    • Yes Son, Jesus said the Holy Spirit would lead and guide us into ALL Truth. This is why we must be Spirit led instead of bible led.

  4. Tom Ball permalink

    God speaks. I have heard Him.

  5. Absolutely… He speaks to us ALL THE TIME in any way that will get through to us… but we hardly ever listen…and then almost NEVER Obey!

    • I hear you Mike, The Church needs to do much better at listening and obeying. It is possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. Deny the flesh and live in the Spirit!

    • "BK" permalink

      Mike, do you think, though, that as we grow in Spirit we listen and respond to Him more and more? It seems to me that if we have walked with Him year after year there should come a time that the scale tips, if you will, and the time in Spirit supercedes the time we spend in our flesh. That is my experience…..wondered about your thoughts on this????? Thanks, “BK”

      • Great question BK. In my experience the longer I walk in the Spirit with Him the more the scale tips in Christ’s favor instead of my own.

  6. Good words Chris. God has not stopped speaking to us, not at all; but we, filled with the Spirit, are told to use discernment regarding the words which come into our heads and the words which others speak to us: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 – I hold the written Word as a historical testimony of how God has revealed Himself to the world through prophets, apostles and just plain, ordinary people without spiritual job descriptions; but He still speaks. Thank God, He still speaks. I just have to be careful discerning when it is of God and when it is not.

    • Thanks for sharing Gary. The Body of Christ does need to test everything, but also then ACT instead of being passive about HIS directives. Far too many have been in a holding pattern for far too long. Time to step forward and take healthy chances for the sake of Christ, HIs Church and those yet to fully know HIM. “Perfect Love casts out all fear.”

      • "BK" permalink

        Interesting quote here, Christopher, “Perfect love casts out all fear….”, this was probably the main verse we kept coming back to in our fellowship on Sunday. Yep, the blood flows through all the body! My computer is dying….charging and more later! Love, “BK”

  7. David Feith permalink

    Hi Chris, I too know that God has not changed His nature because of the written word. He will speak to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. My comment is on my understanding of what God was showing Peter in that passage, that his vision was in direct correlation to Peter’s treatment of the Gentiles. I believe it was more of a type than a literal understanding. The point wasn’t so much about the physical food, clean or unclean, but used to show Peter that the Gentiles would be grafted in so to say to the one new Man. I continue to enjoy what Jesus is speaking thru you!

  8. Dan permalink

    Actually, Christopher, you were following direct revelation and scriptural revelation for it is written “do not rebuke an older man sharply but rather clock him upside the head with your guitar” 3 Tim 5:1.

  9. "BK" permalink

    Wonderful post, Christopher. The Lord actually used that story of Peter’s vision on the housetop for me back in one of my ‘changing experieinces’. I was in a group who do not believe in women ‘in the ministry’. I was asked to co-pastor a church and the Lord began to really deal with me about women in Spirit….no different than men in Spirit. I was disfellowshipped when I said yes but one brother asked if I would be willing to bring the things the Lord had showed me ‘before the brethren’. As I prayed about it I told the Lord if I did He knew they would just tear me up with the scriptures they have on ‘for men only’. The Lord asked me, “How do you think Peter felt when I put the sheet before him and him to slay and eat the very animals I had already told him not to? It was time for a change and deeper understanding and so it is with you.” Well, I agreed, but they refused because if they allowed me on their platform that would be like acknowledging I could be there and that was more than they could take. 🙂 Today I don’t believe in those positions at all but it was a necessary step for me to take on my journey out of Babylon and I’m thankful for every, painful, glorious step! Good words here, Chrisopher, thanks, “BK”

    • Thanks for sharing that with us here BK. Yes, the pathway to deeper Spiritual understanding is rarely easy. However, it is easier if we remove the man made obstacles, even those we ourselves have built in times past. I sure hope our understanding of scripture grows and changes, if not we just get stuck in the same old ruts.

      • "BK" permalink

        That’s why I agree it is more important to have direct revelation as you have called it…hearing directly from the Spirit. Because those things He has had to change over the years WERE ‘directly out of the scripture’….problem was what I was taught they meant and what they reeeally said were not the same. I still remember the first time the Spirit started speaking…wait! did you notice that??? read it again! Combining that with then looking at the Greek and Hebrew texts made a world of difference. I had to search because I ‘knew’ them but I hadn’t found the life in the them. And, praise God, that is still growing! Love, “BK”

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