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Pursuit of God - The Speaking Voice

Pursuit of God - The Speaking Voice

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In this presentation, A.W. Tozer will explain how God still talks to us and how to listen to His voice. God talks to us through His Word, Holy Spirit and other various ways. We talk back to God through prayer and just talking to Him as you would your own family member. After all, we our the children of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
In this presentation, A.W. Tozer will explain how God still talks to us and how to listen to His voice. God talks to us through His Word, Holy Spirit and other various ways. We talk back to God through prayer and just talking to Him as you would your own family member. After all, we our the children of God the Father and Jesus Christ.

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The Speaking Voice
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and theWord was God.” (KJV)This week we are looking atThe Speaking Voice of God.Does God still speak today? I would agree with Tozer as he shouts a resounding“Yes”!When pondering this issue of God’s speaking, it is important to understand howto hear His voice. In what forms does it come, and can we develop an ear for it?To begin let’s turn to our homework:1.What do Psalms 33:6, 9, Hebrews 11:3 and Genesis 1:9 indicate about thepower of God’s Word?
Psalms 33:6, 9By the word of the L
ORD 
the heavens were made,and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” 
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“For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” (NKJV) 
Imagine the power in God’s voice. He
Spoke 
and it was done. This takes usback to the Creation in Genesis. Out of nothing, through the power of His Word,He created everything.By the word of the Lord the heavens were made and all the host of them by thebreath of His mouth.” The host refers to the stars and the planets. God
spoke 
creation into existence.So when you see the heavens above and the earth and seas below, you stand inawe at the power of His Word.
Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.(NKJV) 
Again, we see in this verse that by the Word of God the worlds were framed outof nothing.Matthew Henry: "That he made the world with great exactness; it was a framedwork, in everything duly adapted and disposed to answer its end
.—Preacher'sOutline and Sermon Bible - Commentary
 
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Genesis 1:9 “Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.” (NKJV) 
God controls the very boundaries of the seas…..Think about it, God’s voice is so powerful that all He has to do is speak and it isso!Some charismatic’s take this and say that we can speak a word and it willhappen.Ladies, Only God has this power. This speaks of God’s sovereignty.To say that God is sovereign is to say that He is supreme over all things, thatthere is no one above Him, that He is absolute Lord over creation. There isnothing out of His control.The Voice of God and His written Word are different. We have seen the power inHis spoken Word, now let’s look at question number two of our homework andsee the relation of God’s spoken Word to his written Word; the Bible.2.What is the relation of God’s spoken Word to His written Word the Bible?
Tozer said: “The Bible is the written Word of God, and because it is written it is confined and limited by the necessities of ink and paper and leather.The voice of God, however, is alive and free as the sovereign God is free.(John 6:63): "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life".The life is in the speaking words. God's word in the Bible can have  power only because it corresponds to God's word in the universe. It is the  present Voice which makes the written Word all-powerful. Otherwise it would lie locked in slumber within the covers of a book.” 
—Pursuit of God, The 
He goes on to say:
God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds. He spoke a Book and lives in His spoken words, constantly speaking His words and causing the power of them to persist across the years.” 
 —Pursuit of God, The
 
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What is the relation of God's spoken Word to His written Word—the Bible? Tounderstand this issue, study what Scripture says about God's Word.A.(Powerful)Jeremiah 5:14, 23:29; Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12B.(Purifies)1 Peter 1:23-2:3C.(Eternal)Psalm 119:89; Matthew 24:35D.(Food)Deuteronomy 8:3;Job 23:12; Psalm 119:103E.(Should be written on our hearts)Psalm 119:11; Deuteronomy 11:18;Romans 10:8;Colossians 3:16F.(We should love it)Jeremiah 15:16; Psalm 119:140
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(Brings light)Psalm 19:8, 119:105, 130; Proverbs 6:23; 2 Peter 1:19
—Pursuit of God Study Guide, The
Jeremiah 5:14Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: "Because you speakthis word, Behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire, And this peoplewood, And it shall devour them”.
(NKJV)
God assured the prophet that when His Word was preached and taught, itwould burn, convict, and consume the hearts of the people. The power ofGod’s Word would never be diminished. It would convict the human heartof sin, showing people how short of righteousness they had come and howdesperately they needed to repent or else face the coming judgment ofGod.—Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible – CommentaryJeremiah 23:29Is not My word like a fire?" says the Lord, "And like a hammerthat breaks the rock in pieces?
(NKJV)
Their straw messages did not feed people. But the Word of God is like firethat purifies and cleanses the human heart. God’s Word is like a hammerthat breaks the hard rock of the human heart, stirring people to confessand repent of their sins.—Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible -CommentaryEph 6:17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which isthe word of God”
(NKJV)
Armor of God: Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.

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