The Listening Room: The place of Scripture

2 Timothy 3:16

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Using Scripture in the Listening Room

RECOGNISING A FAMILIAR VOICE

When someone you talk to often calls you on the telephone, you immediately know who it is. No need to take them through a security check!

As you get good at listening to your heavenly Father, you’ll get good at hearing His voice and tuning in to what He says. A great way to help this process is by reading and memorising Scripture. As you hear His voice come to you through the printed words of Scripture, so you’ll recognise the same voice as the Holy Spirit speaks encouragement and direction to you.

Studying and memorising Scripture is not just about building your faith and renewing your mind. It heightens your sensitivity to God’s voice.

THE BIBLE, GOD’S INSPIRED WORD

2 Timothy 3:16   All Scripture is God-breathed…

2 Peter 1:20-21   …No prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

– According to these passages, what is the origin of Scripture?

As the Holy Spirit inspired the Scripture which comprises the Bible, so He will speak to you as you meditate on Scripture and tune in your heart and mind to Him.

When God speaks to you in the Listening Room, what He says will always be in line with Scripture – He cannot contradict Himself. If you think you are hearing something that you runs counter to God’s written word, it is coming from somewhere else – and so is to be instantly rejected. Scripture is the yardstick.

When we listen for God’s voice and ‘hear’ something which cannot be anchored in Scripture, where might it be coming from?

  • Thoughts from your own mind
  • Mixed motives in your heart that pull in different directions
  • Voices from the past that are out of step with God’s word
  • Satan
  • All of the above

The correct answer is: All of the above. If we’re carrying hurt or unforgiveness, our hearts won’t be pure and we tend to ‘try’ to hear what we want to hear. Echoes of the past may be misleading voices. Our own thoughts may confuse us for a time. And the enemy is always trying to sow untrue, misleading thoughts into our minds, dressed up to look like good ones.

This is why we have to ’tune’ everything by Scripture. To tune a piano requires a tuning fork, that has a pitch which is exact, true and unchanging. From that one note, every note of the piano can be tuned to the correct pitch. The Bible, more than inspired literature because it is God’s word, works the same way. It is the reference by which we check everything we perceive, to see if it is in tune, or not.

MEDITATING ON GOD’S WORD

Find the book of 1 John in your Bible (or online). This was a letter written to be circulated around the early believers by Jesus’ follower, the apostle John. Say a short prayer inviting God to speak to you through His word, then read the first chapter.

– What stands out for you from this chapter?
– Does God seem to be emphasising to you a particular truth?
– Ask God if there are other things He wants to say to you.
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