How to hear God’s voice 100% of the time does a good job of refuting what I call “sloppy God talk,” which is sadly pervasive in the broader church.
2 Timothy 3:17 drives the point home by stating that through the written word of God the man of God is equipped for EVERY good work. There are no good works that God would have you do that would require you to rely on anything other than His word to make you complete and fully equipped for the task.
The Bible is sufficient to make you complete and fully equipped for every good work.
You don’t need whispers.
You don’t need dreams.
You don’t need visions.
You don’t need trances.
You don’t need a glory cloud.
You don’t need to figure out how to ‘experience God’.
You don’t need contemplative mysticism.
All you need is the written word of God. The Bible is sufficient to make you complete and fully equipped for every good work and because every word of scripture is God breathed, you can know with confidence that you’re hearing the voice of God.
You may be asking yourself if it could truly be that simple.
Yes, it really is that simple!
If you want to hear from God, read the Bible. If you want to hear from him audibly, read the Bible out loud.
When we talk to God it is prayer. When God talks to us it is prophecy, and the burden of proof is on the person who claimed that God gave him a message outside the Bible.
This is good news! God might give you an additional revelation, but He is not obligated to and it is very uncommon. I see people getting into all sorts of mischief and bad theology when they focus on getting individualized revelation. They also damage the faith of newer believers who may unnecessarily question their salvation because they aren’t “hearing” from God like these other Christians are.
I was glad that our church had a sermon series on this. It used some of the same source materials as I did for Decision making and the will of God.
There is no Bible 2.0. Just focus on the original. There are no important spiritual truths that aren’t in the Bible. When you get all 31,173 verses down and are bored with what God originally revealed, then feel free to ask him for more.
In other words, God told me to tell you to be very careful when claiming to speak for him.