Message Scripture:

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old-time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” – 2 Peter 1:20-21 (KJV)

Introduction:

Greetings CLMNWA Family!  I am excited to be getting into a brand new teaching series here on The Christlike Ministries NWA Blog.  I am also having to announce that there isn’t going to be a teaching series over on Pastor B’s Blog, and that right now we are just needing to focus on this series here.  It’s more important to talk about how we can Hear God Speak so that we can understand what it is He’s calling and leading us to do, Amen.

The Bible is the word of God and therefore, when we read the Bible, we hear God’s voice. In this new 7 – message series…we are going to unpack and talk about some key verses that refocus our hearts on the wonder that God speaks to us.  So, without any further delays lets pray and get into this message.

Opening Prayer:

Father, Thank You for this new day and the privilege of beginning it with You. As today unfolds Lord, I ask that You would give me wisdom to handle each and every situation that I encounter today. I ask, Lord, that my speech would be seasoned with grace, and that the love of God that’s shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost be felt by those around me. I am grateful to know that no matter where this day takes me You will be right there with me. Let my tongue, Lord God, be that as a pen of a ready writer speaking only of the oracles of You. Let those within the sound of my voice have ears to hear and hearts that will be receptive and respond to what You are about to speak to us this day. In Jesus name…Amen and Amen.

Let’s Worship Jesus:

I can’t think of a better song to be the soundtrack of this message than an old favorite by MercyMe.  You know the song, and it’s title as “Word Of God Speak”.

Written By Man Authored By God

One of the most common objections I hear when it comes to the Bible is that fallible man wrote the Bible.  It’s true.  The Bible was written by man, but as we’re going to learn today those men wrote what God told them to write through the Holy Ghost.  You know, the funny thing is in a way when I’m writing these messages I kind of get an idea of what it was like for the writers of the Bible to have God His word to them.  Now, I’m certainly not comparing what I write to the Word of God, but what I am saying is that I can relate to those who wrote the Bible cause much of what I write is written by me…but it’s authored and inspired by God.

This passage teaches that when you read Scripture, what you are reading does not merely come from a man but also from God. The Bible is the writing of many different men. But it is also far more than that. Yes, men spoke. They spoke with their own language and style. But Peter mentions two other dimensions of their speaking.

Do you know that I’ve had prophetic words spoken over me that were false?  I mean.  I’ve had men of God lay their hands on me to give me a prophetic word for me, and I’ve had God speak to me as they were speaking over me that what they were saying wasn’t from Him at all.  I have had God audibly speak to me through that still small voice of the Holy Ghost.  I’ve even had men of God speak prophetic words over me that were actually correct, and have led to what I’m doing right now.  I’ve read these devotional messages from some well-known men and women of God.  People like John Piper, James MacDonald, and some of my favorite Bible teachers like Dr. David Jeremiah and Charles Stanley break down the Word of God so great that I wish I could break down the Bible like they do.

However…even with all the people who have correctly or falsely spoken over me.  All the people I listen to that have taught me the Word of God, and all those that I’ve done these messages and studied from…the one thing that I’ve always gotten the most revelation from is the inerrant, uncorrupted, Word of God.  The Bible is the most sure form of prophecy there is, and that’s exactly what Peter is saying here.

Listen Peter has heard the audible voice of God…and still he says that the Bible is a more sure word of prophecy than the audible voice of God when He said of Jesus as He was coming up out of the water “This is my Son in Whom I Am well pleased.”

Yes.  It is true.  Men wrote the Bible.  Men like Paul, David, Moses, Peter, John, James, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and more.  Yes it’s true that it was penned by man, but make no mistake about it the Bible’s Author is the King of kings and Lord of lords.  The Bible is Jesus’ autobiography.  John 1:1 (KJV) tells us everything we need to know.  In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  John 1:14 (KJV) tells us even more about how the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us.  You know that I have said many times that the Bible is Jesus in book form.  In other words, when you are holding your Bible in your hands you are also holding Jesus in your hands because Jesus Christ is the Word of God.

The Bible may well be written by man…but it is absolute truth that it was indeed authored by God.  So, let’s take a look at these two dimensions, and then we’ll be done with the first message of this series.  Amen!?!

First, they spoke from God. What they have to say is not merely from their own limited perspective. They are not the origin of the truth they speak; they are the channel. The truth is God’s truth. Their meaning is God’s meaning.

Their meaning is God’s meaning.  The truth is God’s truth. They spoke from God.  The problem with the argument about how the Bible isn’t true because man wrote it is that those who use that argument are assuming that they wrote the Word of God from their own perspective and with their own words.  The thing is, just like we have to take God by faith we also have to take His Word by faith.  The entire Christian walk is always by grace through faith.  Faith that what Jesus did on the Cross was for every one, faith that when we call upon the name of the Lord to be saved that we’ll spend the rest of eternity with Him, faith that what He did on the Cross was sufficient to usher us into eternity, and of course, faith that the Word of God is true.

It’s really my opinion, but I believe it takes more faith to believe against God than it does to believe in God.

Second, not only is what they spoke from God, but how they spoke it is controlled by the Holy Spirit. Men, moved by the Holy Spirit, spoke from God. God did not simply reveal truth to the writers of Scripture and then depart in hopes that they might communicate it accurately. Peter says that in the very communicating of it they were carried by the Holy Spirit. The making of the Bible was not left to merely human skills of communication; the Holy Spirit himself carried the process to completion.

This is where I relate to the writers of Scripture.  Much of what I write is not only spoken from God, but how I write what I write is controlled by the Holy Ghost.  Yes, there are things that I write that come from my own experiences, but more often than not I’m writing by inspiration of the Holy Ghost.  There are many, many times I’ll re-read what I wrote not only to proofread it…but because some times I get into such a flow writing that I often don’t even remember some of the things I’ve written.  There are times I know that Holy Ghost has completely taken over a message I’ve written, and I go back to re-read it because I want to know and learn what the Lord is speaking through me also.  I learn from my own messages.

Before you flip out.  I’m not comparing what I write to the Bible.  I’m comparing the experience of what it’s like to write by inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  I’m relating to the experience of personally writing messages that are all very much written by me, but they’re also very much authored by God.  I’ve said many times that not only has God helped me to become a better writer, but HE has helped me to develop that format of each message I write.  He has helped me pick out the right theme for this website, and even the descriptions…there isn’t anything I’ve written that God hasn’t helped or inspired me to write.

Men moved by the Holy Ghost spoke from God.  Do you know that I don’t sit down to write because I think it’s a good idea?  I don’t ever write unless the anointing and draw to write is there.  My decision to pull the “Personal Calling” series off Pastor B’s Blog is a perfect example of what I just said.  There wasn’t the anointing on the series I thought there was going to be, and so rather than try to force a message I just pulled the series to wait for something that God will anoint and really does want us to get into…and that’s one of the reasons why the argument that man wrote the Bible isn’t really a valid argument to me…because I can assure you that none of them wrote anything they weren’t anointed and inspired by the Holy Ghost to write.

Listen to me, I’ve tried to write just to write…and it never works.  That’s how I knew that there wasn’t really an anointing on the teaching series I just cancelled…I started writing…but nothing I wrote was flowing.  When I write under the anointing of hte Holy Ghost (like I have this message) there’s a flow to it that just starts and keeps on going.  There really isn’t anything I can say to explain or express it…all I know is that when there isn’t an anointing on something I’m trying to write…I can’t write, and when there is an anointing to write…there’s a peaceful easy flow to what I’m writing that only comes by utterance and the supernatural ability of the Holy Ghost.

I can freely admit also that these messages always turn out better when I step back, ask the Lord to make my fingers as that as a pen of a ready writer…writing ONLY of the oracles of God…and writing with the boldness, clarity, power, and unction that comes from the SUPERNATURAL ABILITY OF THE HOLY GHOST.

That is my prayer before and during every message I write. I want God’s voice to be heard through what I write…not mine.  Nothing I have to say is important…it’s what He has to say through what I’m writing that is the most important…because He’s the one saying it.  My writing skills while decent are a lot better today then they were when I started…because He’s helped me to improve as a writer.  I promise you.  Go back and read some of my messages from 2012…and then read the messages I write now…and you’ll see how God has helped me to become a better writer.

See, there isn’t anything about Christlike Ministries NWA that I can take credit for because it’s all God’s workmanship because I am God’s workmanship….and the most important thing from any message I write outside of what God speaks through them is the message scripture.

After all.  The greatest way God speaks and the more sure prophecy isn’t what God speaks through these messages…but what God says through His Word.  There’s no more powerful or important book in the world…because the Word of God is the Voice of God…and that’s the primary way that we can always know we are hearing God speak.  I once heard it said jokingly (but it’s the truth) if you want to hear God speak audibly to you…read your Bible out loud.

And with that we’ll pray and draw this message to a close!

Let’s Pray:

Heavenly Father, we come to You in the name of Jesus. As always, we want to thank You for drawing us to this series, and we pray that You will teach us how to hear better and more from You.  Lord God…we need You to help us tune our hearts and our ears to the frequency of Your voice.  Most of all, when You speak to us, Lord God, we ask You to help us to be obedient to what You are speaking.  We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

In Closing:

Glory to God!  I love doing this.  It’s wonderful to sit down in front of this computer, and write.  Lord knows what I have to say isn’t all that important, but what is important is what HE has to say.  I am so thankful to you for joining me as we talk through these next several weeks about Hearing God Speak.  How many of you know with all the voices and distractions out there today…that it’s important to make sure that still small voice is the louder voice in our lives today, Amen!?!

Thank you so much for joining me for the first of seven messages in this series.  I hope you’ll join me again next time as we talk about the role of the Holy Spirit in the writing and reading of the Word of God.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

Pastor B