by Dr. Charles Stanley
God’s Goals in Speaking
The Lord still speaks today. Those who belong to Him learn to recognize His
voice and listen carefully to it. God’s goals in speaking to us include that we:
Comprehend the truth. God wants His perfect Word to take root in our mind and
become a permanent part of our thinking. (Romans 12:2) Scripture is central to God’s plan that we understand who He is and what His purposes are. His Spirit explains everything we need to know as children in His royal family.
Conform to the truth. God desires that we bear a strong resemblance to His
Son, so He uses both His Spirit and the Scriptures to shape us from the inside out. His objective is that biblical truth will be reflected in our daily choices and lifestyle.
Communicate the truth. God not only wants us to assimilate His Word and be
transformed by it; He also desires to work through us to impact others’ lives. People will take notice when our responses show the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). But unless we have submitted to the truth and been changed by it, our words will lack divine power and have little effect on the listener.
If we are absorbing the Scriptures and allowing God to mold us, then His divine
“fingerprints” will be visible in our plans, schedules, thoughts, and attitudes. As a result, our conversation will reflect His viewpoint and include topics important
to Him. Achieving God’s goals requires a teachable heart, a cooperative spirit, and a listening ear. Do you have all three?
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