Thrive: Hearing the Holy Spirit
Read 2 Peter 1
And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:19-21, ESV
- Am I allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to me through Scripture?
- When I read the Bible, am I actively listening for God's special message for me?
- How do I know that it's God speaking to me and not me wanting to hear a particular message?
Sometimes we doubt that the Bible actually has a particular, individualized message for us. After all, it's pretty antiquated--we wonder how something that was written thousands of years ago, in a completely different place and time, can still apply to and impact those of us living in the 21st century. What we forget, though, is that God cannot be boxed into our definition and understanding of time. The God-breathed words that were written by the prophets and disciples of yesterday transcend all time and are still relevant today. God's personal message waits for us within the pages of the Bible. The question is: are we willing to hear it?
Dozens of translations of the Bible exist, from the formal King James Version to more modern translations like The New Living Translation and The Message. If you find the Bible difficult to read and understand, take a few minutes to page through a few different translations at your local bookstore. You may find one that speaks your language.
Lord, open my ears. Help me hear the message You intend just for me.