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Samuel A CainMy sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27 ESV)

Have you ever heard the audible voice of God? Does God speak to us in this way today? I have heard quite a few arguments on this subject. Has God ever spoken a personal audible message to you? If not, does it cause you to doubt? Many say that God no longer speaks audibly.

The Scriptures tell us that God has spoken to His people in many ways. According to Hebrews:

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. (Hebrews 1:1-2 ESV) 

While Jesus was on the earth, God spoke to us through Him. When Jesus returned to heaven He sent the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. (John 16:13 ESV) God continues to speak to us through His written Word:

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4 ESV)

Through God’s mercy He has also given us the Holy Bible. The Bible is of great value to us. The Apostle Paul declared:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)

The Holy Spirit came to glorify Christ and to lead believers into all truth. Jesus promised His disciples that the Father would send the Holy Spirit to teach them all things and remind them of everything He had said. (John 14:26) The Holy Spirit makes the Bible come to life for us. He helps us to read the Scriptures, understand them, and apply them to our lives. Therefore, it is clearly evident that God continues to speak to us. However, does He still speak audibly?

No one can be absolutely certain that God does or does not choose to speak audibly anymore. Even though God has never spoken personally to me in an audible voice, there are many examples in the history of the Church where people who were known as devout Christians claimed to have heard the voice of God. Yet, in general, God does not choose to speak to us in this way. God’s chief way of communication with His children is through His Word, the Bible.

Because God has recorded His words for us in the Bible, we do not need to wait for Him to speak. God has told us everything we need to know about Him in the pages of the Scriptures. If you really want God to speak to you audibly, just open your Bible and read aloud to yourself.

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