Skeptics say God doesn’t speak anymore. Even some Christians claim God only speaks through the Bible. Really? Did He get laryngitis and lose His voice? Did He change? Did He cease being God? Malachi 3:6 (NKJV) affirms, “For I am the Lord, I do not change.” That means if God saved in Bible times, He still saves today. If He healed then, He still heals now. If He spoke to people in the past, He still does. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8). The question is not, is God still speaking? The question is, are we listening? Jesus implored all seven churches of Asia, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev. 2:7). Consider 12 ways God still speaks today:
Too many people are stuck in the valley of decision. Indecisive about following Christ, they straddle the fence and leave themselves enough wiggle room to have one foot in the church and one foot in the world. This lack of commitment leads to a life of compromise and mediocrity. Jesus cautioned, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk. 9:62, RSV). We are called to sell out for the cause of Christ.Read More
My first hospital visit was a fiasco. I was a teenage preacher and had never been in an Intensive Care Unit. The man I visited had open heart surgery and was on a ventilator. As I prayed for him, I was overcome by the sights, sounds and smells and became dizzy. The room started spinning so I stepped into the hall to gather myself. I saw his wife, called her name, tried to shake her hand but blacked out and hit the floor. Moments later, I regained my senses via smelling salts. So much for being God’s man of faith and power.Read More
In the aftermath of the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, God made a profound promise. Theologians use a fancy word for it—the protoevangelium. It simply means “first Gospel.” This is the first Messianic prophecy and the first promise of salvation. God spoke to the serpent, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Gen. 3:15, NKJV). The NIV reads, “He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.”
Women play a vital role in the Bible, in the home, in the world and in the church. Jesus, we know, had twelve main male disciples (Lk. 9:1) plus at least 70 part-time disciples (Lk. 10:1). In addition to this group of mostly men, there were also “Certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance” (Lk. 8:1-3, NKJV). Jesus had many female followers as He preached in various villages who supported His ministry monetarily and otherwise.