Saturday 18 Nov 2017
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Psalm 1: 2-3

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Does God still speak

Ezekiel 14:2-3 And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, Son of man, these men have taken their idols into their heart, and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them?

One question that readily comes to the mind of almost every believer is the quest to know if God still speaks. We ask does God still really speak to people as the scripture makes out.

 It is not unsual to read the part of the scripture where God choses to speak to his people and wonder if he still does the same now. This position is not helped by those who by their inability to hear from heaven came to the conclusion that God must have stopped speaking to humans. The truth be told, even in the scripture we can see moments in the history of God's dealing with his people when he became quiet and his voice was not heard, for years, but where this occured the scripture gave us the reasons behind it. The questioin we ought to be asking ourselves rather is why we are unable to hear God speak to us as opposed to asking if God still speaks, the truth is God still speaks, he has been communicating with the people he made in his own image right from Eden and he would continue till eternity.

Addressing his people through the prophet Ezekiel, God gave one of the reasons why his voice cannot be heard by his people, pointing to them the idols which they had erected in their hearts which in turn has now become a stumbling block of iniquity which covers their face thus hindering them from seeing (understanding) him. When the hearts of God's people is pre-occupied with the things of the world, when they love the adulation of the world and the materials things of the world more than God and his ways, such should not be surprised if they are unable to hear God speak. In fact if God were to scream in their ears, they still would not hear. Many would say i want to hear from God, while many in their quest to hear from God would hop from one prophet to another, from one pastor to another or from one diviner to another until they hear the one who tells them what fits and suits the voice of the idols they have erected in their hearts. 
For those who say they want to hear God speak to them, i ask would you recognise the voice of God from the many voices that is in the world? There are many voices and many spirits behind the voices but not all represent the voice of God, one thing is therefore certain, those who have erected idols in their hearts would never be in the position to recognise the voice of God, because his voice and the language would be alien to them likewise the message it brings would never make any meaning to them.

Take the case of Balaam (Numbers 23:1-35), the scripture described him as a prophet of God, but he had an idolatry in his heart, he loved money. It came to past that the enemies of God's people came to hire him to place a curse on them, this they did with the promise of of a handsome reward. He told them he needed to inquire from God, if he should go with them or not, he went to God in prayers and he was told in clear terms not to go with the people. Suddenly the one who used to hear from God could no longer hear,  he repeatedly went to God,  driven by the idolatry in his heart in order to get a response. Driven by the idolatry of his heart, he forgot that God does not change his word or position. But God changed and allowed him to go you might quip, and i would say one of the biggest dangers we must pray against is for God to answer us in line with the idolatry of our heart, a topic for another day. To punish his disobedience an angel was sent to destroy him, sadly the one who was the prophet of God could no longer discern the danger his own life was in, it took his donkey speaking before he could see. In order words even a donkey can still see and hear from God, but sadly the one made in the image of God, could no longer do so, why?...the idolatry of his heart.

There are some believers, the idolatry in their heart is unforgiveness and because they no longer want to hear tbe voice of God asking them to forgive, they have shut their ears to the his voice because every time they say God speak to me, they hear the same instruction saying forgive or repent over and over. For some it is greed, the idolatry of greed has blinded and dulled their ears to the gentle whisper of God's voice warning them of the dangers of bad investment and business associates, but the voice of the bumper profits to be made overuled the voice of God..they ended up getting badly burnt. For some the love of the world and the counsel it gives takes precedence over the voice of God, the idolatry of their heart is that they prefer the sit and council of mockers, how can they nhear God speak. For some the idolatry of their heart is the worries and anxieties of life, they hear the voices saying it is not well far above the voice saying to them it is well with their soul. There are many other examples of idolatry to highlight this simple truth, sadly all of these people would join in the chorus that God no longer speaks.

Does God still speaks? Let us look at the scripture for answer
Hebrews 1:1-2 In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe,the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end.
John 14:16-17 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains with you and is in you.
When a man deals with the idolatry of his heart and the stumbling block of iniquity that hinders him from seeing clearly what God is saying, such would then be in the position to hear as well as distinguish the voice of God from the noises that such is daily sorrounded with.