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God has Spoken to Us

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Introduction
The most precious thing we have is God’s Word.
Bible Study

God spoke the world into existence.

Genesis 1:1–3 ESV
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
Gen 1:1
God spoke and their was dry land and the sea
Genesis 1:11 ESV
11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.
God spoke and the Sun, the moon and the stars appeared in the heavens.
God spoke and the sea was filled with living creatures
He spoke again and there were birds and livestock, and everything that creeps on the Earth.
Then God spoke to himself. A conversation to himself and he made man.
Genesis 1:26 ESV
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
God created us in his image and in his likeness and gave us the ability to speak back to him. We are the only creatures on Earth that can speak back to him.
From that day forward God has been carrying on a conversation with us. Speaking directly to us and we speaking directly to him.

God desires a relationship with us that is real and personal.

God has been speaking to man since the beginning of time.
God spoke to Adam and Eve.
God spoke to Noah about the Ark and the coming destruction of the world.
God spoke to Abraham and to Moses
He spoke to the children of Israel
He spoke to the prophets and the kings.
God speaks to us in hopes that we would respond to him.
Has someone ever gotten mad at you and stopped talking to you. You say something to them and they don’t respond. You think oh they just didn’t hear me. So you say did you hear me and you repeat yourself. And they still don’t respond. Immediately you are asking them what is wrong. It’s not normal to be spoken to and not to speak back. It is even mean when you can speak back and you just won’t. What you are telling the other person by not responding is I don’t want a relationship with you. I don’t want to talk to you.

Psalm 119:105 ESV
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

God speaks to give us direction in our lives

We have a written record of what God has said to man.

Psalm 119:105 ESV
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
God has been carrying on a conversation with mankind since the beginning of time and we have the record of that conversation.
Why? because he want a relationship with you.
He wants you to know him the way that he knows you.
This the very definition of eternal life
John 17:3 ESV
3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

So how can you know God the way that he knows you?

So how can you know God the way that he knows you?

Hebrews 1:1-
Hebrews 1:1–3 ESV
1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 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. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Hebrews 1:1–3 ESV
1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 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. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Psalm 119:105 ESV
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Jesus the Son of God, the exact imprint of God, has revealed God to us. Jesus has spoken to us.
God has revealed to us his words and his nature to us through his Son Jesus Christ.
God has expressed his love to us through his Son.
Jesus is the expression of God to us.
1 John 1:1–3 ESV
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
God showed his love by Jesus dying for our sins.
1 John 4:9–10 ESV
9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:9-10
Jesus has risen from the grave and is alive today.

God has spoken Light into your heart.

2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 4:
What has your response been back to God.
Have you spoken to God who is speaking to you, or have you just ignored him.
You might say God has not spoken to me. But yet you see his words all around you.
The whole reason Mombasa exists is because God said,
Genesis 1:9 ESV
9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.
You are able to grow crops because God said,
Genesis 1:11 ESV
11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.
God is speaking to you every day of your life.
God has even sent us to travel 15,000 km to share with you the message God have for you this week. We have been planning this trip for a whole year because God is speaking to you.
You are not hear by accident this week. God is speaking to you.
What will be your response to him?
Will you ignore him?
Will you pretend to not here him?
Will you not listen when he speaks?
Will you shut him out because you don’t want a relationship with him?
How will you respond this week.
If you will open your heart and listen to the Lord he will speak to you personally this week.
There was a time that Elijah needed to hear from the Lord.
1 Kings 19:9 ESV
9 There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
1 Kings 19:9–13 ESV
9 There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
I think the Lord is asking many of you the same question this week. “What are you doing here?”
1 Kings 19:9-
God wants to speak to you, we know that. But what are you doing here.
1 Kings 19:11–13 ESV
11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
1 Kings 19:11
God is going to speak to you this week. God is speaking to you know.
But you will not hear him in a might rushing wind.
You will not hear him in a might earthquake.
You will not even hear him in a great fire.
But in a still small voice in the deepest part of your soul. That part of your soul that is only for you and him.
There the Lord will speak to you. There you will hear his voice but you have to listen. You have to pay attention or you will miss that still small voice.
Conclusion:
Maybe God has already started speaking to you.
Camp is just getting started and you can already hear him. Maybe this is the first time that you have heard him speaking directly to you. What will you do?
Will you ignore his voice.
Will you speak back to him.
Will you start a relationship with him.
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