Why does God speak?
I. God speaks to make himself known
A. Saul, saul, why persecutest thou me? Who art thou, Lord?
1. God convicted Saul of sin, but why? - so Paul could experience God!
2. This is the essence of our lives - that we may know and experience Christ
a) Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
b) Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
3. ILL: man walking - God gives him wheels, etc
B. God may have come to you and asked you a question: Vladimir, why are you separated from me? Why are running away? Why are still involved in sin? Why are you stealing from me? Does God need your money? No! God wants to give you something better - assurance of the things that you can never lose!
C. How far have you gotten in your life? God made a promise that if we trust him, take him at his word and do exactly what he said - we will never regret our life, we will never have a need that he won’t supply for, and that we will never have our prayers unanswered.
D. Who wants to serve a God like that?
II. God speaks to grow our faith
A. Jesus has revealed his name to Paul
B. Paul knew ABOUT Christ, but never had a personal relationship with him
C. Faith - applying God’s truth to our lives.
1. True faith is active faith - Abraham took Isaac to sacrifice
2. True faith is a changing faith - if you truly got acquainted with Christ - you will change.
3. True faith is an enduring faith - we serve a God that never changes. His power and promises never change. His faithfulness never changes. His love for us never changes. His truth never changes
D. God has spoken to Paul to bring about that crisis of belief that allowed Paul to accept Christ PERSONALLY
III. God speaks to equip us to do his work
A. “Appointed for thee to do”
1. God has a right to use us
2. “Pick up your room” - It is your room, dad
B. “Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.”
IV. When God speaks we ought to respond