While I don't want to get into a pattern of being expected to respond to each question which comes by, I choose to address Jay's comment from the last post. Can we expect to hear from God today?
But first I must admit it took me years of study to reach this conclusion. I reached such a position only due to Bible study and no other source. Since I am me I, too, need to state that I am most likely to get much of the God-stuff wrong. Therefore, read with caution and conclude what you think He wants you to believe.
I believe God speaks to us in addition to the revealed Word. I think the Word says so and this is what threw me for a few decades. I can't say that God speaks to me in English...for He doesn't.
However, He surely does communicate to me. This is called relationship. Remember what we sing: He walks with me? He talks with me? Were our grandparents liars?
The most I can describe is to say He causes things to "occur" to me. Of course such a statement causes disbelievers to hold their sides laughing....and I say go ahead a laugh. I stick with my statement that He causes things to occur to me that were not in my knowledge base nor my wisdom base.
Example? Three weeks ago I was at last minute going over my sermon notes about the cross. He did this thing He has done for years...it occurred to me...."note REJECTION"...."what people struggle with most is being rejected and that's the point of taking up your cross daily." Again, that wasn't said in audible voice but came out of the air in an instant.
Example? As I was getting ready to preach Saturday at Stream DFW I was looking at the text of Romans 4:17-25 regarding the deadness of Abraham's body as well as the deadness of Sarah's womb. And God gave me this idea.....when death is placed in the center of God it becomes pregnant with hope. Sarah's womb was such, graves are such, and our dead spaces/places are such. He expressed it in a flash of "occurence" and that's all I know how to say. I didn't get it from flesh and blood.
Bible? This is what tripped my earlier stance of believing He was done speaking in modern times as God had wrapped it up in the presented KJV. James 1:5 says that if we lack wisdom let him ask of God. Why didn't James say, Read your Bibles? We can and do receive wisdom from scriptures; none would deny such. Yet, the Spirit communicated through James that we should ask God.
That isn't the end of it. James continued to write that wisdom requested will come down from above...Jas. 3:13-18. It comes down from above after we sought it by asking. In other words He will send it in. Now how will this heavenly FedEx carrier deliver it? This is up to the mystery of God. It may come by us being directed to a verse, or directed to listen to a song on the radio, or to receive a pertinent phone call with a specific message from God contained in the conversation.
Yes, doubters will take the occurence concept and fly with silly illustrations that believers would, too, regard as silly. Occurences do not mean God directs all of them. We can have our own....I am aware. But I stand on the Word that He clearly stated in certain terms that if we need to hear from Him we should ask and He would send it in from above....and that my friend....is in Holy Print.
The mystery of God bugs naysayers. Truth is always significant. The Truth is some believe God and His Word and some don't. The Truth is His Word teaches us to anticipate hearing from Him separate and apart from the revealed Word of God.
And may I go ahead and say that much of what is written in this post came in from above as I wrote? I'm not wishing to be regarded as a religious nut. I am confessing, though, He and I work together on projects such as these and it would be egotististical of me to act as if I think this stuff up on my own. I'm too shallow. He runs the show.