Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr.
Delivered On
February 23, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Subject
Does God Talk To You?
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Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr.

Does God Talk To You?

“And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth... 1 Samuel 3:10-11.

The human group is prone to give explanations and offer
reasons for its actions. This pattern of explanations starts early
in life and it continues, at a more sophisticated level, throughout
life. It is seen in young children who blame siblings or play
mates for their negative action. This childhood blaming process
was a theme of a television commercial in which the dog was
cited for eating the child’s homework. Starting at the high school
level, the explanations range from having to work to missing one’s
ride. Within the employment arena are numerous explanations
ranging from having a sick child at home to getting stuck in traffic.
While these explanations are widespread, and to an extent,
socially acceptable, there are two other more disturbing sources
of origin; they are satanic and religious. Within the first category
are explanations such as an evil spirit or being under the influence
heavy medication, or alcohol. In contrast, there is a disturbing

trend to root all explanations in messages or directions from God.
Increasingly, people are becoming religious zealots in their firm
insistence of being talked to by God. Have any of you heard some
one say, “ The Lord told me I to stop smoking”, “I was planning to
attend college, but the Lord told me to get a job and buy my ride”,
“I was planning to leave my no good spouse, but the Lord told me
to stick it out”. Beloved, have you ever heard people talk like this?
Maybe you have wondered why you never happen to overhead God
talking to them. Or may be you have wondered why God does not
talk to you, why his voice is not heard booming from the ceiling of
your bedroom. In the absence of such an experience, you may well
wonder is God is showing favoritism by choosing to talk to your

friends, but not to you. Well, my friends be not dismayed by those
glowing accounts of a conversation with God and think instead of

how God, during the Church Age, or since the advent of the Holy
Spirit, communicates with the believers. Our sermon, in this
connection, has been planned as a teaching on divine awareness.
It is entitled, Does God Talk to You? It will provide a biblically
based answer to this question; it will highlight examples of God’s
talking with people during the Old and New Testament, and it will
shed insight on how we can experience communion with the
Almighty God. Without the usual format background information,
let us turn to the first defined focus which is - the correct biblical
view of God’s talking to people. A study of the Old Testament
vividly shows that God did talk with people during that time.
He talked to Adam and Eve about their privileges and restrictions;
He talked to Cain about his transgression; He told Noah to build
the Ark; He talked to Abraham about heaving his homeland;
and he talked to the Prophets as the penned his holy word
known today as the Bible. The Writing of Moses is filled with
references such as and the Lord spake unto Moses. Another
account of the Lord’s speaking is found in the Book of Ezekiel
where the Lord instructed him to prophecy to the valley of dry
bones ( Ezekiel 37 ). Although these references are adequate to
show that God did speak to people during the Old Testament
Era, our sermon will highlight a youngster to whom God spoke.
His name was Samuel, the central human character of our text.
Young people that boy was living in the temple with Eli the Priest
when he heard a voice calling his name. First, he ran to Eli and
asked if he had called him. Eli replied no and instructed him to
return to bed. Samuel heard the voice a second time and third
times. Eli, in response, told him to return to bed and if he heard
that voice again to say, “Speak Lord, for thy servant hears”.
Friends, the rest is history.
In addition to the cited persons who heard God’s speaking,
Peter tells us that the Holy Bible was written by holy men of old
as they were moved by the Spirit of God. ( 2nd Peter 2:19-20 ).
Against this fact, let us turn to the New Testament and see
if God yet speaks to humanity. Theologically, God discontinued
speaking directly to people with the birth, death, resurrection, and
ascension of Jesus. The lone exception is the experience of Saul
on the Damascus Road. That account is found in the 9th Chapter
of Acts. Therein is found the account of God’s speaking to Saul
and Ananias. God used that method because Saul was a chosen
vessel for the recording and spreading of Christianity. But Friends
that was a lone exception and the fact remains, today, that God
does not speak directly to human kind. In support of this
assertion, attention is called to Hebrews 1:1-2 where it is recorded
that “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in
time past unto the fathers by the prophets. Hath in these last
days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of
of all things, by whom also he made the worlds”. Prior to his
ascension, Jesus commissioned the eleven disciples to bear
witness of his ministry ( Matthew 28:18-20 ). In addition to the
preached word, God - as promised by Jesus ( John 14:26 )
sent the Comforter, in the name of Jesus, to teacher believers
and bring to their remembrance whatsoever Jesus had said unto
the disciples.
That divine channel occurred on the Day of Pentecost ( Acts 2 ).
On that glorious day, the promised Comforter can as a mighty
wind. Since that electrifying event, the Comforter has been
dwelling on earth with responsibilities to “teach you all things,
and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said
unto you” ( John 14:26 ) This assurance of divine presence in the
believer’s life leads to the last consideration which is how can we
experience divine communion with the Father? Friends, the
answer is found in Romans 10 where two requirements are

specified for communion with the Father, or receiving inspiration
of the Holy Spirit. The first is that of hearing and believing the
Gospel ( Romans 10:13-15 ). My friends, this Scripture shows you
the importance of being attentive in worship. The second
requirement for divine communion is to accept Jesus as Lord and

Savior. ( Romans 10:9 ). Friends, this verse is known doctrinally

as the Salvation Scripture. In closing, my friends, don’t expect

God to talk to you audibly, but listen to his word as it is being
preached; focused you mind on an unseen friend who had sent

the Holy Ghost to guide, protect, and defend you. Lastly, your
awareness with God will be more an inner sense of peace, a feeling
of confidence, and a resolution to live and do justly toward all
rather than to hear an audible voice from God speaking to you.
speaking to your heart.

 
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