Does Jesus Speak To People?

This morning on the TV program “The View,” Joy Behar stated that it’s okay to speak to Jesus but to believe that He speaks to you, is a sign of mental illness.

Is this true?

What is the basis for a person to believe that Jesus would speak to them?

It is interesting that when we read the words of Jesus we find that He promised those who seek to know Him and have a personal relationship with Him, He does speak to these persons. In fact, Jesus said that when we decide to trust in Him for our salvation, He comes to live in us.

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.  ~John 14:23

Jesus promised that after He was raised from the dead and departed for heaven, He would come to us by the Holy Spirit and remind us of all the things that He has said.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.  ~John 14:26

This is a principle difference between a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and all the other religions and gods of the world. Jesus comes to live with us and speak to us every day; religions and gods are not personal and do not come to dwell within a person, nor speak to them.

You will often hear that Christianity is not a religion it is a relationship. The fact that Joy Behar and others do not know that Jesus speaks to those who love Him, is because they have no personal relationship with God. Until we desire to know God in a personal way and begin to speak and listen to Him, we will not understand that He really does speak to those who walk in fellowship with Him.

How Does Jesus Speak To Us?

Do we hear an audible voice? No, in most cases this does not happen, although some have reported that they have heard an actual voice. For most people, the way that Jesus speaks to us is by a thought that comes into our mind that we become aware of as not originating in us, but from His heart and mind.

In the beginning, it is difficult to distinguish between our own thoughts and the Lord speaking to us. It takes a little practice to be able to understand when It is the Lord and when it is only our own mind.

We see and example of this in the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel, chapter 3″

The Lord Speaks to Samuel

Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the Lord by assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon. One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God. Suddenly the Lord called out, “Samuel!” “Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” 5 He got up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” “I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go back to bed.” So he did.

Then the Lord called out again, “Samuel!” Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” “I didn’t call you, my son,” Eli said. “Go back to bed.” Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. So the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?”

Then Eli realized it was the Lord who was calling the boy. So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed. And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”  ~1 Samuel 3:1-10 (NLT)

The reality is that the God in whom we believe, cares deeply for us and He wants a two way communication with us. We read His word and He speaks to us. We pray and speak to Him. We sit quietly and wait for Him, He speaks to our mind and heart.

I have been in this two way exchange with Jesus for nearly 43 years. I am not mentally ill, not do I lack intelligence. I know Him and seek Him, and therefore, He speaks to me every day.

Our knowledge of Jesus’ true identity comes by a progressive revelation. God first reveals Himself to people who are sincerely and diligently seeking Him. To those who care not for God, He hides Himself; and they cannot find Him, understand who He is, or believe that He exists.

God Hides Himself

People who claim they have seen no evidence for God make an unrealized error: He hides Himself from those who do not want to know Him. God determined that to be found, people must seek Him diligently.

For the person who genuinely wants to know God, it is very easy to find Him, if the heart is honest.

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.  ~Jeremiah 29:13

For the person who has determined that God does not exist, and will not seek Him, He remains hidden and imperceivable.

Jesus often taught by use of parables. Hidden within stories filled with common and familiar things of life, Jesus hid deeper meanings of heaven and eternal life.

The disciples asked Jesus why He taught the people by Parables instead of telling them plainly the things He told them.

Jesus said that He taught in this manner because God conceals who He is from people He knows have no desire to find Him. The condition of our heart is known to God, and this becomes a determining factor for who He reveals Himself to.

The sincere person can discover God quite easily by taking the little information they do have and continuing a search for more. God intended that people would know He exists by the things He has made. The universe exists as evidence for God, yet some people have the unintelligible idea that it was caused by accident or natural events.

When God created us, He placed a knowledge of Himself inside us. He showed us the majesty of the universe and the beauty of earth and human life. He gave us His word and sent His Son into the world.

If people can see these things and not find a sincere desire for God, He will not seek to convince them by further revelation.

The person who has determined in their heart they will not seek God, He takes away the little knowledge they have about Him. To the person who sees all that God has left to us to prove His existence and seeks for more, God gives them more.

We must understand that God has placed a knowledge of Himself inside the human heart. He did this so that we would feel the need to search for Him. When a person tells us they don’t believe in God because they have seen no evidence that He exists, they are not telling the truth. This is because knowledge that God exists is hard-wired into us when we are created. This knowledge of God comes by way of our conscience. We see the universe, the world, and the beauty of life, and we know that God exists.

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.  ~Romans 1:20-22 (NLT)

To deny what is obvious and refuse to acknowledge what God knows is true places a person in an impossible situation.

When Paul wrote to Timothy, in chapter 4, he described a process that will be prevalent in the later days, just prior to the return of Jesus. People will begin to depart from faith in God and His word. In place of their trust, they will begin to listen to the deception of demons who work through people in telling them lies. As they deny what their conscience tells them, this opposition to God’s inner voice progressively causes this person to become less able to detect the danger they are in. In the case of God, when a person continually denies His existence, for them He does cease to exist.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.  ~1 Timothy 4:1-2

People who are burned repeatedly in an area of their hand, cause damage to the nerve sensors of that part of the body, and they can no longer feel pain. Damage to nerves by this process is often referred to as being “seared,” when the sensation of that area loses its feeling.

As a person loses the ability to feel pain when a hand or other part of the body is burned, so also does the conscience lose its ability to sense God when it is burned away by a repeated suppression of the conscience. The more that people push God away, the less they are able to perceive Him.

Paul told Timothy that this is what happens to those who repeatedly deny God in their lives, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.

People like Joy Behar, who ignore and suppress the voice of God who speaks to them, sear their conscience and God is no longer able to reach them.  If we will seek to know God, He can be found and we can enter into an incredible relationship where we are never alone again. God speaks to those who love Him and seek to do His will. These are the true facts of God’s desire to make Himself know to us. There are billions of people who experience this communication with the Lord every day in their life.

All that is necessary to experience this for yourself is to start seeking the Lord and ask Him to speak to you. Jesus said that the reason that people do not hear His voice is because they are not His sheep (a term of endearment). Those who do love the Lord, hear His voice and they follow where He leads.

But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.  ~John 10:26-28

Learn more about how God speaks to us, in my new book: “Why Jesus is God, And Others Are Not.”

Categories: Following Jesus, Hearing Jesus' Voice, Robert Clifton Robinson

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