Don’t Limit Yourself To A Method

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  1. HAMel

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    God Speaks in Many Times and Ways

    Daily Devotional for Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

    God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son. Hebrews 1:1

    Our generation is preoccupied with methods. When we find a program that works in one business, we immediately want to package and distribute it so that it will work for others. This attitude carries over into the spiritual life as well. We spend much energy looking for spiritual disciplines, books, seminars, or conferences that “work” in order to feel satisfied with our Christian life. God does not want us to trust in methods. He wants us to trust in Him.

    Trusting in methods rather than in a Person seriously limits the way we experience God. When we expect Him to speak to us only in predictable ways, we forget that God is much more complex than our perception of Him. In times past, God spoke in dreams and visions. He used nature; miraculous signs; prophets; a still, small voice; fire; trumpets; fleece; the casting of lots; and angels. He spoke in the middle of the night, during worship services, at mealtimes, during funerals, while people were walking along the road, through sermons, in the middle of a storm, and through His Son.

    The important thing was not how God communicated, but that He spoke. If God always spoke to us through dreams, we would remain in our beds awaiting a divine revelation! The means God uses to communicate with us is irrelevant; the fact that He is communicating is what is critical.

    Don’t limit yourself to a method, expecting only to hear from your Father in predictable ways. Rather, open yourself up to other means by which God wants to commune with you. Allow the Holy Spirit to sensitize you to God’s message at all times, in every location, under any circumstance. Then you will experience God in entirely new dimensions as you are receptive to His voice.

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    True, but let's not cut off our nose to spite our face. While we are to depend on God we must also realize that God can and does use methods and programs in the realm of that dependence.
     
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    True, but let's not cut off our nose to spite our face. While we are to depend on God we must also realize that God can and does use methods and programs in the realm of that dependence.

    As the title infers, "Don't LIMIT yourself to a method".
     
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    Thanks, but I think I'll stick with the objective and authoritative "method" of scripture rather than chasing subjective and esoteric experiences.
     
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    There's some mixing of apples and oranges going on in this. For example, "means" is not the same as "methods". Means are constant (salvation is through the means of the Gospel Message and nothing else); methods are changeable (preaching, tracts, bible study, etc.). Also, neither the means nor the method is "irrelevant"; but if that is said to prohibit obsessing over one particular method against all others, then I would agree.
     
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    J.D., what I gleaned from the above is this;

    "The important thing was not how God communicated, but that He spoke. If God always spoke to us through dreams, we would remain in our beds awaiting a divine revelation! The means God uses to communicate with us is irrelevant; the fact that He is communicating is what is critical."

    Trusting in methods is not really all that important to the Lord but rather, that we trust in Him. Or, trusting in protocol will get you nowhere.

    Not to mention that apples and oranges are both fruit no matter how you look at it.
     

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