By: Arnie Cole and Michael Ross
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
-Am I allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to me through Scripture?
-When I read the Bible, am I actively listening for God's special message for me?
-How do I know that it's God speaking to me and not me wanting to hear a particular message?
Sometimes we doubt that the Bible actually has a particular, individualized message for us. After all, it's pretty antiquated--we wonder how something that was written thousands of years ago, in a completely different place and time, can still apply to and impact those of us living in the 21st century. What we forget, though, is that God cannot be boxed in to our definition and understanding of time. The God-breathed words that were written by the prophets and disciples of yesterday transcend all time and are still relevant today. God's personal message waits for us within the pages of the Bible. The question is: are we willing to hear it?
Ask for Change: Lord, open my ears. Help me hear the message You intend just for me
Consider what's real: Dozens of translations of the Bible exist, from the formal King James Version to more modern translations like The New Living Translation and The Message. If you find the Bible difficult to read and understand, take a few minutes to page through a few different translations at your local bookstore. You may find one that speaks your language.
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