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PART II: WHY THE DIFFERENT WAYS?
It is natural to ask many questions concerning our relationship with God. For instance, if we are naturally sinful that it makes it difficult for us to hear from him, canít he make some other ways for us to relate with him?
The truth is that God made it very easy to relate with him. Through the blood of Jesus we are now counted as righteous in his sight. Thatís why he qualified us to have the Holy Spirit who only relates with holy vessels. Every believer now has a right to draw towards Godís throne to receive grace, whenever need arises (Hebrews 4:16, 2 Corinthians 9:8). His grace, not our efforts therefore enables us to walk and relate with him.
However, that grace does not take our responsibilities. Its main purpose is to empower our weak nature to fulfill our responsibilities. Our responsibilities still include obedience and submission. Obedience and submission are forms of self-denial. Since our sinful nature wants to rule and not to submit it becomes difficult to submit. The more we obey the sinful nature the more difficult it becomes to submit to God. On the other hand, the more weíre willing to obey God the easier it becomes to submit to him.
Why does he want us to go through the many things in life like reading his word, praying, visions, fasting, circumstances and so on in order to determine what he is saying on particular issues? Sixteen ways have been mentioned here on how God speaks to us. The list seems long.
The main reason is that God wants to have a unique and colorful relationship with each of us. He wants each one of us to have a personal relationship with him. That is why what may work for one individual may not work for another.
God is a person like us his creatures. He therefore cannot work like a computer or calculator were one just punches the right buttons in order to receive a particular answer. All of us would prefer a heart to heart relationship with our loved ones than a mechanical one were we just do what is required in order to receive the right responses.
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Book on hearing from God:- Hearing from God: How to Hear Godís Voice in Your Life © 2008 Eric Gondwe