1. In what ways have you experienced what you thought might be the “voice of
God,” either through experience or emotion? How certain can you be that it
was in fact God’s voice?
A: The first time I prayed and asked for forgiveness was an overwhelming feeling. For what seemed like no reason, I dropped by my bedside and began praying. I believe this to be God calling me to be obedient and to follow Him. Other than that, I haven’t really experienced God. I think that He has called me at times to study the word and He has led me to people that have helped with my walk with Him. I can only know it’s God’s voice by praying and studying the word and making sure that whatever it is that I feel he’s asking me to do is also in accordance with the bible.
2. Many people become more desirous to hear the “voice of God” outside of
Scripture when there are difficulties in their lives. What is the danger in this?
A: Being able to recognize God’s voice when you are desperate. If the only time you listen for God is during difficult times, you may fail to recognize Him vs. our enemies. When one is desperate, I believe this may open a door to evil, and it may even seem like good advice, and may work out, but it won’t be the voice of God you were listening to. One should lay down their lives at all times, to pray often during good times and bad, so that we know what is God’s will and voice, and what is not.
3. How have you been mislead by what you thought was God’s voice? In what
ways did this confuse you?
A: I have not heard God’s voice enough, I have not prayed enough, and I am not a person who takes advice easily. Even if God is telling me something, I generally take a long time to determine that it is, in fact, God’s will. When wrong decisions in life are made, I know they are mine, and I am responsible for them. The closest I came to hearing what I though was God’s voice and I believe strongly it wasn’t, was when I was almost converted to Mormonism before I became a Christian. I was searching for answers, and I was surrounded by Mormons. They talked very convincingly, and I felt that it was the right way to go. Fortunately, the Good Lord provided me with a definite answer later on, using the Mormons as the tool to show me the right way.
4. Hard cessationists have been falsely accused of denying that God can work
miracles today, when in reality they do not deny that God can work miracles,
but that God gifts particular people to work miracles. A hard cessationist may
pray for God to miraculously heal someone of cancer just as hopefully as a
continuationist. Does this clear up some misunderstanding? Explain.
A: As opposed to God using people to do His miracles, He now may use the Holy Spirit to do it. Continuationists believe that God still uses people to perform miracles, whereas cessationists believe God uses other means to perform the same miracles.
5. A verified prophet is one who performs an incredible sign or wonder, leaving
no doubt in the minds of the observer that he or she is a prophet. Have you
ever witnessed this? Explain.
A: No, I have never seen this personally. I haven’t ever seen anyone speaking in tongues, healing anyone, or performing other miracles. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen, I just haven’t witnessed it myself.
6. God speaks in many different ways. The argument of this lesson is that we
cannot be certain that we are hearing “God’s voice” unless it is verified
through rightly interpreted Scripture or a verified prophet. How important
does this make our study of Scripture? Explain.
A: We cannot be fooled nearly as easily if we study and know the scripture. There are all sorts of quacks out there that lead people astray, and they get away with it due to the ignorance people have of scripture. They may also get away with it due to the number of people that refute the Bible, yet feel there is a God out there.
7. How do you often “put God in a box” in your own life? Explain.
A: I don’t think I put God in a box in any way. I have said that I’m still early enough in my walk and without traditions from any particular church that I am cautiously open to all ideas. I think God can perform many miracles and does so. He may even use people to do so. I don’t know. God asks us to trust in Him, so that is what I attempt to do.
8. How was your thinking most challenged by the lesson? Explain.
A: I wasn’t really challenged in this one as much as I was hoping to have a concrete answer to such subjects as the legitimacy of tongues and other charismatic traits. I was very skeptical of them, but more and more I find that there MAY be some legitimacy to them. I do think that there are many who “fake” it, in order to fit in, and that others are genuine. I haven’t got a clear answer yet. I’ll keep praying.