Dr. Hanning Mutukiriza, PhD: KBRC-Makerere
“And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.” (1 Kings 17:8-9)
Between Elijah and his sustenance was the word of the Lord. Now what if Elijah did not believe God’s word? Well, then he would have missed out on his sustenance which God had prepared for him.
You don’t know how many children of God have missed out God’s voice in the New Testament. If God spoke to those who believed Him in the Old Testament, how much more will He speak now in the New Testament? Now you are thinking, “But I don’t know how God speaks and I don’t know His voice”. How did people like Elijah know how God speaks? Do you have a need like Elijah had and do you believe that only God can supply it? Then you have to learn to hear His voice.
Elijah did not have a pastor to speak into his life. All he had were scriptures and God’s voice. Though I have people I look to and though I have mentors and though I have a spiritual father, I need to learn to hear God’s voice. There are things and situations which are so exclusive to you that God has to speak to you directly. There are times when every born again ought to hear the Shepherd’s voice himself or herself.
I believe in prophecies and I believe in the instant spoken word simply because I already have the written word. I know how God speaks from the scriptures. I know His voice from the scriptures. So I can hear His voice.
The Lord has spoken to me over the last 25 years of our ministry and still speaks. And we haven’t missed Him once. We have been sustained, we have been preserved and we cannot take it for granted. Let the word of the Lord come to you.