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Is That You Lord?: Hearing the Voice of the Lord, a Biblical Perspective [Paperback]

By Gary E. Gilley (Author)
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We live in a world of communication ? telephones, the internet and satellite serve to connect people all over the world. Still, communication is messy business. Poor call quality, dropped lines and misdials are all too common and frustrating ... and that is before we get to try and understand what the other person is really saying.

Perhaps this is how we feel about communicating with God. When the Bible was seen as the central means of dialogue it wasn't so bad, but the new and 'improved' methods popularized by modern movements and mystics have disillusioned many individuals. The quest to 'discover the will of God', discern the mysterious promptings of the Spirit, and open the floodgates of divine communication are all hot topics in popular Christian culture, and cause much unnecessary anguish and confusion.

But what does the Bible say? Dr Gary E. Gilley shows us, in clear and precise language, what God's Word teaches on this important subject. Essential reading for pastors, teachers, college students, and anyone interested in the Holy Spirit's communication to humanity, Is that you, Lord? will guide you to biblical soundness and Christian sanity. 'Let the reader ponder the arguments of this research and weigh them with an open Bible. Those of us who have found complete satisfaction in God?s revelation through the Holy Scriptures have long awaited a book like this.' ? Dr John O. Hosler, Senior Pastor, Napier Parkview Baptist Church, Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA.

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Studio: Evangelical Press
Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.27"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 4, 2007
Publisher   EVANGELICAL PRESS #532
ISBN  0852346522  
ISBN13  9780852346525  

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Thumbs Up!  Feb 22, 2008
The phrase "biblically sound" pretty much covers it. This should be mandatory reading for EVERY born again Christian. Thank you Mr Gilley!!!
Thank you, Pastor Gilley  Nov 24, 2007
The main thrust of this book can best be summed up by Pastor Gilley himself: "That God is at work behind the scenes, leading and directing our lives, is not the question, in this all conservative Christians agree. The question is whether the Bible teaches that God has specific will(s) for each of us - specific choices he wants us to make on all sorts of things - and whether these will(s) must be discerned through various extra-biblical means. I believe, contrary to the majority of Christians, that the answer to these questions is a clear `no'." (p. 37)

As Gilley notes, more and more Christians, regardless of denomination, etc are coming to believe that "the will of God can be ascertained through divinely prompted feelings, hunches, impressions or dreams. If these fail we can turn to fleeces, fastings, flipping coins or opening the Bible randomly and following the first verse that makes sense." (pp. 35-36) Is this how God says we are to discern His will? Are these biblical methods?

Gilley does an excellent job in addressing this question, especially in a book of only 92 pages. He begins with a short chapter the early Pietists (Arndt, Spener, Francke, and Zinzendorf), what they believed, and how their teachings paved the way for subjectivity and theological liberalism. Gilley maintains that although their goal was proper exegesis and a higher regard for the Bible, they slowly allowed subjectivity and experience to become more authoritative.

The author notes that a recent study shows that "one in three American adults say that God speaks to him directly." Gilley also sites the author Henry Blackaby, a proponent of extra-biblical revelation. Gilley notes that the Bible does not portray people hearing from God inside their heads and then have to go through the discernment of whether or not it was really God or even partially God. When people in the Bible heard from God it was loud, audible and there was no doubt about it. (With the single exception of young Samuel who didn't realize it was the Lord - nevertheless, the priest heard it, so it was not within Samuel's head.) "The evangelistic method of Jesus and the apostles was not to urge people to seek direct experiences with God; instead they went about preaching and teaching the Scriptures."(p. 27)

Gilley looks at how the term "the will of God" is used in three distinct ways. 1. The "sovereign will of God in which it is recognized that our Lord is in control of all things in the universe. Ephesians 1:11..." 2. The "revealed will of God which makes known to us how God expects us to live." For example 1 Thess 4:1-4, or His command to love Him and our neighbor. The Bible clearly teaches both of these. It's the third, the "specific or individual" will of God, by which some believe that God has an "ideal, detailed life-plan uniquely designed for each believer," (p.36) that we must discover, that Gilley is most concerned with in this book.

Throughout the rest of the book, Gilley puts forth an excellent argument through the study of scripture, why we have freedom to choose courses of action as long as they are made biblically. One great example is in 1 Corinthians 7 where the apostle Paul is "dealing with one of the most important decisions in life - marriage. What a perfect opportunity to lay out the steps for discernment of the specific will of God. Instead the Holy Spirit-inspired apostle, after some advice pertinent to the current situation, leaves the decision as to whether one should marry to the individual believer (v.8-9, 20-21)." (p.40-41) Examples from Paul's own decision making are also noted.

Pastor Gilley discusses some often quoted verses on this subject - Kings 19, Romans 8:14 & 16, Psalm 37:4, Phil 4:4-7 coupled with Col 3:15, Proverbs 3:5-6, John 16:12-14, among them. Chapter Six is a thoughtful list of common questions and answers. Chapter Seven surveys the instances in which God speaks to someone in the Bible, and Chapter Eight gives us further insight into God's revealed will and practical steps for biblical decision making.

In the end, Gilley tells us that we have the freedom to choose between biblically acceptable alternatives. Decision making should always begin with Scripture. We need to pray for wisdom (James 1:5-8), and seek wise counsel (Proverbs 12:15, 13:10, 15:22, 20:18). (pp.56-57) Let's not be taken captive through worldly philosophy and empty deception (Col 2:8-15). Pastor Gilley reminds us that 2 Peter 1:3 tells us that "He [God] has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him..." Life and godliness can only be obtained "through the true knowledge of Christ, which is found only in the Word. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17)...Why search beyond the Scriptures for the things that God says the Scriptures alone supply?"(pp. 90-91).

A friend of mine thinks that Gary Gilley has gone too far in the opposite direction of mysticism, minimizing God's participation in our lives. I don't believe Gilley meant to handcuff God. He states in the introduction that he is not a deist. He believes God is alive and active in this world. He just doesn't think we should try to discern His will through hunches, feeling etc. For example, God may open a door (opportunity) for you to serve Him. God can do anything. On the other hand, just because a door opens up to do something, doesn't necessarily mean it is from God. Some open doors lead to elevator shafts! (My example, not Gilley's.) Buy the book. It's only 92 pages and it will give you a great framework with which you can think and discuss this important subject, whether you agree with the author or not.
Gilley presents a wonderful case against the pietistic Christian mysticism that so characterizes conservative/fundamental evangelicalism. We "lay out the fleece", pray for peace, seek God's direction, look for "open doors", and wrestle over the daily will of God. Yet Gilley points out how this actually diminishes the power and authority of God's revealed and written Word which is sufficient for all of life and godliness.

The book is brief and easy to read. As such, he does not spend pages going into deep details, so one must have some prior experience to appreciate this book fully. He presupposes salvation on the part of the reader and at least a cursory knowledge of Christianity, its verbiage, and practices.

While he deals devastating blows to the Charismatic/pentecostal view of revelation, his primary purpose is to expose the very same spirit in conservative circles. Read and heed this important book.
The Sufficiency of Scripture  Jul 17, 2007
There is a popular teaching these days that instructs people to seek within to hear the 'voice of God', they listen to their feelings, promptings, and hunches to guide them in making life's decisions, and listen to an 'inaudible', 'inner voice', to know the 'Will of God' for their lives.

This book will challenge the Christian reader's professed confidence in the Word of God, because once someone has omitted Scripture as the Final Authority, the person has no way left for truly testing or knowing if something is of God or not. This can become a serious situation for a Christian, that very often makes them vulnerable to false teachings, confusion, heartache.

When Jesus was tempted by the devil in Matt 4:4, He said; "It is written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God". In this 4th chapter, 3 times Jesus says "It is written". Scripture is the final authority.

Gary Gilley has written an excellent book in a Q & A format that deals with the vital matter of hearing God's voice, godly decision making, callings, and what God's Will is for the Christian, and gives us a sound biblical way of obeying God's Will and practicing biblical guidance in our lives. 2 Timothy 3:16,17 says; "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." The Scriptures are sufficient - and are a sure foundation. Recommended reading.

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