God Talk (book review)

Title: God Talk
Author: Calvin M. Durham
Publisher: Three Skillet Publishing
Date: 2022
Pages: 130

God Talk: Does God Speak Today? (book review)

The author, Calvin M. Durham, has ministry experience that has covered six decades. He has worked as pastor, church planting, administrative, evangelist and missionary. Calvin has served as the head of the General Council of the Assemblies of God Sunday School Department.

One of the questions that many people ask is if God still speaks today. In this book, Calvin explores that question and how God has spoken to Him over the years in many different ways. Some of these ways are audible voice, inner voice, dreams, silence, through others and through the Bible.

Throughout the book Calvin talks about different situations in his life in which he heard God Talk. He talks about some of his doubts and fears and how he was able to overcome them and obey what he heard God speaking to him in the moment, especially when the results were very delayed by years. Each chapter is a different situation and a different way in which God had talked with him.

At the end of each chapter Calvin challenges the reader to hear God Talk in the reader’s own personal life.

It is very clear that Calvin believes that God does speak to people today, if they are willing to listen and obey to what they hear God say.

I strongly encourage you to read this book with an open mind and heart to hear God speak in your own personal life. It will challenge to hear and obey God when he speaks. When you are open to hear and obey God, it will amaze you on what God will say and do in your life.

1 Chronicles 17:18 God Knows You

What more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant, 1 Chronicles 17:18

Friends often know their friends and are known by their friends. Co-workers may know the others they work around. After the close friends and co-workers, most people do not know each other.

It is an amazing thing when someone of very high position or popularity knows a person outside of the high positions and popularity. Many people take great pride when someone famous knows them by name or that they are actually friends.

God had just told David about the future of his family line. David was speechless and said that God knew him, His servant. There are two different levels of knowing a person.

The most common level is that one knows the person’s name and a little about who he is or what he does. This is commonly seen in the workplace. All one really knows about someone else is what is seen at the workplace, church or some other common meeting place.

Others know each other as friends and know a lot more about each other. At this level, they know what the person likes, where he lives and some details about his life. Very few attain this level with many people.

Believers may or may not have many friends who really know them here on this earth, but every one of them are known by God in the most intimate way possible. God knows every thought and even the number of hairs on one’s head. He knows and understands the desires one has and the struggles one is going through.

This is the God who created the heavens and earth who knows the believer. He is higher and greater than anyone else on this earth. Believers can be amazed and rejoice in knowing God knows them individually.

Whether you believe in God or not, He knows you more than anyone else can possibly know you. As a believer, you can rest in this fact knowing that God also knows what is best for you and knows your past, present and future.

Put your trust in God and be amazed at how well God knows you. Listen to God and allow Him to be in control, then give Him praise when you see Him do great things in and through you because He really does know you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how much God really knows you; that you will hear what God says of your life; that you will trust God’s guidance in your life; and that you will give God praise for what He says and does.

1 Samuel 3:10 Are You Listening?

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10

No matter where a person goes there are people speaking. Voices can be heard in person or through electronic devices at all times around the clock.

Since there is so much noise going on, many people tune out many of those voices. Even though they are hearing, they are not listening to the voices. Ignoring the voices is the common action of most people. People will choose who or what they will listen to.

God had called to Samuel and Samuel heard and responded by saying that God could speak because he was listening.

Everyday people are listening to many different things. It can be listening to friends, family members, music, television and more. There is no place that a person can go without hearing something being said.

However, it is a choice as to what a person will listen to. Often people will listen to what is the loudest in their life and then follow that voice.

Believers are to be in tune with listening to God and what He has to say. It is God who is supposed to direct the lives of every believer, not the world.

Yet, many believers choose to listen to the world and follow its ways. Not listening to God appears to be easier, because His word often is against the sinful desires of mankind.

Instead of listening to the world, believers must be willing to listen for God’s voice. God is speaking and desires to tell people the plans He has for them. He will rarely shout, but will speak in a still, quiet voice that only those who are listening can really hear.

God has something to tell you. He loves to talk with you and direct your paths in His ways.

Take time to close out and ignore the many voices of the world and listen for God to speak. The more you are listening to and obeying God’s voice, the more you will hear God speak into your life.

Do not allow the voices of the world to control your way of living and drown out God’s voice in your life causing you to sin against God. Be the servant of God that He has called you to be and listen for His voice.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the voice of God in your life; that you will listen for God to speak; that you will obey all that God tells you to do; that God will give you discernment to know what voices are not His; and that you will be a servant of God.

Numbers 7:89 Enter In To Speak And Listen To God

When Moses entered the tent of meeting to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant law. In this way the Lord spoke to him. Numbers 7:89

Communication is extremely important between two or more people. It is how people can understand each other and allow each other to know what is expected. This is done by talking and listening to each other.

In order to be able to communicate, one must be in the same area or have some means to bring them together, such as a cell phone.

Moses would enter the tent of meeting to hear God speak to him before the ark of the covenant law.

During the time of Moses, it was only Moses and the high priests that could go in before the ark of the covenant to speak and listen to God. If anyone else was to enter that area, he would be killed by God. Jesus tore that veil down, opening the way directly to God.

Since Jesus tore that veil down believers have direct access to God any time of the day or night. However, the believer must be willing to go in before God to speak with Him and listen to Him.

This new place is not a physical place, but a change of heart and mental focus. Instead of physically going somewhere, the believer must now take his focus off of the here and now and focus upon God in prayer.

Taking time to pray is a sacrifice. It means that one must let go of what is immediately trying to capture his attention and placing it upon God alone. The value of doing this is found in hearing God speak and guide the believer in life.

As a believer, you have direct access to God no matter the time of day or night. He is waiting for you to come to Him so that He can talk with you and guide you in how to live this life on earth He has given you.

Do not allow the things and cares of this world get in the way of spending time with God. Enter into the private place of prayer with God. Tell Him what is on your heart and listen to what He has to say.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will regularly spend time in prayer with God; that you will hear God’s voice and direction in your life; and that you will obey God’s commands to you.

Exodus 35:1 What Is God Commanding?

Moses assembled the whole Israelite community and said to them, “These are the things the Lord has commanded you to do:” Exodus 35:1

In every location upon the earth and every day, all day, there are millions of people giving commands or rules for that day. Bosses, managers and other leaders are directing their workers on what needs to be accomplished and how it is to be done.

The majority of people will listen and follow the instructions with very few questions against it. Those who listen and follow will do well. Those who ignore the instructions will often fail and get into trouble.

Moses gathered everyone together and began to tell them what God had commanded them to do.

Although many people do not like to be told what to do, most accept it as part of their job or position in society. People realize that there does need to be someone leading and giving the commands as the final authority.

Many believers today will try and say that God does not command anymore, but that people are now under grace, not the Law. While it is true that believers are now under grace, God does still give many commands, some of which are found directly in the Bible.

God does command to obey His commands, to love everyone, to forgive others, to flee sin, to repent of all sin, to be His witness and much more. There are many commands on how to think, act and react in the Bible.

Along with all the commands in the Bible, God also gives individuals direct commands. Some of these may be to move to a new location, change or start a job, not do something, go a different direction, start some ministry position, and much more.

In order to obey His commands, one has to listen for God to speak and then obey them.

God has some specific commands that are directed only to you in addition to the general ones found throughout the Bible. Only God and you know what He is trying to tell you.

You have to be open to hearing what God has to tell you. And you have to be in the constant mode of listening for God to speak. Unlike with the Israelites, you do not have to be gathered together with others to hear God’s voice. He can speak to you wherever you are at any time day or night.

What is God telling you today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear God speaking to you; that you will obey all of God’s commands to you; and that you will trust God with all of your heart, soul and mind.