PSALM 119:49-50: “Remember what you said to your servant, by which you caused me to hope. This is what comforts me in my troubles, that what you say revives me.” (ISV)

OBSERVATION: Does God still speak to us today? Does the Lord only speak to us through the written Word of God, or does He also speak a personal word to our hearts? I believe that the Lord still desires to speak to His children with a personal word. These personal words are never in contradiction with His Written Word, but they are not limited to the Written Word. The New Testament calls these personal words the gift of prophecy.

This prophetic word can come in different ways. It can come through the exercise of a spiritual gift in the church, it can come through the inner revelation, and, although I have never experienced this personally, it can come through an audible voice.  The most common way I find the Lord speaking to me is through inner revelation.  This inner revelation can come during times of prayer, as we meditate on Scripture, during personal or corporate worship, or simply through the initiation of the Holy Spirit. However it comes, it is for the purpose of bringing us personal edification, exhortation, and comfort.

  • “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” ‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭14:1-3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
  • “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:15-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
  • “Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:15-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The Good News is – God desires to speak to us today! In fact, He is always speaking. The question is – are we listening? He is speaking to His church corporately. He is speaking to each local congregation. And, He is speaking to each of us individually through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives. And like the Psalmist, it is the Written Word that is our sure foundation, and the Rhema Word (God’s personal word for our lives) that is our personal hope!

  • “Remember what you said to your servant, by which you caused me to hope. This is what comforts me in my troubles, that what you say revives me.”
  • “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice,” ‭Hebrews‬ ‭3:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Lord, thank You for the prophetic word! Thank you that You desire to speak into my life today! Give me ears to hear the sweet whisper of Your Holy Spirit. May I open my heart to the fullness of Your Spirit, while I walk in the wisdom and understanding of Your Written Word!

  • “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” ‭‭I Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-22‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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