I'm confused. God is not the author of confusion so where is it coming from?
The threads recently have been whether or not gifts are for today, apostle, prophet etc.. Then we have threads talking about whether God is speaking to you today, and "not" through His Word, but in other ways.
Some say God is speaking to them and some say if He isn't then you aren't listening, or you just don't have the gift of hearing from God because if you did you would be a prophet or an apostle?
What saddens me is that some think that it is not enough that God speaks to us through His Word. Do I believe He speaks in other ways? Yes, of course. We have the Holy Spirit in us. Our God is alive and interacts with us. But God's Word is alive! His very words are given us to live by.
Hebrews 4:12-"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Luke 4:4-"And Jesus answered him, saying,"It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."
I fear that if we rely on "hearing" from God without His word, it just might be someone else we are hearing from....How do you know?