Personal Encounters with God

Have you heard God speak to you? Thousands, perhaps millions, have. Shown below are some of the occasions recorded in the Bible. [New American Standard Version]

Adam & Eve Genesis 1:27-29
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth." Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;"

The Serpent Genesis 3:14
The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;"

Cain Genesis 4:9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?"

Noah Genesis 9:17
And God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth."

Himself Genesis 11:6
The LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them."

Hagar Genesis 16:9 Then the angel of the Lord said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority."

Rebekah Genesis 25:23 The Lord said to her, "Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples will be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger."

Jacob Genesis 46:2
God spoke to Israel [Jacob] in visions of the night and said, "Jacob, Jacob."

Moses Exodus 6:2
God spoke further to Moses and said to him, "I am the LORD;.."

Abraham Genesis 17:9
God said further to Abraham, "Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations."

Abimelech Genesis 20:6
Then God said to him in the dream, "Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also kept you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her." [Sarah]

Aaron Exodus 4:27
Now the LORD said to Aaron, "Go to meet Moses in the wilderness."

Joshua Joshua 3:7
Now the LORD said to Joshua, "This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you."

Gideon Judges 6:20
The angel of God said to him, "Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this rock, and pour out the broth."

Israel's Sons Judges 10:11
The LORD said to the sons of Israel, "Did I not deliver you from the Egyptians, the Amorites, the sons of Ammon, and the Philistines"

Manoah Judges 13:13
So the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, "Let the woman pay attention to all that I said."

Phinehas Judges 20:28 And the LORD said, "Go up, for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand."

Samuel 1 Samuel 3:11
The LORD said to Samuel, "Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle."

Solomon 1 Kings 3:5
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, "Ask what you wish Me to give you."

Elijah 1 Kings 19:15
Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

Jehu 2 Kings 10:30
The LORD said to Jehu, "Because you have done well in executing what is right in My eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in My heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel."

Hezekiah 2 Kings 18:25
Have I now come up without the LORD'S approval against this place to destroy it? The LORD said to me, "Go up against this land and destroy it."

David 1 Chronicles 28:3
But God said to me, "You shall not build a house for My name because you are a man of war and have shed blood."

Satan Job 1:8
The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil."

Job Job 40:1-2
Then the Lord said to Job, "Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty ? Let him who reproves God answer it."

Eliphaz Job 42:7
It came about after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has."

Isaiah Isaiah 7:3
Then the LORD said to Isaiah, "Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway to the fuller's field,"

Jeremiah Jeremiah 1:9
Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth."

Ezekiel Ezekiel 23:36
Moreover, the LORD said to me, "Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then declare to them their abominations."

Hosea Hosea 1:2
When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, "Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the LORD."

Amos Amos 7:8
The LORD said to me, "What do you see, Amos?"

Jonah Jonah 4:9
Then God said to Jonah, "Do you have good reason to be angry about the plant?"

Zechariah Zechariah 11:13
Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them."

Pharisees Luke 11:39
But the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness."

Ananias Acts 9:10
Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, Pharisees "Ananias."
And he said, "Here I am, Lord."

Satan Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.' "

Leper Matthew 8:4
And Jesus said to him, "See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."

Centurion Matthew 8:13
And Jesus said to the centurion, "Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed."

Scribe Matthew 8:22
But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead."

Paralytic Matthew 9:2
And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic,
"Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven."

Matthew Matthew 9:9
As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector's booth; and He said to him, "Follow Me". And he got up and followed Him.

Blind Men Matthew 9:28
When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them,
"Do you believe that I am able to do this?"

God the Father Matthew 11:25
At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants."

Disciples Matthew 14:16
But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!"
[There are many instances when HE spoke to His disciples, to crowds, to Pharisees, Scribes, Sadducees and others. Too many to record here.]

Syrophoenician Woman Matthew 15:28
Then Jesus said to her, "woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed at once.

Simon called Peter Matthew 16:17
And Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven."

Rich Young Man Matthew 19:21
Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."

Judas Matthew 26:50
And Jesus said to him, Friend, do what you have come for."

Judas Matthew 26:55
At that time Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would against a robber? Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me."

Pilate Matthew 27:11
Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And Jesus said to him, "It is as you say."

Philip John 1:43
The next day He purposed to go into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, "Follow Me."

Mary, His Mother John 2:4
And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come."

Samaritan Woman at Jacob's Well John 4:7
There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink."

Saul [Paul] Acts 9:4
and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"

John Revelation 1:17-18
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades."

These are not the only recorded instances of God speaking to humans but they were the most obvious. The Lord spoke to certain persons numerous times. This is especially true of Moses with whom God spent forty years instructing him. God also spoke many times to some of the prophets whether or not I listed them above.

Jesus spoke to many people, before and after His death and resurrection. He spoke with Martha and Mary of Bethany; their dead brother Lazarus when He called him forth; His many disciples on many occasions; many times specifically to Peter.

No matter what some believe, God is still speaking to people. He speaks through His Holy Spirit to call men to repentance and belief in the one Savior, Jesus Christ. To those who believe, He speaks in their minds and hearts, guiding them in spiritual living while they are trapped in their physical bodies.

If you are a saved Believer, listen for what the Spirit tells you.
If you are not saved and desire to know God personally, you may find help at this link.

Written by Wayne Hepburn, October 2012 and placed in the Public Domain.

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