God is saying what he always has said. But in any context, culture, time, situation, he will emphasize some things, and be quieter about others.
He tends to veer away from saying things that our ears itch to hear, because those are things we tend to over-emphasize and that tend to foster our pride. Rather, he tends to say things that we have forgotten, that we overlook, that we ignore or that we deliberately stop our ears to.
Therefore, in any situation, God's word will appear to go against what most people in that situation would expect him to say. God's word will be a corrective (n.b. II Tim. 3:16) - though sometimes it will also be an encouragement.
God's word never panders to human pride; by this, above all, you may know whether God is speaking. But neither does God's word crush the human spirit; rather, it inspires and enlivens to greater things.
So, what is God saying today?
To whom? To what human situation?
First of all, what is God saying to his own people, today?
I believe that God is saying something like the following (summary statements, clickable to the detail). Since it is normal in charismatic churches to hear "The Lord says, 'I ....'", I will use the first person stance here.
If it is indeed what God is saying, then I must treat it with respect. For this reason I will not do what I usually do, namely place hyperlinks in the text so readers might be encouraged look at to other material I have written. If it is what God is saying, it should stand alone without privileging what I have written. Instead, for readers that would like to think more about what is said here, I provide links at the end. This version builds on, and slightly tidies-up, the original, to which you may prefer to refer.
radah'. In Ezekiel 34 I berated the shepherds of the House of Israel for the wrong type of '
radah'; they were supposed to look after my sheep, but they saw that as an opportunity to look after themselves, and did not tend the sick or strengthen the weak. They were focused entirely on themselves, thinking they had my favour. How wrong they were.
radahyou have from me is for your own sake and pleasure. That is utterly wrong.
If you would like to think about this more deeply, then it is discussed in 'A New View of Theology and Practice, So We Live In New Ways', and fuller discussion of the specific parts as follows:
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Created: 1999. Last updated: 20 Jan 2002. 1 January 2009 .end, .nav. 18 April 2010 summary and some slight rewording. 30 January 2011 expanded point 1, rearranged points 2,3,4, added explanation, gave links at end to nv/rrrr. 2 September 2012 some tidying up.