NOVEMBER 15, 2017
THE VOICE OF GOD…..
John 10:26-28 (Living bible), “But you don’t believe me because you are not part of my flock. My sheep recognize my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. No one shall snatch them away from me
John 10:26-28(King James), “But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Jesus made it very clear when He was on Earth that GOD’S CHILDREN CAN HEAR AND RECOGNIZE THE VOICE OF GOD AND WE FOLLOW HIM.
I am astounded at the people who say they too are Christians but are not hearing God speak to them and they are offended when you tell them “God said….” as if we are making it up. Lets be clear about what the written bible says. If we are a child of God He speaks to us. We can recognize His voice. If you are NOT hearing God speak to you then you need to reevaluate your soul and spirit. because GOD SPEAKS TO ALL HIS CHILDREN.
The problem is you are not surrending to His voice because it’s not what you want to hear. Or you have willful sin in your life and it is causing so much static and confusion that you are unable to distinguish His voice from the negative voices. Satan speaks to us as well. Thats how Satan convinces us to do wrong. Stan lures and entices you with something and then he lies to you. But God is also speaking and then it is up to us which voice we follow. God does not usually use all that manipulation of luring and enticing like Satan does. God looks deeper to areas you can’t see. God looks further into the future than you can imagine. Most of the time God’s way does not make a lot of sense at first. But if you obey then His way is made clear.
Right before Jesus was crucified He told the disciples that it was important that He go away so He could send the Holy Spirit of God to live inside every born again Christian. The Holy Spirit is the One that leads and guides us daily. He reveals truth. He tells us things to come in the future. He prepares the way and path that God has for us on a daily basis. He is our counselor, instructor, our teacher and leader. If you are not hearing Him and following Him daily you will be confused and easily strayed from the will of God. The other negative voices and self serving voices in your head will lead your decisions if you are not familiar with the voice of God in your heart.
John 16: 5-14 (Amp bible)“But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts [and taken complete possession of them]. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper, Holy Spirit (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you]. And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment: about sin[and the true nature of it], because they do not believe in Me [and My message]; about righteousness [personal integrity and godly character], because I am going to My Father and you will no longer see Me; about judgment [the certainty of it], because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged and condemned. “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear [to hear] them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future]. He will glorify and honor Me, because He (the Holy Spirit) will take from what is Mine and will disclose it to you.
CHRISTIANS NEED THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BE ABLE TO FOLLOW GOD DAILY. God does not send thundering voices from heaven anymore or write His instructions in stone for us to read. He composed a book called the King James Bible which is the life of Jesus Christ and the written words of God. It is our responsibility to read that book as if God is speaking to us personally and then DO WHATEVER HE SAYS, even if we don’t like it or understand it. If God said for us to do something or not do something it is to our advantage to listen and do it. You know God is smarter than you are right?
James 1:21-24 (living Bible) So get rid of all that is wrong in your life, both inside and outside, and humbly be glad for the wonderful message we have received, for it is able to save our souls as it takes hold of our hearts. And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. So don’t fool yourselves. For if a person just listens and doesn’t obey, he is like a man looking at his face in a mirror; as soon as he walks away, he can’t see himself anymore or remember what he looks like.
Don’t let unbelievers offend you or cause you to doubt yourself when we hear from God. God’s kids can hear His voice and we have obedient hearts to do whatever our Father tells us to do. That’s our advantage over the world. Unbelievers should feel ashamed that they are not hearing from God. Unbelievers argued and tried to silence Jesus too. Unbelievers mocked and was offended by Jesus too when He told them what HIS FATHER said. If they did it to Jesus they will do it to you. BE STRONG!
John 15:18-19“If the world hates you [and it does], know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love [you as] its own and would treat you with affection. But you are not of the world [you no longer belong to it], but I have chosen you out of the world. And because of this the world hates you.”