John 8:25(NLT) “Who are you?” they demanded. Jesus replied, “The one I have always claimed to be.[f] 26 I have much to say about you and much to condemn, but I won’t. For I say only what I have heard from the one who sent me, and he is completely truthful.” 27 But they still didn’t understand that he was talking about his Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I AM he.[g] I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me. 29 And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.” 30 Then many who heard him say these things believed in him.
When the voice of God is not heard, men/women run and labor for the Lord without a mandate. Because they are functioning on their own! I have been there: doing good things, taking on challenges, believing fully that I was standing up against the workers of iniquity. And I wound up thousands of dollars in debt, weary and disillusioned, crying for help at every turn. I had not been sent by God but I didn’t understand. I was broken, burdened, willing to give up so much; it was not born out of prayer—it was human compassion. Hope this helps someone today?
But then I said, “No more, Lord! Not a step more unless You command it. Not a move until Your voice is heard!” And whatever money was needed was there because God supports what He originates. It is joy with no burden, peace with no begging. The begging in ministries today is a result of men doing good things without being sent by God’s voice or being connected with people who are not sent by God. Their own desires are being mistaken for God’s bidding. Today’s message is for anyone in Ministry, starting a new business, or attempting to build something from a grassroots level.
Jesus would not make a move unless He heard from heaven. “I speak to the world those things which I have heard of Him who sent me. I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me” (John 8:26, 28). “The Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. Whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak” (John 12:49-50). I am learning more than ever to distinguish the voice of the Lord.
Here are two safeguards for correctly hearing the voice of God:
- The Lord’s voice always brings you to Jesus and exposes all sin and lust. John heard His voice and said, “When I saw him, I fell at his feet” (Revelation 1:17). Learn how to sit at the feet of the Lord.
- The Lord’s presence (or countenance) always accompanies His voice. You will be overwhelmed and overjoyed by the glory of His presence. While in God’s presence something good will happen.
Point to Ponder- One meaning of Advent is Expectation: I am expecting and anticipating the Lord to speak to my heart and yours in these next days, So listen up!
I am learning the Art of hearing the Lord’s voice as this year is coming to a close, have a fantastic day family of God! Are you endeavoring to hear the Lord’s voice (John 10:27)?
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Pastor James Baker, Jr.
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