Today if you hear his voice…

“Today if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts…”

I’m praying that those who are reading this blog post would feel pressed in their hearts to open their Bibles and read through Hebrews 3 and 4.  Pray and ask the Lord to open your heart to receive his word.

James 1:5 tells us that if we lack wisdom that we can ask the Lord and he will give it to us, as he does so liberally (abundantly) and without hesitation.  So I want to encourage you to do just this.

What do you believe the Lord is saying here?  Why is he so concerned with us hearing his voice?  How does unbelief led to a hardened heart?  What is the Lord saying to you today?

Grace and peace to you in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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How do we hear?

I had a recent exchange with someone about how we hear God’s voice and I thought it might be worth sharing here.  I hope and pray this encourages any who may read it.

Henry Blackaby said,  “God speaks through a variety of means. In the present God primarily speaks by the Holy Spirit, through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church.”  I would agree with Blackaby whole-heartedly.  1 Corinthians 2:10-16 makes this point clear; we who hear the voice of God hear him speak to us in our spirit.

The point was made in our exchange that perhaps also, God speaks to us through our inner witness or “gut” and through our intuition.  To which I replied with the following:

Wouldn’t all those fall into prayer?  That is if prayer is considered an open and ongoing dialog?  Just a thought.

Also, I don’t know if I would include intuition in there.  A semantical issue but an important one nonetheless.

Here is the etymology of the word “intuition”:

intuition (n.) Look up intuition at Dictionary.commid-15c., from Late Latin intuitionem (nominative intuitio) “a looking at, consideration,” noun of action from past participle stem of Latin intueri “look at, consider,” from in- “at, on” (see in- (2)) + tueri “to look at, watch over” (see tuition).

The Bible teaches us that faith comes through “hearing” and “hearing by the word of God”.  (Romans 10:17)  Taking into light our ongoing dialog concerning the important Biblical symbolism of seeing/hearing, it seems intuition would be a derivative of the former rather than the latter.  An arrival at the Truth through self initiated effort via sight, apart from God’s graced revelation via hearing.

Just a thought but I think our “gut” is, for a lack of a better word, a fair description for how we hear God’s voice.  When you say we hear God’s voice through our “gut”, I take you to mean that there is a certainty, a knowing in our gut of some thing, in spite of a lack of understanding or reason.  This is the essense of the voice of God.  Manna, “what is it?” (Please read and prayerfully consider the following Scripture.  Exodus 16 and John 6. Specifically; John 6:26-27, John 6:35, John 6: 47-51, John 6:63)

Remember, what is faith?  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Faith, at its root, is certainty apart from reason.  “I can not see it but I know it is there.”

Man is graced ears to hear by God himself and graced to receive revelation by the Word of God; the still small voice of our Creator.

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:8-10

Unfortunately, the most common response to hearing the voice of God is fear, but fear is soon followed by the reassuring voice of our Shepard, who perfects our love and drives out our fear, “Be ye not afraid, it is I!”

The reason we can hear the voice of God in our “gut” and not through our “intuition” lies at the very character of who He is and who we are.

We his sheep, are ones who run, prone to wander, prone to leave the God we’ve loved.  We are rebellous. We are hard of hearing.  We are foolish and often find ourselves trapped in the trouble we’ve caused.  We are easily frightened and quickly slaughtered by the wolf.  At our root, we the sheep, are self righteously prideful believing we can arrive at a knowledge of the Truth apart from hearing – by our intuition – our own eyes and efforts.

But He.  He is the Shepard who goes after lost sheep.  He is loving.  He is full of grace.  He is patient and reassuring.  He is long suffering and full of mercy and his steadfast love knows no bounds.  He is the good Shepard who lays down his life for his sheep and crushes the wolf under the might of his righteousness.  He calls softly his sheep by name and they hear His voice and they follow it for they will not follow another.  He understands his sheep’s hopeless condition and in a wonderful display of his glorious grace He grants them ears to hear and words to receive that they might eat and have their fill.  He does this so that they might not fear their Shepard’s voice but know for certain – in their gut – that they have tasted of the Lord and He is good.

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Next Steps…

If you have just believed the Gospel and been born again I want to encourage you with the following message.

To be continued…

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A Start

I’m not really sure how I begin this, so I’ll just step out in faith.  I started this website because I believe the Lord has asked me to do so.  It is my faith that the Father will use me and this website as a means by which he will be glorified through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 19:10 says, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”  I believe the Lord is calling me to prophesy by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ so that the dead might live by faith and the body of believers might be built up and sanctified through this same faith in his finished work of the cross.

I am not the pastor of a church, a seminarian, a theologian or even a member of the clergy.  I have no experience in church leadership in any way, shape or form but I am trusting in the steadfast love of the Lord to be sufficient for me.  Where I am weak, he is strong.

It is my testimony that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God and it is in this power that I pray this ministry will rest.  Paul wrote to the Romans declaring this truth saying, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16)  It is my sincere prayer that as the gospel is preached through this website that the Holy Spirit would go with it and through the super natural working of his power, he would do two things.

First, that those who do not know Jesus and have not obeyed his gospel, that the Spirit would grant their dead hearts repentance and the faith to believe this good news so that they might be saved to the praise of the Father in heaven who is working all things according to his purpose.   Second, that the body of Christ (that is the church) would be built up, edified and sanctified by faith in this good news of Jesus Christ as his soon return quickly approaches.

Further it is my prayer that this website and it’s author be wholly submitted to the direction and will of the Father who is in heaven, on behalf of the Son, by the present ministry of the Holy Spirit.  I pray that the words that are shared on this site would be pleasing to the Lord and that only that work which he has prepared for me to walk out (gold, silver and precious stone) would be made manifest and that any error, false teaching or sinful fleshly work (wood, hay and stubble) that I may preach would be quickly exposed and destroyed in his refining fire.

“Heavenly Father, I come to you now in the name of your Son Jesus and it is by his shed blood that I am able to enter into your holy presence, praying in the Spirit.  For this Father I praise you and worship the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world and is worthy of honor and glory and praise for what you have purposed Father has come to pass.

What you have declared has been made so.  For your glory Father, Christ Jesus has overcome and now lives and intercedes on behalf of the saints as a High Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.  Father, I thank you for the present ministry of the Holy Spirit whom you have sent to us as a seal and a guarantee of our inheritance in Christ Jesus.  It is by the Spirit that we cry out worshiping you in spirit and truth that your Son Jesus might be made preeminent in all creation to the praise of your glory Father.

Lord you are holy, you are good and just and merciful, abounding in steadfast love.  I long to know you fully even as I am now fully known.  Hear your servant Father.  You have made a home for yourself in my very heart, you have made it your place of dwelling.  Fill my heart then Lord with the knowledge of you; that your servant might know you more fully to the praise of your glory and the fullness of your servant’s joy.

Lord, thank you for your obedience to the will of the Father on behalf of the saints, obedience to the point of death, even death on a cross that I might be reconciled, a sinner, to Holy God.  What is this wonderful thing you have accomplished for me?  How can I possibly sing full your praise?  Worthy is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!  Thank you Jesus for the cross!  Lord, intercede before the Father on your servant’s behalf, that my life might serve as a pleasing sacrifice to you as I share in your cross, your suffering King Jesus, ever increasing in faith in the finished work you have achieved.

Holy Spirit, your presence and power are a comfort and joy.  Shelter me Lord in you as I walk out the work God has ordained for his servant.  May I be used of you as a willing and joyful servant who seeks only the will of his Master that God might be glorified and his servant may know him to the fullness of his joy.  Holy Spirit, speak for your servant so that the words of my mouth be pleasing to you Lord.  Bind my tongue if it seeks its own will and consign my heart to the will of the Father who is in heaven.  Counselor, I pray, go with your servant in power and grant me boldness to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the dead and the living all to the praise and glory of the Father who is in heaven.  Amen.”

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This is a test post

Trying to get the hang of this thing.

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