Command Of Christ # 24

Dear friends,
Once again God has brought along something in my life that goes right along with the command of the week.  This time, the command was made more clear as I have been reading 'God's Smuggler'...but we will get to that later!
This week the command is 'Hear God's Voice.'  Jesus was explaining prophecy about John the Baptist and then said, 'He that hath ears to hear, let him hear' (Matthew 11:15). Christ was speaking to those who had 'spiritual ears' or ones whose hearts had been revealed the truths of God. Many that Jesus spoke to were deaf spiritually and could not understand His Words. Others, however, received His Words readily and believed unto salvation.
If we have trusted God as our Savior (meaning you have acknowledged that you were a sinner destined for hell, repented, and believed on Christ as the only way to be reconciled to God through His death, burial, and resurrection) then you have spiritual ears.  "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God...But the natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (I Corinthians 2:12,14). In order to receive the Good News and follow Christ by faith, we first needed to have spiritual ears.
Even though we have spiritual ears, oftentimes, we miss out on what God is trying to tell us.  God speaks in different ways: in a still small voice, in thunderings like many waters, in dreams, through prophets, though authorities, and of course through His Word. 
I am currently reading about the missionary Brother Andrew in the book 'God's Smuggler' (BTW I HIGHLY recommend it!) Andrew was a rebel and thrill-seeker who spent his youth in riotous behavior. God got a hold of his heart and Andrew became keenly aware of God's voice.  Andrew began working in a factory to earn money, and soon learned to dread one part of the day. He had to walk through a shipping room of vulgar women, who seemed to be following the lead of the worst of them, Greetje. Greetje was obscene, loud, and abusive to the young men that would walk through the shipping room everyday. Andrew was troubled by her, but kept quiet as he would pass her. One day, she was being particularly base and he felt like God was telling him to yell back at her. Andrew did not think it would be Christian-like, but he obeyed. Andrew hollered at her across the warehouse, in front of all the other ladies, to 'be quiet and be quiet for good!' Then he told her there was a bus leaving for a Christian conference and he wanted her to be on it. Greetje's jaw dropped and all she could say was 'Alright.' The entire warehouse was silent. Greetje ended up trusting Christ as her Savior and started a Christian group at the factory, leading others to Christ as well.
To be alert to God's voice, we must know His voice. "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" (John 10:27). How well do we know our Shepherd's voice? If we want to be aware of God's voice, we must take the time to be in His Word and to pray to Him. "Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you saith the Lord..." (Jeremiah 29:12-14). Romans 12:2 also says, "And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Renew your mind with the Scriptures, so that you can identify God's voice. Satan will appear as an angel of light, but if we know His voice, we will recognize the devil's lies.
-Have I set aside a time everyday to get alone with God and listen?
-What Scriptures has God illuminated to me that I need to act upon?
-How are you guarding yourself against the lies of the enemy?
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17).
Notes adapted from IBLP Commands of Christ study guide and pocket guide

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