What does God’s voice sound like? What kinds of things will He say to us? Those with the Spirit hear His voice!
19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
What is your passion? What is your life’s goal? As followers of Christ, HE must be our PASSION; our life’s goal must be to BECOME JUST LIKE JESUS. Our hearts reflect our life’s goal. If our passion is to become Christlike, then people will be able to see that passion in our choices and in our lifestyle.
That being said, we MUST be able to discern His voice in order to do what He wants. Hence, our study is on how to distinguish God’s voice amongst all the other noises clamoring for our attention.
[From Robin’s worksheet on HEARING GOD by Peter Lord]
If we do the “one thing” Jesus mentioned in Luke 10:42 [Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to Him rather than helping Martha fix dinner], here are some of the things we can expect to hear God say to us:
His words John 6:63, Peace John 14:27, Joy John 15:11, Faith Romans 10:17, Love Romans 5:5, Guidance John 16:12-13, Wisdom James 1:5, Mercy and grace Hebrews 4:15-16, Assurance of forgiveness 1 John 1:9, Our needs met Philippians 4:19, Comfort 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Instructions Psalm 32:8 and Psalm 73:23-24, Protection from evil John 17:15 and 1 Corinthians 10:13, His love for us John 14:21 and 1 John 3:1, Revelation from God John 16:14-15, Correction Hebrews 12:6, Discipline Hebrews 12:11, Assurance of salvation Romans 8:16
The definition of PASSION is, “any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.” This definition is rather generic. One of the other definitions is specifically poignant to us: “a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music.”
Do we have a strong, powerful and compelling desire to follow Christ, to walk by His side, to listen to His instruction, and to become just like Him? Do we have an extravagant fondness for His presence and His company? Do we enthusiastically read His Word in order to hear His voice? Are we compelled by an inner desire to know Him more? Better? Deeper? I pray that your answer is a resounding, “YES!” If you’re like me, you have these strong feelings, but want even more! May the LORD grant us our request.
Here’s the test to see if we are truly enthusiastic about growing in Christ, if we truly have a passion for following Him as His disciples: We will look each of these verses up in our Bibles and mark them. We will write them on cards and read them weekly. We will memorize them. Internalize them. Speak them to God in the form of prayers. Read them as His words to us. We must set our minds to the task. Once we get started, His Spirit will encourage us to continue. In fact, He’s calling us to start right now!
Abba, I pray for my readers that they will take this challenge seriously. Their development in the faith depends on their immersing themselves in Your Word. Thank You that You provided such a tool for us to get to know You. It was quite ingenious. May we use it to its fullest extent as we get to know You more. Amen.
Word of Caution: The third seed in the parable of the Sower Mark 4:1-20 was “choked by the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things, thus making it unfruitful.” v.19. May this consequence not happen to us! May we be the fourth seed: “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop–some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown [according to our calling and place in life].” v.20.