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Friday, August 31st, '18

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I HEAR VOICES

"...the sheep follow him, for they know his voice" (John 10:4)

 

No, that doesn't make me weird. I hear voices. And you can too. First, know that God is talking all the time. He speaks through nature. "The heavens declare the glory of God..." (Psalm 19:1) Rainbows, ocean surf and gliding kites all speak. Solomon wrote, "Go to the ant...and consider". God speaks through ants, and sometimes aunts. Man shall not live by bread alone but by "every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God". That verb means that God is still speaking. "Thus saith the Lord" is in a present ongoing tense. He speaks through nature and scripture. Each verse has its voice. "Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, this is the way, walk in it" (Isaiah 30:21). Spiritual ears. Notice, the voice is "behind" us. Scripture is "written", canonized, indelibly penned "behind" in ages past, yet it leads remarkably in the present and toward the future.

 

Second, know that God won't talk while someone else is talking. The wife who has to compete with the volume of a TV football game will normally leave the room. God doesn't compete for attention and won't be interrupted. Young Samuel pleaded, "Speak Lord, for thy servant heareth..." All distractions were removed. Too many adult believers suffer from attention deficit disorder. They refuse to "be still and know that [he is] God" (Psalm 46:10). The reason we are to have a prayer closet is to shut out competing voices. Closets aren't normally wired for phone service. Jesus said, "When you have shut the door, pray to your Father which sees in secret" (Matthew 6:6). Shutting the door is a tuning out then tuning in venture.

 

Third, be aware that God does not scream. He is firm but never fitful. God did not speak to Elijah through earthquake, fire or fury but through "a still small voice" (1 Kings 19:12). Fourth, for the voice to get clearer, get nearer. "Draw nigh unto God, and he will draw nigh unto you" (James 4:8). You cannot make out a whisper from a distance. The prophets of old were commanded to "seek the word at my mouth". To read lips you have to come face to face with the speaker.

 

Fifth, understand that God never gives the second instruction until we obey the first. Revelation is progressive. Believers graduate in authority. Paul heard a voice saying, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do" (Acts 9:6). He had to obey step one before he would be told step two. Sixth, we must discern between voice and voice. "There are...so many voices in the world, and none of them is without significance" (1 Corinthians 14:10). There is the voice of Self, the voice of the Spirit, the voice of Satan. Scan across the airwave frequencies, especially AM radio. It is a cachinnation of static, garbled words, country music, golden oldies and talk shows. The air around us is a giant antenna transmitting voices, past, present and prophetic. "My sheep hear my voice...and they follow me" (John 10:27). Who you follow determines who you listen to. Finally, God gives second chances to those who haven't listened. If you have failed in an instruction it is not the end. "Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, Go..." (Jonah 3:1) If we repent He will repeat. Just remember that we can spare ourselves lots of trouble by obeying the first time.


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