Are You Listening?

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If you are participating in our 21 days of prayer and fasting then you are almost half way done!  I’ve heard some awesome reports of all that God is teaching and revealing and I have to believe that more is in store.

Today we are in John chapter 10 and Jesus is continuing to draw a line in the sand that divides those who believe in him and those who do not.  In the early part of the chapter Jesus uses a shepherd and his sheep to demonstrate his point.  Jesus talks about the shepherd doesn’t come in by some illegal fashion but that he comes right through the gate, passed the watchman and in to the sheep.  He speaks of how when wild animals attack, the shepherd puts his life on the line for the sheep, while a hired man will run away.  The part that spoke to me this morning was when he spoke of how his sheep know him and his voice.

It is in this context of Jesus contending with those who don’t yet believe in him, that this takes on a rich meaning for me.  Have you ever wondered about how valuable and precious it is to hear the Lord’s voice?  Do you realize how many people do not?  How many times has his voice, through the word or just in that sense in the back of your spirit, brought peace, joy, reassurance, rest, and hope?  How many times have you heard a report that brought fear, rejection, or loss only to have the voice of the good shepherd speak rest, adoption, and blessing?

Consider how easy it is for you to speak of hearing the voice of someone that you can’t see, touch, or smell.  How long has it been since you thought about how weird that sounds to an unbeliever?  Consider how long it’s been since it mattered at all to you what people thought about you talking to the Lord.  When you think about the treasure that we have, it’s fairly remarkable, isn’t it?

Today I want to leave you with a section of scripture from later in our study.  It’s found in John 16.

John 16:12–15 (ESV)  “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit was going to say things to us.  Jesus said that he had more that he wanted to say and teach while he was on the earth but that we weren’t ready for it.  However, Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would continue teaching us and that there was no limit to all that he would teach us.  All that the father had belonged to Jesus and the Holy Spirit would take those things and make them known to us!

It’s pretty great being one of his sheep isn’t it?  Today, let’s listen to his voice.



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