Many times, you hear people repeating the phrase “no risk, no reward.” The one thing they don’t associate with that is God — which is a mistake. When we put ourselves in His presence when we step out in faith and hear God say, “Let me show you what I can do,” He will show you. When you take a risk with God, you’ll get a reward.
One of those — learning to hear His voice. It’s something we’ve been studying the past few weeks because of just shy of salvation, one of the most important parts of our walk with the Lord. Hearing His voice is what will help keep us on the right path in the difficult times in which we live.
For example, when someone passes away, people ask about God. When that happens, you need to take God out of that sentence. God doesn’t kill people, take their lives, or hurt people to teach them something. John 10 tells us that the thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Jesus comes so that we may have life — and have it more abundantly.
When it comes to destruction and death, it comes from the devil. He is our enemy, remember? We don’t wrestle against flesh and blood; we wrestle against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness.
Unfortunately, the devil’s voice is the one many people are heard. Society has come to accept many things as normal, but they are, in fact, sin. The enemy tries to get in and change our thinking. People think medical marijuana is ok, but in my experience, medical marijuana is a gateway drug. People are starting to think homosexuality is ok, but it’s not. Neither is getting drunk. Neither is gossipping, even in the name of prayer.
We’ve heard about fake news — or lies. Lying isn’t ok, either. There’s no such thing as a white lie.
When we hear Jesus’ voice, He leads us.
Sin is what kept God from being able to spend time in the Garden of Eden, doing what He loved — spending time with His creation. He could have done anything He wanted, and He chose to spend time with us. But after they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, He couldn’t, because, in the presence of His perfect holiness, Adam and Eve would have been obliterated.
So He sent Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to mediate between us. Jesus wants to talk to us. He loves us and desires to talk to us. He brings out His sheep and goes before them, and the sheep follow Him because they know His voice. To follow Him, and hear His voice above the enemy’s, we need to learn to hear His voice.
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