“Hear One Voice”
In this world of the all too many voices and opinions ringing in our ears it’s hard for some to know what the truth is, from what is just another persons version of truth. The thing is , there is only one voice that we should hear. There is only one voice who can tell us what we need to know, and He does as long as we listen. We need the Word of God living within us, the Logos Word which is none other than Jesus Christ. We can listen to other of course, or other’s points of view on salvation etc.. as long as the Holy Spirit is living within us to discern the actual truth from the false gospels and views that others are preaching or spreading on a daily bases. Here’s one thing that we should always consider. We are saved by Gods Grace through faith that He has given to us, and nothing else. If we try and be righteous in and of our own power we stand as much chance of entering His kingdom as did the Pharisees who thought they were doing it all themselves.
I ask you, is there a difference in one believing that they are righteously living according to all 613 of Gods laws in the enough to reach salvation than there is in one who believes that although God has saved them they must work to keep what God has already said was a done deal? That way of believing is none other than legalism. Legalism does not save. saves. It can never be by our works, either before we accept Him or after, it can never be. Hebrews 4:10
For he that is entered into his (Gods) rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
It is the absolute belief and faith in what Jesus has done for us, in which only His grace can instill in our hearts that will open the doors for us to enter the righteousness of God which He then will teach us to live in. This true belief and love for Jesus can only come from one voice, only one source. I say all of this only to say that God has not given us the spirit of fear, therefore, how could one resort to teaching or preaching scare tactics to lead one to Christ? For example, many claim that Jesus taught more about Hell in the Bible than He did about Heaven, but from my studies I find that not to be true. Hell is spoken of throughout the Bible in many different words, or used in many metaphors to describe death. Jesus spoke much more about life than He ever did about death. In fact He has said I am the WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE… The only life, and according to His word those who have never received Christ as their savior are already dead. I remember hearing a preacher once who was telling of how He had lead an old homeless man at a mission to Christ and how the old man who was dirty and whose face was full of dust began to cry. He told of how the tears washed the mans face clean right before his eyes,and he himself was very touched and was suddenly struck at heart by a conviction from God. The Voice of God if you will, although many will argue that no one hears from God other than from His word, but, as I have said the Word must be in us. His Spirit must live within us. Regardless, the preacher said that God spoke to him in his heart and said, “The same way that this man was just born into the Kingdom, was the same way you were born into the Kingdom. And the preacher said that it hit him hard, so hard that he also began to cry because he realized that God was telling him to come down off of the pedestal that he had placed himself on, and at that very moment he realized that he also had just received Christ in his own heart, instead of twenty years earlier as he had thought. You see the preacher had all along been thinking that he himself had reached a place of not cussing, drinking, smoking and living worldly , because he was a chosen preacher of Gods Word, instead of from loving Jesus for who He was and for what He had done for him. He said before the man began to cry and God spoke to his own heart he held the mans appearance and life style in contempt , looking upon the man as some how being beneath ever being able to reach the state or level of salvation that he himself had already reached. Yet, at that moment after 20 years of preaching the Word of the Lord the preacher realized, he was preaching Jesus to a filthy, grubby, hairy, bearded, hungry soul of a man whom , at the very same moment received the exact same level of a pure heart as did he. What the message here is telling us is that we can only hear truth from the one who is the author and finisher of our Faith. (Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the Author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God) (Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this one thing that He who has begun a good work within us will continue it until the day of Jesus Christ.) If God has said He is the Author and the finisher, then it is not I who has the power to become a son of God, but He who lives in me, who is the power. Jesus said in John 5:24 this> 24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
“Already passed into eternal life” sounds clear enough to me, but then of course, I suppose it depends on whose voice one chooses to listen to. I only pray that we will all spend more time in Gods word than listening to others interpretations of it’s content and meaning. In the going back as far as Genesis (as well as in Hebrews Chapter 11 of course) we find an entire list of Gods chosen who were accounted as righteous by Faith in God alone. And I realize that many of you are thinking well, if God himself told me something I would certainly do it, I mean, in those days there was no mistaken the voice of God. That may be true, but then of course Balem didnt really believe the donkey could speak ..did he? Or did he? He didn’t listen to what the donkey, or even God had to tell him, so ? Who knows really? I feel confident in saying that we do know this much. We can continue to dance around our personal burning bushes all day long, but we cant deny it was the voice of God that set the bush on fire. In 1 Kings 19: God spoke to Elijah, and how did he speak to him? 1Kings 19:11And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: (Where did Elijah Hear Gods Voice)
and after the fire a (still small voice). Sounds like we should be listening to God from within us, where He lives once we accept Him into our lives to be the one who changes us…from the inside out.
God Bless you all.