“4 And when He puts forth His own Sheep, He goes before them, and the Sheep follow Him: for they know His Voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” John 10:4-5
There are many that hear that still small Voice of the Lord, give It a mental assent and otherwise ignore. This still small Voice is not ignored on theological grounds but our morality (or lack thereof) causes us to dismiss His Voice. It hinders our comfort zone and stirs us into action…an action we don’t want to carry out so we give His Voice a nod and carry on with our daily living.
“20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My Voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.
21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My Throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His Throne.” Revelation 3:20-21
Some have heard His Voice, come out from among religion and opened wide the door of the Church…Jesus Christ. Seeing, they now see. Hearing, they now hear. They understand because the now know WHO they didn’t know…Jesus Christ, and daily they seek Him and HIS righteousness first (Matthew 13:13, Matthew 6:33).
” 7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the Door of the Sheep. 8 All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the Sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the Door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:7-9
Sadly there are many who have learned of a denominational Jesus, an intellectual Jesus, a miracle Jesus, philosophical Jesus, a feel good Jesus or even a preacher Jesus yet they have never known the Jesus of the Bible….Jesus Christ and Him crucified. They have never heard that Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner AND break the power of sin for the Believer therefore they fight daily to overcome that which has already been freely given – dominion over sin (Romans 6:14).
“28 Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My Yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
This IS the rest Jesus Christ afforded the Believer on Calvary’s Cross. We don’t fight to overcome, we fight the good fight of faith…faith in the Cross of Christ for dominion over sin. This is the ONLY faith that God recognizes. When our faith is properly placed in the Cross of Christ, we give the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do in the life of every Believer…free us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2) and work in us a good work that is born of the Spirit of God to be used in the Kingdom of God. This is not found by some psychological questionnaire or vain philosophy presented by religion to corrupt the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified but by the preaching of the Cross of Christ. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). If we’re not hearing the rightly divided Word of God, our faith is in the wrongly divided Word of God…it is corrupted and leads to destruction.
“23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:23-24
Be determined to know nothing else among you. The overcomers hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches…
“And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11
-Donna Clark Warren