Mark 4:21-25 – “Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand? 22 For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. 25 For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” NKJV
Back to the subject of HEARING GOD TODAY, I feel compelled to raise a few issues with you to enhance our forward progress in this discussion. Let me ask a few pertinent questions:
- Which would you Determine to be More Important – – The Author or the Book?
- Who would be the Best Possible Source to Interpret a Book – – The Author or Another?
- Which are we to Worship – – The Book or the God of the Book?
- How can we discover and know the Will of God for Most Things in Life Unless He reveals or tells them to us?
- Why has there been so much Division caused by the Bible or in Bible Interpretation? The Bible encourages and even commands us to be unified.
- How did Christians from earlier centuries make it? Especially those before Guttenberg invented the Printing Press because the masses never owned a Bible.
I realize we could get into all kinds of arguments and discussions as a result of those questions but can we not conclude that the Holy Spirit must be, somehow, communicating the Will of God to the hearts and minds of people?
In John 16:13 we are told that the Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of Truth” whose job is to guide us into all truth, SPEAKS. Therefore, we can be confident that God is STILL SPEAKING since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We can conclude that God’s children can HEAR HIS VOICE for Jesus said, “My sheep shall hear my voice and know Me.” We should expect God to communicate with us as we seek His will in our lives on a daily basis. God has a Will and wants us to Know it!
One of the most repeated phrases of Jesus (15 times) He said, “He that has an ear let him hear…” The last seven (7) of those were in the Book of Revelation and He added, “What the Spirit is saying…” Jesus, speaking from heaven by the Holy Spirit to the heart and mind of man on earth. In John 10 our Lord declared that His followers are those who HEAR HIS VOICE and He knows us and we follow Him. In Luke 8:21 Jesus said that His family was, “…those who hear the Word of God and do it.” Additionally, our Lord taught that we (believers) are to live as He lived and minister as He ministered. He then told us how He lived and ministered. John 12:49, “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but The Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say and what to speak.” In Luke 10:41-42, Jesus said to Martha (the busy one) that only one thing was necessary and that was what Mary was doing, LISTENING TO HIS WORDS.
The New Testament Picture reveals that the Holy Spirit lives IN the believer NOW and is to the believer ALL THAT JESUS WAS to His disciples. Remember John 14:16, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter), that He may be with you forever.” Then, our Lord explained more fully that this Helper “is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold or know Him, but you know Him BECAUSE He abides with you and will be in you. I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU AS ORPHANS.” [John 14:17-18a].
I want to say more on the matter of HEARING GOD and the SPEAKING GOD for today but time is short and your endurance may be limited so I will pause and approach this more fully in the next presentation. God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him.