Respect God's Voice In Other People

Respect God's Voice In Other People

Welcome to Part 31, the final installment of this blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you are ready to live each day like it's your last, this blog series is for you. For Part 30, "A Pure Heart Is Key To Hearing God's Voice" click here. Today, we will focus on Point 7 of 7 listed in "Developing The Art Of Hearing From God"

Always judge what you hear from other people but be willing to hear God's Voice through the people He chooses to speak through. It's still God's Voice. It really helps when you're in need of confirmation.

1 Thessalonians 2:13(KJV) - For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Here's what Apostle Paul just said. He was grateful that the Thessalonians received The Word of God flowing through him as though it came from God Himself. Therefore, they believed what was said and it worked in their lives. How about that? Even though Apostle Paul was just a man these people knew how to differentiate the Voice of God from his personal opinion.

Great responsibility is usually placed on the shoulders of teachers and preachers of God's Word but this responsibility should also be shared with the hearers. According to 1 Peter 4:11 those who speak should do so as though God Himself were speaking through them. As much as those who deliver God's Word are held accountable for what they deliver, those who hear it should also be held responsible for what they hear.

Respect God's Voice In Other People

2 Chronicles 20:20(KJV) - And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

1 Thessalonians 5:20-21(NLT) - Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.

Whether you like it or not, God has chosen to speak through people. You do need to test what these people say based on the written Word of God and The Holy Spirit living in you. However, once you can confirm that they are delivering God's Word you do have to accept it. A friend of mine helped me to put this into perspective some time ago by asking the question; "Is The Word of God any less authentic because of the vessel He has chosen to use?" Of course not.

The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:16 said that we should not evaluate people from a human point of view. If we do, we'll get it all wrong just like the Jews did with Jesus. They looked at Him and he didn't quite fit into the mold of what they expected. Sadly, many of them rejected Him as a result. The Bible says that those who believe in The Lord are established and those who believe His prophets will prosper. Hence, your prosperity may be tied to your ability to receive God's Word through someone else.

Mark 6:1-6(KJV) - And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. 4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. 5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

In Matthew 6:1-6, the family and friends of Jesus had become so familiar with Him that they refused to honor His words. That blatant disregard for His authority adversely affected them because it cut them off from His power. Hence, He could not do any major miracles among them even if they needed it. They did not respect God's Voice in Jesus so they were cut off from what He had to offer. He forgot all about them and took His show on the road.

In sum, always position yourself to hear God's Voice. This includes surrounding yourself with people who also hear from God. They will keep you accountable. Proverbs 11:14 says that people fall when they don't have counsel but are safe in a multitude of counselors. As much as possible, choose the safe option. It will protect you from some heartache and pain due to bad decisions. Let God speak to you through the people around you.

I hope you learned some valuable lessons from this blog series. Keep us in prayer as we seek God's face for the new direction of this ministry in 2013.

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