Hear HIs Voice
Revelation 3:20 “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.”
And this is The Lord standing outside His Church Door. But it is to “any man” or the individual He speaks to open their life to Him.
As Christians, we often feel, that once we are saved; the journey is over.
But it actually is just beginning.
If you have heard the Holy Spirit’s voice call you to come to Christ…and you have; then it is a step by step walk with the Lord. Hearing His voice , again by the Holy Spirit, to follow Him.
But to follow Him in what?
1st: Growing in grace. We are saved by grace. And we are kept by His grace. And we are enabled to do by grace.
Grace in the Scriptures is the unmerited favor of power. The Power of the Holy Spirit within you.
This is a process of Denying yourself, picking up your cross, and following Christ.
For we deny our self life to gain our Christ life….not for salvation, but for fellowship and power in our everyday lives.
This used to be called “liberty of spirit”
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord it that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is , there is liberty.”
But people stopped using it because, it became an excuse for sin. Something the Apostle Paul warned against.
Galatians 5:13 ” For, brethren, ye have been called unto Liberty; only use not Liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
True Liberty of spirit , is freedom from our sin and self, to know God’s Will; and His peace and joy, in doing it.
2nd: In our Walk with Jesus, there is service. We are all called to serve Him as witnesses.
Acts 5:32 “And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost , whom God hath given to them that obey him.”
We may not be called to preach or teach; but we are all called to witness of the love and goodness of God in us.
There are other callings…but whatever it is, it is to be done in love to Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 : 1)”Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity(love),I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”
In other words, just so much noise.
2) “And though I have the gift of prophecy , and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”
Boy! What service. But not to God, for it was not done in love for Jesus.
3)”And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”
Surely this will gain me some reward! But to God it gains you nothing, because the motive was self.
Remember what Jesus said when He was here:
Matthew 22:37-39 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all they mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”
John 14:23 ” Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him.”
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Love to God leads to Obedience in life.
Doing Things, even spiritual things without love to God, leads to deadness of heart.
Our Message is To hear His Voice. Have you heard it call you to go on with Him ? Then in love to the Lord Jesus Christ, take the next step with Him.
Deny yourself, and do your calling.
There is liberty of spirit to all who will “follow on, to know”
Hosea 6:3 “Then shall we know, if we follow on the know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”
As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow morning (there may be clouds, but the light comes); God will come forth to help those who truly want to know Him and His Will.
He teaches us to love…Him, and others; if we will follow Him.