How do we obey His voice?
|How we sometimes listen to God.|
Well, this might seem a little obvious, but first we have to get to know His voice. That means we have to take time with Him and His Word and then be willing to be quiet and let Him speak instead of us always doing the talking. Notice that when we spend enough time with a new friend and they call on the phone we will know their voice. If we know them well enough they can even try to disguise their voice, but we will still know.
Then we have to do what we read, and what we hear Him tell us in the Word, in our quiet listening times, in His voice through others, and in that ‘still small voice’ of the Spirit inside of us. Obedience is easier than we think. It is a matter of choosing to do what He says not matter what we or others think. (To make sure it is His voice, it should not contradict Scripture.) Sometimes our continued disobedience makes it more difficult to hear His voice.
-…For Jehovah shall greatly bless you in the land which Jehovah your God gives you for an inheritance to possess it only if you carefully listen to the voice of Jehovah your God to be careful to do all these commandments which I command you today. Dt. 15:4,5
-The doorkeeper opens to him, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him. For they know his voice. And they will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. Jh. 10:3-5
-For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your heart… Ps. 95:7,8
What does it mean to hold fast to Him?
This is the part that reminds me of that old song ‘Stuck on You’. These are the synonyms of the word for hold fast- Hebrew-dawbak: impinge (to fall against), cling, adhere, abide, follow close, be joined. So we are to adhere or stick to the Lord. I imagine myself being coated with adhesive and literally stuck to His side. I also imagine that I wouldn’t be so selfish and disobedient if I was stuck that way because (after all) He would see my actions for sure! (Common, we all thought that way at sometime, didn’t we?)
One time I was watching my son’s football game and there was this tiny player trying to stop a massive teen running with the ball. He grabbed hold of his leg about half way, and held on for dear life no matter what the bigger boy did- right into the end zone. That’s me. I’m going to hang onto Jesus come he_ _ or high water, because all life is in Him, through Him, and with Him. The Lord wants to be one with us, joined to us, to have us cling to Him and follow Him. Scriptures prove it.
-And calling near the crowd with His disciples, He said to them, Whoever will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. Mr. 8:34
-that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. Jh. 17:21
-By this we know that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 1Jh. 4:13 (dwell=meno-to stay, abide, continue, endure, be present, remain)
-Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you… Jm. 4:8
-Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence? Ps. 139:7
So let’s all adhere (stick) ourselves to Jesus and we’ll all get that feeling down deep in our souls
that we just can’t lose!