There are two little white lies that commonly come to us as we set out to hear Jesus. The first we discussed yesterday (What if I can’t hear God?). The second, one is this:
DID I HEAR RIGHT?
Once we begin to listen for Jesus’ guidance within us, doubting whether we heard right will become the number one reason for our remaining in slavery to the enemy’s voice. If we don’t trust His guidance, we won’t follow His voice. It’s as simple as that.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Gal. 5:1)
BEHIND THIS QUESTION.
And here we see the truth in Paul’s statement that the law (sin/enemy/lies) of our members wages war against us (Rom. 7:23). We are truly in a battle between darkness and light. When we hear Jesus, the enemy will do everything he can to stop us from following His lead. Yet there are enemy-markers we can look for on our journey toward freedom. When we see these markers, we can know the enemy is prowling and seeking to attack. Common markers we can look for are:
-Indecision (did God really say?)
-Fear (I can’t do that. I’m not qualified. What will they think of me?)
-Doubt (what if God won’t supply the strength/power/words for this?)
Look for these markers as you seek to follow Jesus. Don’t believe them. Bank on God, not these lies. Even if you are mistaken—God will always be kind to you. He’ll turn the mistake into learning experience. He’ll show you that your willingness to trust Him brings Him so much joy.
Never forget that God is well able to make His voice heard by you. Take the pressure off yourself. Trust that if He wants you to hear Him (and He does), He can and will make Himself heard.
This walk of risk and faith is a real-time exercise in learning about God and coming to know Him personally. He’ll shock you at times, blow your mind by His faithfulness at times, ravish your heart with his kindness at times, and grow you up in passionate love for Him and the humanity He loves so deeply.
Be bold. Risk. Dare to take Jesus inside of you at His Word. He is sharper than a two-edged sword. He can divide between darkness and light for you. Trust Him. He will never let you down! Ever!
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