Tuesday, 13 June 2017
My Sheep Hear My Voice (BW13)
John 10:27 " My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand."
All those who follow our Lord Jesus by keeping His words will hear His voice, which will guide and lead them to life and no one can snatch them away from Him. I thank God that in the last days with all these great deceptions, temptations, persecutions and tribulations of Satan, false christs and false prophets, we (His disciples) can rest assured that He will dwell within us to deliver us from all of them.
2Tim 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
Unfortunately, all those who refuse to read, understand and keep His words are goats (Mat 25:31-46). These goats will wander off to listen to wolves in sheep's skin whose distorted doctrines and heresies satisfy their covetousness and worldly lust. They like distorted truth and are familiar to the voices of the false prophets (strangers), so much so that they can't even recognize the voice of their good Shepherd and His words.
John 10:5 "Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers."
John 5:46-47 "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"
These goats do not want to keep the words of God, which is sharper than any two edged sword. The words of God in the Bible always convicts Christians of their worldliness, pride, merciless, unloving, selfishness, etc. So they prefer to read books and listen to distorted truth which is pleasing to their ears. They were told that God is please with them (when they were deep in sins, covetousness, immorality, etc.) and wants to bless them with prosperity just like the false prophets of old.
Jer 6:13-14 "Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, Everyone is given to covetousness; And from the prophet even to the priest, Everyone deals falsely. They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, Saying, 'Peace, peace!' When there is no peace."
John 14:14 " He who does not love Me does not keep My words;* and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me."
All those who do not read the Bible to understand Him and His words, are goats and possibly they are not born again for they do not have the Holy Spirit in them to convict them to read and keep His words and to love their Savior, the Almighty God and Father. Without the words of God, they are blind as far as obeying His words or will.
John 5:37-38 "And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. *You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you,* because whom He sent, Him you do not believe."
When the words of God are not abiding in these goats, they cannot recognize His voice because they were accustomed to heresies and accepting them as truth and the voices of false christs as God's voice. So when God speaks to them, which normally are convictions, sacrifices, givings, corrections, forgiveness, walking the extra mile, etc. they reject Him.
Brethren, let's read, meditate, understand and keep His words so that we can hear His voice