Listen Up

John 6:38 – “For I have come from Heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me.”

Before I came to Montana, God gave me a Word. He spoke to me. Nothing in the natural said that I should do this. I have lived and pastored in cities for most of my life. Moving to a rural valley with only 8,000 people made no sense in the natural. I have said many times, the only reason I’m here is because God gave me a Word. Jesus emphasized the truth that He only did what the Father was telling Him to do (John 8:29). We have the privilege of this intimate relationship as sons and daughters of God. As sons and daughters of God, we are called to intimacy with Him. As Bible-believing people, we put great importance on reading the written Word of God – with good reason. It is the standard of life that we are called to live and the expression of who God is. But what happens when you need some insight, some direction, a revelation that you can’t find in the Bible? It would be weird if communication with my wife or my earthly father was only through written letters. Jesus said in John 10:27 – “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” I encourage you to slow down and receive the “Spoken Word from the Lord.” God is still speaking to those who are listening.

As sons and daughters of God, we are called to intimacy with Him.

In the decisions of life, we cannot afford to be led by our feelings or emotions. Many times, what looks right is not God’s way for us and God’s way is always right and best. Over the years I have seen many people who have made life-altering decisions, simply because it looked like the best option – only to find out after making the move that everything fell apart. As believers, we have the advantage of Holy Spirit living in us. He knows the perfect will of God for us and He speaks if we will listen (Romans 8:14).

The Israelites received a Word from God. God wanted to free them from living in slavery. Incredible as it might seem, the Israelites were so used to living in their life of lack and slavery that they got angry when Moses wanted to lead them into freedom. In Exodus 5:21, the Israelites told Moses, “We hope that the Lord will punish…you.” I can’t imagine that, but the truth is for all of us when we get so used to living with our problems, habits, and religious attitudes, many times we lose the desire to overcome them. Because, after we have lived that way for so long, we find it hard to believe that it can be any other way. So, those attitudes become our excuses. That is exactly where the enemy wants to keep you, in complacency.

Ever wonder why some people go on to experience higher heights in their life and in their walk with God while others seem to just go in circles and never make progress? Some of the biggest mistakes I have made are when I made decisions based on what seemed right or looked best. You know what I mean, make a ledger and write the pros on one side and the cons on the other. Whatever side has the most check marks determines how you make your decision. It’s common sense. But our God is not common nor does faith make sense. We must be people that walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). If we are going to allow God to do something great with our lives, we must push past the immediate to accomplish the eternal! When we are committed to doing God’s will He will make it clear by the Holy Spirit (not by our natural thinking). Sure, sometimes we learn from our mistakes. But wouldn’t it be best to learn from hearing His voice.

This is what I have experienced and seen. Those who make progress are those who have made a commitment to pursuing God – until His presence and voice become a reality in their lives. And as a result, God honors their commitment and hunger for Him. If you’ve grown complacent, God wants to re-energize you. Don’t settle for less than a living, breathing, walking, talking relationship with the King of kings. Press into God and listen to what He has to say. Then do what Jesus did. Do what He tells you. Father God sent Jesus for the sole purpose of doing His will. The greatest life that you will ever experience is in doing His will. I guarantee that your future will become the best years of your life. Part of your inheritance is in knowing His voice.

We must push past the immediate to accomplish the eternal!

My prayer for you today is that you will ask Father His will and purpose, then Listen Up!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers “On Earth as it is in Heaven!”