John 10:5 Whose Voice Do You Recognize And Follow?

But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice. John 10:5

All over the world there are billions of people with a voice. Each one has something to say. Some will have many volumes to say, while others will have very little to say.

People will here all these voices and what is being said. However, with all the voices talking at once, many get confused as to who they should listen to. The voices are often in conflict with each other, so people try to listen to only those they know.

Jesus pointed out that sheep will run away from anyone that they do not recognize the voice of.

Believers are God’s sheep in this world. At some point in their lives, each one has heard God’s voice and learned to recognize and follow it.

However, because they are still in this world, many have become friends with this world. Now they recognize the voices of this world and have begun to follow those voices, rather than follow only God’s voice.

In doing this, sin has been allowed to creep into their lives and become acceptable. Rather than fleeing the false lies of this fallen world, they have embraced them as truth.

One who is truly following God and seeking after Him will recognize His voice and follow it only. They will refuse to allow themselves to become familiar with the voices of this world, the voices of strangers intent on bringing about death and destroying one’s witness.

The only way a believer can know God’s voice is to spend time reading and studying the bible and spending time talking and listening to God, rather than becoming friend’s with this world.

As a believer, both God and this world has something to tell you. One will bring life, while the other will only bring about death. Keep your focus of listening upon God so closely that you will always recognize His voice, even in the middle of a loud crowd of voices.

Do not allow yourself to become familiar with the voices of this world and be led astray, away from God. Live your life for God and for God alone.

Flee all sin and voices that will lead you into sin. Run to God’s voice, so that you will have life, abundant life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s voice; that God will give you strength to flee lying voices; and that you will follow God above all else in your life.

Luke 7:23 Don’t Stumble

Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me. Luke 7:23

People love to follow other people. They like to know how they should live their lives, by watching someone they admire as to how to that person lives his.

While this can help a person learn some good things, it can also cause a person to stumble. When the person being followed fails or does something wrong, it can crush the person following him, causing him to stumble in his views.

After John’s disciples came and asked if Jesus was the One who is to come, Jesus tells them to report what they see. After saying this, Jesus also mentions that the one who does not stumble because of Him is blessed.

One may wonder how one might stumble because of Jesus. Looking at the life of Jesus one will see that He was a human, just like everyone else, but was also God at the same time. Many people struggle with this concept and stumble in their belief in who Jesus was and what He could and would do.

Jesus also lived a holy life that was an extremely high standard, all the while living in this fallen world. Every believer is to live that same type of life. Yet, many stumble and fall away, because they cannot understand it or refuse to accept it.

No believer should see Jesus as just a man or a good teacher. He was much more than that. Those who fully realize who Jesus is and what He requires of every person, will be fully blessed in many ways for following Jesus and His ways.

Whoever looks at Jesus through the eyes of the world will stumble. Seeing Jesus for who He really is will keep one from stumbling.

Open your bible and study who Jesus really is. Study to know what He did and calls you to do. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and show you how to live your life.

Do not allow the false thinking of this world to corrupt your thoughts on who Jesus is. Allow God to answer your questions about who Jesus is and how to follow Him.

The world will put doubt and fears in your heart and mind, not God’s truth, who Jesus is. As you follow and trust in Jesus, you will be blessed for all eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know who Jesus really is; that you will not see Jesus as the world does; and that you will know the blessings of follow Jesus.

Matthew 4:20 Leave And Follow

At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:20

There are times when some new person comes on the scene with some new great idea, toy, song, word or something, and everyone appears to drop everything to follow that person. People are very quick to follow major celebrities in whatever they do.

Things that will catch their attention to follow are new ideas, objects or performance. People love to follow new ideas, hoping or thinking that it will make life better, thus they are quick to change what they follow.

Jesus came up to two men who were fishermen, working on their nets and boat. He told them to follow Him, and they immediately dropped their nets and followed Him.

Most people are not quick to drop everything to follow a complete stranger, whom they have never met before. Questions are usually asked first. People want to know the who, what, why and where first. This becomes especially true when they must drop their job, their livelihood. It is their means of provision for themselves and their family.

Every day there are people who choose to believe in Jesus. They will say a sinner’s prayer and be saved. However, it is another thing for them to leave their past, change and follow Him. In many church circles, the emphasis is to believe in Jesus, with no mention of change of life and following Him.

Believing in Jesus is the first step to living for God. The next step is turning away from the old life and embracing a new one. God will show a person what He desires of Him. The new goal in life is catching people for God, being His witness. Every believer must be willing to drop their past as they begin to follow Jesus.

God is calling you today. First, if you are not a believer, to believe in Jesus, His one and only Son. Then Jesus calls you to be His witness and strive to catch men for Him.

This means you must be willing to let go of your past and embrace the new life. Change your way of acting, thinking and speaking. Your new goal will be to be His witness everywhere you go, with every opportunity you have.

As God is calling you, are you willing to let go of your past, trust Him and follow Him? God has a plan for your life when you choose to follow Him. Embrace it today,

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God with all of your life; that God will strengthen you to leave your past behind; and that you will embrace what God has for you now.

Judges 6:10 Results Of Not Listening

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“I said to you, ‘I am the LORD your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.” Judges 6:10 

There are times that people go through tough situations in their lives. Sometimes these tough situations are because God is allowing the enemy to test them, to determine where their heart really is. Other times the tough situation is a result of bad choices made, refusing to listen to God’s Holy Spirit guiding and directing them.

The nation of Israel had times that they would be overrun by the enemy. They would cry out to God for some help. At one point God had sent a prophet to them to tell them that He had given them a command not to worship the false gods, yet they chose to worship the false gods. They had chosen to not listen to God and the result of an enemy take over had occurred.

God does not want the enemy to take over His people, in reality He wants the enemy defeated. However, when His people are not listening to Him and doing what He says, He allows the enemy to take over.

The purpose of the enemy taking over is to get the attention of His people back on Him.

God is not out to destroy people, but to build them up and give them life. Yet, if they choose not to listen to Him and follow Him, He will do what it takes to get their attention.

As people go through tough times, most people will call out to God for help. This is one of God’s ways to get their attention and focus back on Him. Every believer needs to stay focused on God and listen to Him as they follow Him.

God is not against you, but is for you. He does not want to destroy you, but He needs to you listen to Him and obey Him. He loves you enough that He will do whatever it takes to keep you focused on Him. This may mean going through some tough times.

If you are going through a tough time, turn your entire focus onto God and not the tough time. Allow God to guide you through the situation.

Even when following God, times may be tough, but He will always give you strength to make it through. Don’t turn away from God, but listen to Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s directions; that you will listen to God; that you will obey God; that you will keep your focus on God; and that you will see God’s work in your life.