Obeying The Voice Of God
OBEYING THE VOICE OF GOD
By Rodney W. Francis.
IF we were to place the things mentioned in the Bible into an order of priority, then the subject of “Obeying The Voice Of God” would have to be at the very top. All the way through the Scriptures we are told again and again of the importance of obeying God’s voice. We are also warned of the consequences of disobeying the voice of God. If there is one verse that sums up Christianity in one statement, surely it has to be: “Whatever He (Jesus) tells you to do, do it” (John 2:5).
All of Christianity evolves around that! It is about a daily, living relationship with God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. The fact that Jesus is alive today is demonstrated by our hearing His voice to us. Jesus declared that “His sheep hear His voice” and because of that voice they know Him and follow Him (John 10:3-4, 27).
The message of hearing and obeying God’s voice runs right through the Bible. It did not only come to Abraham, Moses and the prophets. It continued on right through into the New Testament, and right down to this day. The Bible terminology speaks strongly about God’s spoken voice to us, rather than only the Ten Commandments as being our means of instruction. Let’s explore this emphasis of God’s voice a little more.
THE VOICE OF GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT:
These verses of great promise are all built around the obeying of the voice of God (time and space does not allow us to present the warnings of the voice of God to the disobedient):
“Now it shall come to pass if you diligently (“surely, certainly, attentively, indeed” – Wilson’s) obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe (“to keep, to watch, to guard; to keep in view, to observe, to mark; to observe, i.e. not violate, a covenant, a precept, a promise” – Wilson’s) carefully all His commandments (“charges”) which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” (v.1-2, NKJV).
Here we are clearly told that there are definite blessings in our obedience to the voice of the Lord. The first is that God will “set us high above.” We will be before others in God’s eyes. We will not be inferior to others. We will be winners and not losers. The Scripture then specifies areas of blessings to us:
Blessings in the city,
Blessings in the field;
Large flocks and herds;
Blessings of fruit and bread;
Blessings when you come in,
Blessings when you go out . . .
Our enemies will be scattered before us;
The Lord will prosper everything we do.
He will change us into a holy people, dedicated to Himself.
All nations will see that we belong to the Lord, and they will stand in awe of us.
The Lord will give us abundance of good things.
He will give us rain to bless the crops.
He will bless everything we do.
We will be able to lend to others, but not need to borrow.
The Lord will make us the head and not the tail.
We shall always have the upper hand (TLB). (See also Deuteronomy 30:1-20).
Now that’s some list of blessings. But it is all dependent upon our obedience to His voice, to doing that which He tells us. It is repeated again in verses 9-10: “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep (“to keep, observe, take heed” – Young’s) the commandments of the Lord your God and walk (“to walk carefully, perseveringly” – Wilson’s) in His ways. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.”
ADAM AND EVE:
The first humans on earth ~ Adam and Eve ~ were accustomed to hearing the voice of God (Genesis 3:8-10). It was not until they made a decision (by their actions) to disobey God’s voice that things changed for the worse for them.
Deterioration always sets in when we stop obeying the voice of God.
Abraham knew the blessings of God in his life because of His faithfulness and obedience to what God said:
Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said, “By Myself I have sworn ((“to swear (as if by repeating a declaration seven times): charge by an oath” – Strong’s)),says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son – blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice” (see Genesis 22:1-18).
Abraham so obeyed the voice of the Lord that, not only was he blessed, but his descendants also. The blessings of God can be imparted to others through our obedience and example. Isaac became a beneficiary of Abraham’s obedience:
There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar. Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” So Isaac dwelt in Gerar (Genesis 26:1-6).
Moses had lived in the desert wilderness for 40 years. Then he experienced the voice of God through a burning bush that was to change his life forever, and also the lives of the nation of Israel who had been bound up as slaves in the slime pits of Egypt.
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian (“contention, strife”).And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb (“a waster, or waste”),the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said . . . (Exodus 3). From that moment on God began pouring out His heart to Moses. In fact the voice of God is silent in the Book of Exodus until this chapter. Once God had Moses’ focused attention on His sign (the burning bush), Moses could hear the voice of God in a clear way. He received clear revelation of Who God is, of what God knew about His people and how He was calling Moses to go and deliver them. The rest of the Book of Exodus is all about a conversation between God and Moses, and Moses and God!
- Life changes for the better when we hear the voice of God with a commitment to doing whatever He asks us!
- Are we listening with that kind of commitment?
In Exodus God gave Moses a promise of divine health for his people. The condition was: “If you diligently (“to be careful and persevering in carrying out tasks or duties” – Collins) heed (“hear”) the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes (“something decreed”),I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought upon the Egyptians. For I am the Lord Who heals you” (Exodus 15:26).
God also gave Moses a promise of His people being a special treasure to Him. The condition was obeying God’s voice: And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation . . .” (Exodus 19:3-6. See also Deuteronomy 26:16-19 and 27:9-10).
God spoke the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). But that is not all that God spoke for our good. He still speaks today through His “rhema” (“that which is spoken, a sentence; saying, speech, discourse, a declaration, command, or promise” – Bullinger’s; “a saying, speech, matter” – Young’s) word. The “rhema” is a “now word,” a word for us today. It is more than our having to look back at what God said in the written Bible. The Bible, however, will always confirm the principles of a “rhema” word, for both are God speaking to us.
- It is the “rhema” now word that inspires and releases faith in us: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word (“rhema”) of God” (Romans 10:17).
GOD SPEAKS THROUGH ANGELS:
As we have already seen in the previous Scriptures, God speaks to us through Angels. Here is another wonderful passage that confirms that:
“Behold I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him. But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. For My Angel will go before you . . . So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfil the number of your days. I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you” (Exodus 23:20-27).
In this passage we see again the promise of being free of our enemies overcoming us, of sickness shortening our lives, etc. People will be afraid of us! (Another example of an Angel talking is in Judges 2:1-6)
THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY:
The Book of Deuteronomy has a lot to say about the voice of God, which came to them through Moses. It came to them as a “now” word. Here are a few selected passages to remind us of the importance of listening to, and obeying the voice of God today:
Now, O Israel, listen (“to hear intelligently” – Strong’s) to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. Your eyes have seen what the Lord did at Baal Peor; for the Lord your God has destroyed from among you all the men who followed Baal of Peor. But you who held fast to the Lord your God are alive today, every one of you. Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments (“a sentence or formal decree, divine law” – Strong’s),just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe (“to see; perceive; notice; to watch carefully; pay attention to” – Collins) them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day? Only take heed to yourself, and diligently (“being careful and persevering in carrying out tasks or duties” – Collins) keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, especially concerning the day you stood before the Lord your God in Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’ Then you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the midst of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness. And the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of the words, but saw no form; you only heard a voice. So He declared (“to announce, always by word of mouth to one present” – Strong’s) to you His covenant (“a binding agreement; contract. An agreement in writing under seal” – Collins) which He commanded you to perform (“to execute or accomplish” – Wilson’s),the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tables of stone. And the Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might observe them in the land which you cross over to possess . . .” (Deuteronomy 4:1-14, and even the whole chapter. See also Deuteronomy 5:1-5, 22-33).
God’s Word comes even before the word of a prophet:
“You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him” (see Deuteronomy 13:1-4; Joshua 22:5).
WHY DID THE PEOPLE DIE IN THE WILDERNESS?
For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people who were men of war, who came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not obey the voice of the Lord – to whom the Lord swore that He would not show them the land which the Lord had sworn to their fathers that He would give us, a land flowing with milk and honey” (Joshua 5:6. Another warning is in Joshua 23:14-16. In Joshua 24:14-28 the people assured Joshua they would obey the Lord).
It was because they did not obey the word of the Lord to them. (See also Judges 2:11-23).
Samuel gives us a wonderful example of the importance of the voice of God in our lives. When still a young child in the temple he heard the voice of God calling him. But he thought it was the voice of Eli. In obedience he went and woke Eli up, but was sent back to bed. This happened three times before Eli perceived that maybe it was God calling Samuel. So instruction was given that when the voice came again, he was to answer, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears” (1 Samuel 3:9). The voice did come the fourth time and Samuel responded to God as he was told. The moment Samuel knew the voice of God to him in a personal way, something broke in the spirit realm that caused the heavens to be opened, and the word of the Lord came afresh to all Israel ~ through the young man who now could hear and recognize the voice of God (1 Samuel 3). Samuel’s life and ministry became a powerful force for good as he lived in obedience to the voice of God. The testimony the people had of him was, “All that he says surely comes to pass” (1 Samuel 9:6). You have to know God’s voice to have a testimony like that!
SAUL, FIRST KING OF ISRAEL:
The key to Saul’s success as the king of Israel was the obeying of the voice of the Lord. This is what Samuel declared to them: Now therefore, here is the king whom you have chosen and whom you have desired. And take note, the Lord has set a king over you. If you fear the Lord and serve Him and obey His voice, and do not rebel against the commandments of the Lord, then both you and the king who reigns over you will continue following the Lord your God. However, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then the hand of the Lord will be against you, as it was against your fathers” (1 Samuel 12:13-15).
Unfortunately Saul did not listen to this advice. He was disobedient to God, and the following edict was given him by Samuel: And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be a commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you” (1 Samuel 13:13-14).
Samuel also said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel . . . Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them’ . . . But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed. Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments” . . . Then Samuel went to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed are you of the Lord! I have performed the commandment of the Lord.” But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?” And Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the Lord your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.” Then Samuel said to Saul, “Be quiet! And I will tell you what the Lord said to me last night.” . . . “Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the Lord? And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites . . . So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.” Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice . . .” (1 Samuel 15).
What can we learn from the life of Saul? Firstly, the same principle applies to a king as it does to an ordinary kingdom dweller. The key to life and leadership for a Christian is in obeying the voice of the Lord. There is no substitute for that! Yet, again and again, we see the Christian Church trying to fulfil its obligations to God by every other way than the developing of that relationship between the voice of God and us. Disobedience cost Saul the establishment of his kingdom ~ and disobedience costs us being established in the fulfilment of the promises of God to us (that we read of in Deuteronomy 28:1-14 and throughout the Scriptures).
Saul was partially obedient. He did do some of what the Lord asked him. But there was not a total commitment to the purposes of God. Saul’s excuse was that he feared the people more than God (1 Samuel 15:24). When the fear of the people comes before the fear of God, we can guarantee we are going to lose out on God’s best for us. There is no way that we can be obedient to God and, at the same time, be living to please others (when we live to please God we will find much favour, but God has to come first ~ not the people. But we will also be misunderstood!). Saul had it the wrong way round. His fear of the people prevented him from pleasing God to the full. Therefore God rejected him by overthrowing his kingdom. Disobedience to the voice of God is very costly for the Christian believer!
Solomon was known as being a very wise man, because God gave him that wisdom (1 Kings 3). He was told to follow in his father’s footsteps: So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days” (1 Kings 3:14).
For a number of years Solomon served the Lord and came out with some great pronouncements: Then he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying: “Blessed be the Lord, Who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses. May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us, that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments which He commanded our fathers. And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the Lord, be near the Lord our God day and night, that He may maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel, as each day may require, that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other. Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day” (1 Kings 8:55-61).
In 1 Kings 9:1-9 we read of God speaking to him and the establishment of Solomon’s throne. Tragically, in later life, Solomon got himself side-tracked by his (unhealthy) love of women. They turned his heart away from a full-commitment to God, and he finished up in a sorry state (1 Kings 11).
In 1 Kings 17 we see the sudden arrival of Elijah on the scene. He was a prophet who had learned to recognize the voice of the Lord. The result of this was that Elijah carried great power. He demonstrated his love for God by his obedience to the word of the Lord. When God said, “Hide yourself” (v.3-5), he did just that. When God said, “Show yourself” (1 Kings 18:1-2), he was again obedient.
Through his sharp perception of the voice and word of the Lord, Elijah was able to bring a nation to its knees by proclaiming a drought.
THE VOICE OF GOD IN THE NEW TESTAMENT:
When Jesus was baptized of John in the River Jordan, the voice of God came from heaven: When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17; see also Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22 and 2 Peter 1:17-21).
John the Baptist testified of his joy of just knowing the voice of Jesus: He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled (John 3:29).
In John 10 Jesus spoke of those who know and follow Him are those who hear His voice: To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice . . . My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:3-4, 27).
- To hear and obey the voice of Jesus means that our lives must be built on a relationship with Him.
- We have to be close enough to hear, and in love enough with Him to follow Him above all others. ]
- Jesus made this very impacting statement, one we would all do well to seriously heed: “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37).
THE APOSTLE PAUL:
Three times in the Book of Acts we are given a good description of the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, who became the great Apostle Paul. The fact that it is repeated three times gives emphasis to the principles that occur when we meet Jesus (Acts 9, 22 and 26). It has all to do with the hearing and recognizing of His voice. Even though Saul was a religious man, he did not recognize the voice of Jesus. It was not until Jesus revealed Himself through His voice that Saul was able to respond in the marvelous way he did. From the moment he knew the voice of Jesus, Saul’s will was given over to Him. The Lord used several different ways to reveal Himself to Saul. There was a sovereign impact, the personal voice to him, as well as the prophetic word that came through a disciple called Ananias: Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:4-6).
When Ananias met with Paul, he brought the word of the Lord prophetically to him, “Brother Saul, receive your sight.” And the same hour I looked up at him (after three days blindness).Then he said, “The God of our fathers has chosen (“to take in hand” or “selected or marked for favour or special privilege; one who is the object of choice or of divine favour: an elect person” – Webster’s) you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth. For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard” (Acts 22:13-15).
The above is, I believe, a pattern for those coming to Jesus Christ, even today. We must have that “personal meeting with Him,” where we hear His voice and know that we are now dealing with the Living Son of the Living God ~ Who talks to us today!
Paul further testified of what the Lord said to him at his conversion: So I said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision (Acts 26:14-19).
In Acts 10 Peter heard the voice of God coming to him in a vision. He found it very difficult to accept and understand what he saw and heard. Eventually God got through to him and Peter went to Cornelius’ household, where he preached the revelation he had just received. As a result of his preaching the revelatory word of the Lord, the Holy Spirit fell on those Italian Gentiles and they became the first Gentile believers to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:44-48).
THE IMPORTANCE OF RECOGNIZING THE VOICE:
It is one thing to hear a voice, but another to recognize the source of that voice. According to 1 Corinthians 14:10-11 there are many voices being spoken all the time: There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages (voices – KJV) in the world, and none of them is without significance. Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language (voice – KJV),I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me. In the spirit realm, to be a “foreigner” or “barbarian” can mean to “be insensitive.”
There is a need for us to become more and more sensitive to the voice of God, so that we can recognize it quickly and respond accordingly.
It is in the doubting of the source of the voice that causes so many Christians to live a weak, inactive and fruitless life, because when we doubt God’s voice, we usually do nothing. We must be careful to “cultivate” the voice of God within, as it is such an important part of our lives. Hebrews 12:18-29 tells us we must not refuse God’s voice: See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, how much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, Whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.”
HOW CAN WE KNOW IT IS GOD’S VOICE?
All of us learn through “trial and error.” When we hear the voice (in whatever way it comes to us), we need to test it by acting upon it.We will never know the accuracy of the voice of God to us unless we, like Samuel of old, are prepared to respond to that voice. Samuel responded to God’s voice, believing it to be Eli’s voice. Once he learned the difference, he knew the value and importance of applying that voice in his own life. If we get it wrong, then we need to keep making adjustments until we discover the difference between the voice which is God, and that voice which is just our own imagination.
Unless we are prepared to act upon what we hear, we will never know the benefits of God’s voice in our life.
Be encouraged to get to know, then cultivate that voice by responding and becoming more and more sensitive to it. God loves it when we respond to Him. We can then be led into some exciting adventures in the doing of His will supernaturally. It is the voice of God to us ~ when acted upon in obedience ~ that releases the supernatural of God in and through our lives. Praise the Lord!
JOHN IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION:
The Book of Revelation is a book full of the voice of God as it came to John on the isle of Patmos. He heard and saw Jesus, had revelations on the seven churches, of the saints and heaven itself. It is a very powerful and fascinating book ~ a book where Jesus reveals Himself by at least 76 different names.
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying . . . (Revelation 1:10-11).
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 3:20-22).
God bless you as you seek to listen, hear and act upon the voice of God today.