Are we truly listening and following Jesus as our Father told us too?
Yesterday I invited to close friends and sisters in Christ over for breakfast to discuss our lives, and what God was teaching us through our lives. We all experienced different paths to Him, and now we are trying to stay on His narrow path, but we may be at different places with our relationship with Him.
As our conversations about our lives began through a Bible study, how, and who each of us listen to became my focus, and hopefully it was to the others. This I think is why many of his children do not grow, and mature as He wants them too. Some of us think we are listening, and following Jesus but truly are we?
While we were discussing our lives one of my friends said, “We have to be careful to listen to God, not Satan, the world, and even ourselves, because God knows our hearts more than we do.” I quickly realized each of us were following who we listen too, and all three of our lives were proving it.
Matthew 17:5 While he (Peter) was still speaking, (to Jesus), a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased, Listen to him!”
These words are proven within ourselves, and through the lives we live. Our lives should also show who we are following. We know this within ourselves by the Spirit of God revealing our hearts to us and also revealing the hearts of others we ourselves can’t see, or go as deep into ourselves, or the hearts of others as He can. We know only by Him do we know God’s love for us, only God is pleased with Him, and that is why we listen only to Him, and live in, and through Him. This is why He died for us, He is the only one that could have forgiven our sins, can reveal our sinful nature, save it by His blood, and redeem us into His Holy image to be one with God as He was, and still is in and through us by His gift of His Spirit!
Luke 8:17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have even what he thinks he has will be taken away.
Sometimes we think we are listening to Him and following Him but truly are we? Some listen but do the follow Him, His words and life through His Spirit? As I have written many times in my blog the church as a whole today truly does not reflect God’s first children that were ripened into his image through His Spirit. When did his children as a whole quit listening and following only Him? Who did they let cut in and take them away from who they first was listening too? First let us hear what He says through His words to us before we determine if the church as a whole truly listens to Him.
First He says what we say is not our own words, they are the Fathers because He is living in us as He did in Jesus through the same Spirit. If you know Jesus and the Spirit of God you will know the difference in your speech, and thinking. He truly does renew our mind as we surrender our will to Him willingly. That is the relationship He wants with all of His children so He can work in and through all of His children as He did in and through His first Son.
Our thoughts change, and who we follow, and belong too changes because we have surrendered our soul (mind) , body and spirit to Him at the Cross and He gives Himself to us because we have surrendered all to Him from what He has given first. We will clearly know these are not our words but the Father’s words speaking through us. If His love and faith prove His presence working in, and through our own lives as the Fathers love and faith was working in and through the life of Jesus we will be doing as He did. The Father will be living in and through us the same way as He did through His Son. As He was sent we too will be sent.
Clearly those who have eyes can see the disciples in the New Testament were doing as He did, through the Father's work because of the faith and love they had in the Father was in them and pouring out for others as it was in Jesus pouring out and growing. I know through my own life when I have truly listened to His Spirit and followed His Spirit for His sake, His faith in me increases, my power he gives increases, His gifts increase, my freedom increases, my holiness increases, and my love for Him increases.
John 14:10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather it is the Father living in me who is doing his work.
He also tells us not only by faith and love will the evidence be made known of His presence in us, but by miracles signs, and wonders no one can explain, and clearly again not many are experiencing this life of His miracles, signs, and wonders as they did then. This again in my own life as been proven. There has been many signs, miracles and wonders no one can explain given for His purpose for the building up of His Kingdom.
John 14:11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. If tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.
Clearly today the church or the bride of Christ, does not resemble the first bride of Christ in the New Testament. As a whole some have clearly changed their clothes, and maybe where you live you see the clothes has changed from the New Testament to what it is today as well. We who know the correct wedding clothes the bride is supposed to be wearing do tell others so they can change into the right clothes. None of us should want to go to the wedding banquet of God wearing the wrong clothes, or just have one sleeve reflecting the wedding clothes He wants us to wear.
Matthew 22:1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.
Matthew 22: 11-14 “But when the king came in to see the guest, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend’, he asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. Then the kind told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and through him outside into the darkness where there will be weeping and gashing of teeth.’ For many are invited but few are chosen.
This tells me only a few truly follow, and listen to the groom! I think this is the main problem when it comes to God’s children today we truly do not follow Him or listen to Him, and when we stopped I do not know but I know we can repent, and change our clothes. The beliefs we follow can be what He says we are to follow, and keep man and the world out of it. We do not want to add any other beliefs, and traditions other than what is written in His word we are to follow.
I challenge myself to listen to Him more, and to only follow Him and His life more. No longer am I going to listen to any other voice, or any other doctrine except His true word, and if it is not proven in his life, His prophets lives, His disciple’s lives, what the first church proclaimed in the New Testament is the church I want to follow. I am not going to follow man, or the world in what they want to follow no matter what others say or do. I only will listen to my Father's voice through the Spirit his word proclaims.
Our Father tells Timothy and us through Paul in the last days, which started the minute Jesus rose from the dead, there will be people not going by God’s word or truly following it, they will add to it, twist it, and only hear what their itching ears want to hear. Today we are further away from His word than we have ever been before, but we can reunite, repent and begin a new era of truly following, and listening to Him!!!Who will follow me only following Him, His Word through His One and Only Spirit?
2 Timothy 4:3 for the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship do the work of an evangelist, and discharge all the duties of your ministry.
If you find yourself listening to other beliefs other than what His Word and His Spirit clearly proclaims for us to follow you can today this moment go to the Cross repent with a sincere heart. Ask God to forgive you for following other beliefs, and other words other than what His Son proclaimed because you ignored Him telling you to listen to only Him through your Word and Spirit. Tell Him you know Jesus is the alpha and the mega of your life and you want to begin truly listening, and following Him to know who He truly is. If you are sincere he will forgive you instantly with his peace and grace and you can begin listening only to Him, and following only Him, or begin again truly listening to Him, and following Him.
We may have to give up a lot to only listen and follow Him, but what we gain of Him will be worth amazingly more than anything that we have lost. Then we all can truly begin doing what He did!! It is time!! Whose with me?