Friday, 17 April 2015

Know Him And Listen For His Voice Pt 3

by Rachel Ndangi

"Hold on to instruction; don’t let go. Guard it, for it is your life."
(Proverbs 4:13 HCSB)

What then gives me the guarantee of knowing Jesus? This is the question we ended with last time. From here on we proceed.

The first step to knowing God is to believe the Gospel of salvation in Jesus and become truly Born Again. And then you must receive the Holy Spirit of Jesus. He is the One Who helps every true believer in Christ Jesus to get to truly know Jesus.

Jesus has called us His friends. As such we should endeavour to build this friendship. It is a conscious decision that is made in order to grow closer to the Lord. When we have to build any kind of relationship with anybody, we visit them on purpose. We call them on purpose. We send to them text messages on purpose. Plus, we also talk to them on purpose. You don't just lock yourself up indoors and wish that somehow you will grow closer with your next door neighbour, to whom you never once said "Hi", for the life of you. In the likeness of manner, don't just put on a chill mode and wish that you will somehow automatically grow really closer to Jesus, and get to know Him or recognize His voice one day. You have got to seek Him on purpose and listen for His voice.

"Howbeit the firm foundation of God standeth, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his: Let everyone that nameth the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness." (2 Timothy 2:19)

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the Spirit leap eternal life." (Galatians 6:7-8)

A man who walks after the flesh cannot hear from God. It is costly to hear from the Lord. One has to live a sacrificial life to be able to hear him.

The prophet Joel wrote to the Children of Israel "“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster." (Joel 2:12-13 ESV)

I especially underlined the text and rend your hearts and not your garments here because this is exactly what many of us are doing, rending our garment and refusing to give our hearts. There is particularly a good example of this in Luke Chapter 10:38-42:

"Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Martha received Jesus in her house but, as the Apostle Paul puts it "and even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up unto reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting"(Romans 1:28)clearly Martha did not find it worthwhile or needful to sit at the feet of Jesus and to know Him; to have the accurate knowledge of him.

How do I know, you ask?

She is acting like so many in our current generation; they do not make any effort to know the truth. If something is worthwhile it is certainly worth the effort. I mean you can't live your life too busy to be in church; too busy to read your Bible. You can't be too busy to pray and expect to know Christ.

Some people are even too busy to listen. They don't want to hear anything that anybody have to say about God. They are convinced they know it all. What's the cause of that? I will tell you, it is pride and Ignorance. Scripture warns that pride always goes before destruction, and it is only an ignorant person who will reject knowledge. When we look at Mary, Scripture says she sat at the feet of Jesus Christ and further confirms that also she heard his word. Mary was humble enough to realize that she needed to hear whatever Jesus had to say. Jesus said it is "one thing" that is needful, that which Mary had chosen, which was to sit at the feet of Jesus and attentively hear His Word. I like what the Lord said further. He said “it shall not be taken away from her.”

Further Scripture Reading:

"For by reason of the time you ought to be teachers, ye have need again that someone teach you the rudiments of the first principle of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food. For everyone that partaketh of milk is without experience of the words of righteousness; for he is babe. But solid food is for the full-grown men, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil" 
Hebrew 5:12-14

12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—

Ephesians 4:12-15 NKJV
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