by Dr. Ray Self
When God Speaks
Genesis 1:3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
Typical responses to God’s voice:
Jesus’ entire ministry was governed by the voice of God
John 5:30 "I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me."
Jesus only did was He was instructed to do. He had the most successful ministry in the history of the world.
John 12:49 For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.
Jesus only spoke what He was commanded to speak.
John 12:50 "I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me."
Your words are powerful especially when the word that you speak is from God.
Isaiah 55:11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
Accomplishing what God’s will for our lives is all that matters. Apart from Christ all of our efforts will amount to nothing.
John 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing."
John 15:7 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you."
If you are delighted about someone then you spend time with them.
If you delight and spend time with God He promises you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Doing the same works as Christ means to model our self after Him.
John 14:12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father."
Jesus listened to and obeyed God’s voice therefore we should listen to and obey God’s voice.
When you hear and obey God you can expect: