Friday, September 14, 2007


"And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice..." (John 10:16.)

Jesus Christ said that His sheep "will listen" to His voice. He did not say only some will listen. Nor some will not listen. He did say, "they will listen."

We read in verse 3, "...The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out."

Verse 4 continuous, "When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice."

Notice, the sheep listened to God's voice -- not because they are forced or intimidated. He "brought out ALL his own... and the sheep follow him" -- not because they are coerced.

"The sheep hear his voice..." "...the sheep follow him FOR THEY KNOW HIS VOICE."

There are those who teach that we can refuse to listen to God. That we can reject God's call.They assume that because of our human free will we can ignore His Voice.

I would rather assume that God's Voice is as Good and Attractive as His Being!

If we know His Voice, if we really hear and recognize His distinct, sweet, loving, gentle, yet sovereign voice -- we will not be coerced in listening, but we will be so attracted that we will love to hear and follow the Source.

But why is it that we read in the Bible that there are those who refuse God's invitation?

The answer: They do NOT know God's voice.

They are not really called by God. There are those who teach otherwise, but I would rather believe 1 Corinthians 1:23-24, "but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but TO THOSE WHO ARE CALLED, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God" -- not everyone are called by God -- not everyone hears the inner, irresistible, comforting, assuring, Divine Voice.

Do you hear God's invitation to come and find rest in Him?

If you really know and hear His Call, you could not afford to ignore it -- not because you are forced or intimidated, but will be so attracted and captivated that you "will listen" and "follow Him."


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