Listening to God’s Voice
A message to the church: Whose voice are you listening to? Are you listening to the whole counsel of God, or merely confining yourself to what your particular denomination teaches as their “central doctrine?” We are praying for revival, and revival will come when we as God’s people truly humble ourselves in such a way that we are willing to come into agreement with all that our Lord says and willing to obey as well.
Many say that “we are only human, therefore we cannot hope to cease from sinning.” This is a lie from the enemy of our souls. The voice of the stranger will try to convince you that it’s okay to continue to commit a pet sin, because “we’re only human.” However, the Lord can and will deliver us completely from sinning if we are willing. 1 John 3:8-9 states, the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. “Practicing sin” speaks to the refusal to truly “repent” of a pet sin or sins. Repentance is a complete turning away from sin and turning to the Lord. Jesus told us, “be ye therefore perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.” John 8:31-32.
Jesus is able to fill us with a “full assurance of faith’ as we surrender completely to His Lordship. We can know that we are free and rise upon the wings of eagles as we live for Him and allow Him to bring glory to His name through us. He wants to make us “living epistles” or living letters to all those around us so that He can draw them to Himself. I testify to you today that the Lord has forgiven me of all sin and has cleansed me of all unrighteousness. He has washed me by the water of the word and by His cleansing blood. He has filled me with His Holy Spirit and I am walking daily with Him. Praise His holy name.
Pastor Mike Raines of The Lighthouse Church
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