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24th June 2023


The Voice of the Lord

The Lord our God speaks to His children. At times mightily & at times mildly.
That voice carries power, authority, strength & might but to the child of God it is always comforting.
It is a voice that shakes ALL things but at the same time it shapes believers into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). Hallelujah!
It is a voice to be respected & it is a voice to be recognised & responded to.
Today we will look at the voice of the Lord that leads & guides us.


My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. John 10:27-28


Jesus is our Good Shepherd (John 10:11). He leads His flock & calls them to follow Him.
`Come follow me’ (Matthew 4:19, 8:22, 9:9, 16:24, 19:21) is His repeated call.
It is the call to discipleship – the call to sit at his feet & learn from Him.
That voice is recognisable & knowable. He calls to those who belong to Him & know it.
It is the voice of the Shepherd speaking to those who belong to Him & calling them to follow.
The voice of the beloved calling to those who are dearly & deeply loved. SELAH

Jesus calls us to hear of His ways & to tread His paths. Do we hear & respond by following?
Jesus’ voice is comfort, reassurance & safety for those who belong to Him.
To hear that voice clearly, we need to be ready to move & follow.
If we are listening, we will hear His voice. The voice that leads & guides.
It helps to be positioned well (facing forward) as Jesus leads us from the front.
We need to be constantly ready to move towards Him. SELAH

Jesus speaks with the voice of belonging to those He loves.
How wonderful that we can hear, recognise His voice & follow after Him.
That voice leads us to green pastures, paths of righteousness & places of restoration & refreshment.
The One who speaks carries a rod & a staff. In Him there is provision & protection. So, so good.
That voice is life, love & light to us. Hallelujah!!!
How majestic, mighty & wonderful is the voice of the Lord to His people.
Keep listening, keep hearing & keep following for Jesus is ever calling you onward. SELAH

For Reflection

  • How easily do I hear & recognise the voice of Jesus calling me?
  • How quickly do I hear, heed & follow Jesus’ voice?
  • Meditate upon the Lord’s voice that leads & guides.

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Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that Your voice is life, love & light to me & all Your people,
That you are ever speaking comfort, encouragement & truth into my life.
Jesus thank you that call me to follow You with a clearly recognisable voice,
Calling me to follow You on paths of righteousness to refreshing, restorative green pastures.
Holy Spirit keep me listening for & quickly heeding that wonderful, beautiful voice,
Positioning myself to swiftly follow & move toward You readily.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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