Over the last few days we have begun discussing the authority believers in Christ have. We are continuing that discussion today. But before we do if you have missed the opening Scripture section or the beginning of our discussion they can be found at
For many years one of my lead pastor’s chief prayers has been that the body of Christ would come to be like the men of Issachar who understood their days and knew what to do in them. The truth is,that unless we gain an understanding of what is going on in the Heavenly realms, those realms not seen with the eye, we will never truly understand our days or know what to do in them.
Now I know many of us are very nervous about getting too deep into the spiritual realm. Most of us are far more comfortable with the things we can see, hear, taste, touch and smell but the sense of the Spirit and an understanding of what He can reveal is going to be far more important in the days ahead than any news broadcast on BBC or CNN or any other news agency. Being able to key into the Spirit of God and His voice is far more important than being able to discern things with our ears or eyes.
The enemy is setting things up a powerful delusion in the world that is geared to confuse the natural senses even of believers
Paul the apostle said it this way to his protégés among the Thessalonians,
1Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 3Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessnessa is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
5Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.”- 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11
It is not our eyes or our natural senses we will be able to trust but the voice of the Spirit and that alone. His voice is found in His Word first but also in His direct commands to our hearts that are framed from Scripture. Jesus said it this way.
27My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than allc ; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30
What has to change in your life so that you can hear the voice of the Shepherd more clearly in the days to come?