Today’s Thoughts, John 8:47

By Pastor Lee Hemen
May 12, 2008

He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God. (John 8:47)

I love this verse of Scripture from the Gospel of John. The reason I do is because it separates the sheep from the goats, so to speak. False teaching crops its ugly head up all the time. Sometimes it is in the guise of ultra holiness doctrine, legalism, Christ deniers, fuzzy feelings or just plain humanists trying to disguise themselves as Christians. Jesus plainly related that if you truly belong to God, you will clearly hear what God says. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, our circumstances, and His church. All of these will measure up to what we are hearing from God. And it will not be some kind of mystical fuzzy mumbo-jumbo guess if you can kind of garbage. God speaks clearly, succinctly, and directly. If you cannot hear Him plainly, then the answer for Jesus was simple: You do not belong to God. Period. No excuses, no secret decoder ring, and no intellectual reasoning will explain it away. You do not hear because you do not belong to Him. You are not His friend and He does not speak to you.

Did Noah have to guess how big to build the Ark? No. Did Moses have to guess how to build the Tabernacle? No. Did Joshua have to guess how to tear down the walls of Jericho? No. Did Paul have to guess where the Spirit of God was sending him? No. Did Jesus have to spit on His hand, slap them together and see which direction it flew in order to try and guess or mystically “divine” what God wanted Him to do next? No!

Dear children of God you do not need heavenly stones, holy dice, or tea leaves to know exactly what God desires in your life. All you have to do is ask Him! His answer will be clear and concise. And remember, the answer will always be in agreement with the Bible, your consistent prayer life, your circumstances, and with His church, His body, that is made up of those who are saved and walking with God as well. There will be no “open door, closed door” guessing game going on. (This convoluted idea is not Biblical, but has drastically chained many well-meaning believers for decades to a false premise that they have to guess which door God wants them to pick, so you had better not pick wrong! God is not some mean-spirited heavenly TV game show host! His character does not work that way.) The only verse that comes even close to teaching this is found in Revelation 3:20 where Jesus is warning a lukewarm church at Laodicea that He is about to spit them out of His mouth. What does Jesus say they needed to do? They needed to “be earnest, and repent,” and LISTEN for His voice: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Well, duh!? Isn’t that what Jesus said in John 8:47, namely that “He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God”? If you do not hear God, you need to repent and listen!

My Bible tells me that God is always at work in the world, His Spirit is always convicting people of sin and righteousness, and that He is continually speaking to His people. So, the question is: Do you clearly hear what God is saying to you or not? If not, you now know the reason and what you need to do in order to hear His voice.

NOTE: This article is copyrighted by Pastor Lee Hemen © 2008 and the property of Pastor Lee Hemen. You are welcome to copy it, email it, or use it but please if you copy it, email it, or use it you must do so in its entirety.

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