June 10, 2018
What makes your daddy's voice so recognizable? Is it the sound of his voice? The way he says certain words? Perhaps it's the funny twang of his southern accent. In any case, the sound of our father’s voice sticks out. You could be in a room full of loud, talking people, but you know the crack of his voice when you hear it. He doesn't even have to be the loudest one in the room, but To you, he's all you hear.
As I study the gospels, I find a common theme in the life of Christ on how he lives "the Christian life".
49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.” - John 12:49-50
9 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. - John 5:19
Jesus lived by his Father’s authority. It seems simple enough, but one thing that Jesus knew, which most of us miss on this journey of knowing the Father, is what does Daddy's voice sound like? It's not because God has a communication issue with us - it's that we no longer recognize the way he sounds.
Notice, I said recognize, I didn't say that we don't hear our Father. It's like being that child in the large room of talking people. You're trying to find your daddy, but you've forgotten what his voice sounds like. You think that you hear him somewhere in the crowd, and you push through the sea of people only to find out that it never was him in the first place. What a traumatizing place to be as a child? feeling unprotected, hopeless, and lost in the noise.
Let me say again. We do not have a problem hearing but a problem recognizing. Big difference.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: - John 10:27
Don't let anyone tell you that you can't hear Daddy's voice. If you are born -again, you hear the Father. We build cults and cause damage when we fail to release people to independently hear the Father.
How do some of us falsely recognize the Father? For many of us, we have been told that God's voice is loud and condemning. We think that he’s that guilty feeling you get when you look back on what you have done wrong.
My response is that this is not how Jesus demonstrated God as Father. It's not the way Jesus recognized the voice of his Father, and it's a lie.
How can we recognize our Daddy's voice?
1. God's voice is affirming.
17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” - Matthew 3:17
16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. - Romans 8:16-17
2. God's voice leads to peace.
15 And let the peace of God rule (Umpire) in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. - Colossians 3:15
3. God's voice drowns out the voice of fear.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. - 1 John 4:18
I want to sign off with some videos demonstrating how simple hearing the Father’s voice should be.