Posts Tagged ‘Loud Voice’

Real Witness

“But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness.” (Micah 3:8-10)

Your real Christian witness flows from somewhere deeper than your voice. The Prophet Micah attributed the power of his ministry to the Spirit of the Lord. Our power comes from the same source! Out of the belly of a man; filled with the Holy Spirit, rises a testimony of truth and power (Jn. 7:37-39).

You are more than your story – You are His-story!

We cannot stand on our own righteousness… it is Christ in us that speaks of better things than what people see or hear. Indeed, were we to find ourselves reliant upon our strength, our wisdom or our charm, we would find no hope against the onslaught of this world’s trouble. But we are not at all in the clutches of impending doom… for we are not our own. We live as Christ’s Ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20). We have been purchased by a blood as pure and holy as the whitest snow (Eph 1:7). We have been offered freedom’s highest position (Eph. 2:6). And we have a voice within ourselves that comes streaming forth like a rushing waterfall (Phil. 4:13). Christ has become our strength, our wisdom and our witness, because He is our peace… our focus and our joy. He is our Righteousness!

The Mystery: Its “Christ in you, the hope of Glory” (Col. 1:27)

Jesus told His followers they would receive power to witness about Him when the Holy Spirit came on them (Acts. 1:8). You can’t witness effectively by relying on your own strength, because fear will keep you from speaking out for God. You can’t witness effectively by choosing the best sermons or knowing the right words to say. You are not smart enough to outwit the devil. You cannot witness effectively by creating the best atmosphere or offering the most attractive invitation. Only by relying on the power of the Holy Spirit can you live and witness for Him! But with that power comes the promise that signs and wonders will follow those who believe (Mk. 16:17).

“Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.” (Acts 8:6-8)

This is the witness we have in Christ: “That if God be for us, who can stand against us?” (Rom. 8:31)

Heartprint

A footprint is not a lasting mark in sand, dirt or even along a well traveled path. Yet when open doors are entered, based on the invitation of God Himself, the lasting imprint never goes away. I often come up into the Throne Room of Heaven to meet with God and never have I left without a lasting impact upon my heart.

Every invitation makes a mark.

 I recall the voice that summoned the Apostle John from places that contradict all reasonable comforts. From the Isle of Patmos, he says, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day and I heard a loud voice, as of a trumpet saying, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last… Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw… (Rev 1:10-12).

That’s all it takes for me. I sense my heart completely captured by the sound. A voice; His signature sound, speaking in the proximity of my ears, always causes me to turn. I am distracted from the clutter, pulled into what I hear from Heaven and supernaturally taken by what I had already given my life to. His love has set my gaze, so I will always turn toward this voice. Like David’s surrender; it exposes my weakness as well. He says, “When You said seek My face, my heart said to You – Your face Lord, will I seek.” (Ps 27:8)

Let the heart speak at God’s invitation!

You see, it was my heart that took the step into the Throne Room and because it did, my ears have remained attentive and enticed by the sound of Heaven’s voice. Your voice oh Lord, has made its footprint upon my heart and no storm or wind or earthly thing can wash the print away.

Archives