Therefore, Abraham did not have the right to brag before God (Romans 4:2), for it was God who had justified Abraham by faith. Abram believed and obeyed God’s Word, and his deeds of faith justified him. (Romans 4:3) They verified his living faith.
God’s gift of justification obligated Abraham to obedience. He was not justified by the law, for it had not been given at that time. He fully trusted God’s words, and God declared him justified.
God’s saints understood the connection between hearing His word and being obedient. They obeyed in response to hearing God’s voice. If God’s words were a command, they obeyed. If God’s words were a promise, they treasured them and trusted them for all their strength; they depended on God to do as He had said. God’s promise was the root of life. His word revealed Himself. His saints responded in obedience, by deeds of faith.
People are also called to verify and establish God’s law by obeying Him through deeds of true faith. Obedience is only accomplished by the personal influence of God Himself through His living Word and fellowship. Hearing His voice changes one’s will and truly motivates one to obey His Word. One becomes obedient by His power.
Hearing God’s voice in your heart is His assurance of His presence, power, and eternal life; it is how He demonstrates His love and Fatherhood. It is more than thoughtfully reading or studying Scripture. Anyone can study and gain human knowledge, yet not gain spiritual communion or enter into a meaningful fellowship with the living God.
The task is to read God’s Word in His presence – abide in His presence – meditate on His Word – and listen. The task of the Holy Spirit is to apply the words of truth into the inner being. One must allow the Spirit, the teacher, to transplant God’s words into one. Hearing God’s voice is a blessing from the Lord to each one personally, allowing true fellowship. His voice enters the heart, bringing first blessing, then strength of faith; and it awakens one’s will to respond by a living faith.
Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) “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.” (Revelation 3:20)
Only in God’s presence, hearing His voice, will unbelief, doubt, and disobedience become impossible. When one has God’s Word in their hearts, live it, and reproduce it in their character, then their lives will become a constant display of God’s glory, revealing Christ.
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join them for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. They also meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.