In the world, there are many resounding voices, from the home front to the market place. The voice of self, pride, voice of the flesh, voice of fame, from Hollywood to Bollywood, the voice of God through the message of the Cross, from the pulpit to the pew, voice of the hireling, voice of enemy, voice of friends, environmental voices and the voice of the great shepherd. The created man of all ages is confronted with inevitable choices that demand response. Both young and old are to respond to the voices heard which are reflected in the choices they make, in what direction they sail and what they eventually become.
The outcome of every man’s choice is evident in the reality of their pursuit, it either leads to exploitation or to exceeding greatness, to abandoned destiny and vision or excelling in destiny and fulfilling purpose, to diminishing return or to exceeding profit, to defeat or immeasurable victories, to failure or to inestimable success, to disgrace or to overflowing and exceeding grace, to shame or divine honour, to curses or untold blessings. Gen 3:8, Gen 13, Gen 25:28-34, Gen 39, Dan 1:8-21, Heb 11:24-26, Mark 10:24-30
Behind the choices are the voices, the voices are the influencers of our choices. Behind the voice is the receiver, every receiver has a filter, your filter determines what goes into your receiver. Your filter can only be used effectively as a no, a partial yes or a “resounding yes” response; depending on who you know and whose you are. Dan 11:32b
In Jesus’ statement, it is written: “The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice. “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.”. John 10:2-5, 14-15.
Like Jesus, You and I must lovingly lay all down including our rods. Let us check with Moses, his rod remains an ordinary rod deficient of wonders of supernatural exploit until he laid it down. Elisha, laid it down and burned his bridges to walk in untold double portion of supernatural exploits that even his dead bones raised the dead. Beloved, the rich young ruler partly said yes for he valued his earthly possession at the expense of gaining a heavenly treasure. Laying it all down empowers you and I to gain in Christ the Divine power and Divine wisdom for Supernatural Exploits; experiencing untold Possibilities, gaining in time and eternity what can and cannot be bought with money Exo 4:2-4,17, 1 King 19:19-21, Mark 10:17-27.
How you sail in this season of life to Supernatural Exploits is determined by the “Absolute Yes” from a Loving heart that is ready to lay down what is considered our all in “Reckless Abandonment of Love”, not once, or twice but daily to the Lord. The Question is, what do you need to lay down? Could it be the Natural for the Supernatural, Carnal for the Spiritual or your insufficiency for the untold riches? Selah! There is more to gain in Christ for You. ‘There Is No Need to Defer, Choose Christ. You will be Glad You Did’
- “And he said, the things which are impossible with men are possible with God. 28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting”. Luk 18:28-30.