Listen to Jesus

My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. John10

When I was a Roman Catholic, I listened to the priest and he told me to do everything The Church says to do (all the sacraments, holy days of obligation, Mass, etc) for the rest of my life (to earn salvation). When I was a Neo-Evangelical, I listened to my pastor and he told me, (after rebuking my discernment my use of my unapproved spiritual gifts) that I was to do what they (and only they) decide I should do as service to the Church. When I was a Reformed Calvinist I listened to my pastor and he told me that it is my own fault that I was exhausted by helping(loving) “needy” people and that I should put up boundaries so they don’t burden me with their problems and take my time and energy.

Then the Lord Jesus called me OUT of that hot mess and put me in the wilderness where is was quiet. There, for the first time since I met Him, before I was “Churched” and put under the obligation to listen to and obey the Ordained Priests of Christianity, I heard His voice, the voice of Jesus. I started hearing Him all the time. The last time I heard Him was when He first called me way back in 1985. Now He was speaking again! Maybe He was all those years, I just could not hear Him. I was not listening. I was listening to the voice of my priest and my pastor tell me what to do and “how to be religious” and “how to be a proper Church Christian”. Now I could hear Jesus again. I began listening to HIM again. Guess what? The things He said to me were very different from what the priest and pastors told me.  Jesus told me what He wanted me to do.

Now I do not listen to those men in The Church. They did not advise me according to the Way, the Truth and the Life. They did not advise me according to Love. They did not advise me according to the true will of God, by the Holy Spirit.  They were false guides. Jesus is The Way and He is my Guide. He is my Shepherd and He speaks to me, and not only guides and comforts, helps and encourages me, but He tells me what He wants me to do. Now I know what He wants me to do, He tells me. I encourage you to not listen to men in The System, they do not know what Jesus wants you to do. They really are not concerned with that, anyway. I encourage you to listen to JESUS and do what He says.

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8 thoughts on “Listen to Jesus

  1. You too?!? LOL
    I too was raised a Catholic. The Lord spoke to me in 1986 calling me out of the world and in to relationship with Him. I joined a “church” and learned of their ways, “But this is what the bible says!” I contended till He said “No more!” Now I follow Him as Lord and no man! “But who will marry you and bury you?” They always ask…
    As if that is important. I answer them with, “If you have the cash they will be there in a flash! IF I want them.” They walk away with a confused look as they continue to wander the broad road which leads to destruction always chasing after a light which keeps them in darkness…

  2. amen, amen sister Loretta.. Yahweh bless you,, that is truly the voice of wisdom.. I wanted to share with you, that I am married to a man, who is on a much different plane than I am spiritually.. For several years I was daily emotionally abused, and also suffered due to his alcoholism. I was also mocked for getting rejected by the leadership of every church or messianic fellowship I attempted to attend with my husband.. It was always my fault for being unwilling to conform to thier particular religious box. I cried out to Yahweh to release me from this union that made me so miserable and seemed to tear down every step of healing I recieved by Yahweh for past emotional and physical abuse by tempting me to become bitter and unforgiving.. It was an intense battle to guard my heart from becoming bitter..to my surprise the Lord quietly reminded me in the prayer closet that I had not resisted to blood, and to consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against himself.. It was not what I wanted to hear.. I WOULD LIE IF I SAID OTHERWISE.. I was looking for pity.I submitted myself to Yeshuas will, and stayed..Today 2 years later, my husband is now clean and sober and the emotional abuse has almost stopped.. I learned to die to my own hurts by daily casting them on the Lord and crying out for strength to make it without becoming bitter.. I have come out of this trial being able to love my enemy ( YES HE WAS MY ENEMY FOR 5 YEARS) DAY IN AND DAY OUT, NO BREAK) I often had to go stay at a homless shelter to escape..it was a lesson I would not have been able to learn had I run and not submitted myself to Abbas will.. I will be forever grateful, as I believe emphaticlly that our greates trial yet coming will be to love our enemy and perhaps give up our lives so they can see the true gospel and come to true repentence.. Y ou can talk to me anytime you would like too. I love reading what you share with the body.. THANKYOU FOR YOUR LABOR OF LOVELOVE CONQUERS ALLRuthie Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 15:59:01 +0000 To: ruth2357@hotmail.com

  3. True elders lead from among the sheep and you can relate to them like any other brother or sister in Christ. In that context, the maturity an elder has in Christ or a teaching they can share with us is a wonderful thing for our edification. I do love meeting with younger and more mature brethren alike and listening to Christ talk through them. “Clergy men” on the other hand, meh, not so much..

    Jesus has bestowed onto us His kingdom and true brothers and sisters to share with. The harlot church bestowed on us her own kingdom (baptist, nazerene, etc) and a clergy-laity divide.

    In Christ -Jim

  4. True elders build up the younger saints by their continual way of life they live openly before them. True elders teach things in the context of real relationships in real life with real saints (though also at a larger weekly meeting too). True elders are simple saints who are mature and tested. If they start to exalt themselves above the body, put on religious garbs, use a religious title, or dominate the meetings week in and out we can safely conclude they are not mature and are not to be recognized as elders. Worse yet we may find that they are not even true brethren.

    In Christ -Jim

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  6. I echo Ruthie’s amen. I am thankful that Jesus tells me what to do, and I am thankful again when He gives me what I need to do it. Blessings to you!

  7. According to the voice of Jesus
    which commandment the most important?

    Jesus was asked twice, by two different men, the same basic question about which is the most important or greatest commandment in the Law. Here is how Jesus answered that question:

    #1
    “One of the teachers of the law… asked him [Jesus],
    ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’

    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “ is this: ‘Hear, of Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than THESE.” [Mark 12:28-31, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Leviticus 19:18]

    #2
    …an expert in the law, tested him [Jesus] with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’”

    Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these TWO commandments.” [Matthew 22:36-40, Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18]

    But in contrast with Jesus, Paul the Pharisee didn’t know the greatest, most important, first commandment according to Jesus. Paul made up his own rule. Paul wrote:
    “The entire law is summed up in a SINGLE command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” [Galatians 5:14, Leviticus 19:18]

    And again, Paul wrote:
    “He who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not covet, and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this ONE RULE: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” [Romans 13:8-10, Leviticus 19:18]

    Jesus said it’s TWO commandments, with the greatest, most important, first command to
    .1) first, love God with everything you’ve got, and
    .2) second, love people.
    Paul said no, it ONE commandment- to love people.

    This is very similar to The Beatles- “All you need is love. Love is all you need. Love, Love, Love.” (In other words, the second commandment, the love of man, without the love of God. Love as me, myself and I define love to be, and continuously redefined by sinful men.)

    In essence, it is also the same principle as what Eve did in the Garden of Eden, forgetting about the Tree of Life, which is the first tree in the middle of the Garden, and instead referring to the second tree as “the tree that is in the middle of the garden.” [Genesis 3:3 & 2:9 2:17, 3:24]

    Kind of like the Pharisees with Jesus, who were pushing the false idea that we can consider ONE commandment in the Law, alone in isolation, to be “the greatest commandment in the Law.”

    Or like today, false teachers in the Chrislam – Purpose Driven – Seeker Sensitive – Emergent – Liberal – Ecumenical – New Age – world church movement pushing the false idea that the ONE RULE is “Loving God and Neighbor together.”

    The Lord God Jesus the Jewish Messiah, Son of Yahweh the Most High God of Israel, said:
    “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these TWO commandments.”
    Not one. TWO.

    Sometimes, Paul was wrong. Jesus is always right. I’m following Jesus.

    Here are answers to 2 common objections:
    .a) What about the so-called “Golden Rule”?
    Jesus spoke the 3 chapters of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7, including 7:12. Jesus didn’t make PART of this one verse out of context into “The Golden Rule” or “one rule.” Jesus did not use the term “Golden Rule,” it’s simply a tradition of men. The sentence begins with “So” in the NIV and Amplified Bibles, and “Therefore’ in the NASB and King James Bibles, which ties 7:12 to the previous sentences. So 7:12 cannot stand alone as One Commandment.

    .b) What about the so-called “Great Commission”?
    Jesus spoke the words recorded in Matthew 28:18-20, including “make disciples of all nations.” Jesus never used the term “Great Commission,” it’s simply a tradition of men. Yes I agree it’s a commandment given by Jesus, it’s not optional, and it applies to us today. We need to carry this out, with our own God-given abilities and talents, using the skills, and circumstances we have. But we don’t need to put words in the mouth of Jesus, we can let Jesus speak for himself, and we can listen to Him – and obey Him.

    Evangelism is part of the Second Commandment given by Jesus, to Love people. Evangelism is not the most important commandment, and it isn’t the entire Second Commandment. So if our priorities are “The Great Commission and the Great Commandment,” we have our priorities upside down and confused, and we are not listening to the voice of Jesus. Never mind what Paul said. Let’s listen to the voice of Jesus first, and get our priorities straight.

    The people who will protest most loudly against this truth are the modern “Pauls:” traveling evangelists, speakers, writers, abusive absentee mega-church pastors, Crusaders, and self-appointed “apostles” like Paul, who find it “profitable” to “be like Paul” rather than follow Jesus the Jewish Messiah.

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