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.