This will be my last entry of Java with Jesus. Recent events in my life have severely shaken my faith and I cannot in good conscience continue to write this blog when I have been so shaken to my very core. For those who look forward to these entries, I thank you for reading and following so loyally and I pray for the Lord to bring someone who will continue to inspire or provide insight for you. With that being said, let’s go out with a bang.
There are a lot messages we get in this world. Some good, some bad and some just plain nonsensical. As Christians, we need to look at these messages with discernment and know which ones are truly from Him and which ones are not. How do we do this? By studying the Word of course and making sure what we are hearing, lines up with Scripture.
1 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
You know Catherine used to tell me and others, “He knows his Bible.” And while I can provide analysis and understanding of the Words of Scripture, I’d rather know the voice of the Shepherd. You see before she and I got together, I had prayed and she had been praying. What were we praying for? That one person with whom we could spend our forever with and walk into eternity with. Then we met and we started talking and before I even made an approach, I searched Scripture to make sure what I was thinking and feeling lined up with Him and it brought me to Proverbs 18:22, and that is when I knew and asked her out. I had never been more sure of anything after that moment. And if you read the Proverb in its entirety, I did obtain favor from the Lord, through the blessing of her and continual blessings outside of her.
What’s the point of this story? To help all of you understand before you make any important, major life changes or decisions, make sure of whose voice you are listening to and where you are getting advice from. First, bring the issue before Him. Second, ask Him for discernment with regard to the Scriptures and which path to take. Last, once your decision is made, search the Scriptures and make sure the decision you have made lines up. If it does, then you have clearly heard the Lord on the matter. If not, then you are just hearing the answer you want to hear and not doing what the Lord wants you to do.
A little long for the last entry, but I hope it blesses you. Please pray for me. May the Lord bless you and keep you all.