The Voice from Heaven

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  • You are sludging through days of dirty diapers, sticky chairs and mounds of laundry.


  • You are in a situation that you very much want to get away from.


  • You have a critical decision before you that will change the course of your life.


Ever wish a voice from heaven would just speak to you?


It is “Biblical”, you know. 


So why don’t we hear that way?


Let’s look at John 12:23, 27-30. (We are reading from the Message version today).


“Jesus answered, ‘Time’s up. The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified…And what am I going to say? ‘Father, get me out of this’? No, this is why I came in the first place. Father, put Your glory on display.’


“A voice came out of the sky:’I have glorified it, and I’ll glorify it again.’ 


“The listening crowd said, ‘Thunder!’ 


“Others said, ‘An angel spoke to Him!’


“Jesus said, ‘The voice didn’t come for Me but for you.’” 


Maybe there is more here than meets the ear. Consider this:


1. Not everyone can understand a Voice from heaven.


Some of those that did hear thought it was thunder. Some thought it was an angel. The Voice was actually the Father in heaven. 


So who knows? Maybe He has spoken to us audibly and we just weren’t tuned in to understand.


2. To truly understand a voice from heaven, you must already be accustomed to using your spiritual ears. 


Jesus almost disregarded the audible (John 12:30). He and His Father had been discussing this issue so frequently (Mark 6:46; Hebrews 5:7) that He already knew what the Father had to say about it . And did you notice that Jesus didn’t even feel the need to answer what the Voice said?


3. Spiritual hearing leads to believing. Believing leads to Life (John 5:24;37-38).


You see, the Word that comes to us is only a seed (Luke 8:11). We beg and beg God to speak to us, when in reality, He already has. He’s said, “Be anxious for nothing,” and don’t “(stuff) your bodies with food” (Philippians 4:6; 1 Corinthians 6:13 the Message). So do we worry or overeat? (Um…Yeah….)


Our tendency is to filter His Word, but then dismiss it because it’s not what we want to hear (Hebrews 3:7-8). 




Disobedience plugs our spiritual ears. “Prove yourselves doers of the Word (that you do hear), and not merely hearers” (James 1:22).


If we want to hear what He would say to us in the specific, we must be committed to obedience in the general. 


Yes, the Word is the seed; listening is the sprout; and faith with obedience enables the plant to really take off. 


So, what did the Father speak to you about today? Are you acting on it? Obedience is the only way to exercise your spiritual ears.