The Voice

The Voice

08 Dec 2013 Service – John Avanzini


21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Matt 16:21-23

Jesus recognizes that there are different voices when Peter speaks.

There will always be two voices. Whenever God speaks, there will always be a second voice from the devil.
7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have taken no bread.”

8 But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread? Matt 16:7-8
Don’t listen to reasons but listen to God! We serve a God who is greater and beyond our reasoning.

God told Abraham not to bring anyone with him but there’s a second voice saying he will take Lot with him and at the end Abraham had to share his possessions with Lot.
12 Now the Lord had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.

5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son…
Stay with God’s voice and not the 2nd voice

Don’t miss out on God’s best things for you. Don’t let what God has planned for you be cut in half.

The story of Naomi & Ruth
Naomi didn’t want to affect the lives of Oprah and Ruth, so she asked them to return to their biological mothers.

8 And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each to her mother’s house. The Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.”

11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters, go—for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons, 13 would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me!”

14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

15 And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said:

“Entreat me not to leave you,
Or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go;
And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.
17 Where you die, I will die,
And there will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also,
If anything but death parts you and me.”
Oprah was convinced and she left, but not Ruth, who witnessed a deep-seeded faith in Naomi, and was determined to follow her. In the end, she married Boaz, a wealthy man, and ultimately became the lineage of King David.

Don’t listen to the second voice, it will bring you to having less than what God has plan for you.

The second voice will speak in logic but our God is a God who speaks beyond logic, and leads you to a realm of miracles.

Listen to the still small voice rather than the voice of someone who are influential. The second voice often leads you to tragedy and being away from heaven.

You don’t have to stay with the second voice if you had made a decision to follow it. You can always goes back to God’s voice!