Hearing Christ Without Offense

Hearing Christ Without Offense

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The Word of Christ doesn’t come to us as a professor giving a lecture on a certain subject matter. Rather it is “the prophetic word made more sure”, as it is written in 2 Peter 1:19
In Verse 16 Peter tells us it is not a cleverly devised tale, but they were eye witnesses of His majesty.

Vs 19 tells us this prophetic word made more sure is as a lamp shining in a dark place,

Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light to my path.”

2 Peter 1:20 tells us “that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation”,
When we receive the prophetic Word of Christ, through the Holy Spirit and begin to try to interpret it with our own human understanding and live it by the power of our own will, we lose the power of the life of Christ.
If I obey Christ’s Word to me in my own will, it most often is delayed obedience. If I obey my own time frame, it doesn’t break my will.
My will is broken through submission to the voice of Christ, and obedience through faith, not through understanding.

Psalm 119:103 “How sweet are Thy words to my taste, Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth.”

In Revelation 10 we read how a very powerful angel gave the little book to Apostle John to eat, saying, “Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.”
John obeyed and was given a charge to prophecy to many people’s, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
Sometimes the Word of Christ comes to us tasting as sweet as honey, but in changing our life it can seem as a bitter experience.
If we obey and receive it as John did, it can become a Word of prophecy to many people in our life.

But if we draw back and do not obey, this Word becomes a stumbling rock of offense to us, in our relationship to Christ.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us press on to become those children of God, who delight our Father’s heart by the obedience of faith.

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