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What are you listening to?

There is a moment when individuals and assemblies have to move on. God is saying it's time to move on - no matter what level, it's time to move on. This is a choice every one of us need to make.

The Lord spoke to Joshua (Joshua 1) and told him that Moses was dead and that it was time to lead the people into the Promised Land. For Joshua, Moses was the icon of God’s leadership into the Promised Land, but God put Moses’ mantle on Joshua’s shoulders.

Joshua had many conflicting voices to contend with; both from people around him (Numbers 13-14) and his own fears. In the first chapter of Joshua alone God tells him to be courageous 5 times!

It matters who you listen to. There are voices of discouragement around. We have to make up our minds to hear God in the face of adversity.

The important question to ask yourself is “am I still hearing God?” Do you know what God is saying to your household of faith, your church? There are moments when the voice of God is no longer heard, respected or desired. Only when we hear the Lord are we able to move forward. Lord, we want to hear You once again.

Then let’s respond to what God is saying. It’s a way we’ve not been before, but trust God – He is making a way. It will still be a long journey – trust God even if it’s in a way you’ve never been before. Let us trust God together and hear the voice of the Lord.

Joshua had a critical job to do – to not turn to the left or the right but meditate day and night on the word of the Lord. Just like with Moses, God revealed Himself to Joshua in new ways (Joshua 5:13-15). The Lord revisited things with him, He reminded and encouraged Joshua with the lessons he’d learnt in the past.

Stand on God’s promises. Remember what God’s spoken to you in the past, remember the first word – that will stir your faith. Seek above all things to hear and obey the simple, small voice of God. Our life depends on it.

Published 21st December 2018


  1. Mhairi Campbell-Fowler says:

    So grateful for these words

  2. Cynthia Mawson says:

    Wise words. Look up, not down. God
    is speaking to our hearts-listen.

  3. Piers says:

    Good stuff. We always need fresh revelations of God and his goodness, and a will to act on them.

  4. Gill says:

    thank you for this

  5. Liz says:

    It had been advised to a pastor who couldn’t hear God to find a comfortable seat, to listen, wait, then start journaling, and then God spoke, it poured out, then there was vision. (I tried this too and found it very encouraging indeed).

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