Who are you listening to?
â€œAnd after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into a high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. Â And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. Â And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. For he wistnot what to say; for they were sore afraid. Â And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.â€ – Mark 9: 2-7
Have you ever been sore afraid? Â Have you ever wondered what you should do when youâ€™re in a situation and donâ€™t know what to say? Â How do you respond to whatâ€™s around you when you feel overwhelmed with life? How do you have a kingdom mindset when you have suffered disappointment and lost all hope? Â
Iâ€™m thankful for the Old Testament phrase, â€œThe Lord is long-suffering.â€ Â So often, we listen to voices of fear, hopelessness and doubt, like the disciples, who didnâ€™t understand what was going on when they awoke, we become overwhelmed with where we find ourselves in life. Â Did you know that the enemy will use these things to keep us from being the kind of Christian we want to be?
Iâ€™m so thankful for this image in Markâ€™s gospel. Â In the middle of Peterâ€™s ramblings, Godâ€™s voice thunders this truth, â€œThis is my beloved Son! Â Hear Him!â€ Friend, when you hear the enemy whisper that youâ€™re inadequate, not worthy, or, any other fear that would cause you to believe that God is not big enough to fight your battles; hear the Heavenly Father speak these words into your situation – This is my beloved Son, hear Him.Â
Why? Â Because Jesus is truth. Truth has a way of clearing out all the clutter. Â No matter what you are being told by other people, news media outlets or statistics, Jesus is the only One who knows what you need. Â Â Â Â Â
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Sit at the foot of Jesus. Â
HearÂ Him. Â
His is the voice of truth. Â