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The Still Small Voice

small voiceThe Still Small Voice

Opening Hymns:

p. 2.55 – “One Generation Will Call to the Next”

p. 2.57 – “To God Be the Glory”

 Introduction: 1st Reader Reading of Elijah’s account in 1 Kings 19:9-19

And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

10 So he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

15 Then the Lord said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. 16 Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 17 It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and whoever escapes the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. 18 Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

19 So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him.

Now imagine the same verses but this time in verses 11-17, with the earthquake, fire and roaring wind, come a thundering voice telling Elijah His instruction. What do you think Elijah would do? Would it take Elijah a week, a day, an hour to go? He would pick up his feet as soon as he can and do as he was told. In both scenarios, the outcome would be the same. Elijah would do as he was told. What is the difference then? Though the 2nd scenario of earthquake and fire with God’s voice thundering would accomplish the task, this is not God’s way. God doesn’t want to drive us through life with a whip. When He speaks to us in a still small voice, we can suppress, ignore, make enough noise so that we cannot hear it.  In other words, we have the choice to ignore or to follow.  Elijah could have turned his back but because he was zealous for God, he obeyed Him. Did God say he will be protected from Jezebel’s death threat? No, God told him there are 7,000 in Israel that had not bowed down to Baal. And that, together with his zealousness, encouraged Elijah to do as he was told.

Hymn: p. 2.1 “Trust and Obey”

God speaks to us through the circumstances we go through. He speaks to us through our hearts. He speaks from the Bible. But He always leaves us to choose. This is freedom – the choice. It’s not the freedom to do whatever we want. It is the freedom to choose between good and evil, life and death, to follow Him or not. This is why He speaks to us in a still small voice.  How does God speak in a still small voice?

2nd Reader: What is the Holy Spirit?

John 14:15-17; 25-26

John 16:12-15

Ephesians 1:13-14

2 Corinthians 1:20-22

3rd Reader: How to Receive the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:32-42

John 7:37-39

Acts 8:14-17                          

God speaks in a still small voice through the Holy Spirit which dwells in us.  Jesus Christ said in John 14:23 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”  Therefore the Holy Spirit that is in us when we were baptized and sanctified is actually God the Father and Jesus Christ. Knowing that the still small voice is God and Jesus Christ through the gift of the Holy Spirit, let us then follow and be led by this voice.

Hymn: p. 2.51 – “The Light of the LORD”               

What do we do to be led by the Holy Spirit?

4th Reader: The Importance of Prayer and Meditation

Philippians 4:6-7

Romans 8:26-28

Joshua 1:8-9

Psalm 119:1-8

5th Reader: Do not quench/grieve the Holy Spirit

1 Thessalonians 5:19

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Ephesians 4:25-31

Grieving or quenching the Holy Spirit is not something that we should do because it is our seal unto the day of redemption. The Spirit that is in us will raise us from the dead. Therefore we should stay away from sin, our former conduct according to the deceitful lusts and put on the new man through prayer – letting God know everything through supplication; meditation on His laws and commandments that will also lead us to follow them.

Hymns:

p. 70– “Give Ear Unto My Words, O Lord”

p. 2.38 – “Turn Thou From Evil”

 Watch and Pray: Announcement/Special Music Offering

We have the voice of conscience inside of us which oftentimes is the voice of the Holy Spirit – the still small voice, nagging us the things we ought and ought not to do. Therefore if circumstances happen in our lives, we need to stop, sit down, and ask ourselves, why has this happened? Is there something that God is trying to tell us? A question which we often ask ourselves whenever we fall into various circumstances.  It may be time and chance as God said time and chance happen to all. But there is always a chance that God might be leading us or wanting us to know something. Seize this time to approach God and ask. And there is nothing wrong in asking. What do we need to learn from this circumstance? What do we need to change? Which decision should we choose?

6th Reader: Remy Argallon – Asking Questions from God

Matthew 7:7

John 16:23-24

Psalm 145:18-19

7th Reader: Vivian Hipe – Instances when circumstances were not favorable but turned out to be the leading of the Spirit

Acts 16:6-12

Acts 11:1-18

Paul and Timotheus wanted to go to Asia to preach the gospel but they were forbidden continually by the Holy Spirit. They were at Mysia on the way to Bithynia which were both in Asia Minor. After Paul’s vision, he gathered – came into conclusion (verse 10) that God wanted them to go to Macedonia.  This is the same thing with Peter. He knew that the Gentiles were not included in the promise.  The visions did not give explanation until he was led to Cornelius’ house and thereby came to conclusion as he explained in the council that Gentiles are now partakers of the promise.

It is for sure that somewhat similar circumstances happened to us. There might be times that everything seemed like it’s not working for us. God through the Holy Spirit might be telling us something. Seize the opportunity and approach God.

Hymn : 

p. 2.16 – “Through All the Changing Scenes of Life”

p. 89 – “Stand Still”

 How then do we know if we are being led by the Holy Spirit? That small voice?

8th Reader: An account of Samuel’s response to the calling; our response and blessing when we are called and followed God.

1 Samuel 3:3-10

1 John 3:18-24

James 1:17

Proverbs 10:22

There is some kind of restlessness when the Holy Spirit is leading us to do or know something.  I’m sure we have experienced this when we want to learn something about God. We can’t eat or sleep.  Our mind seems like busy in discovering the answer. It was the same thing with Samuel who was called several times by God until Samuel acknowledged Him. If we have done or decided on something and there’s no pain or guilt, producing the fruit of the Holy Spirit as listed down in Gal 5:22-25 and Eph. 5, and with faith that it was done according to God’s ways, the leading of the Holy Spirit is present. .

The still small voice is present in every one of us.  Take time to listen, for in it, rests our assurance of our resurrection and salvation through Christ Jesus.

Closing Hymn: p. 158 – “Think on These Things”

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