Hearing Heaven’s News 

By: Greg Mohr

June 2023

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be ta all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” 

— Luke 2:8–11 (New King James Version

As it was then, so it is now: subsequent announcements of the life and ministry of His Son through the church come in the same manner. God has reserved heaven’s news for the following three groups of people: 

  1. God speaks to shepherds — those He can trust to accept the shepherding care of His people. He is always faithful to reveal His will to those who are serving, mentoring, teaching, encouraging, caring for, and healing His people. John 15:12–15 says that Jesus reveals all things to His friends—those who commit to lay their lives down for His flock. It is amazing what He will reveal to you while you are caring for His people. 
  1. God speaks to people who abide in the field — those who are faithful to serve in the field He has assigned to them. He speaks to diligent workers who remain in the field where He planted them, those who take root downward and bear fruit upward. These shepherds were not waiting on God to speak to them in a prayer meeting at the synagogue. They were working in the field, hard at it, consistently watching over the flock in all kinds of weather, difficult circumstances, and potential danger. God reveals heaven’s news today to shepherds who are faithful to serve His people where He sent them, regardless of difficulties and challenges. He speaks to shepherds, not hirelings! He will honor your faithfulness to serve His people by blessing you with His voice. 
  1. God will speak to us at night — there are at least two applications to us: 
  • Those who are willing to take their light to the darkest area of human need 
  • Those going through a dark time/evil day in their lives 

Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 

— Matthew 10:27 (NKJV

Jesus promised to speak to us and through us in times of personal challenge and dark times in the lives of others we are shepherding. Whatever He tells you in darkness speak it out—proclaim it! 

Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God. 

— Isaiah 50:10 (NKJV

God will come to you at night and penetrate your darkness if you call upon Him, look to Him, and trust in Him in the midst of your greatest challenges in ministry. He will also speak to you as you make yourself available to take the good news to the darkest areas of human need. God speaks to shepherds who are abiding in the field keeping watch of their flock at night.

I am speaking over the A.R.M.I. family of ministers—including pastors, staff, and traveling ministers who are doing just that. You can be assured of being entrusted with fresh news from heaven today! 

Greg Mohr, Executive Director of the Association of Related Ministries International (A.R.M.I.) and Post Education Development & Director of Ministry School

Greg Mohr is a conference speaker and author of several books. He is known for being an instructor who shares from his heart, teaching several core classes at Charis such as Operating in God’s Best, Prosperity God’s Way, and The Fruit of the Spirit. Previously, Greg served as senior pastor of River of Life Church in Decatur, Texas for twenty-four years. He is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and has earned a master’s degree in leadership from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma. Greg is married to his best friend, Janice. Together they have four children and twelve grandchildren.