Hearing God’s Voice (John 10:27)
John 10:27, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
There are many voices that we hear today, from the television, radio, telephone and even the computer. The difficulty for many isn't that they don't hear God's voice, but many cannot discern the Lord's voice over all the other voices they hear. We hear words from our family, friends and those we encounter while at work. There are so many things to discern. How do we know if we hear God amid all the other things competing for our listening ears? Even Samuel had a difficult time learning to discern God's voice while working in His temple (I Samuel 3). As Christians, we naturally learn to talk to God but listening does not come as easily. We must learn to listen so that we can distinguish His voice over all the other voices and noises we hear. Today, God speaks to us through His Word as the Holy Spirit opens our minds to comprehend the Scriptures (Luke 24:45).
In order to hear God's voice, first one must know Him personally. This is far different than knowing about Him, or attempting to live for Him. This means to have a relationship with Him. Jesus came to earth for us to know Him personally and to give us a direct and very personal relationship with God. Once a person knows Him personally, they can begin to become sensitive to hearing Him when He is speaking to them. The listening process begins by reading and meditating on His Word. God speaks to us mostly through His Word. The more we read, the more we keep His Word in our hearts. His Words that are placed within our hearts and minds are the key to hearing His voice. His voice will not contradict with His Word and His Word is applicable for everything in our lives.
Our Christian life is a walk of faith. God honors our faith and blesses those who believe without seeing. This means that we will never receive a text, a voicemail, or an email personally written to us from God with His personal instructions to us. To practice God's presence in hearing His voice, we have to be able to accept His will. And we know that if it was God's voice, then it will be God's will. So, God is the One responsible for making a way to fulfill His will. God's voice will align with God's will. He will speak to you about big things as well as small. God has no favorites and He is willing that all will come. He promises wisdom to those who ask and He promises to be found by those who seek Him. He wants to reward you for seeking Him also.
Through an ear of hearing His voice, we learn how to discern God's will and His ways. God honors childlike faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ (Romans 10:17). It takes practice to place His words in our hearts and to draw near to the Lord so He will draw near to us.
PRAYER: Lord, I ask You to allow me to be sensitive to Your voice and have the faith to know that You keep Your promises. Thank You for desiring a relationship with me. Thank You that Your Word brings peace, joy and life. Here I am Lord; fill me, use me, change me and send me. I desire Your presence above all things. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN!
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