You Know His Voice

  • John 8:47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says.
  • John 10:2-5 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
  • John 10:27-30 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.I and the Father are one.”
  • John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

The Word says that He calls us by name, that He knows us, and that we listen to His voice. In order to hear His voice, we need to listen for it. Psalm 46:10 states: “Be still, and know that I am God”. It is a right and a privilege for every child of God to hear His voice. His Spirit lives in each born-again believer and He has been sent to guide us into all truth and tell us what is yet to come. Just as the Holy Spirit led the first disciples, He can lead believers today.

How to hear God:
  1. Spend time reading the Word daily, as it’s God’s primary way of speaking to His children. Read the Word attentively and let it provide you answers, directions, instructions, correction, etc.
  2. God has provided His Spirit to teach us, remind us, lead us as well as tell us things to come. John 14:26 says: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”   John 16:13 says: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” So, in the course of everyday life, the Holy Spirit can give you a check in your spirit to keep you from going somewhere, give you peace about accepting an invitation you receive, tell you to help someone, bring to remembrance a scripture for a circumstance you’re going through, etc. The Holy Spirit is inside you and “does life with you” so-to-speak. As you become more sensitive to His leading, it will be easier to recognize what He’s saying to you.
  3. You are a child of God and you can hear Him. His sheep hear His voice (John 10:4, 27). When you spend time with God in prayer or are communicating with Him, it must be more than a one-way conversation. You must incline your spiritual ear to hear Him. You must take the time to train yourself to listen. He has much to say. Jesus was told where to get a colt, what would happen to Him, where to celebrate the Passover, etc. What information do you need from God?
  4. Pray in the Spirit for an extended period of time (30 minutes to 1 hour). It can position you to be more attentive to hear what God has to say.
  5. Important note: Whatever you hear from God must line up with His Word.

Call to action:
Take time to pray today with the expectation of hearing from God. Incline your spiritual ear to Him.