'And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.'
What am I going to do with my life? Who should I marry? Should I take this new Job offer? Is God calling me into the mission field? These are just some of the many life altering questions that face Christians at one time or another.
Not only are we faced with life altering choices but we are also faced with the everyday choices that life tends to throw at us. People of the world often seek horoscopes, psychics, councelors, or simply go by their 'gut feeling for answers,' but these kinds of methods are not for the believer in Christ!
The Christian is expected to go to God and listen for His voice; the Christian is expected to wait on the Lord for direction. It all comes down to knowing God's voice. John 10:4 clearly teaches us that we can know His voice if we belong to Jesus. (Those who have been saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ)
So how can we recognize the voice of God?
Although God can and does, speak to His people in an audible voice, He speaks primarily through His written word, the Bible. Therefore, it behooves the believer to read, study and quietly contemplate the word. The more time we spend pondering over God's word, the easier it will become to recognize His voice and His leading.
Whenever you're seeking to know God's will on a matter, ask Him to reveal His will to you through His word, then simply get busy spending time in His word. Note: If God speaks to you through a prophecy, an inner witness, audible voice, dream, or an open vision, it will always line up with scripture.
This is how hearing God's voice works: When you're reading the word and your heart warms to a particular scripture, stop for a moment and ponder that scripture; don't continue reading because you could miss what God is trying to reveal to you.
When the two disciples were walking along the road to Emmaus, Jesus drew near to them and walked and talked to them, however, they did not recognize Him at that moment. A little later while sitting down at the dinner table, Jesus revealed Himself to them and then immediately disappeared from their sight.
What's interesting about this story is what the two disciples said after He disappeared: “...Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32. Jesus still talks to His people the same way today; Praise the Lord!
My thought for you today dear reader is this: Learn to listen to the Shepherd's voice while reading His word; He will warm your heart as He speaks and opens scripture up to you. You will learn to discern the Lord's voice, receive direction, and get vision for your life if you spend time in His word.
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