Do you know how to hear the voice of God?
Do you hear it by your physical ears?
How do you know that was His voice?
If you don’t know how to answer those questions, you might have irritated by some believers’ comments by saying, “This morning God told me…” or “I sensed God is telling me…” The Bible says,
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. – John 10:27 ESV
Knowing someone’s voice requires a relationship. It’s not the relationship that you know who that person is, but a close relationship that’s close enough to heart the person’s voice. As your baby knows your voice, or your dog knows your voice differ from others, you would learn and understand your master’s voice.
Sheep don’t know the shepherd’s voice automatically. They learn by hearing it over and over, and by receiving loving care. They follow the shepherd because they trust him and know they are safe with him.
How did you learn to trust the Lord? You’ve never met Him in person or had a conversation on the phone. But somehow, you’ve learned to recognize His voice and learned to trust Him. God drew you closer to Him so that you will discover His voice.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. – John 6:44 ESV
If you say that you don’t know the voice of God as other people say, you can still learn! It’s not by going to school somewhere or going to a seminar. But it’ll be by building a deeper and closer relationship with the Lord. Are you up for that?
So how do you define the voice of God while you are learning to hear?
1. It always lines up with the scripture
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. – Romans 10:17 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness – 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
2. It’s always loving and merciful
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. – Psalm 86:5 ESV
Condemnations come from the enemy. In times, God will teach us and guide into His truth by discipline us. But His voice won’t be ever harsh and condemning.
3. It always draws you closer to His heart
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. – James 4:8 ESV
God’s heart is to draw you closer to His heart. When you come to Him with a heart attitude, “I want to know you more, Lord,” He will show Himself to you. He wants you to trust Him with all your heart and have an intimate relationship with you.
Remember, God speaks in a still small voice, and you need to get closer to Him so that you can hear it.
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