by Theodore Wright.
Jesus said… My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. – John 10:27 (NKJV)
All those place their trusting faith in God solely through His Son Jesus Christ hear the voice of Jesus, whether they know it or not. If they do not hear His voice distinctly what they need to do, as His sheep, is to follow our Great Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ, more closely.
The secret to hearing from God is simply summed up in just one word: LISTEN. God is speaking to us all the time. We are the ones who get hard of hearing. How much time do you spend actually listening for God in prayer? Prayer is a time for two-way communication with God through His Son Jesus.
Pay attention to the voice of God. How do you do this? First off, spend time reading the Word of God, the Holy Bible. The Apocrypha does not belong in the Holy Bible, so it is recommended to use a Bible that does not include this.
Clear channels of communication. Confess your sins to Jesus.
1 John 1:9 – 2:1 (NKJV) reads…
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
Next, listen for God. He speaks to us, through His Son Jesus, by His Holy Spirit.
Do not allow other voices to confuse you, such as…
• The world (Commonly, this happens through watching too much television.)
• The flesh (You know it when your desires rise up.)
• The devil (Beware of his tricks and his deceptions with him pretending the voice of God.)
The voice of God may come to you loudly, softly, subtly, even in other ways than just simply what we usually refer to as a voice. The voice of God may even come through others. You may hear Jesus during your prayer times or even when you are walking down the street. What we know about God can be summed up in saying, “God is full of love, full of power, and full of surprises.”
There are often evangelical Christians who are taught that they do not hear the voice of God. Therefore, ask them, “Do you ever get up in the morning, praying about something, then turn on the television and see a sermon preached on that topic? Then, you go to church and hear the same general message preached? Still later, someone else brings up the topic that saw and heard none of these? Is this all just a coincidence?” If they answer “No, I believe that is God.” You simply mention to them “You see then that God really does talk to us!”
Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice”. This is not limited to denomination nor to those believers in Jesus who have had specific experiences. Neither yet is it limited to Christians with specific calls from God. However, His believers should continue to follow Him and to follow Him more closely.
James 4:6-10 (NKJV) tells us…
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
Sadly, Mother Theresa, who has been so well noted for her piety, has testified she did not feel God’s presence for the last half of her life. For fifty years! She said…
I call, I cling, I want — and there is no One to answer — no One on Whom I can cling — no, No One. — Alone … Where is my Faith — even deep down right in there is nothing, but emptiness & darkness — My God — how painful is this unknown pain — I have no Faith — I dare not utter the words & thoughts that crowd in my heart — & make me suffer untold agony.
It is very important to mention that we will generally hear from God only by placing our entire trusting faith in God solely through His Son Jesus Christ for the salvation of the free gift of eternal life and forgiveness of all our sins through Him. When He has spoken to people who do not believe in Jesus as such, He usually does this to direct people to place their faith in Him. Therefore, continually place your faith in Jesus Christ. Trust Him!
Remember to follow Him closely and LISTEN.