My Sheep Hear Me
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27 WEB
Jesus said that His sheep would hear His voice and that they would follow Him. "And a stranger, they would not follow" (John 10:5). God speaks to His people individually and collectively. Often we are so concerned on being deceived that we ignore everything in order to play it safe. Jesus said that you would hear His voice and that is what will help protect you from being deceived, hearing His voice, that quickening in your spirit that something is not right.
There are three things Jesus mentioned here: 1) My sheep hear My voice. 2) I know them. 3) They follow Me. To those He will give eternal life, they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of His hand. This is all a part of the Christian life, hearing the Lord speak, having a relationship with Him, obeying Him as best you can.
We are often looking to hear an audible voice and ignoring the other hundred ways that the Lord is already speaking to us. Sometimes when you pray about something a scripture that you read you may reveal something new, you may see a picture in your mind that has meaning, hear the words to a song, suddenly remember the words that a friend once told you, get an email on the subject, see a dove outside your window, have a dream, maybe even hear an audible voice. I have experienced all of these in my own life at some point.
There is no set pattern, and the Lord speaks to each of us differently, but He does speak. Its personal, and I have had the Lord speak to me in terms that only a computer technician would understand. Use common sense. If you read Judas went and hanged himself and then hear Go and do likewise, DON'T. Youre smarter than that.
When you pray, take a moment to listen. Flip open a Bible and read the page that it falls on, you may be surprised what you find. Refine your relationship with the Lord and remember that His sheep hear His voice. Practice hearing the Lords voice now. It is never too late to start and never too early to begin. In the days that are coming, you will be thankful that you did.
Prayer: Father speak to me in a way that I understand. Help me hear Your voice and guide me today. I invite You to actively participate in my life and look forward to hearing from You, in the name of Jesus I pray.
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