“MY Sheep Hear My Voice…”
Priscilla Shirer: “If you don’t spend the days anticipating that God will talk to you…you will not be driven to spend time with Him and…when He does speak to you, you will just say, ‘It’s just something I came up with.’ You will assume it was something else when it could very well be God.
John 10:27 ‘My sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow me.’
To hear does not just mean hearing with our ears. It means, understand, recognize and perceive the essence of what is being said.”
Through His Holy Spirit, God makes His Word life-giving. The “essence” is feeling…understanding…knowing that He loves us and wants to show us the most meaningful path…custom-made for our lives. From His Word (empowered by His Holy Spirit) we learn, we hope, we draw encouragement, correction and direction.
And yet…there are times I feel I do not hear Him as often as I should or in the ways He truly intends. So as I study, my hope should be to revive (or begin) my sense of His voice more strongly and more consistently.
Priscilla says about this John 10:27, “He is real clear about pointing out here a ‘relationship’… ‘my’ sheep. He is saying that ‘the result…the default position of My relationship with you is that you CAN and SHOULD hear My voice!’”
The default position! Is that your default position? Is it mine?
No wonder! No wonder the television and electronics are so readily used to do such destruction to the minds and hearts of every one of us. How can we possibly hear…or refine our hearing abilities when there are constant voices, images consuming the space in our heads, hearts and minds?
What damage we do to our marriage and child-parent relationship or parent-child relationship when we are buried in electronics or television while someone we love is trying to talk to us. You cannot do any more hurtful thing to a loved one than to make him feel his conversation has to be fitted between the screen in front of you. That…is not a relationship. Your child, parent, friend or spouse feel like he or she is an unimportant add-on. Each of your relationships needs to be nurtured and enjoyed…not left feeling tolerated between texts or television.
Remember, God longs for a real and vibrant relationship with you.
After all…He gave His life for that very thing.
Priscilla says, “Do you really think He would die for you and then not talk to you?”
Begin this day (every day) with Him. Come into His presence with thanksgiving. Then talk about the things you need to sort out. Pray for those who need prayer. Read something that is spiritually significant…something that points you to Scripture. Soak it in…ask Him to show you what you need to know and…strengthen you to apply it to your life.
But remember…be intentional throughout each day about anticipating His voice…His direction and yes, even His loving correction.
You will recognize His voice more and more and your relationship with Him will grow astonishingly strong!
Ephesians 2:18-22 (HCSB) 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. 21 The whole building, being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord. 22 You also are being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.