Hearing His Voice

John 8:47
He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is
that you do not belong to God.

Jesus said that the key to being able to hear God's voice is first
to be one of His children. One of the great mysteries of the universe to my
logical mind is how God can communicate with six billion people on the earth
at the same time. It is one of those mysteries I must let go of because my
“hard drive” would crash if I had to explain and understand this before I
believed and trusted in Him. It is as though God places a computer chip in
each human being, and when we place our faith and trust in Him, it becomes
activated. We begin to communicate with Him. Jesus says that if we are a
child of God, we can hear God's voice. He further explains this relationship
in the following parable:

I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by
the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man
who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the
gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by
name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on
ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But
they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him
because they do not recognize a stranger's voice (John 10:1-5 ).

The Shepherd is always representative of Christ. Sheep are
representative of God's children. This passage tells us that the Shepherd
communicates with His children. We are called by name and we can listen to
our Shepherd's voice. There is another comforting aspect to this
relationship. The Shepherd goes before the sheep to prepare the way. Jesus
has already gone before us today to prepare our way.

Knowing the Shepherd and His voice allows us to have the assurance
that we will not be fooled by another shepherd's voice. The sheep know His
voice. It is only when we are dull of hearing that we mistakenly hear
another's voice and follow it. Sin can create a poor frequency in our
communication with the Shepherd. Make sure your frequency is free of static
(sin) today so that the Shepherd can lead you and go before you.

Finally, distractions can also keep us from hearing our Shepherd's
voice. When the sheep get entangled in the fence or wander off, they get too
far away to hear the Shepherd's voice. We must stay in close proximity to
the Shepherd to hear His voice. Stay close to the Shepherd today. Listen and
follow. He wants to lead you.

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