Hearing the voice of God!

Jn 10:27 ‘My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me.’

Jesus always speaks the truth and he cannot lie because he is truth. If Jesus says, his sheep hear his voice, then this is exactly what will happen. On the other hand, the devil is a liar and tries desperately to convince us that God doesn’t want to speak to us and that hearing God’s voice is too hard cause he is so distant from us. Refuse to accept this lie.

Believe that you can hear the voice of God. Hebrews 11:6 exhorts us to approach God with faith because without faith it’s impossible to please God. We must believe that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. Everything in the kingdom of God is received by faith.

God’s people will hear his voice, know his heart and follow his ways in the context of an intimate relationship with Him. We must give ourselves space to make mistakes along the journey of learning to hear the voice of God. I remember when my kids took their first step on the journey of learning to walk. I didn’t get angry at them because they only took 1 step and fell over again. I rejoiced and kept persevering with them, knowing they were going to walk very soon. We can be so hard on ourselves and yet God loves us and perseveres with us and rejoices that we are taking baby steps towards hearing his voice.

It’s important to discern the source of the voice you are listening to. There can only be 3 options: 1) Voice of the Holy Spirit; 2) Voice of the Flesh; 3) Voice of Satan.

Professional bankers detect the counterfeit bills by studying the authentic true bills, not the other way around. I know my wife’s voice very well because I’ve been in her presence for 18 years. Voice recognition increases the longer you spend time with someone. I worked with someone in the Police Force many moons ago who investigated a cop-killer for an entire 2 years, listening to phone taps and hearing his conversations during the day. He said that even though the investigation was years ago, if the cop-killer called up today and talked on the phone, the investigator would recognise his voice in an instant. That’s voice recognition. The best way to discern the truth is to spend time with the truth. You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. Discernment is sharpened by knowing the truth.

Test the Word. After you walk with God for a while, he gives you a witness of his spirit in your heart that is like a knowing in your spirit what the right thing to do is. However, it’s important you test the word. The bible doesn’t say, ‘put the word on the shelf’. It says test the word, otherwise you become defiled by it, if it isn’t from God. Is the word in alignment with the general revelation of Scripture or does it contradict it? Is there a witness of peace about the word and have you sought counsel with some trusted and spiritually mature leaders? Does the light of Christ brighten in your heart as you consider outworking of the word in your life or do you feel oppression and darkness? Important questions to consider.

The presence of God is worth committing to. No other pursuit in life compares to walking with God. Get a place or room where you can spend time with God. Train yourself to walk with God. Invest into your relationship with him. God doesn’t want you to perform for him through legalistic spiritual duties but he does want a deeper relationship with you and for you to have one, you will have to invest into it. Start today by opening up your heart to God, reading his word and being still in his presence.

The Oracle!

You’re a Voice, Not an Echo

Read Matthew 3:1-6 for context.

Buckminster Fuller Q: ‘All children are born genius’s, however, 9,999 out of 10,000 are swiftly, inadvertently de-geniusized by grown ups.’

I’ve had the privilege of seeing my 3 beautiful kids born and each time I observed the doctors keenly looking to see signs of normal breathing in the baby upon birth. Specifically, what they were looking for was the sound of the baby’s voice for the sign of life!

Your voice is a unique natural expression of who you. Popular TV show, ‘The Voice’ has popularized the unique vocal capacity of singers wanting to break into the music industry and be the next singing sensation. I like the show on many levels because it looks for originality, not simply an imitation.

Your voice represents your unique life calling and life message Gods created you to share with the world. All throughout Scripture we read of God calling people like Moses, Esther, John the Baptist and others to lift up their voice in their generation.

Your voice is an inspiration of the Spirit breathing life into you and through you into others. There can be no more noble cause than to find your own voice and help others discover their voice as well. Unfortunately, too many of us settle for being an echo that simply repeats or imitates others rather than fulfilling the unique calling on our lives, in our own uniqueness.

John the Baptist was one such person whom God gave a unique voice to, to prepare Israel for the coming of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was known as the VOICE crying in the wilderness. He was so unique and influential that people were leaving the modern cities of the day and heading to the desert to hear the voice yell REPENT! There are some profound insights we can glean from JB’s example:

1. Your voice will connect to people in ways other voices never will

2. Your voice is your discovery, not your decision

3. Your voice is your Holy Discontent

4. Your voice has a narrow focus to it

5. Your voice will be most developed in the wilderness

All 5 of these insights were at work to an unusual degree in Johns ministry. Jesus said of him, ‘there has not arisen a greater prophet in all Israel.’ Gods given you a voice. Don’t settle for being an echo!

Grace!