"He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice." John 10:3 MSG
Thoughts for Today
When you hear someone say, "God told me …" do you wonder if God spoke to them audibly and why that never happens to you?
While there are instances recorded in the Bible of God speaking audibly ... and it no doubt still happens ... this is not a common occurrence. But there are other ways God speaks to us: through the Bible and in a still small voice in our hearts. As we learn to listen and respond, we will become more and more familiar with his voice.
God speaks through the Bible. This is the logos of God—the authoritative, infallible, inerrant, eternal Word of God that is forever settled in heaven. Second Timothy 3:16 says, "All Scripture is God-breathed."
As we read the Bible, every word is God speaking to us. We need to spend regular time in God's Word … listening and growing. "… people need more than food to live—they need every word that the LORD has spoken" (Deuteronomy 8:3 CEV).
As we spend time in his Word, God also speaks to us in "scripture explosions." This is when a verse literally jumps off the page and speaks to us.
Sometimes God will also speak to us directly through a still small voice, a thought that we know is not our own. Tomorrow we will consider some ways to recognize God's voice.
Father, I commit to spending more time in your Word, listening as you speak to me through the scriptures. Help me to become more familiar with your voice. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
A Passionate Pursuit of God: Drawing Nearer to Him by Dr. Mike Chapman. This study teaches participant how to move into God's inner circle, how to listen for the voice of God, how to enjoy the freedom of worship, and how to embrace the mission of worship. This 45-minute format will accommodate groups with limited meeting times. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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