"The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me." John 10:27 AMP
Thoughts for Today
When you think God is speaking a word to you through the Scriptures, through circumstances, or through that still small voice in your mind and heart, how can you be sure it is God? Jesus said his sheep are listening to his voice; if we belong to him, he will help us know when he is speaking to us. Here are some guidelines based on biblical principles:
- The Approach: God comes openly. The enemy sneaks in causing fear, anxiety and guilt.
- The Relevance: What you hear will often be a confirmation of something God has already spoken to you. You will understand.
- The Content: Always lines up with the Scriptures and builds faith.
- The Results: More love, more power, mind will not be fragmented.
Do you believe that God is speaking to you about some area in your life? How does what you are hearing line up with these four points?
For major decisions, it is always good to confirm God's voice through the protection of spiritual authority. Talk to your pastor or an elder in your church. "Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account." (Hebrews 13:17)
Lord, thank you for your promise that your sheep can hear your voice. Teach me to listen better and to recognize when it is you speaking. 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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