John 10:1-5 “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. 2 The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3 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. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
- God’s sheep hear his voice
- God’s sheep will not be led astray by someone else’s voice.
- God speaks to his people
- His people have the ability to hear His voice
Hindrances to hearing God’s voice
- We listen only when we are in need or want to listen
- We are listening for an auditory voice
- God calls us at inconvenient times
- When it doesn’t fit our schedule
- When it doesn’t fit our agenda
- When it doesn’t fit our idea of what should be done.
John 15: 12-15 “12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. “
- Jesus wants to share His heart and knowledge with us.
- Out of us having this relationship and knowledge of His heart, then we are to act upon it to please Him.
John 16: 12-15 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.”
We need to understand the type of relationship that God wants to have with us.
4 ways God speaks
- Through the Bible
- Through the Church
- Through the impressions of the Holy Spirit
- Through circumstances or pain
Hudson Taylor Prayer
I besought Him to give me some work to do for Him, as an outlet for love and gratitude; some self-denying service, no matter what it might be, however trying or however trivial; something with which He would be pleased, and that I might do for Him who had done so much for me.
GOD SHARES HIS HEART AND HIS SECRETS WITH US