So many people today are hungry to hear God speak to them, and yet, if the mail I get is any indication, there are many Christians out there who are feeling very frustrated and unsatisfied about personally hearing from Him. It’s not as hard as we sometimes make it. In the hope that someone might be helped with a few simple explanations, I’d like to share with you what I know about hearing the Lord speak.
Every Christian is entitled to hear the Lord speak to him or her personally. The Bible tells us that “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34). God loves everyone the same, and does not have an elite group of favorites that He talks to, while leaving everyone else out. Jesus taught about our privilege of hearing God speak to us:
[Referring to Himself as the shepherd of the sheep] … the sheep hear his voice: and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And they will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they do not know the voice of strangers. … All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. … My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. — John 10: 3-5, 8, 27
[Speaking of the Holy Spirit] However, when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth: for he will not speak of himself, but whatever he hears, that will he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me — for he shall receive my things, and shall show them unto you. All things that the Father has are mine; therefore I said that he shall take of my things, and shall show them unto you. – John 16:13-15
God has promised that He will speak to us. We must start with believing His promise. If we do not believe that He will speak to us, our doubt will hinder us from hearing Him. It is a matter of faith that He will do what He has said. God loves faith, and will always reward it! Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.”
On the following two pages of my Character Building for Families web site, you will find many more Scripture verses that assure us of God’s desire to speak with us:
In the days ahead, I will explain the ins and outs of the many ways that God speaks to us and how to tap into hearing from Him.
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