We can all hear God’s voice because we are all God’s sheep!
The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they recognize his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t recognize his voice.” John 10:3-5 (NLT)
I want to assure you that you can hear the voice of the shepherd today – you don’t even have to strain – just be willing and open. Did the sheep in the verse above strain to hear the shepherd’s voice? Just relax, Jesus is a good shepherd and he doesn’t hide from you. We do hear differently because God loves variety and has made us with different personalities. Some hear dramatically, some hear quietly, some hear in pictures, some hear in words, some hear in visions? Is one better than another? Is one more spiritual than another? No. Some hear a lot – some don’t – it doesn’t matter – just enjoy God.
But in our differences here are some general guidelines on knowing if you are hearing God’s voice.
God’s voice is Accompanied by Peace not by Fear.
God’s voice Brings Guidance not Confusion.
God’s voice brings a Desire to Move Forward not Pressure to do something.
God’s voice brings Power to Accomplish the Task not Guilt because we aren’t doing it.
Relax and simply ask God what he is saying. Pause and listen for an answer. Do this daily and before you know it you will hear whatever he wants to say to you. If you don’t hear anything, go on about your day knowing you are in God’s will because you are positioning yourself to hear from him if he wants to speak.
Yes, it is as simple as that.