Our lives are filled with constant noises competing for our attention. In the midst of it all, God is speaking. Do you hear Him?
We need to tune in and hear God. All of us as believers, want to know how to hear God and know it’s Him. What makes us different from people who don’t believe in Jesus? What is the main difference between us, believers, and people who have not received Jesus Christ as their Savior?
Believers have a personal relationship with God. And, wouldn’t you think that the personal relationship with God would include “communication?” Isn’t it amazing that some people believe that God doesn’t speak anymore? When we read the Bible, is He not speaking? All through the Scripture, we have a record of God speaking directly to people. So why would He ever stop? The Bible says, “I am the Lord, I do not change!”
What would be the difference between a believer and a nonbeliever making an important decision? The believer prays! Shouldn’t we make decisions based on God’s knowledge and not ours? Hearing God is not something we do, it’s someone we are because of whose we are.
In John Chapter 10, Jesus is contrasting Himself with the Good Shepherd and the thief.
John 10:1 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. (Verse 2) “But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. (Verse 3) “To him, the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (Verse 4) “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” (Verse 16) “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” (He is talking about the Gentiles.)
(Verse 27) “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
Every believer can hear God because we are sheep. His sheep hear His voice and follow Him. So here are three things about the ability to hear God:
1) It’s Innate
In other words, we are born with this ability. It’s natural, an instinct to hear God. Animals have certain instincts and so do we. I was born to hear in the natural. I was born again to hear in the supernatural! When we are born again, we receive “spiritual ears.” What separates us from the animals is the ability to communicate intimately. Yes, animals can communicate to some degree, but not with words. They can’t communicate with God.
2) It’s Learned
The ability to hear God is not only innate but it’s learned. Example: Children are born with the ability to communicate, but do they still have to be taught? Do they have to be taught words, sentences, grammar, or languages? Sure they do. So even though they have the ability, they still have to be taught.
Hearing God is the second half of prayer. God wants us to pray in order to have a relationship with us. That’s how we communicate.
3) It’s Matured
In other words: When children mature as they learn, they get better at communication. They also learn what “not to say.” They need to mature and learn that some things they just don’t say. Even Christians need to mature in their communication with others. Do you realize how many things are said according to that person’s religious background that God has not said? It’s not true according to Scripture. They say it because they are not mature.
There are certain areas we need to mature in as believers: The first area is when people think that God is going to tell them what to do every second of every day. They don’t think for themselves. No, God wants us to mature and make godly decisions.
Second, is when people think, “What will be will be.” That takes a person totally out of the equation. They think whatever is going to happen will happen whether they are involved or not. Well, guess what, nothing will ever happen if the person never makes a decision on their own.
We are sheep and we hear our Shepherd’s voice, if you are listening. God speaks to us but we have to learn how to listen to Him and we have to mature in our ability to listen.