We are all sheep and Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice.” We are friends of God and Jesus said, “No longer do I call you servants because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing.” He called us His friend. All of us can share a word of encouragement from the Lord to someone. Value God’s voice by setting aside time to spend with Him.
This study will cover: How to recognize the voice of God. How can we know for sure it is God talking and not just our own thoughts?
First, we have to have a personal relationship with God in order to hear Him. The entire foundation of hearing God speak goes back to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Our personal relationship with God must be our:
In the book of Genesis, Chapter 3, Satan tells Adam and Eve, “If you do this, you’ll be like God.” But weren’t they already created in the image of God? Satan does the same thing today: “If you do this, you’ll have joy.” Guess what? If you have Jesus, you already have joy! The very thing that Satan tells people to do so that they will be happy, is actually the very thing that will cause them to lose what they already had!
Genesis 3:8 – And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. (Verse 9) Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” (Verse 10) So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
God had created a paradise and created two children and put them in this paradise. And every morning He would go meet with them and they would talk and maybe do things together during the day. He spent time with them. I believe that God anticipated seeing them every day.
But on this particular morning, God is walking through the garden and He doesn’t see Adam and Eve. He calls out to them, “Where are you?” Just think about how hurt God must have been when they didn’t meet up with Him like they had done on previous mornings.
Then God hears the saddest words He’s ever heard Adam say, “I heard Your voice and was afraid.” That must have been devastating! Do you see what happened? When sin came into the world, people began to fear the voice of God. Adam had never feared God’s voice before.
Sin separates us from God. But here’s the good news: Jesus restored that relationship we could never get on our own! So if Adam and Eve could hear God’s voice before the fall, and Jesus has come now and restored us, can we not hear God’s voice again? We don’t ever have to be afraid when God speaks to us.
When you have had a long relationship with a person, do you not know their voice in an instant? I may spend a small amount of time with my clients while at work, but when they call I know their voice. Imagine how quickly we’d recognize God’s voice the more time we spend with Him. If you want to know His voice, it’s very simple – spend time with Him. It will become as familiar to you as hearing your child, spouse, or closest friend.
We have a spirit and God is Spirit, and according to the Bible, my spirit can talk and my spirit can hear! We all can learn to hear God’s voice in the spirit. There is no substitute for that relationship. The relationship with Christ should be:
Our Highest Pursuit
There were two trees in the garden: The Tree of life and the Tree of knowledge of good and evil. God wanted Adam and Eve to pursue the Tree of life. Which tree does God want us to pursue now, today? The Tree of Life! God never intended for us to live by the knowledge of good and evil. God wanted Adam and Eve to live by His voice.
Here is where Satan started with Adam and Eve, “Has God said…?” Satan cast doubt on the Word of God, and when Satan got them to doubt God’s voice, then he got them to sin!
Does our conscience play a part in all of this? Certainly, but our conscience has to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus. If the conscience is not cleansed then people will think they have to earn God’s favor. God’s favor is not earned, it’s received!
Hebrews 9:14 – how much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? After our conscience has been cleansed by the blood of Christ, we will know what is wrong and what is right. After being born again, we have a new spirit and the Spirit knows all things, so yes, He will tell us clearly what is right and what is wrong.
Jesus said in John 16 that, “When He comes, He will convict sin, righteousness, and judgment.” Sin is wrong; righteousness is what is right, and judgment is the consequences. Consequences do not always have to be bad. There are consequences of doing right, righteousness. The Holy Spirit will tell us what to do in any situation.
A good conscience does not come from knowing the difference between right and wrong. A good conscience comes from having a close relationship with Jesus Christ.
What do you think Abraham’s conscience told him when God told him to sacrifice Isaac? If Abraham would have relied on his conscience instead of God’s voice, we wouldn’t have read bout Abraham because the story would have stopped. When we have a close relationship with God, we rely on His Spirit that He placed inside every believer to do what is right.
To Hear God’s Voice Should Be Our Highest Passion
Every single believer should have a passion to have a close relationship with the Father and be able to hear His voice.
Luke 10:38 – Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. (Verse 39) And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. (Verse 40) But Martha was distracted with much serving and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
(Verse 41) And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. (Verse 42) “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to His voice and His Word. Now, let me ask you something: Are you worried and troubled about many things in your personal life? Those worries will stop you from sitting down and listening to Jesus when He’s in your house. Did you know that Jesus waits to meet with us every day? Are you too distracted by everyday life to spend time with Him? Don’t be like Martha, too busy to sit at the Master’s feet.
No one can have a personal relationship with God for you. Exodus 19:5 – “Now, therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. (Verse 6) And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
Then the people responded: Exodus 20:19 – Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” (Verse 20) And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” (Verse 21) So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.
If a person doesn’t hear God, it’s because they never developed their own personal relationship with Him. In the same way, we recognize our friend’s and families’ voices, we can recognize our God’s voice!