Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I shared once with a friend how the Lord spoke to me when I was trying to make a decision. I did not know how I should choose, and the cry of my heart was "Abba!"
Grace to you.
Immediately I heard "yes" in my heart. My friend asked me how you hear the Lord's voice. It is an excellent question. That we will hear His voice is a foregone conclusion because He says, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" (John 10:27).
If we are His, we will hear His voice. One of the last words I heard from Him very clearly was, ". . . be renewed in the spirit of your mind;" (Ephesians 4:23). Most often it will be in the spirit of our minds that we will hear. John tells us, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:" (1 John 4:1a). I don't want to suggest that every stray thought which comes into the spirit of our minds is from God. So to hear His voice, we must learn to recognize it, because we know Him (because He knows us).
What are some of the things which hinder our hearing? The LORD speaking to David in Psalm 32 says, "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse,
as the mule,
understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee" (Psalm 32:8-9). When we are stubborn like the mule, it becomes much harder to hear His voice.
The writer of Hebrews tells us:
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God, But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin . . . . While it is said, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
- Hebrews 3:12-13, 15
Today, if we will hear His voice, our hearts must be open. We must be as sheep and not as mules. I recognized His voice because I know Him, and because He knew my distress. He told me to do that which required faith and which went against my flesh. That is often how I know it is Him.