How To Recognize The Voice Of God

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Devotional

 Day 1 – He Wants To Speak To You


I know that a lot of Christians get frustrated about this subject of hearing God’s voice. I can remember when I was a young Christian and older ministers would say, “The Lord told me this” or “The Lord told me that,” and I would think, “What do you mean, ‘The Lord told you’? Did He talk to you? Did you hear Him out loud? How did you know it was the Lord?”


I got so irritated with them! But now that I’ve walked with the Lord a while, I’ve learned that He is the still, small voice that speaks inside my spirit—and He wants to speak to me and guide me even more than I want Him to. He wants to do the same for you. It takes a little practice, but now I hear Him all the time, and He leads me on a daily basis.


By “practice,” I mean getting into the habit of asking and listening, being aware of His presence in you. When you’re on the job, driving your car, walking into a new situation, helping someone, or even heading to a social engagement, give ear to the Holy Spirit. Say, “Lord, what shall I do in this situation?” or “Lord, which way should I go?” Start by practicing with small things, like finding something you’ve misplaced or asking which way to turn while driving, and pretty soon you’ll be good at distinguishing His voice.


When you’re making decisions in your life, listen for God’s voice by looking to the inside—to God’s Holy Spirit within you. The Holy Spirit is “The Guide on the Inside,” and every born-again believer has Him living within.


The Bible says the children of God (that means you) are led by the Spirit of God. The very Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ dwells in you as a born-again believer: “You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:17). Jesus didn’t leave us here helpless! He left us with a Helper to assist, support, and lead us. 


You can recognize the voice of God! In John 10:27 Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” If you have received Jesus as your Savior, then you are one of His “sheep” and this verse is for you!