Sometimes it’s hard to know if the words we hear are
from God, from ourselves, or from our enemy.
The best way to know if it’s God’s voice?
Similar to being able to recognize the voices
of your human friends and family…
you must spend time listening to the “sound” of His Word.
Learn and know His character…only through constant study
can we begin to know the Person He has revealed to us…
we need to know Him in order to recognize His voice.
This takes time & effort…commitment…
but the more time we spend with Him—the easier it is
to discern if the words we hear are His.
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God whose name was John.
He came as a witness to testify concerning that light,
so that through him all might believe.
He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him,
the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own,
but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him,
to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become
children of God—children born not of natural descent,
nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying,
“This is the one I spoke about when I said,
‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”)
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.
For the law was given through Moses;
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God
and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”
“’Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.’ Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
Therefore Jesus said again, ‘Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.'”