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Have you ever become frustrated because you were not able to hear God's voice? I know how frustrating it feels because I have been there. Hearing from God is something many Believers struggle with, particularly when they first become born again. If you are not hearing from God, let me assure you, He does want to speak to you. However, you must release your faith to hear and receive His instructions. Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice." He declares that if you belong to Him, you will hear Him speak. The question you must ask yourself is, "Am I truly His?"
Sheep are vulnerable creatures. In the Bible, shepherds cared
for them and spent a considerable amount of time with them.
The sheep learned to depend on the shepherd to provide their
daily needs, and to protect them from harm. Because of this
daily fellowship and interaction, these animals became so familiar with the shepherd; they knew him just as a child would know their mother and father.
The word, know, is an intimate word. The Bible says Adam knew
his wife, Eve. In this context, the word is translated "intercourse,"
or an intermingling. Understand that intimacy is not relegated
to sexual relationships, but it means having extremely close
fellowship with someone. For example, there are probably people
in your life with whom you share your most private information.
These people are close to you because you have developed a
relationship with them over time. You trust them enough to
allow them in your "holy of holies."
Likewise, in order to develop a closer relationship with God,
and be able to recognize His voice when He speaks, you must
spend time cultivating your relationship with Him, just as
you would a close friend. How do you do this? By spending time in His Word and in prayer.
As you develop that intimate relationship with the Father, you
will begin to recognize when He is leading you. God will guide
you through your human spirit, which is your conscience. Pay
attention to the "hunches" or inner impressions you have about
a particular situation. If you have spent quality time in God's Word, and prayed in the Spirit, you can trust those inward leadings. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path.
Hearing from God is not hard, it just takes faith. Over time,
your hearing will become crystal clear. The more you fellowship
with God and practice His presence, your confidence in your
ability to hear from Him will grow!