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HEARING VOICES
7/16/2020 10:20:00 AM by: Leona Choy

Are you facing some decision right now for which you wish you could hear God's voice as clearly as they seemed to in Bible days?

“I heard the voice of the Lord saying....” (Isaiah 5:9). Was it actually audible? Scripture doesn't tell us. How did they know it was His voice? There are so many other voices bombarding us so that it sounds like static in the ears of our heart.

Yet Jesus declared, “My sheep hear My voice and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27) Earlier in the chapter He said “they know His voice” and that other sheep which are not of this fold will also hear His voice when He brings them into the fold. Jesus uses the comparison of sheep for His followers.

Often several shepherds bring their flocks into a common shelter, a sheep fold, for protection at night. When their own shepherd calls them out in the morning, each sheep recognizes its own shepherd's voice and responds. They have been trained from their lamb-hood to recognize it. As an elderly “ewe,” I ought to know my Good Shepherd's voice by now since I've been listening to it from my lamb-hood.

Many voices compete for my attention: The voice of my own desires, the voices of other people who seek to influence me, the voice of the evil one who seeks to lead me astray, and the voices of my culture and society. I need the Holy Spirit's gift of discernment to sort them out. Above all, I need continual practice in listening so I will recognize His voice and follow Him when making decisions on every aspect of my daily living.

In many cases, the problem isn't that God is not speaking, but that I am not listening. Or I have neglected to keep tuned to the right frequency. “His ear is not heavy that it cannot hear” but my ears are the problem. The ears of my heart are plugged with earth matters, with temporal things. Perhaps I am reluctant to hear His voice because I am afraid that what He says might disturb my comfort zone.

God still speaks in our times and to each of us individually through His Word, His Church, through His people, and through the circumstances of our lives. He is speaking constantly through the words of Scripture as the Holy Spirit applies them to our lives. We still might wish that He spoke more clearly like handwriting on a wall, or like Jesus' words in the Gospels in some red-letter editions of the Bible where His words are easy to recognize.

It seems that God speaks more through impressions in our minds and nudges in our spirits. These are nonetheless understandable with practice. Invite God to speak, let Him know that you are listening and willing to obey like young Samuel did in the Old Testament: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” Listening is not the same as merely hearing.

Some of us in advancing years need a little assistance in hearing correctly. Voices in the higher range are not as easy to recognize as those in the lower range. We need hearing aids. The Holy Spirit is “God's hearing aid.” God's voice is “in the higher range” and that is the one that is the most imperative for me to listen to. 

“So, as the Holy Spirit says: 'Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts...'” (Hebrews 3:7). It is up to me to keep my heart soft and malleable and open to hear His voice. God might have a “now word” for me personally, and for you, right now, today. I don't want to miss it, do you? I can hear it if I keep tuned to His frequency.

 


Comments

Dorothy Daniels From WV At 7/26/2020 6:50:26 PM

That is my dream, Leona. Sandy was so dear to me and wanted us to talk and get to know each other. I miss her so much. Hoping to stay in touch with you and see you in person when the pandemic allows. Meanwhile I will read your posts and thank you for them. Stay well <3 Dottie

Reply by: Leona Choy

I look forward to our time together in God's due time. Meanwhile, the Lord will give you "grace for the place" where He has planted you. YOUR LIFE MATTERS right where you are as you do the "whatsoever" in deed and word as unto the Lord.

Dottie Daniels From WV At 7/23/2020 6:47:51 PM

Leona, once again you have give me the right words at the right time. I will print and keep this. Thank you so much. <3 Dottie

Reply by: Leona Choy

Dottie, I wait for the day when we have the freedom to be out and about more...and you will come again to see me so we can enjoy one-on-one fellowship. I know Sandy would like for that to happen.

Vicki Hassessian From AZ At 7/17/2020 10:01:08 AM

Oh Mother Leona, how appropriate this piece was for me today! I awoke with feelings of despair and hopelessness. The enemy was starting on me early today, but you reminded us to keep listening to the Holy Spirit's voice as He continues to guide and encourage us. Thank you so much, and God bless!

Reply by: Leona Choy

Dear Vicki, rest in the Lord concerning the matters in your family about things you can only pray about but unable to "fix." The devil works on you because you are the kingpin who is giving him trouble with your understanding of the authority the Lord gives us to resist the enemy. "Think it not strange..." and just keep on being faithful.

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