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Turn over to JOHN chapter 10. Actually, hold your finger there and go back to PSALM 23. Read verse one: “The LORD is my shepherd…” Key word = IS: there’s no room for uncertainty in the word IS. The LORD told Moses “I AM THAT I AM.” As a born again, child of God, we say “The LORD IS my shepherd”. See also EZEKIEL 34:31 And In JEREMIAH 7:23 the LORD said, obey my voice, I will be your God and you shall be my people OK, now go over to JOHN 10 beginning in verse 3 through 5 “To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” I have to say that I read have these verses dozens of times and did just that … read them. I didn’t SELAH: stay there and think about, ponder, or meditate day and night on them. I had been for years seeking to hear the voice of God and there was the answer all along. So that day, I SAW IT! I mean “the eyes of my understanding were enlightened” (PHILLIPIANS 1:17) I had known PSALM 23 like the back of my hand – superficially. But now I ‘heard’ PSALM 23 – the LORD is my shepherd, that makes me His sheep and because I am His sheep then JOHN 10 is stating truth about my relationship with God Himself. – I (the sheep) HEAR the shepherd’s (JESUS, who is God) VOICE. –continually!! What JOY! What CONFIDENCE! Yes, confidence in what God says is true – all the time – He is the LORD and he changes not. There are three ways we (those who are born again) hear the voice of God 1. Directly. God Himself speaks to us AUDIBLY. God spoke aloud From Genesis 1:3 to Matthew 3:17 to Revelation 1:10 Yes. God does still speak with voice heard in our ears as we hear sounds. Since HE is the same yesterday, today, and forever (HEBREWS 13:8) and we see throughout the scriptures where God has spoken aloud for many to hear. We can expect Him to speak to us. Today. 2.

Through His Word: the BIBLE Look at ISAIAH 34:16 “Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.” JOHN 1:1 “In the beginning was the WORD and the WORD was with God and the WORD was God” II TIMOTHY 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

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By the Spirit JOHN 16:13-15 “ Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you” JOHN 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” Too often we are looking to hear the voice of God through another person. God does speak to us that way, but He wants a direct relationship with us: one-on-one conversation. (God used a donkey to talk to Balaam. Let’s not act like Balaam NUMBERS 22 &23 .) When we look to someone else BEFORE we talk to the LORD, we are out of line. The devil will use any means possible to get us out of that direct communication with our LORD and Savior. I have listened to the devil’s lies and wondered if I really could hear God. But now I know better. Friend, we have our answer direct from God. He is our Good Shepherd and we are His sheep. We believe God’s report. He said we hear HIS VOICE and a stranger’s voice we will not follow. Maybe you have followed the stranger’s voice. God’s mercy covers that! Because of Jesus, we get to start fresh right now!! OK, so I hear God’s voice. How do I make that very important connection that will help me to live that abundant life I am supposed to have? What is the connection to God’s voice that will keep me out of uncertainty, insecurity, and ultimately fears? We will answer those questions next time. Until then, begin by BELIEVING GOD – His WORD! READ the Bible with eagerness to learn. Expect Good – all day, every day. Jesus said He would never leave you or forsake you. HOW HE LOVES YOU!!

Chaim October 2011  

CHAIM shows you how to hear God, get organized, get fit, help your children learn, and GET RESULTS! Come find out how God loves you in a da...

Chaim October 2011  

CHAIM shows you how to hear God, get organized, get fit, help your children learn, and GET RESULTS! Come find out how God loves you in a da...

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