While I was in my social media website, I saw this video of people trying to call a flock of sheep to come to them but the more they called out,the more the sheep kept their distance away from the people who were calling them. Then the shepherd of the flock of sheep called out his sheep and they immediately approached the shepherd. I was amazed on how the sheep responded to the call of their master, the sheep know their masters voice and follow him. This reminded me of the teaching that Jesus said in John 10 which is The Good Shepherd and His sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
How can we hear the voice of God?
When we hear the voice of God, it is an inner voice not an external voice. His voice is spontaneous and the words that you hear uplifts you, it is a still small voice that is peaceful and teaches the truth, it encourages.
This happened to me awhile back, I was praying for my insecurities and flaws and then when I finished praying, I went back to my computer, then a thought came to me, “Read Psalm 139.” I do not know what is written on that passage and I did not read that before, I became curious and read it. I was so amazed on how God answered my prayer, he reassured me that I was unique and beautiful for He created me.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14 NIV)
The voice of the holy spirit is spontaneous and we did not initiate it, our own thoughts are planned. Sensing the voice of the holy spirit in our hearts, you will recognize the voice of the holy spirit.
How can we be more attentive and know which thoughts are not from God?
The voice of the enemy shouts at you, will accuse, put you down, he will lie and condemn. Always ask yourself, How does that voice make you feel? Angry? Irritated? Jealous? Then it is not from God but from Satan. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. He is a master manipulator, a lier and he and will do everything that he can to distract us and weaken us, he wants us to doubt ourselves, and confuse us so that we will be away from God.
It is important to read the bible because God will always speak to you from the bible, He will encourage and guide us through the right path through his word. The devil will twist and pervert God’s word so we must always be attentive and know the truth and read the bible daily.
Therefore, we must sieve through all our thoughts and those that do not come from God but from the enemy, we must ignore and cast off. Do not entertain those destructive thoughts and isolate ourselves. For example, those who are depressed always have negative thoughts about themselves and in life. Do not entertain those thoughts that are not from God, do not isolate yourself and ask for help. Shield yourself from the attacks of the enemy, wear the Armour of God, stand your ground and reconcile with your fellow brethren every week at church so that all of you can renew your strength.