In our last session, I started out with how to learn to familiarize yourself with God’s voice in order to be able to pick his out from the noise.
The first tip was to study and meditate on His Word consistently.
Here’s the next one;
Learn More About His Nature
Think about your close friends and family. Think about the way they usually speak (except when they’re really pissed off or sad). The voice of each has a different ring to it. One has a smooth voice, another has a raspy voice, another can’t seem to tell when a place is quiet; shouting all over the place. You know them.
There’s always something within that voice that makes it feel unique that even when the “shouter” speaks in a soft tone, you begin to wonder if he/she is either sick or really depressed.
The same thing can apply to God’s voice. God’s voice has a particular nature attached to it – His nature. This is how you can pick His out from the noise. Jesus once said:
“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.”
Jesus referred to himself in that chapter as the good shepherd and the gatekeeper. He made mention that his sheep 🐑 follow him because they know his voice.
They are able to recognize when their shepherd is calling out to them from among several voices.
This is because the sheep know the distinct nature of his voice.
How To Know
Your ears don’t actually hear sounds as most think they do. When sound waves meet your ears, they come in and massage your ear drums by applying different forms of pressure each.
The eardrum is attached to the bones of the middle ear – the hammer, anvil, and stirrup. As these bones begin vibrating, the sound signal is transformed from a pressure wave traveling through air to the mechanical vibrations of the bone structure of the middle ear.
These vibrations are then transmitted to the fluid of the inner ear where they are converted to electrical nerve impulses which are sent to the brain. The brain then interprets these impulses to you.
That is how you hear.
Now God is Spirit. We’ve gone through that already. When His spirit words come to you; these waves come with a massaging effect upon your heart. This produces different vibrations that your soul picks up; most in the sense of feelings from deep within.
You begin to feel God’s nature in His voice. You feel the peace, joy, love (even true scolding is out of love), hope, mercy etc.
The more you know of God’s nature, the more you can be able to identify and familiarize yourself with His voice.
Let me end with Jesus’ statement of the sheep (you and I).
“But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
The voice of a stranger (like the devil) may have a different tone to it. It may bring fear, condemnation, mockery, scorn, unbridled lusts and hate.
Learn to recognize His voice by knowing more about His nature. His voice is pretty amazing to hear all the time.
(The Author of “Tree of Righteousness: The Planting of Yahweh“)