This blog is dedicated to inspire people to build a relationship with the Lord. As we go about our daily lives one of the most important things is knowing the voice of the Lord. There are a lot of books, videos and training materials out there that can support you in understanding the theological aspects of hearing the Lord. I encourage you to read/watch them when you get a chance. The one thing I want to highlight in this post is that there is no substitute to spending time with the Lord. This is how you will truly know the voice of the Lord.
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John 10:27-My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
How do the sheep know the shepherd’s voice? He has been with them daily since they were lambs. He’s led them to their food, protected them from harm and mended their wounds. They have spent their lives with their shepherd.
How do we learn the Lord’s voice? What does it look like to “spend time with the Lord”?
The Bible gets called many things, but at the end of the day it is the very words of the Lord. And just like getting to know the voice of a friend or relative it starts by hearing what they are saying.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 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, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Romans 10:17– So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
As we read the Word of God we are training ourselves to know what the Lord has said. It enables us to know if something lines up with who He is.
Another part is talking with the Lord. This means just what it says, talk to Him. You will often hear this called Prayer. Prayer in essence is talking to the Lord. After I had made Christ Lord of my Life (The Day I Understood His Love) I began talking with the Lord. It does not need to be fancy. “Hey Lord want to go on a walk?” “Want to go shoot hoops?”. While I was doing these activities I would share with Him my heart, my joys and my pains. I would do them to bring Him honor. I would listen for His voice.
When it comes to methods that the Lord uses to speak to us we must remember He is God, He uses whatever method He would like. We see in scripture a wide range of conversational styles. A few methods include: Life events, other people, music, internal sense, His Word (the Bible), sometimes an audible voice, and more.
I encourage you to begin talking to the Lord. Spend time reading the Bible, share your heart with Him. Don’t focus on getting things from the Lord but on knowing Him.
This is a wide subject and this post has no intention on completely covering the subject in one post. Please checkout the following resources. Let me know if you have specific questions and please talk with a mature Christian you may know to deepen your understanding. Most important talk to the Lord. He will answer you.