A while back, after I returned from the wedding, I explained how The Keen Peach is changing. The reason for this is because I have had so many revelations this year. I explained a little about this in my last post, Remember You Prayers, They Just Might Be Answered. I want to share some of these revelations because while I know of absolutely no one in my life questioning these things, maybe there is someone out there who is asking the same questions that I was this past year.
One question that I had this year was if I was actually hearing God.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27.
I know I am not alone in experiencing strong feelings about things. Even intense feelings sometimes leading me to follow them. Many call this intuition. Many call God. Is this God? Is this myself? How do I know? I am a Christian because I believe the Lord Jesus Christ died on a cross for my sins and was raised again on the third day. The Bible says that because I believe this, I have the Holy Spirit inside me, this I also believe. But I also know that both Christians and Non-Christians have these strong feelings of intuition. Everyone has had that experience of walking into a room and feeling that it was not the right place to be. Or following your gut on an important decision. So how do I know if I am hearing God’s voice or if this is intuition or if it’s nothing to pay attention to at all? Is there a different voice of intuition for believers than for non believers? I especially struggled with this during the worst of my postpartum depression (I call it depression but it was actually depression/anxiety/ocd). The thoughts and feelings I was experiencing were so strong and so intense. How could they not be God telling me something? When I told others about my struggle, I had John 10:27 quoted to me so many times. This was discouraging. Why could I not be sure if I was hearing God or not? What was wrong with me? Was I not a sheep? And why were others so sure that they were hearing His voice?
I still cannot speak for others but the answer finally came to me when I read the rest of John 10. In John 10: 1-5, Jesus is telling the Pharisees the He is the Shepherd and his followers are his sheep. But John 10:6 says that the Pharisees did not unsterstand what he was telling them.
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 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. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
Then in verses 22-24, the Pharisees ask him to just tell them plainly if he is the Messiah. He responds to them in verses 25-30.
Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
And there it was.
You cannot hear his His voice unless you are a sheep! Hearing His voice is believing. The Pharisees were not sheep because they did not believe. They could not believe because they were not His sheep. If you believe, you are a sheep and have heard His voice.
Believers, you are sheep and you have heard Him!
I hope this encourages anyone who loves the Lord and is wondering why they are not having an encounter of an audible voice or a feeling so strong that your decision that you have been praying about is made without any doubts. But if you would like a miraculous experience, open your Bible and ask God to have the Holy Spirit illuminate His living and active word. You will not only experience His voice speaking to you through the written word of God, but you will be changed forever as it penetrates your heart and fills your soul in a way that you will know without a doubt was Christ alive and active in you.