"2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice."...14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me" John 10:2-5,14
Recognizing Jesus's voice is the birthright of every Christian, but it doesn't come automatically. Just as a baby learns to recognize the voice of his mother, we have to actively work to learn the voice of our Heavenly Father. One of the best ways to learn to hear God's voice is through the Bible. A good friend of mine, uses a journaling process she calls 123 to teach people how to hear God's voice and it's probably the best process I've seen to date.
1. Write in the journal the date, time and scripture passage you're reading that day.
2. Read the passage, paying attention for what God wants to say to you. It is God's word. It is living and active and He will use it to speak to you. When you find what He wants to say, paraphrase it in your journal as if He is speaking it directly to you (because He is!!)
3. Write a prayer of response back to Him. You can tell him what you are going to change because of what He has spoken into your life, or describe to Him how it changes the way you see the world, or you can just write a prayer of gratitude.
If you can, keep the journal close to you all day and meditate on it throughout the day. Keeping your conversations with God in a journal is powerful and helps you see what kinds of themes God is using with you over time. It's amazing to look back and see how God has changed you and what He has brought you through.
If you want to meet my dear friend, Linda Meyers leads a Bible Study for women called LIFT (Ladies in Fellowship Together) every Wednesday night at 6:30 at First Baptist Church, Winter Garden.