Dear Partners in Prayer,
My friend, Chi Beloved, from Nigeria asked me this question once:
"Do you find it hard hearing the Voice of God? If you do hear His Voice, can you know or identify it as His Voice?
"Hearing and knowing the Voice of God can only be possible if you are His sheep. You cannot follow God if you do not belong to Him."
Jesus said in John 10: 2-5, "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."
Jesus example will come directly from His hearers' everyday lives. Each shepherd had his own distinct call and sure enough, all the sheep that belonged to his flock trotted along behind him. I watched a man here in Albemarle County walking along a county lane leading a flock of goats, calling to them as they more or less walked behind him. (Goats are more unruly than sheep!)
This month we will look at "Hearing His Voice."
The Staff and Board of Love in the Name of Christ