John 10:27 - Making Decisions With Peace.

John 10:27: Making Decisions With Peace.

John 10:27 (KJV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and 
they follow me:  


Resisting the Urge to Move Too Quickly
   I am a person who makes quick decisions. That can be really 
good much of the time, but it can also be a problem. Two times in the 
past two days, I made quick decisions without taking time to pray and 
see if the Lord had instructions for me, and both times I made 
decisions that ended up causing stress for myself later. 
   One time, I confronted a situation too fast and my timing 
wasn't good, and the other time I committed to do something that I had 
to back out of later. God corrected me for those actions, and I am 
glad that He did. When God corrects us, it is because He loves us and 
wants us to have the best life possible. Don't shrink from the 
chastening of the Lord, but welcome it as a sign of His care for you (see 
Hebrews 12:5-7). 
   God always wants to guide us, but the only way we can know if 
He approves or disapproves of an action we intend to take is if we 
wait a little while and see if we have peace or not. He usually lets 
us know within a short period of time, but He may be slower than we 
would like. If you tend to move too fast, slow down just a little when 
you have decisions to make and you will surely save yourself a lot 
of stress and difficulty. 
   Father, please help me move in Your timing, not mine! Thank 
You for loving me enough to correct me when I need it. [My Time with 
God by Joyce Meyer] 


   There are lots of voices in the world. Some are easily 
recognizable; others blend into the background noise. Some come from a 
distance; others from within our own heads. Some are tender and 
sympathetic; others strident and critical. And all compete for our attention. 
   Jesus knows how confused we can be. That's one of the reasons 
He gave His followers an illustration about shepherds and sheep. 
Sheep learn to recognize the voice of their shepherd so that when he 
calls to them, even in the midst of a multitude of other voices, they 
follow his distinctive sound. The other voices are just noise to the 
sheep of the Good Shepherd; they are uniquely tuned to His voice 
alone. When they hear it, they follow.  
   Our goal is to be tuned in to one voice only - to be so 
sensitive to the one true voice that we can hear it above the din of a 
multitude of rivals. To be so accustomed to the signature sound that 
called us into existence that it becomes our constant homing signal for 
every decision. In the depths of our spirit, we can learn to recognize 
that voice and distinguish it from all others. According to the 
desire and promise of Jesus Himself, we can hear His voice.  
   Don't make assumptions about what Christ's voice should sound 
like. Be willing to step into a learning process. But know that it's 
not only possible to hear His voice, it's assured. Somewhere within 
your soul, you will hear His heart-to-heart words and know they are 
   Jesus, my Shepherd, tune my heart to hear Your words. Let 
them sink into my soul and become a part of who I am. Help me ignore 
false voices and listen to Yours alone. [The One Year Hearing His 
Voice Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   People who have a disability and can no longer use their 
hands can still compose and edit text with a voice-activation 
dictating program on their computer. You begin by saying, Listen to 
me!" and the microphone comes alive. Then, when you speak naturally 
and smoothly, your words flow across the screen. This program is 
virtually mistake-proof and can be trained to recognize your voice - and 
your voice only. To the limit of its abilities, it will obey all your 
commands. Oh, that we Christians were more like this in listening to the 
Lord. In today's Scripture, Jesus says, "My sheep listen to my voice; 
I know them, and they follow me." We must train ourselves in 
godliness so we can quickly and decisively recognize our Shepherd's voice. 
When He speaks, we move. When His Spirit nudges, we respond. With an 
investment of time in prayer and the Word, you'll soon recognize every 
nuance of the Shepherd's voice. 
   Lord Jesus, I do want to learn how to hear You better and 
respond to Your direction more quickly. I know very well that this is 
where freedom lies - and great peace of heart. Teach me to listen 
today and obey, dear Shepherd. [A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson 
Tada and Larry Libby] 


   I am with you. I am with you. I am with you. Heaven's bells 
continually peal with that promise of My Presence. Some people never hear 
those bells because their minds are earthbound and their hearts are 
closed to Me. Others hear the bells only once or twice in their 
lifetimes, in rare moments of seeking Me above all else. My desire is that 
My "sheep" hear My voice continually, for I am the ever-present 
   Quietness is the classroom where you learn to hear My voice. 
Beginners need a quiet place in order to still their minds. As you advance 
in this discipline, you gradually learn to carry the stillness with 
you wherever you go. When you step back into the mainstream of life, 
strain to hear those glorious bells: I am with you. I am with you. I am 
with you. (Jer. 29:12, 13; John 10:14, 27, 28) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   As you listen to birds calling to one another, hear also My 
Love-call to you. I speak to you continually: through sights, sounds, 
thoughts, impressions, scriptures. There is no limit to the variety of 
ways I can communicate with you. Your part is to be attentive to My 
messages, in whatever form they come. When you set out to find Me in a 
day, you discover that the world is vibrantly alive with My Presence. 
You can find Me not only in beauty and birdcalls, but also in 
tragedy and faces filled with grief. I can take the deepest sorrow and 
weave it into a pattern for good.  
   Search for Me and My messages, as you go through this day. 
You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with your whole being. 
(John 10:27; Rom. 8:28; Jer. 29:13) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Direct your thoughts to Me more and more. When you are 
working on a challenging project, you tend to seek My Face and My help 
frequently. This pleases Me - and it enhances the work you are doing. There 
is a delightful rhythm about this: You look to Me in a listening 
mode; then you act with the help of My Spirit. This is repeated over 
and over as you and I collaborate on the project. Being attentive to 
Me takes sustained effort, but this collaborative way of doing 
things does not drain you.  
   I encourage you to live more and more of your life in this 
way. When the task before you is less challenging, you tend to be 
less attentive to Me. You may even forget about Me for a while as 
your mind slips toward neutral. You forget that you live in a world 
at war - with an enemy that never rests. This is why the apostle 
Paul admonishes Christians to be alert and always keep on praying.  
   The more you direct your thoughts to Me, the more alive you 
will feel. This prayer-privilege is not a chore. It's a joyous 
lifeline! (Psa. 105:3; John 10:27, 28; Mark 9:7, 8; Eph. 6:18) [Jesus 
Today by Sarah Young] 

   Rejoice and exult in hope. Raise a shout of Joy! You have 
good reason to be joyful, because you're on your way to heaven. I 
have paid the penalty for your sins and clothed you in My own 
righteousness. This is the basis of hope - for you, for all who truly know Me 
as Savior. No matter what is going on in your life at this time, 
your hope in Me is secure. No one will be able to snatch you out of 
My hand. In Me you have absolute, eternal security!  
   Be constant in prayer - at all times, but especially when you 
are struggling. During trials, you need close communication with Me 
more than ever. However, your ability to concentrate may be hampered 
by stress and fatigue. So make full use of the amazing source of 
strength within you - My Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to control your 
mind: to think through you and pray through you. Your prayers need not 
be pretty or proper. Just let them flow out of your current 
situation. As you stay in communication with Me, I help you to be steadfast 
and patient in suffering. (Rom. 12:12; Tit. 2:11, 13; John 10:28; 
Rom. 8:6) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 





A Man without Equal by Bill Bright: 
[old, but one of the best]