John 10:4 - Knowing Gods Voice.

John 10:4 (NIV) When he has brought out all 
his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep 
follow him because they know his voice.  

John 10:4 (NLT) After he has gathered his 
own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they 
follow him because they know his voice.  


   Does God still speak to people today? Is 
He interested in what happens to us as 
individuals? Does He really have a master plan for our 
   God truly is interested in us as 
individuals. He does have a master plan for our lives, 
and He does want to speak to us. Jesus described 
Himself as our Good Shepherd. And as His sheep, we 
can hear and recognize His voice. 
   So how can we know when it is God 
speaking? First, we need to remember that God 
primarily speaks to us through His Word, and He will 
never lead us in a way that contradicts that Word. 
We don't have to go any further than the Bible 
to know the will of God for our lives. 
   God also speaks through circumstances 
that can include failure or even hardship. We 
don't enjoy it when God speaks to us through 
tragedy and hardship, but as C. S. Lewis said, "God 
whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our 
conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone 
to rouse a deaf world." 
   Often I have found that if something is 
the will of God, then it will be confirmed. 
There are times when I feel the Lord has been 
speaking to me through circumstances, such as an 
opportunity that has opened up. But I never make 
decisions by looking at circumstances alone. 
   Lastly, God speaks to us through His 
peace. Colossians 3:15 tells us, "Let the peace of 
God rule in your hearts." God is the author of 
peace, not of confusion. 
   Maybe we hear the voice of God more often 
than we think. Then again, maybe we're not giving 
Him the opportunity to speak. Today would be a 
good day to take your Bible and get alone with 
Him, away from the noise and confusion, and ask, 
"Lord, what do you have to say to me today? I am 
listening!" [Every Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie] 


This theme is repeated frequently by Jesus. 
The relationship of an Eastern shepherd with his 
sheep was personal. The shepherd knew each sheep 
by name, as an individual. He led, rather than 
herded, the sheep. The sheep also recognized their 
protector, and responded to his voice. Their hearing 
was acute enough that if another tried to mimic 
his voice, they became frightened. Theres 
another implication here too. At night typically 
four or five herds of sheep were gathered 
together in a protected area or sheepfold. In the 
morning, when a shepherd called, his sheep responded 
to his voice and separated themselves from the 
herd! It was response to the shepherds voice 
that identified his sheep from hundreds of other 
sheep who might have looked just like them to the 
casual observer. Today too those who hear the 
Gospel, and recognize in it the voice of God calling 
to them, respond. It is our response to Jesus 
that identifies us as His sheep. [The 365-Day 
Devotional Commentary] 

This passage from John tells us important 
things about the shepherd-sheep relationship. The 
shepherd calls his sheep by name and leads them out; 
he goes before them, preparing the way and 
protecting them from harm. When he speaks to them, they 
follow him because they know his voice. These 
verses remind us that because sheep are in such an 
intimate relationship with the shepherd and spend so 
much time with him, they can discern the 
difference between their shepherd's voice and that of a 
stranger and won't be deceived, So it is with us. As 
we commune more with Jesus, our Good Shepherd, 
and become familiar with his voice, we will not 
be deceived by the voice of the enemy; we will 
not be distracted or derailed by the myriad 
other voices in the world around us. As the song 
says, we will hear our shepherd more clearly and 
follow him more nearly, not just in the 
extraordinary times but day by day. [Praying Through The 
Bible By Fuller re John 10:2-4] 

Hearing God
   Who can hear from God? Does He only speak 
to the spiritually elite among us, or can every 
believer have a conversational relationship with Him? 
I spent many years practicing Christianity 
without ever being taught that I could hear from 
God. I talked to Him, mostly when I needed 
something, but it never occurred to me that He might 
want to say something back. 
   Thankfully, I have since learned that we 
can and should hear from God. He has no desire 
to give us minute-by-minute instructions about 
every choice we make, but He speaks to us 
regularly and we need to expect to hear Him. Education 
is vital in any area, and especially so in this 
one. I have read several books on the subject and 
I have also written one, but I am reading 
another right now because of how important it is. 
   God, of course, speaks through His Word. 
The Bible is God speaking to us! He speaks 
through circumstances, people, peace, wisdom, and 
nature, just to mention a few of the ways we can 
learn to perceive what He is saying. We don't 
normally hear God with our natural ears; we hear Him 
in our spirit through the still, small voice. 
We may discern, perceive, or know with 
certainty what God is communicating to us and yet not 
hear a voice. Or, if we do hear words, they often 
sound like our own voice because our mind is 
interpreting what our spirit knows. 
   If this is a new thought for you, I 
encourage you to study diligently in this area. There 
are people who do ridiculous and even wicked 
things claiming that God has told them to do so, 
but we should not let their sinful behavior 
frighten us and keep us from a wonderful privilege 
that is available to us. Learning to listen is 
the first rule of hearing. When you talk to God 
today, take a little time and listen. Let Him 
comfort you, sense His peace, and hear Him tell you 
that He loves you greatly. 
   Father, I am sorry that 1 have spent so 
little time listening to You. I want to hear from 
You, and I believe it is Your will for me to do 
so. Teach me in this area. I am eager to learn. 
[My Time with God by Joyce Meyer] 

   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] John 10:3-5; 27-28 (NKJV) 


John 10:27 - The Voice of God.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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