Have you ever felt like you were drifting and not really sure what God wanted you to do? Do you lack the confidence you know you should have in your relationship with God? Have you ever found yourself at a point in life where you were confused and not sure which way to go?
If you’re like most Christians, you probably answered “yes” to at least one of those questions. Well, I want to tell that it doesn’t have to be that way!
If you are a child of God, it is your right to hear from Him. He wants you to clearly hear His voice and follow His plan for your life. Know this, the devil is the author of confusion, and he would love to make you feel confused for your entire life.
And, if you don’t do something about it, he will. The good news is that God is on your side, and wants you to hear His voice even more than you want to hear it!
Jesus said three times in John 10 that His sheep know His voice, and they follow the Good Shepherd (John 10:3-4, 16). So, how do we hear His voice? How do we distinguish His voice from all the other voices out there?
The answer might surprise you because it is so simple. It may also surprise you to learn that His voice can be very recognizable and clear. Read on, and I’ll tell you how it works.
First, we have to recognize that we are a three part being, created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26). We are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Your body is not the real you: it’s only the earth suit you live in while you are here on earth.
Your soul is your mind, will, intellect, and emotions. But that’s not the real you either; the real you is deep inside. You are a spirit, born from and of the Holy Spirit. And it is the Holy Spirit within our spirit that is our direct link to heaven. This combination is our connection to the throne room of God. This is how God talks to us, and it should be the primary way we communicate with Him – spirit to Spirit.
You should not expect to hear God in your mind. Don’t expect to somehow feel the leading of the Lord. God designed us to hear Him in our spirit, and that means we need to become more spirit conscious. In fact, we will never experience hearing the voice of God and discovering the perfect will of God in our lives unless we become more conscious of our spirit and the Holy Spirit within us.
Throughout today, remind yourself of who you are by saying, “I am a spirit. I have a soul – my mind, will, and emotions. And I live in a body. I am created in the image and likeness of God….”
For further study: James 3:13-18, John 10:1-30, Psalm 23:1-6, Proverbs 3:5-6. From Dr. Siddiki’s teaching series How to Know the Voice of God.