A super famous book called JESUS CALLING by Sarah Young seemed to have gotten countless people excited about the idea of hearing from the Lord. I have not read the book and can’t tell you whether she truly was hearing from the Lord or not. But I can tell you this. We SHOULD get excited that the Lord loves and cares about us so much that He speaks to us as He as leads, guides, grows, and provides for His children. But we need to know the difference between when Jesus is calling and when Jesus ain’t calling.
Friend, the Holy Spirit who lives inside Christ’s followers ALWAYS and ONLY speaks in line with the Bible. The most important way we hear from God is in reading the Bible. He also speaks directly to our hearts by His Spirit IN LINE WITH the Bible. He also speaks to us through counsel from other Christ followers IN LINE WITH the Bible. We need to be reading the Bible regularly and living by it in order to best be able to tell the difference between when Jesus is calling and when Jesus ain’t calling.
The Lord warns us over and again in the Bible about false teachers, false prophets, and false teaching. He also warns us that some of us WANT to hear false teachers and false teaching because what we hear from them can be easier and more comfortable to our flesh.
Let us be steadfast and faithful in seeking the Lord, praying to Him, reading the Bible, measuring what we believe we hear from Him against the Bible, and using caution and discernment in determining when the Lord has or hasn’t spoken to us.
Lord, how I long to hear from you. I never get tired of hearing from you. I want more and more of you and your Word and your personal words you speak to my heart. I pray you would bring this longing to all of us, and, at the same time, that you would give us wisdom and discernment in knowing when you are calling, so to speak, and when you are not. Help us Lord not to fall for confusion from the devil, or to mix up our flesh with your voice, or to think other people’s opinions are your voice, or that the world’s voice is your voice. Father, help us to hear YOUR VOICE. We who follow you are your sheep, and you promise us we can hear from you. So help us beloved Good Shepherd to hear from you. Protect us from false teaching. And, for those already under it as I once was, do as you did with me. Set them free. Deliver them from the false teaching. And, as you promise us by your Holy Spirit, bring us all into all truth (John 16:13). The truth of your Word, oh Lord. Help us to hear you, dear and precious Father!
“And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”” John 10:4-5
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” 2 Tim. 4:3-4