My sheep hear my voice

John 10:2-5"The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. The doorkeeper opens the door for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought all his own sheep out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him, because they do not recognize the strangers voice."

Listening to the Holy Spirit

We can only follow when we listen.  You have to listen to be led. Jesus listened to the Father.  He only did what the Father told him, what He related to him.  If he did not hear from God, he did not act.  “And I know that his commandment is eternal life. Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told me.” John 12:50

We need to be listeners of the Father through the Holy Spirit. “Our goal is to also become one with the Father. To do this we must hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.  The Bible tells us, “The Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26) But if we are not listening to them, what good are they to us?   How do we hear the Spirit’s voice? How do you know it is not that of “the stranger” voice?

1 Practice. Through time spent listening, in conversation, in prayer you will become familiar with the Spirit’s voice.  You can’t expect to neglect your prayer life, neglect spending time daily in conversation with the Holy Spirit, and then when you are desperate to hear the Spirit’s voice say, “Speak Spirit” like you are talking to your dog and expect him to “speak” on command.  There is nothing at all “domesticated” about the Holy Spirit. 

2 Time in Scripture. Without time spent in the Word, which is “alive” with the Spirit and through it he speaks to you. It is almost impossible to put yourself in a place to hear the Hoy Spirit daily, without spending time in the Word daily.

3 Accountability to other.  Through close accountability with one or two others they can help confirm if what you are hearing is from the Holy Spirit, and also speak to you what they hear and see the Holy Spirit “speaking” over you.

For me personally, when I get in the rhythm of constant prayer, fasting weekly, reading Scripture, and meeting weekly in accountability, I get my rhythm in “tune” of that of the Spirits, and he guides my prayers and I hear him speak regularly over me and those around me. 

Read Acts 2:1-13 and Romans 8:26-27.  Spend time in prayer today for consistency in your time spent in prayer and reading the Bible.  Commit to a day a week to fast.  Pray that revelation of one or two persons in Christ to start a weekly accountability group with you.

Post as a comments below other ways you hear the Spirit's voice, and examples of how he has guided and spoken to you, and visions he has revealed to you.