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Hearing the Voice of God
By Victoria Osteen - Oct 19, 2010
God wants to lead you by His Spirit. He wants to help you make the right decisions and know the right things. The Scripture says in John 10, "My sheep hear My voice." If we are going to be His sheep, we have to learn that voice. We have to know that voice. We have to tune into Him so we can hear Him clearly. God doesn't speak to everyone in the same way, and learning to hear Him for yourself is a process. Sometimes we are going to make mistakes, but He is a patient teacher and knows how to get our attention.

Years ago when our son was only a year old, we had just moved into a new house, and all week long we had servicemen coming in and out. One afternoon, I put my son down for his nap in my bedroom downstairs and went upstairs to unpack some boxes. As I was working, I remembered that a repairman was supposed to call me to schedule an appointment for something, and then the thought came that I left my phone on the kitchen table. I was tired of people coming in and thought, "Oh well, I'll just reschedule that later." But then the thought came again, "Go get your phone off the kitchen table." This time it was stronger. I tried to reason it away, but it wouldn't go away. "If you take care of it now, you won't have to do it later." Well, I finally walked downstairs to get my phone, and as I came around the corner, there was a huge ball of smoke and a fire in the middle of my kitchen! I was shocked; but thankfully, I had a fire extinguisher and was able to put out the fire. I found out later that it was because I had a candle burning that was sitting too close to a dried flower arrangement on the table.

I can't even imagine what would have happened if I would have ignored that inner prompting. See, God knew exactly what it would take to get me to go into the kitchen. What if He would have brought the thought to my mind, "There's a fire in your kitchen." I would have thought, "Nah, that's silly!" or "Get behind me, Satan!" I probably would have thought it was just me. But God knew how to reach me, and it taught me more about how to trust that inner prompting.

I want to encourage you today to listen to that still, small, inner voice. So many people wonder, "God is this You or is it just me?" Well remember, as a believer, God is in you. If the thought is reasonable and right, do it! If it lines up with the Word of God, do it! Whether it's helping someone, sharing an idea, or even getting your phone off the kitchen table, God knows how to lead you. Trust Him because you can hear His voice today and every day!
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