Did you know that Jesus is eager for us to hear His voice?
I don’t know about you, but so often when I am facing a difficult situation I forget that Jesus would love to speak directly to me at that moment to bring me His comfort, truth, and guidance.
I’ve also found that many people think we can’t hear Jesus’ voice, or that they don’t really know how to engage with Him in this way.
Maybe you can relate.
This is why I believe Jesus wants us to address this topic today.
Because if we are going to expand our comfort zones and do courageous things, then we want to learn to hear Jesus’ voice.
Learning to hear the voice of Jesus.
First, let’s resolve a couple of common challenges for people when it comes to hearing from Jesus.
The most common issue people face is that they don’t think they will be able to hear Jesus speak to them.
If you can relate to this, then I want to encourage you with Jesus’ own words in John 10:27 when He says, “My sheep listen to my voice.”
Jesus would not have said this if He did not intend for us to be able to hear His voice.
I want to assure you if you have acknowledged Jesus as the Lord of your life, then God has imparted His Holy Spirit into you. You are one of Jesus’ sheep and God intends for you to be able to hear Jesus’ voice.
We just need to learn what His voice sounds like.
Second, it’s important to understand that Jesus’ voice will NEVER contradict the written scriptures and His voice will always line up with his character as revealed in the fullness of scripture.
Two primary ways I’ve learned to confirm the voice of Jesus are:
- I will recognize the personality of Jesus in what I hear. I’ll find myself saying, “that sounds like something Jesus would say.”
- I’ll find myself realizing that the thought I am thinking is not something I would have come up with by myself. It is often a very different perspective than I had been thinking.
Reasons Jesus Wants Us to Hear His Voice
So, why would Jesus want us to hear His voice anyway?
There are many reasons. But today I’d like to focus on three and use them to walk us through how we can learn to hear Jesus’ voice.
First, Jesus wants us to learn to hear His voice so that He can comfort us.
So often we become anxious, overwhelmed, fearful or rattled by something in our days. When we do, we want to remember Jesus’ promise that He is always with us, eagerly waiting to comfort us.
For me, whenever I feel anxious, overwhelmed, or fearful, I have learned to stop what I’m doing and take a few deep breaths.
As I breathe, I turn my attention to Jesus and say “Thank You, Jesus, that you are here with me. You know my every need and all that is going on within me and around me. You know the way through this.”
Then I take a few moments to simply rest in His presence.
During this pause, I often hear Jesus gently say, “I am with you.”
It is always such an encouragement to hear Him say this and I will feel my body begin to relax as I soak in the comfort of His reassuring words.
I find His voice to be very gentle and calming.
Then I often go on to ask Him a question like: “Jesus – what would you most like to say to me right now?”
I allow my self to listen for whatever comes to mind and what I sense within my heart.
Jesus “Speaks” in Many Ways
It’s important to know the Jesus can “speak” in many ways.
As you relax in His presence a thought or image will cross your mind, or a word, a phrase, or you simply a sense peace in His presence.
Allow these things to become the “voice” of Jesus because He communicates with us in many ways.
Believe that you are experiencing the voice of Jesus when your inner spirit becomes settled by what you are hearing, thinking or sensing because Jesus’ voice will always bring a sense of life and peace (Romans 8:6).
Savor the moment with Him. Breathe deeply and reflect on the words, images or senses that come to you. Then thank Jesus for the comfort he gave before you return to your day.
Jesus Speaks Truth
A second thing we often need to hear from Jesus is truth.
More often than I like to admit, I find myself thinking thoughts that are not actually true and that end up causing me to spin in circles, stall, feel overwhelmed or get discouraged and lose the energy I need to work.
This is when it’s time to turn to Jesus for some truth!
Check Your Thoughts With Jesus
The first step in this process is to recognize when we are feeling a strong negative emotion that is coming from a thought in our mind.
When I realize that this is happening, I will stop and ask my self “What am I thinking or believing that is causing me to feel this way?”
When I identify the thought, I bring it to Jesus for a truth check. This is reflective of 2 Corinthians 10:5 where the scripture teaches us to “take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ”.
The simplest way to do this is to simply ask Jesus “Is this true?”
Another way to ask could be, “Is this thought from YOU?”
Honestly, when I am feeling overwhelmed, frightened or down and out and I ask Jesus if the thought I’m pondering is from Him, His typical answer is a loving, “Noooooo”, and it often makes me chuckle.
If Jesus has indicated that my thoughts or beliefs are NOT in alignment with Him than the next thing I love to do is ask Jesus what His perspective is so I can receive the correction and move forward in the right direction with the mind of Christ.
Jesus Speaks Guidance
This brings us to listening to Jesus for Guidance.
The Holy Spirit loves to guide our minds if we will let him. One of my favorite verses in scripture is Romans 8:6.
The reason I love it is because it is so real and yet so filled with hope.
I use this verse almost every day as a fulcrum upon which I pivot.
It says, “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed (led) by the Holy Spirit is Life and Peace”.
A Simple Formula
This creates a simple formula that we can follow every time!
Whenever I find that my thoughts are bringing me to a darkened and lifeless place then I know that I am thinking with the mind of my flesh.
And this is never a good thing!!
We can use this scripture to remind us that we don’t have to think the way we are, but we CAN have our mind led by the Holy Spirit instead.
Always a much better deal!
So, how do we do this? Simply ask Jesus for His position on what you are thinking.
I usually say something like, “Lord, I’m thinking (whatever thought is on my mind). What do you want to say about this?”
Relax and Let Him Speak
Then I relax and let Him speak.
His words and the thoughts He brings are always enlightening, even if convicting. They are filled with truth and a power that sets me free, brings me peace, guides me into the light of His wisdom and puts me back on track.
What a great Savior we have in Jesus!
No matter what you come to Jesus for, He will speak words of comfort, truth, and guidance that will align with His written Word and bring you life and peace.
Hearing from the Creator of The Entire Universe is a tremendous privilege that God has given us.
It is meant to be an abundant blessing that we partake of throughout our days.
As we partake of this blessing, it’s important to remember to say “thank you”.
This isn’t just good manners, it also expands our experience of the blessing and deepens our relationship with The Lord.
Reflect On Your Times With Jesus
It is also of great value to reflect on the moments you spent with Jesus as you move through your day and into the evening. Your personal moments with Jesus will become the highlight of your days.
At night, perhaps you could begin a journal of the things you heard.
The Benefits of Hearing Jesus’ Voice
As we learn to hear the voice of Jesus, we will gain the fresh perspective, renewed energy and words of instruction we need to overcome the challenges that life and business so often present.
As we grow in our ability to be led by the Holy Spirit we will bring the goodness and glory of God into all we do.
What joy our lives can begin to experience when we truly learn that we are never alone, but that we can call upon Jesus in every moment to receive all we need to succeed in all we are called to do.
I hope you will enjoy learning to listen for the voice of Jesus in all your days.
He is eager to speak.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for always being with us and for your eagerness to speak to us. We long to hear from you so that we will come to know you more deeply and be empowered by you in all we do. Our ears are open Lord as we learn to hear from You. Speak Lord, for your servant is listening. Amen
This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:2-3
Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5