My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me – John 10:27
If as a Christian, you find it difficult to discern the voice of the Spirit, it’s not because His voice is weak when He speaks. It’s because you haven’t trained your spirit to discern His voice. It’s possible to train yourself to discern the voice of the Spirit, and here are a few thoughts that’ll help you.
First, you must develop a voracious appettite for the Word. Study the Word and know it for yourself. The voice of God’s Spirit is made known to you through the written Word. Secondly, learn to act on the Word quickly. When you receive instructions or counsel from God’s Word, don’t delay; act at once. That’s learning to train your spirit.
Thirdly, pray the Word. Prayer helps to condition your spirit to become a dependable receptacle of God’s ideas, visions and promptings. So, how you pray, what you pray about, and the content of your prayer, on the basis of the Word, determine how sensitive your spirit will be to His voice.
Also, desire spiritual things; things that matter to God: desire them from your heart and pursue them. The proof of desire is pursuit. Engage yourself with activities that’ll edify your spirit such as soul winning, participation in church meetings and services etc. Commit your resources—time, money and attention to the things that matter to the Lord.
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My spirit is sensitive to God’s voice, and I’m able to discern His voice and counsel to me always because I’m His sheep. The ways of the Spirit have been manifested unto me, and I’m guided from within and through the Word to know and walk in the paths of life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Isaiah 30:21; Acts 13:2