Voice of the Shepherd
(Psalm 23:1-3) The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (2) He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, (3) he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
-It’s the shepherd’s voice – (not a strangers voice) about relationship, food, guidance, protection.
1.It’s ‘the good shepherd’s voice’
(It brings only good – John 10:10)
(John 10:10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
2.It’s a personal voice
I know (Afghan boy)
3.It’s a voice within
a.-Children hear it (Samuel)
(1 Samuel 3:8) A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy.
b.-Kings hear it (Cyrus)
(2 Chronicles 36:22-23) In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing: (23) “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up, and may the Lord their God be with them.’”
c.-Non-christians can hear it – (Abraham)
(Genesis 12:1) The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
-Parable of the sower
(Luke 8:5-8) “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. (6) Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. (7) Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. (8) Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
d.-Runaway christians hear it
(1 Kings 19:9,12) There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (12) After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
e.Christians continually hear it
-The Holy Spirit – speaks, teachers ,corrects, brings truth.
(John 14:26) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
-The Word of God
-good christian friends ahead of you in the journey of life
-“Still small voice’
-dreams and visions