As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17 NIV).
What do you think the Father’s voice sounds like when he tells you that he is pleased with you? ….
Sheep really do know whose voice to follow, and they come running — not sauntering, not procrastinating — but running to the shepherd when they hear him. We need that kind of relationship with Jesus because when we run to him we are running to the Father. When Jesus calls, it is the Father calling.
To more fully understand this, take a few minutes to go to YouTube and search for “my sheep hear my voice”. This will locate several videos of sheep responding to their shepherd. Watch a couple of them. My favorite one is called Do sheep only obey their Master’s voice? by Way2Much Productions, which I’ve posted here.
Awesome to watch, right? It gives me goosebumps every time I watch this video, and a tear or two of joy.
The more time we spend with Jesus the Good Shepherd, the easier it becomes to recognize when God is speaking to us and to discern what he’s actually saying. We accomplish this by reading the Bible, going to church, attending parish missions and other adult faith formation opportunities, reading spiritual books (like this one), and listening to videos and podcasts that do not contradict the Bible and Church teachings (like my Footsteps to Heaven podcasts @ footstepstoheaven.com).
Day 11 on the journey includes:
- The Accuser’s voice
- Silence the lies
- The Father’s voice
- How to recognize the Father’s voice
© 2021 by Terry A. Modica