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
This is a beautiful work you have done. Thank you for your message from Papa God. This is how I feel about Him. Love the video of the sheep. May God’s blessings be with you and your beautiful ministry. Amen
Thanks, Judy! And thanks to the Holy Spirit for making this book possible.
The sheep video brings tears to my eyes every time I look at it!
Amen! Thank you for this Terry. I was longing to experience God’s love and to truly get to know his character. During my prayer time today, I asked Him to let me experience it. And I was led to read today’s Day 11 chapter. This whole chapter touched me, I was in tears while I read the entire chapter. I also was filled with tears of joy watching the sheep video you posted. Everything you mentioned touched me deeply. Praying for you and for the ministry. God bless you.
Praise God! He is so wonderful!