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Recognizing God’s Voice

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March 23, 2023 8:00 pm

Recognizing God’s Voice

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March 23, 2023 8:00 pm

After years of research and analysis, scientists have learned that wolves have distinct voices that help them establish hierarchy and communicate with each other. Using a specific sound analysis code, one scientist realized the use of various volumes and pitches in a wolf’s howl enabled her to identify specific wolves with one-hundred percent accuracy.

The Bible provides many examples of God recognizing the distinct voices of His beloved creations. He called Moses by name and spoke to him directly (Exodus 3:4–6). The psalmist David proclaimed, “I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain” (Psalm 3:4). However, the apostle Paul also emphasizes the value of God’s people recognizing God’s voice.

When bidding farewell to the Ephesian elders, Paul said the Spirit had “compelled” him to head to Jerusalem. He confirmed his commitment to follow God’s voice, though he didn’t know what to expect upon his arrival (Acts 20:22). The apostle warned that “savage wolves” would “arise and distort the truth,” even from within the church (vv. 29–30). Then, he encouraged the elders to remain diligent in discerning God’s truth (v. 31).

All believers in Jesus have the privilege of knowing God hears and answers us. We also have the power of the Holy Spirit who helps us recognize God’s voice, which is always in alignment with the words He’s preserved in the Bible.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.

My name is Xochitl Dixon. Today, I'll be reading Recognizing God's Voice. After years of research, scientists have learned that wolves have distinct voices that help them communicate with each other.

Using a specific sound analysis code, one scientist realized that various volumes and pitches in a wolf's howl enabled her to identify specific wolves with 100% accuracy. The Bible provides many examples of God recognizing the distinct voices of his beloved creations. He called Moses by name and spoke to him directly. The psalmist David proclaimed, I call out to the Lord and he answers me from his holy mountain. The apostle Paul also emphasized the value of God's people recognizing his voice. When bidding farewell to the Ephesian elders, Paul said the spirit had compelled him to head to Jerusalem. He confirmed his commitment to follow God's voice, though he didn't know what to expect upon his arrival.

The apostle warned that savage wolves would arise and distort the truth, even from within the church. Then he encouraged the elders to remain diligent in discerning God's truth. All believers in Jesus have the privilege of knowing that God hears and answers us.

We also have the power of the Holy Spirit who helps us recognize God's voice, which is always in alignment with the words of scripture. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Acts chapter 20 verses 22 to 32. And now compelled by the spirit, I am going to Jerusalem not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city, the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me. My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me, the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace. Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you, for I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number, men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.

So be on your guard. Remember that for three years, I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Let's pray. God, when the noise of the world around us threatens to make us wander from you, please help us recognize and obey your voice. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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