John 10:1-9

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Bible Passage for Today: John 10:1-9, King James Version (KJV)      

1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

                   "For They Know His Voice"

Working with researchers at Zhejiang University, nursing Professor Barbara Kisilevsky conducted a test of 60 women in the final stages of pregnancy. All the mothers were tape-recorded as they read a poem out loud. Then the mothers were divided into two groups. Half the fetuses heard the recording of their own mother. The other half heard another mother, but not their own.

In both cases, the poem caused a change in the baby's heart rate. The heart rate accelerated among those who heard their own mother's voice, and decelerated among those who heard a voice other than their mother's. Even before we were born, we knew our mother's voice and could distinguish it from other voices.

 In the same way, Jesus tells us that true followers of the Shepherd know "His voice". The word "know" in John 10:4 is rooted in the Greek word oida and means "to perceive" or "to see." There is a kind of "knowing" that comes from observation, testing, drawing conclusions and learning.  This is partial knowledge since further actions often correct or bring fullness to what we know. Oida is more than this type of knowledge; it is an intuitive, complete knowing because it does not depend on gathering additional information.  It is like knowing that you are in pain.  You don't have to take any tests to know that you have a headache. You simply know it.

How can we have this type of knowing? How can we be confident the voice we are listening to is the LORD's? We can know and be able to discern God's voice by first knowing Him.  To truly know a best friend implies an intimate relationship, and this involves a shifting of what we think we know about the person, to what is true about the person. The King James Bible Verse in Romans 12:2 KJV says "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

We have to be transformed from hearing voices that are not God's voice, and this begins by a transformation of our mindswe have to start thinking differently.  However, re-training our minds doesn't happen overnight.  It is a process that begins with reading and studying the King James Bible so that you come to know the character and promises of God. Then you will be able to tell the difference between His voice and other voices.

God will never speak anything to you that contradicts the words in the King James Bible. Consider what others more mature in their faith speak to you, and spend time praying to consider what God is impressing on your heart from your time in the Word and in prayer. The more time we spend intimately with God and His Word, the easier it is to recognize His voice and His leading in our lives.

Bank employees are trained to spot counterfeit money by studying real money closely so that it is easy to spot a fake. We should be so familiar with God's Word, that when God does speak to us or lead us in a particular direction, we don't have to think twice about whether it was His voice. We will know it intuitively, and be able to identify the false voices as well. offers great technological tools to do that today. Whether it's the Bible Mp3 Download for Mp3 players or the all new Scourby Audio Bible app for iPhones or Android devices, they are perfect ways to listen to and "know" God's voice better. 

The more we fill our minds and hearts with "His Word" found in the KJV Bible, the more this will come naturally. Listening to the King James Version Bible APP will help followers of Jesus know Him and be able to recognize his voice. "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27 KJV Bible).

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Karen Engle, Author: Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Teaching Credential, Journalism Major, Western Seminary pursuing a Masters in Biblical Studies Bible Study Leader and Teacher, Student Ministries and Bible Study Teacher and Curriculum Writer, Women's Ministry Bible Study Teacher

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