The Lord is the Good Shepherd. As His sheep, we know His voice and follow Him. We don’t follow a stranger but flee from him. A stranger comes in the sheep’s midst to cause division and separation. It can be in a family, congregation, workplace or any fellowship.
It’s helpful to ask ourselves, where is this voice trying to take me? Is it leading me away from a place God led me to? Would the Lord say that to me? Someone told a friend, “Come on, take only one hit of this pipe. It will make you feel better.” He didn’t look at the friend or the pipe, but paid attention to the voice behind what was said. He fled.
God’s voice always encourages, edifies and exhorts. His word of life lifts us up. The Holy Spirit convicts us with love and draws us closer to the Lord. He never pushes us away. The voice of the enemy brings us down and condemns us, drawing us away from the Lord. We stay close to the Shepherd and run away from the stranger, from glory to glory!
John 10:4-5 “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”