With so many voices and lines of communication trying to grab our attention, we long to hear God’s Voice. There are very few things in this life that are better than hearing they voice of God. We can flip flop and hear from God one moment and hear something the devil says the next. Look at Peter and Jesus. One moment Peter is telling Jesus that he knows that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. A few verses later, he tells Jesus not to follow the will of God by leaving them. Are you kidding me….you just said something brilliant to Jesus Peter. Now you are telling him something that the devil told you to say. C’mom dude, get with it. Yea, thats just like you and me as we sort through the thoughts and voices we hear and wrestle with every day.
How do I know it’s God’s Voice?
1. Does it agree with the Bible?
God’s will never contradict God’s Word.
He will never lead you astray apart from His Word. His voice will always like up with His Word. Many things change every day. This life we live will always be in some sort of change. God’s Word will never change. When God is giving you thoughts that are from Him, it will always line up with his Word.
2. Does it make me more like Christ?
Is this something that is going to build my character or my trust in God? Would it represent Jesus well?
Does it display all the attributes of James 3:17?
James 3:17-(NIV)“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
If it fits these parameters, good chances that you are hearing God’s Voice.
3. Would my church confirm this?
Your church family wants what’s best for you in your life. They love and care about you. For many of us, God has used our church family to help us to develop where we are today. Thanks be to God for the great things he has done!
Make sure you exercise these 3 things before deciding whether you are hearing from God or not…