If God spoke to you, would you recognize His voice? As a child can distinguish between the voices of his/her parents and the voices of others, it is imperative that we are able to recognize God’s voice if we’re His children. How do we know when He speaks?
Humans have an innate ability to distinguish between what is morally acceptable and what is not. When torn between two decisions regarding moral values it is relatively easy to know when one option is morally permissible and the other isn’t. For instance, having to choose between theft and generosity really shouldn’t give anyone with a considerable moral knowledge a headache. We would naturally expect God to suggest generosity and abhor theft. So in such cases where the choice is straightforward and between good and evil, we can discern from what angle God would speak.
One of the most proven ways to be certain whether the voice you heard is God’s voice or not is to compare it with the standards of God’s word. We’re not always going to have situations bordering on decisions that have an obvious moral resolution. For instance, issues relating to fear, health, prosperity, etc. May not be explicitly moral in nature and such issues need God’s word as the standard in other to discern whose voice you’re hearing.
When you feel discouraged, fearful, and insecure you can tell where those feelings are from by searching the scriptures. 2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. From this scripture, we can know the voice and thoughts of God concerning fear. So when you’re fearful about the future or your next move in life, you should know that the whispers that make you fearful aren’t God’s voice.
YOUR INNER MAN
We all are spirit beings with consciences that guide us. Our spirits have the ability to discern God’svoice from other voices in the universe. Once we develop our spirits we shall be able to know when God is speaking to us. God can speak to us through dreams, visions, thoughts, and other people. Our spirits are made in such a way that they can accurately pick out God’s voice from the rest of the voices out there. Our spirits are witnesses of God’s thoughts and intentions towards us. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Rom 8:16)
IS IT REALLY THAT SIMPLE?
I know you may be wondering whether hearing God’s voice is actually as simple as we may make it seem. There are numerous questions that plague us when trying to figure out the source of our ideas. Sometimes every option we have seems noble and appropriate and it makes it difficult to determine what God wants for us.
What are your personal experiences? How did you determine which job to take when you had great offers from two great companies? How did God you know your current choice of school was what God desired for you when you had equally good offers?
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