‘How do I know the difference between God’s voice and my own?’
That question lingers in the minds of most Christians during some point in their walk with Jesus. I know it has for me anyways. Every time that I would hear someone say “God showed me this” or “God told me that” I would instantly think – why doesn’t God ever talk to me like that? So… of course I would google answers to this question or look up books that would help me ‘discern God’s voice’. Quickly realizing that there was only once source I needed to trust to help me answer this question.
If I want God to speak to me, I can’t depend on someone else’s advice or a sign to fall from the sky. I have to go to the primary source of God’s way to communicate with us – through His living Word.
You know what I found out when I started reading His Word…. God had actually been speaking to me all along. The Holy Spirit, our Helper, was given to us to teach us and remind us of all the things Jesus has spoken. (John 14:26)
- When a thought comes to my mind about starting a women’s bible study in my local community – God’s voice, not mine.
- When someone tries to twist Scripture and I instantly think of the verse and what it really means – God’s voice, not mine.
Do you see where I am going here?
- When someone starts gossiping about another person and I chime in with a juicy story about that person too instead of holding my tongue – my voice, not God’s.
- When I know I really need to read my bible but I choose to catch up on my shows instead – my voice, not God’s.
There is nothing inside of us that desires to do God’s Will… apart from the Spirit of God. Our flesh desires only to rebel against God. The Spirit desires only to please God.
Romans 3:10-12 – None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.
Galatians 5:17 – For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
Every decision you make that glorifies the Father is not a decision you made on your own; it is the Holy Spirit guiding you and speaking to you.
But, the only way we are gonna have His thoughts and ideas in our mind is by abiding in Him daily. Studying His Word and meditating on it every day is the key to hearing from God. The more you know Him, the easier it is to follow His voice.
John 10:27 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
You may be thinking; but I just want God to tell me which choice to make. Well… if both choices are good and not against His Word, for example – a choice between two different jobs; God doesn’t care as much about the choice as He does the person. The choice you make is not gonna change God’s plan for your life. As long as you’re abiding in Him every step of the way, He can use either choice you make to glorify Him.
As I learn more about God, it seems every topic that I feel led to write about (thanks to the Holy Spirit) leads me back to the same answer every time. Abiding in God’s Word. God has shown me lately (especially over the past week) that His Word is the ultimate source from where all wisdom flows. I’ve always thought it was sorta cliché how most pastor’s sermons all end up with the same answer at the end – reading God’s Word and praying more. But God has made it known to me that without those two things, I honestly can’t do anything. If I want to live an abundant life that glorifies the Father then I’m going to have to deny my flesh and abide in Him every single day.
John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.