Learning the Voice
How does one learn to recognize the Voice of God in the midst of all the other voices that vie for our attention and obedience?
We read in Scripture that we are to be lead by the Spirit of God. This leading is one of the ways we know that we are the children of God.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:14 (KJV)
But, How do we know if we are being led by the Spirit of God, the spirit of this world or our own soulish nature?
Can a Born-again believer, a Blood bought Child of God be following a misleading voice even though they believe that they are hearing God? Is it really possible for the redeemed to be deceived along these lines?
Unfortunately, it is not only possible, it is quite probable. I have come to realize that most Christians have not been taught in the early stages of their Christian walk to discern between the many voices that attempt to direct their lives and the one Voice of God. Does this surprise you? I pray that it will not only surprise you, but that it will shock you to the point that light will flood your understanding and deliver you from what could be a confusing, or even disastrous, future.
I pray that you will hear, with the ear of your spirit, what I have observed. Don’t think for a moment that you have been at this so long that you know what you are doing before you read the rest of this article. My experience has shown me that modern day Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers are prone to the same vulnerabilities in this area as are the precious saints under their care. No wonder the Scripture records that the days will be shortened because the very elect can be deceived ( Matthew 24:22-24; Mark 13:20).
As Christians we learn early that there is safety in the Scripture. Most of us, quickly realize that we will never know God’s way without God’s Word and that we will never really know Him outside of His Word. This is basic for a healthy Christian walk of victory. The need to memorize and verbalize the Living Word is understood and widely practiced. The Bible is the Voice of God expressed in written form. Each of us attempts to apply the written Word of God to those other voices that clamor for ascendency; streams of thought breaking into our consciousness, the sense of peace in the midst of turmoil, those good feelings about things, impressions that we call the leading of the Lord. This is extremely important, as we are quick to learn. Demonic spirits attempt to insert fiery darts, doctrines of demons, corrupted directives into our thinking. The only safety is a right understanding and intimate familiarity with the written Word of God.
So where is the breakdown? What is our Achilles heel? The problem is one of the soul. The fleshy, carnal nature of the old man. But, that man is dead, you say! Positionally, yes; experientially, probably not; at least not totally. In our inability to die to self completely is the vulnerability to deception. We apply the Word of God to protect the soul. Post-modernly speaking, we redefine terms and concepts to satisfy the context of our desire (Gal. 5:16; Eph. 2:3). Herein is our weakness: When we satisfy the soulish nature a peace comes. Until we are aware of the difference between spirit peace (the peace that God gives in Christ (John 14:27; Phi. 4:7)), and soul peace (the relief experienced when the flesh removes itself from the call and need to die), we will continue to destroy the very things God desires to give us in Christ.
Great care must be taken that we do not pray, hear, nor act according to the peace of the soul. We must learn how to discern the peace of spirit that the Spirit of power, love and a sound mind gives in the midst of the agony of a dying soul. Herein is one vital key to successful hearing of the Voice of God