DISCERNING VOICES

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“My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me.” – John 10:27 HCSB

In a world filled with many voices, it’s important to recognize the right one. Else, one is doomed to consistently making the wrong choices in life.

Since there are so many wrong voices, it will do us a lot of good to recognize them. This way, we can always discern the right one. On this note, let’s briefly examine these wrong voices.

The flesh. This is an obviously wrong voice to follow. Romans 8:8 says that those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Also, Galatians 5:16 says “…Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”

The Bible is replete with similar texts and they all have one thing in common: the voice of the flesh is not of God. It will never lead us to do the right things. Anyone who follows its leadings will undoubtedly stray from God’s plans.

The voice of false prophets. The explanation Jesus gives concerning leading in John 10:7-18 shows us how false prophets operate.

He called them thieves and robbers who do not care about the sheep (the children of God). Like their father, the devil, they steal, kill and destroy anyone who listens to them.

It will do us a lot of good to not pay attention to the voices of false prophets, whether out of curiosity or any other reason.

Anyone that speaks contrary to God’s word should not be listened to (2 Peter 2:1). In light of this, a child of God ought to be content with the leading of God and His timing.

The voice of fear. This is a familiar voice for many of us. In fact, it seems as though when God speaks to us about His plans, fear almost speaks in reverse. However, what we do about it is what really matters.

Rather than doubt like Jeremiah did (Jeremiah 1:6), like Mary, we should approve His plans for our lives (Luke 1:38). As we accept and pray concerning God’s leading, the confidence to accomplish God’s will rises.

The fear of circumstances. Life has a way of putting us in circumstances, that may in the future, cause us to doubt God’s voice and His word (Matthew 13:22) but we must not change our mind after putting our life in His hands. He is capable of seeing His word come to pass.

These are some examples of the wrong voices that speak to us on a daily basis. Regardless, God’s voice will always speak and point us in the right direction.

Trust His voice. Trust His timing

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