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http://www.blurb.com/user/store/deejohnston . Let's continue on this morning with our thought for the day Hearing the voice of God. How do we recognize the voice of God from all the other voices?
When the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives He speaks to us.
But does that mean that every thought that runs through our heads is from God? Sometimes God asks us to do some pretty unusual things and we are to obey, but other times we may be hearing the voice of God’s enemy who wants to lead us away from God’s path. How do you know when a prompting is from God and when it’s Satan whispering lies?
It is very important to recognize that Satan does come whispering. Scripture , makes it clear that Satan has at least some capacity to influence our inner conversation. Acts 5:3 points to this. Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God.
These “whispers” of the enemy can be very subtle in the way they come to us. He can even present himself as a godly presence disguising his lies as the voice of truth.
So, as various thoughts flow through our minds is it possible to distinguish the voice of the enemy from the voice of the Holy Spirit? What are the marks of those two very different voices? Learning to sort out the voice of the enemy from the voice of the Spirit is critical to every believer’s spiritual well being.
When Satan speaks into our thoughts he has only one purpose: to do harm.
Whether through discouragement, temptation, frustration, depression or despair, his goal is always to divide us from God, to cripple our spiritual vitality, and prevent us from obeying and serving God.
Key: When you feel defeated or hopeless, that’s a good sign that Satan is at work within your inner world. When it feels right to nurse your wounds and stay angry you can be sure that you are being lied to.
The voice of our enemy comes with messages like these: God doesn’t care; No one cares about you; Give up; Run away; Your a failure; It's to late to fix it.
The voice of God’s Holy Spirit is very different.
Whereas the goal of the enemy is destruction, the goal of the Spirit is always edification. He speaks messages intended to lift you up, to encourage you, to bring strength, faith, joy, and peace.
He (Satan)tempts us with rationalization, excuses, and lies that prevent us from dealing with the sin. We fall for it so easily because we don’t want to deal with the sin in the first place. He keeps us trapped in hurt feelings, shame, embarrassment, pride, anger and self-justification. He nurses our pain and whispers that we should stay away from God.
God does exactly the opposite. He does not minimize or dismiss our sin but He reminds us that our sin is covered. If we confess and repent we can be free.
The voice of God shows us a way out and gives us the strength to do the hard work of making amends. God always gives us a way out, He never leaves us in a state of hopelessness. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness even when I am not faithful.
Have a great day
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