Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 16, 2017

Confirming God’s Voice

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:32 am

Matthew 16:23 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (NIV)

 When we are new in our faith and are learning to hear the inner voice of God, we need to know how to confirm what we think we hear as really being from God and not from our own flesh or from Satan.  One very consistent check is God never tells us anything that isn’t consistent with His written word, The Holy Bible.  But that consistently can’t be held to only one verse.  A single verse, taken out of context, can be interpreted in the wrong way.  What can confuse us is many times what God says will conflict with our own sinful desires or old, habitual thinking.  What God tells us can challenge our faith and take courage to step out and follow.  But, as we meditate on what we hear, the Holy Spirit will bring us peace.  It takes courage to step out in new ways, ways that might bring ridicule from others.  The world is against God.  We will be made fun of and criticized in our walk of faith.  Jesus was taunted and criticized.  How can we expect less?  As we learn to hear God’s inner voice in us it is good to have someone to pray with us and confirm what we are hearing.  God will never tell us to do anything that is against His written word or will hinder our spiritual growth.  As we practice listening, we will be able to confirm His voice faster.  Most important, and I can’t say it enough, we must know God’s written word.  We must be in it daily, not just reading it, but meditating on it and putting it deep in our minds and hearts.

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