God’s Voice or My Own Mind Speaking?

A reader asked:

My question is, how do we discern when God is talking to us? How do we know if it is our own ego and or the devil playing tricks on us? There have been many circumstances which I thought God was telling me what to do, but later find out it obviously was not.

My answer:

There are several ways to determine if we are “hearing God’s voice” or just our own flesh. The first and most definitive is to search the Scriptures.  Is there a Bible verse that commands or genuinely supports the idea or direction you think God is leading you to?  If yes, then you can be confident of God’s leading.

Conversely, if a verse is found that contradicts what you are “hearing” – or specifically commands something different – then you can be sure that what you are hearing is your own flesh, or the Enemy – or perhaps you have misinterpreted something.

Lacking a clear verse that supports or contradicts what you feel God might be saying to you, there are some other considerations.

Proverbs 15:22 – Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established. (NKJV)

Find several Godly people to evaluate what you are “hearing from God.”  If you are genuinely seeking the honest truth, there will be few times that a group of mature Christians will not help you come to a confident determination.

James 1:5-6 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (NKJV)

This verse applies directly to your question. Without Godly wisdom, we make the wrong choices; we follow our flesh; we are “tossed about” chasing our own “voice” and not God’s.  The verse also gives the plain and simple solution: ask God for wisdom and He will give it.  That’s the easy part. The hard part is that once you GET wisdom, you will have to LIVE by that wisdom.  That’s means that often we won’t get OUR way.

One last thought…

If you come to a point where you cannot truly decide, be sure that God will honor a decision that is made from a clear conscience and earnest prayer. That doesn’t mean everything will be easy or “successful”, but it does mean that God is always faithful to walk with us.

We don’t need to fear that God will abandon us if we “accidentally” make a poor choice. He may correct us, chasten us or redirect us, but God will not abandon us.  It is a BONDAGE to see God as someone who says “too bad” every time we make a bad choice.

God is our FATHER, not an evil, sadistic taskmaster.  He is just and sin angers Him, no doubt… but for His children, God is our loving, correcting, guiding Father. He doesn’t abandon us over a bad choice.

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The Bible: “Just a Book”

Another illustrious example of the imaginary liberal bias in the major media:

TIME MAGAZINE EDITOR:  KORAN IS “DIRECTLY THE WORD OF GOD, BIBLE JUST A BOOK WRITTEN BY MAN”  [Excerpts]

In another example of a sort-of cultural suicide where western media types assume that all Muslims are blameless – while all Americans are at fault in this clash of civilizations between Islamism and the West – we have a recent episode of MSNBC’s Hardball with one-time Democratic operative Chuck Todd standing-in for host Chris Matthews.

Todd was discussing the riots in Afghanistan sparked by Islamist ire over the burning of a Koran by a Florida pastor. During the interview Todd and a guest stated that the Christian Bible was just a book written by men while the Koran was the “direct word of God.” The two implied that this excuses Muslims from murdering people over the book burning.

In the segment Time Magazine’s World Editor Bobby Ghosh told Chuck Todd that the riots and murders perpetrated by Muslims in Afghanistan were obviously understandable because the Koran is apparently more holy than the Christian Bible. Ghosh averred that it’s important to “keep in mind” that the Koran is “not the same as the Bible to Christians.” Why, you might ask? Why it’s because the Koran is “directly the word of God.” On the other hand, the Bible is just a book “written by men.”

In fact, it is easier to make the historical case that the Bible was written by people who knew Jesus while the claim that the Koran was written by anyone that knew the Prophet Mohammad is nearly impossible to substantiate. Parts of the Bible have been determined as having been written within the life times of people that would have known Jesus personally. On the other hand, there is no proof that the Koran was written any time closer than 100 years after Mohammad’s death, long after anyone that might have known him would have been dead.

Regardless of the suppositions of historians, though, there is no legitimate way to claim that the Christian Bible is any less sacred or awe inspiring for Christians than the Koran is for Muslims. The difference is not in the writers of the books or their provenance. The difference is in their cultures. Christian reforms have brought tolerance and peace between factions of Christianity as well as between Christians and people of other beliefs while there has been no such tolerance infused into Islam.

http://bigjournalism.com/wthuston/2011/04/05/time-mag-editor-koran-is-directly-the-word-of-god-bible-just-a-book-written-by-man/

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