When it comes to following after God...and living my life for Him...quite honestly, not much changes.
It seems like I spend most of my days asking, "Lord, what do You will for my life?" "What do You want from me?" ...but how does anyone really know or understand God's voice?
I think for most of us, if God just sent us a letter with detailed instructions highlighting His plan for our life, we would gladly follow.
Want good news? God does!
He actually promises we will hear and know His voice; we will recognize Him. His Word declares in Isaiah 30:21, "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." (NIV)
So, how do we recognize His voice? The key to discerning God’s voice from our own is a living, intimate, relationship with Him. We accurately discern God’s voice and distinguish it from our own, by judging what we hear with: His character, The tone of the message, and The message’s overall balance with Scripture.But what are some practical ways we can discern His voice from all of the other messages that play in our mind...Here are four of my helpful hints to remember (I'd love to hear some of yours, so leave your comments below and share your thoughts):
- God’s Voice Redeems—It Doesn’t Condemn
- God’s voice encourages— It Doesn’t Tear Down
- God’s Voice Directs—It Doesn’t Confuse
- God’s Voice Communicates Peace—It Doesn’t Leave us Fearful
So, today, take some time to listen. God is speaking. He will give us direction. He will empower us to do ALL He has called us to. Let's DREAM BIG...LAUGH OFTEN...and REMEMBER, GOD'S GOT IT ALL UNDER CONTROL!!!
PRAYER: Father, this world can make hearing You difficult, but You promised we would hear and recognize Your voice! Speak clearly. Empower us to hear you and Equip us to follow! We put our trust in You! IN JESUS NAME, amen!