While waiting on His promises, it’s easy to allow voices of confusion to create discord in our hearts and minds.
In their Experiencing God study, Henry and Richard Blackaby and Claude King give the principle, “God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.” If you haven’t gone through this study, I would highly recommend that you do so. It has been one of the most impactful resources in my own walk of faith.
4) The church — other believers
When you’re seeking to discern Father’s words and promises to you, see if the above four things are in agreement in bringing confirmation. At the same time, keep in mind that Father will never reveal something to you through prayer, circumstances, or the church that goes against what He says in His Word.
Father is faithful in speaking with clarity to His children as a loving Shepherd would to his sheep. (Jn 10:4, 10:27; Is 50:4-5; Is 30:21, 48:17)
At the same time, we can’t underestimate the voices of confusion that will most certainly come our way, creating discord in our hearts and minds.
Remember, one of Satan’s ultimate aims is to:
STEAL . . . KILL . . . DESTROY – Jn 10:10
Satan will seek to counterfeit and/or use the very methods Father is seeking to confirm His words and promises to us to create discord in our hearts and minds and to throw us headlong into confusion. Sometimes we even aid Satan in this effort.
When you’re becoming confused as to what God is saying and seeking confirmation, watch out for the following:
1) The Bible — Be committed to seeking to understand and embrace what Father is speaking to you . . . rather than what YOU WANT Him to say to you.
2) Prayer — Take time to pray and LISTEN! Write down and date the things you sense Father is speaking to your heart. Compare these over a period of time and look for agreement and confirmation of what you sensed Father originally spoke to you.
3) Circumstances — “The Holy Spirit will not bypass the receptors of our past experiences.” — source unknown
Is 44:20, “He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, ‘Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?’”
Understand that the filters of undealt-with fears, pain, trauma, or emotional hurts that you’ve experienced can often stand in the way of accurately hearing Father’s voice. These need to be brought to light, dealt with, and touched with Jesus’ healing touch (Ps 146:7-8, 147:3).
4) The church — other believers
Seeking counsel from mature believers is a sound and biblical practice. But rest assured, that if you’re seeking to find someone to tell you want to hear, you’ll find them. You need to test everything (1 Thess 5:19-21) regardless of how spiritually mature the person you’re seeking counsel from is.
Father’s will for your life is different than what it is for someone elses. Watch out for those, who are relying on their own life wisdom to provide you with counsel rather than on the Spirit.
“. . . too much of the church today has more confidence in Satan’s ability to deceive us than in God’s ability to speak to us and lead us.”
“Humble people put their confidence in the Holy Spirit’s ability to speak, not in their ability to hear and in Christ’s ability to lead, not in their ability to follow.”
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. – Jn 10:27
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