Don’t let Satan convince you otherwise, but God talks to His children—all of them, with clarity and understanding. However, His mode of communication will vary, including, but not limited to, natural phenomena, gut feelings, peace, wisdom, and audibly on rare occasions, but primarily through His Word. Whatever method of communication is used, God’s children know their Master’s voice.
After he [Jesus] gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice (John 10:4-5 NLT).
The problem occurs when believers second-guess their faith and doubt what they heard. Satan loves for us to play the “who said that: me, God, or the devil” game. Once when the enemy had me on that unremitting merry-go-round, God told me to take myself out of the equation and decide if it was Him talking or the devil; taking that approach made it easier to discern.
Input produces output.
A good way to mute Satan’s voice and amplify God’s is through His Word. When we read and study the scriptures, they become embedded in our spirits. It’s gratifying when the Holy Spirit spontaneously reaches into our hearts and brings those verses or even a phrase from a scripture back to our remembrance when needing to hear a word from Him; make no doubt about it—that’s God talking.
- Fear not; I am with you. (Isaiah 41:10)
- The battle belongs to Me. (2 Chronicles 20:17)
- Cast your cares on Me. (1 Peter 5:7)
- No weapon formed against you shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)
- Nothing is too hard for Me. (Luke 1:37)
- I’ll never leave you. (Hebrews 13:5)
- My grace is sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
- If I’m for you, who can be against you? (Romans 8:31)
Learning the Word is an excellent place to start if you want to build your faith to recognize God’s voice. One thing is for sure; Satan isn’t going to soothe your soul with what saith the Lord.
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