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How do I recognize God's voice?

Submitted: 8/15/2007
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Question: First of all, I will freely admit that I do not have a strong sense of God's voice in my life presently. And I am having a very hard time recognizing it when it is in opperation through God's ministers. SO, how do I and someone like me recognize when it is the LORD Himself speaking from that which is just the agenda of a minister putting himself in the place of God's spokesman? There are a lot of false ministers out there today and the sheep need help.

Answer: The Bible contains many warnings about false prophets, false teachers, and deceivers, indicating that it will only get worse as the coming of the Lord draws near. One passage that speaks to the problem you are having is 1 John 4:1-6. Verse six says, 'We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.' This is telling us that we learn to recognize God's voice and protect ourselves from deception by knowing the Scriptures (the words of John and the other apostles). This is speaking of more than a mere intellectual knowledge. In the Bible, to hear means to know and to obey. If we are hearers of the Word but not doers, we end up deceiving ourselves (see James 1:22). We believe that we learn to recognize the voice of God by submitting ourselves completely to Jesus Christ and striving to keep His Word. As we do this, we will begin to become aware of when someone is speaking to us out of His own agenda rather than out of the Spirit of God.