Psalm 139:17-18 “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”
We hear so many voices we process throughout our day. The ability to discern who is speaking depends on my relationship with the Word of God.
I am told by the Bible to try the spirits, or the voices speaking to me.
1 John 4:1-3 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
Often, we are confused when we listen to voices without checking with God first. Throughout the ages, false doctrines have come into the church because someone thought they heard a voice that identified themself as God.
If what they say does not line up with the Word of God, we need to check further. Therein lies most of our problems.
We do not know God well enough to combat what comes at us daily.
The wisdom to discern, who is doing the speaking, comes from how much we know the Word. My Father tells me:
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
As His child, He tells us:
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Because He has provided all the tools necessary for me to not only survive this life but be an overcomer.
1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Precious promises await us when we know just what is there.
Revelation 21:7 “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
Every moment of clarity that has come in my life began as a matter of will. I wanted to get out of the funk in which I found myself. I tried to clear the fog I felt surrounded me. I desired to be healthy enough to want to do whatever it took to stick to my diet.
I knew that if I continued in the same path of destructive behavior, I would be not only hurting myself but all those around me. So, not only do we need the will, we need motivation. Can I ask;
“Why does it often take life or death circumstances for us to move?”
Far too often, we aren’t motivated to change until we hear that there could be devastating consequences, like the “C” word (cancer).
Allowing our emotions or circumstances to make our decisions instead of truth will never bring about lasting fruit until we consult God. Most muddle their way until it is necessary to decide on a path. Being proactive is always far better than damage control after the fact.
Praying for the clarity we desire brings God into the equation and will always result in seeing clearly, and walking circumspectly.