How to discern God’s voice from Satan’s voice?
I recently wrote an article about discerning the voice of God but I will recap briefly here. First of all, anything God tells you will never contradict the Bible. God does not manipulate, deceive, coerce or lie. It helps knowing how God feels about you, His creation, to really get a good perspective of what someone, who loves you so deeply, will say (Ephesians 2:4-5.)
Most of the time we can easily discern His voice from our own worldly desires but we are not always accepting to it. This can be difficult when we have our own plans and you convince yourself that your ideas are better. But God always knows best (Proverbs 3:5.)
Another tip to discerning His voice is to ask yourself if your “options” or thoughts will ultimately give glory to God (1 Corinthians 10:31.) It can be a challenge to ask this question, especially if it’s something simple. If you’re looking to purchase something, I would say that as long as you can afford the purchase and it does not disobey God’s laws, such as what is modest and appropriate, then you should be okay. Which brings me to my next point.
If you want to go out with friends and go to a club where there will be excessive drinking and provocative dancing, this will not glorify God and it is also blatantly against scripture (Proverbs 23:20-21, Ephesians 5:18, 2 Timothy 2:22.) Putting those decisions alongside God’s Word will help you decide what is best and which “voice” to listen to.
Eventually, things will become easier and the more you familiarize yourself with God’s Word and the more you have a constant dialogue and relationship with Him, the better things will be in discerning His voice.
*All scripture is from the New International Version unless noted otherwise.
Today’s Prayer Topic: Discernment
Father, I come to you today to pray over my discernment. I find myself labeling others, criticizing others and demeaning them in my thoughts which I know is not what I should be doing. Your Word teaches us to not judge others or we will be judged in the same way. When I remember that verse of scripture, I’m immediately convicted. I know that I’m no greater, no more loved, and no better than anyone else. Humble me, Lord, give me a steady heart, and take away these thoughts of judgement. I pray that even when I don’t understand a person and their choices, that I learn to accept the things I cannot change, be humbled and turn to you in prayer over them and over myself. For I know You died for them, too, not just me or people I agree with. Thank You, Jesus, for Your forgiveness of my short-comings and helping me to overcome them. In Your name I pray, Amen.
The purpose of our Daily Prayer:
-For new believers coming to know Christ who are new to prayer.
-The daily topics can highlight on issues that you’re currently struggling with.
-While there is no “perfect way to pray”, these prayers are great to be added to your own prayers each day.