Right Voices, Right Choices
'"And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. '
Voices we hear:
My own will
People (both Godly and un-Godly)
'Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. '
Discernment - Knowing the voice of God apart from all other voices.
There is a struggle in our mind between the voices and who will will listen to. Every day we “hear voices” of both temptation and good guidance.
The Right Voice
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying:
We hear God’s voice when we:
Read the Bible
Listen to preaching
Listen to Christian music on the radio
Are in prayer
In I Kings 19, Elijah was running away from Jezebel, hiding in a cave because she had promised to have him killed. He was listening for God - there was wind and earthquake, and fire but these were not the voice of God. Instead, it was a still, small voice. What we can take from this:
We have to turn down the other voices to tune in to the voice of God
God’s word trains our ears to hear God’s voice
In Galatians, Paul was worried about members of the church because of the presence of wrong voices. There was a Jewish/Christian faction that was trying to impose traditional Jewish laws on the new Christians (like dietary restrictions, circumcision). Listening to the wrong voice was a major concern for the early church and it still is today.
In I Kings 13, Jeroboam was the king of God’s people, but he was making sacrifices to idols. The “Unknown Prophet” confronts Jeroboam, cursing the altar and the false god. Jeroboam ultimately had to decide if he was going to listen to the voices of the people and the false prophets, or the voice of God. In the end, Jeroboam decided to listen to God.
In a strange twist, the Unknown Prophet himself ended up listening to another voice that was not God. Because of his disobedience, the Unknown Prophet is eaten by a lion!
We must learn to recognize counterfeit voices - Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice. They will not hear the voice of a stranger.”
“...everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”