Monday, May 19, 2008

God's Voice

Exodus 19:19

Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.

While I was in the mountains, one night I was woke up by a voice. This voice called my name. I laid there for a minute wandering if God was calling me. but then I realized it was not the voice of God.

I have heard the audible voice of God and knew who was speaking. It was completely different from any other voice I have ever heard. There was a serenity to the sound and an authority. The occasions where I have heard the audible voice of God were also, occasions where the word that I was hearing was about the unknown. Words that were personal and prophetic.

But, often, I hear people ask "How do I know it is not my voice"? This question and doubt stand in the way of your intimacy and obedience to God. I believe that this question is put into our minds by Satan to disarm us from our God given gift of hearing and knowing the voice of God.

First off, it is not your voice that you are hearing. The dictionary defines your voice as, the sound or sounds uttered through the mouth of living creatures, esp. of human beings in speaking, shouting, singing, etc. Your mind is full of thoughts not voices. The mind is a busy place. There are your thoughts, the thoughts that Satan puts there and the thoughts that God puts there.
Lets call your thoughts your "mind voice." Now, your actually not hearing these thoughts either. The definition of hearing is, the act of perceiving sound. There is no sound or others would here it. The mind voice is more of a perception. To perceive something is defined as, to recognize, discern, envision, or understand: I perceive a note of sarcasm in your voice. This is a nice idea but I perceive difficulties in putting it into practice. So, your thoughts are discerned.

If you are looking for a perceived difference between your mind voice and God's voice you are not going to get a different voice. It is all in one. Your mind voice.

So, now that that is cleared up, I go back to the original question of "How do I know if it is God's voice"? To discern between the mind voice of God, Satan and your own, you will need to learn to,
cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5.

If you really start discerning what is going on in your head, you are the one pushing out those words from God. Catch every thought to the obedience of God. Learn to discern your own thoughts. Cast down those inopportune thoughts. There are plenty to cast down. Discipline your mind to catching the thoughts of God. You will then learn the thought of God. He will share with you and you will learn obedience to His thoughts.
It is not a matter of hearing God's voice. It is a matter of discerning your thoughts from God's. The business of our minds blot out and make it difficult for us to understand the thoughts of God. Quit looking for that audible voice and look within for the thoughts of the Creator of the Universe.