“They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment in them.” Deuteronomy 32:28
It is incumbent upon a believer to possess the ability to differentiate between the many voices that whisper, utter, and even shout at us throughout the day. When God speaks, impossibilities materialize, the earth trembles, miracles take place, and demons flee. God does not do anything by happenstance or accident. One way that I know whether it is God speaking to me or my flesh or that of our enemy is to look, by faith, for the evidence of what I heard. If what I heard does not manifest than it was not the Lord. It may have been the adversary or my imagination. Why would the adversary attempt to mimic the voice of God and why would my imagination tell me things that are not true?
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
1 Peter 5:8 illustrates the enemy as a lion, prowling around trying to consume us. By any means necessary, Satan wants to catch us off guard. He delights when we are consumed by falsehoods that he suggestively drops into our laps. He benefits tremendously when we are confused. Neither here nor there, unsure of what God has said to us, we become great prey for his attacks. But if we earnestly pray for discernment the Lord will graciously give it to us. I value discernment above silver and gold. What is the use of having financial gain, if I am too foolish to benefit from it? Consider having purpose without the knowledge of how to execute the demands of the task. Or how about, not knowing which voice to obey, causing us to walk contrary to Gods directives.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9
Many of us would love to believe in the purity and sureness of our heart; however, Jeremiah 17:9 makes it clear, our hearts are fickle and deceitful. Which is why our hearts may speak to us leading us in the opposite direction of God’s will. Thank you, Lord, for grace and mercy! Even when we do not get it right the Lord, our Good Shephard is right there to guide us back to His will. In the past, my heart would tell me to quickly respond to someone who offended me and there was a time when I would obey that foolish voice. Today, I remember even when my heart says attack, the Word of God says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” James 1:19. When my next move or thought contradicts the Word of God, I know that it is not God speaking rather it is my flesh or the enemy.
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33
Furthermore, God is not, nor has He ever been okay with confusion. This means that voice that says, “Get them back!” or “Tell them how you really feel!”, is not God. Our Daddy wants to be in every aspect of our lives. When we learn to discern we will have a better understanding of what the Lords will is for us. For instance, the enemy may prompt me to acquiesce to a challenge. My flesh might cosign with this direction; however, the Spirit of God may what me to hold on just a little while longer. When we are busily rushing through life, never stopping to discern who is speaking to us, we can find ourselves in all sorts of preventable problematic situations. Also, there are rewards and great benefits in obeying the voice of the Lord.
“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. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.” Deuteronomy 28:1-6
I will not claim to have perfected discernment, but I will note that I am fully aware of its priority in the life of any believer. I have a level of understanding, yet I want more. I want my first thought to be in line with the will of God. My desire is for my intent to match up to Gods plan. Indubitably, I long for my steps to be on the divine path of Gods purposes for my life. This is my prayer for the body of Christ. That instead of seeking material possessions and status, we will yearn for more of God, thus enabling us to discern His voice from the nagging, deceptive voice of our flesh and the enemy. Order our steps, dear Lord!
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23 AKJV
Daddy, I thought I heard you say go
Why am I roaming to and fro
Help me heed your voice when you say no
Yielding to discernment that you bestow
Upon Your people that love you so
Teach us to understand, obey, and grow
Lead us down clear paths so we will know
Our Good Shephard is here and loves us so