How can we discern God’s voice amidst so many others crying for our attention? Here’s a litmus test that never fails: God’s voice speaks truth and life. Makes sense, right? After all, Jesus Christ was God in flesh, and He declared Himself to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He will never speak words contrary to who He is.
Here’s an example. I’ve met countless Christian women whose behavior reveals the lack of a healthy understanding of their personal worth.
Some are controllers. The fear of inadequacy prompts them to manipulate circumstances and other people.
Some are timid. The fear of inadequacy and failure leaves them scared to make decisions.
Some try to mask insecurities with laughter and jokes. And some scarcely make eye contact in conversation.
A heart-to-heart talk with each woman would reveal a common denominator: A voice in their head tells them that they have nothing to offer. It whispers a lie—“You’re not good enough. Try harder.” It says they don’t matter, no one cares, and no one loves them.
Are these words true? Absolutely not. God’s Word reassures us that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). It says He delights in us (Zephaniah 3:17), and His presence in us gives reason to not be afraid (Joshua 1:9). When we compare the message they’re hearing with the Truth, we know the voice they hear doesn’t belong to God.
God speaks truth and life. When we hear inner whispers telling us anything otherwise, we need to put them through this filter: Is what I’m hearing true? Is what I’m hearing life-giving?
If the answer is no, then we needn’t give those whispers an ounce of attention. Let’s refuse to listen to them and, instead, tune our ears to God’s voice of truth and life.
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