In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.
Hebrews 1:1-2 NIV
I want to know Your voice, Lord. Really know it!
There are countless voices in the world today, telling me to do this, or to believe that. With so much noise, Lord, help me hear Your voice clearly each day. To recognize Your voice in this chaotic world.
Your Word is the key to knowing Your voice, because it teaches me Your ways. The more I read it, Lord, the more I know Your voice. It rises above the noise and speaks life.
Yet there’s another voice out there—and it would lead me astray.
Our enemy has a voice, too, and his lies never change. He has a distinct modus operandi, but we can learn to recognize it.
I am so thankful that Your Word also teaches us how to discern the enemy’s voice. How great the difference between the two:
You advocate for us!
The enemy accuses us.
You speak only Truth.
The enemy deceives. He’s the father of lies.
Your voice brings us into Light.
The enemy’s words leads us into darkness.
Your voice shows concern for others.
The enemy’s voice is always self-centered.
You love God’s Word and remind us of it.
The enemy detracts from Scripture.
You speak in a still small voice.
The enemy shouts at me.
Your words bring us together.
The enemy’s words seek to push us apart.
You patiently wait for us to listen.
The enemy invades our space, demanding to be heard.
Your words are gentle.
The enemy is pushy.
Your words lead to a sound mind.
The enemy’s words lead to confusion.
Your words are patient.
The enemy wants to rush us into a decision.
Your words always agree with Scripture.
The enemy twists Scripture and begs me to question it.
Your words are full of hope.
The enemy speaks of hopelessness.
Your voice is always encouraging.
The enemy is critical and condemning.
Best of all, Lord, Your words lead to everlasting life. The enemy’s words lead only to death.
In this perilous time, help me recognize both voices, so I can follow the voice that leads to life.
This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
1 John 4:2 NIV