His Voice

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. (Ephesians 4:14)
Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus to guard themselves against the widely changing interpretations of doctrine.
He warned them to not get tossed around emotionally by people who spoke into their lives.
Let us Seek Christ first before we go to people, regardless of who they are.
Mentors and accountability groups cannot take the place of the Holy Spirit.
Pastors and bible study teachers are still human…growing and learning just as you are.
(You)have one Lord, …one God and Father of us all who is [sovereign] God, all in all.
If I am confused, let me go to my prayer room first… not my phone! God sends us mature believers so can become mature too; but His voice must remain first in all we do.
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. 1 Timothy 4:6  
When I read this devotion I had to take a moment and reflect on what was being said. I think often times we are quick to seek guidance, opinion and approval from man, when in reality, we need to first go to God, seek Him and follow His leading. I love when it said, “His voice must remain first in all we do”. Simplicity at its best.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Who’s Voice Are You Hearing?

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (Genesis 3:6)

It does not always seem clear to us when God speaks. However, when we become living sacrifices who continually worship, pray and seek the Lord, we become more willing and able to hear His voice. As we draw near to the Lord, He draws nearer to us and is faithful to speak in a way that brings peace, confirmation and often, He brings changes to our surrounding circumstances.  We have to ask ourselves whom are we listening to? There are so many voices speaking and our minds seem to have a voice of their own. But which voice do you follow? Adam heard the voice of God when He gave the one rule of living in the Garden of Eden. He was told by God to not eat from one tree. But Adam listened to the wrong voice when faced with a choice of disobeying God’s command. Eve bought the lie of the serpent’s voice and mankind has suffered the consequences ever since.  

Many people in our lives give us many conflicting messages. We each have a responsibility to know what the Lord is telling us, to listen to Him and to act on those commands. We have to make the Lord’s Word our guide and not deviate from His truths regardless of how appealing other additional information may sound.  If you have come to Christ, you have His Holy Spirit in you. He is there to lead you and guide you in the ways He has called you.

The Holy Spirit anoints you with His presence and with spiritual gifts which are supernatural. These gifts are not based on your skill or experience. So, you need to be dependent on the Lord to fulfill your calling. Your calling may be completely different than what your family thinks of you. Your calling may be completely different than what you thought it would be. Be sure to follow His voice. Be confident, knowing that He knows what is best. If you listen to other voices than God’s, you could suffer consequences that will have a negative effect on your life. Take your thoughts captive, stay in His Word and trust Him to lead you in the way you should go.

When I read this devotion it blessed me. When different ones come to me for guidance and or for my opinion I’ve never felt it was ever my place to say go here, do and say this. We should always seek God when looking for guidance and direction on a matter in our lives. It’s okay to take council but then return to The Word and see what it says to do and if it lines up with what you’ve been told and you feel confirmation in your spirit from The Lord in the way you should go or what you should do, then do it but first and foremost be sure it lines up with what God’s word would have you to do. The Bible is full of wisdom and truth to guide you through every circumstance and remember to seek Him first, the Bible says, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33). Ask yourself today, Who’s Voice Are You Hearing?

Have a beautiful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Isaiah 40:28